The city of Timisoara took over the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture in 2023, along with the cities of Elefsina (Greece) and Veszprém (Hungary), according to a press release from the European Commission.
These three cities join the more than 60 cities that have received this title in previous years, both from across the EU and outside it. During 2023, the new European Capitals of Culture will mark the holding of this title through numerous events, exhibitions and shows.
To mark this occasion, on January 9, the Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, will attend a title presentation event at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, during which a statement will be read by the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and youth, Mariya Gabriel. According to the statement, the event will also be an opportunity to celebrate the 2022 capitals of culture, the cities of Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Novi Sad (Serbia).
The title of European Capital of Culture demonstrates the richness and diversity of European cultures, stimulates sustainable tourism and promotes the development of cities through culture. Also, the title has a positive long-term social and economic impact for both cities and neighboring regions.
The cities that wish to be selected for this prestigious title must develop a cultural program with a strong European dimension, which promotes the active involvement of the inhabitants and their communities, the release also states.