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In 2023, George Enescu Festival Takes Place in Timisoara, European Capital of Culture

In 2023, the George Enescu Festival, the most important international classical music event, takes place in Timisoara, not in Bucharest, as usually.

The announcement was made by the president of the Timiș County Council, Alin Nica, after the visit of the minister of Culture to Timișoara.

Extraordinarily good news! While visiting Timiș County, the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Gheorghiu, assured me that in 2023 – the year of the European Capital of Culture, the prestigious George Enescu music festival takes place in Timișoara. It is further proof that our county is a recognized cultural landmark. We have at our disposal 2 years to prepare with investments, vision and governmental support, a true royal festival of Timisoara’s cultural spirit.

Alin Nica, president of the Timis County Council

In 2023, Timisoara is the European Capital of Culture, and preparations for this large-scale event and cultural recognition have already begun.

The George Enescu Festival was initiated 3 years after the death of the great composer, in 1958. Taking place at every 3 years, the festival was stopped in 1979. After more than 10 years from that moment, the festival was resumed. Its first edition took place after the Revolution of 1989, in 1991. Starting with 2002, by Government Decision, it was decided to organize the George Enescu Festival every 2 years, in Bucharest. Each edition of the famous George Enescu Festival brought together prestigious orchestras and musicians. Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, Stockholm Philharmonic, conducted by Sergiu Celibidache, Claudio Arrau – one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, David Ohanesian and Nicolae Herlea – the greatest baritones of Romania are just a few names who honored with their presence the various editions of the George Enescu Festival.

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