Timişoara is a special city. Everybody feels it, those who were born and live here and those who come here and then decide to stay. Timişoara is a city of parks and of heritage buildings, a city both cultural and sportive, a university city, and especially an offering city to those visiting it. Timişoara is the city of freedom, which in December 1989 becomes the first communism-free city in Romania. Whether you choose to walk along the streets full of a fascinating history, or you choose from the rich cultural offer or an agitated night in the clubs or a refined one in some chic restaurant, Timişoara has got many things to offer.
Timişoara is a permanent space of cultural and ethnical interferences that offers the city multiple advantages. Timişoara is a rich cultural city with a particular architectural heritage, which gathers in a relatively small space an impressive heritage from different epochs and cultures, traces of different ethnic communities who have left their identity marks here.
Timişoara’s museums hold valuable memories of the city and of the region, and some of their collections are of national or international importance: the Art Museum, the Banat Museum, the “Memorial of the Revolution”, the Banat Village Museum. There are also collections belonging to the different religious institutions located in Timişoara such as the Collection of the Romanian Orthodox Archbishopric, the Collection of the Catholic Bishopric and the Collection of the Serbian Orthodox.
Timişoara is the only European city to have three state theatres in three languages –Romanian, German and Hungarian. The Romanian Opera House Timişoara, the „Banatul” Philharmonic and the House of Culture are also outstanding cultural institutions, presenting high-class artistic performances and concerts. Besides the professional cultural institutions, there are also numerous other cultural organizations, art galleries, musicians, artists that contribute to the effervescent life of the city.
Many of the artistic events take place in public and unconventional places – squares, parks, banks of the river, museums, old historical buildings, churches, even the airport runway.
The cultural agenda of the city looks more like a novel – the list of festivals and events seems endless. Timişoara intends to apply for the European Capital of Culture 2021.