The city of Timisoara has prepared a diversified program for 2023, the year in which it will finally have the title of European Capital of Culture, together with Elefsina (Greece) and Veszprém (Hungary). The official opening will take place from February 17 to 19, 2023, with more than 50 dedicated events: concerts and outdoor exhibitions in the theater in unconventional spaces, movie premieres or special events.
According to the mayor of Timisoara, Dominic Fritz, more than 2,500 artists will arrive in the city from western Romania next year. In figures, there will be an average of 30 events per week, 12 music festivals (from baroque to rock), more than 15 thematic festivals (from theater to circus), a huge vertical garden, plus a few hundred projects and events in the schools. , parks, markets and bookstores.
Many special guests will also come to Timisoara to celebrate the year of the European Capital of Culture, including Nobel Prize winners for Literature such as Orhan Pamuk or Olga Tokarczuk. The program will also include performances by the Singing Molenbeek boys’ choir from Brussels, the Chameleon Company dance company from Manchester, the famous Rimini Protokoll theater company and orchestras from Gera and Cologne.
Romanian artists known around the world will also be celebrated next year in Timişoara, including Brâncusi, Brauner, Cristian Măcelaru, Gabriel Bebeșelea, Andrei Șerban or even Adina Pintilie, who represented Romania at the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art.
“Now it is necessary that the story of Timișoara, with its spirit of innovation, diversity and courage, be heard beyond the country’s borders and inspire, here and everywhere, the great debates on the future of Europe,” said the Mayor Fritz.
“Next year is a historic opportunity for the city, but also for Romania. It is the opportunity to transform ourselves as a city, a community and a country. And I would like in the coming years to look back on 2023 and say that this title has not only transformed the cultural life of the city, but has transformed the entire city,” he added.
The program for the opening weekend of February 17-19 will include a variety of events, ranging from concerts and themed performances to exhibitions, discussions and workshops. In Unirii Square, for example, the public can see live performances by the Ukrainian rapper Alyona Alyona, Implant Pentru Refuz, Taraf de Caliu or Moaré Experience. For their part, Andrei Irimia, Jay-Jay Johanson and Joep Beving will take the stage at the Palais de la Culture.
At the same time, a virtual garden will be installed on Victoriei Square, in addition to other exhibits planned for the opening event.
The detailed program for the opening weekend is available here.