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Culture vultures flock to Essen

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The German city of Essen has formally launched a year of concerts, performances and exhibitions as the Ruhr, the former heartland of German heavy industry, begins it’s year as European Capital of Culture.

As many as 53 towns will stage cultural events throughout 2010 as Essen shares the accolade with the Turkish city of Istanbul and Pecs in Hungary.