This year, three cities share the title: Veszprém in Hungary, Elefsina in Greece, and Timișoara in Romania, each with a year-long series of events.
Timișoara has chosen the motto “Shine your light—Light up your city!”, which has a special meaning for the locals, as Timișoara was the first city in Europe to introduce electric street lighting and also where the revolution against the communist dictatorship in 1989 sparked.
The intense program series will start in February, with an average of four new events a day. The opening weekend will take place between the 17th and 19th of February, during which a series of contemporary artists from Romania and Europe will present the city’s central squares and main routes in a novel way, and will conclude with a concert by Lajkó Félix & Volosi. Throughout the year, a series of music and arts festivals, classical and popular music concerts, and theater guest performances will be organized. Several important foreign artists will also make appearances, including two Nobel Prize winners for literature, Orhan Pamuk and Olga Tokarczuk. And in terms of exhibitions, the most important is undoubtedly that of Brâncuşi, with the largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the Romanian sculptor in the last fifty years. It is expected that Timișoara will attract an extra 250,000 visitors this year, almost doubling the average number of tourists.