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Ruhr Inaugurated as European Capital of Culture, Expects More than 5 Million Visitors
A light installation of Callous Porter is seen during the opening of the European Cultural Capital Ruhr.2010 at the former coalmine ' Zeche Zollverein' in Essen, western Germany on Saturday Jan.9,2010. For the first time a region, the Ruhr district with 5.3 million citizen, was announced to the European cultural capital for the year 2010. This will be the opening of at least 2,500 events of culture, like exhibitions, Opera premiere and a picnic on the most frequented motor highway, the A40, in summer. AP Photo/Frank Augstein.
ESSEN (AP).- The Ruhr area in western Germany, with its 53 cities and 5.3 million inhabitants, has been officially inaugurated as European Capital of culture 2010 — the first time an entire region was chosen for the title.

German President Horst Koehler said Saturday at the opening ceremony in Essen that in the Ruhr area, which is known for its history of coal mining and steel production, "culture is not an elite event, but it is providing vivid strength for everybody."

Thousands of art and cultural events are planned for the year and more than five million visitors are expected.

Since the decline of coal mining at the end of the last century, the once highly industrialized region has been struggling with severe unemployment and poverty.



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