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February 2, 2023

Close competition for the title of European Cultural Capital: Four Romanian cities on the short list of candidates

The competition for European Cultural Capital 2021 reached the intermediate stage after the short list was announced, with the cities chosen to compete for this title. These cities are Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca and Baia Mare. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Culture.

Totally, there were fourteen Romanian cities that submitted their candidacies for this title (Alba Iulia, Arad, Bacau, Baia Mare, Brasov, Braila, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Iasi, Sfantu Gheorghe, Suceava, Timisoara, Targu Mures). All of them introduced their concepts in front of a jury of 12 international experts and this jury made the selection based on several internationally valid criteria.

The jury considered the original projects presented by the representatives of applicant cities and checked whether these cities can afford projects of such amplitude.
“There are four cities on the short list. In random order. Simply random order: Timisoara, Baia Mare, Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest!”, President of the jury Steve Green announced. “All European Capitals of Culture and shortlisted cities are able to gain international attention. Not merely by their cultural activity, but for everything their decisions and politicies bring”, the President added.

In the summer of next year, we will find out the winning city of Romania for the title of 2021 European Cultural Capital. This city will receive from behalf of the European Commission an award of EUR one million and a half. Moreover, the Government will contribute at least EUR ten million for this project and there will be more money granted by local authorities for cultural projects, as well as for the modernization of the city, infrastructure included.

The title of European Cultural Capital is granted each year to one city in each of the EU member states included in the agenda established by the European Union. For the year 2021, the two member states granted the right to host the action European Cultural Capital are Romania and Greece.

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