Thanks to European Union funds and due to a multi-sector development strategy –one of the flagships of which was the Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture event last year – the town is undergoing a renewal that has given a dynamic and creative boost to its residents. Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture,enabled the region to boom. 2015 was a great year for the area – 2.2 million people visited the region and countless projects sprung up.