European Capital of Culture 2023: Timisoara sets the official launch date

Timisoara will officially launch its mandate as European capital of culture from February 17 to 19, 2023, the mayor Dominique Fritz announcement. The western Romanian city will hold the title next year alongside Elefsina (Greece) and Veszprém (Hungary).

“I am pleased to publicly announce that the official opening event of the Timisoara, European Capital of Culture program will take place from February 17 to 19, 2023,” said Mayor Fritz.

“The cultural events preceding the Capital of Culture started this spring. In November we will have an international conference with Elefsina and Veszprém, the other two cultural capitals next year, to present the offer of events for 2023”, he added.

In the meantime, the mayor said he has scheduled meetings with more than 20 ambassadors from the EU and beyond who want to help promote Timisoara and the Capital of Culture in their countries.

Dominic Fritz also gave a summary of the municipality’s support for the program. Out of the 6 million euros allocated this year for the Timisoara 2023 program, the Timisoara Project Center granted the boarding station RON 10.6 million in non-reimbursable funding, signing all the contracts for the projects and events of this year. In figures, this funding represents more than 1,800 artists and cultural operators involved, 55 artists in residence, 329 local events and productions, more than 1,300 volunteers integrated into projects and collaborations with operators and institutions from 26 European countries.

According to a press release, to increase the impact and visibility of the title of European Capital of Culture, the three cities selected for 2023 will announce their detailed cultural programs for next year on the same date, in November.

Timisoara was originally scheduled to lead the European Capital of Culture program in 2021, but it was pushed back to next year due to the pandemic. As part of the program, the city will host a major exhibition on the work of sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

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Helen D. Jessen