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In 2007 Luxembourg and Roman Sibiu had the honour of becoming European Capitals of Culture.
In 2000 the Ministries of Culture from Luxembourg and Romania decided to intensify their cooperation in the cultural field. The agreement was renewed in 2002 and 2004 and its provisions have consistently been implemented, which was reflected by the fact that the two countries shared the title of European Capital of Culture 2007. The partnership between Luxembourg and Sibiu not only has a profound basis in the history but also continues to the present day.
The theme chosen for the Sibiu cultural programme - “City of Culture - City of Culture” - matches very well the ones of Luxembourg – “Europe of the Future” and “Discovering Yourself – Discovering Others”.
Sibiu Old Town (Photo by: Ramona Binder)
“It was Richard Wagner, a Romanian-born author, who first made news with this year’s European cultural capital as the “wonder of Sibiu” in the Neue Züricher Zeitung. Nobody wanted to believe this more than mayor Klaus Johannis in 2004, when he suggested that Sibiu put forward a bid to be European Capital of Culture for 2007. With Luxembourg, the joint bid succeeded in convincing the Brussels jury.”
Sibiu has made record changes in the recent years: there has been rebuilding, restoration and renovation everywhere. The city invested over 100 000 Euro in the new image symbolizing its openness to the world.
Luxembourg together with Greater Region celebrated the European Capital of Culture event by organising 555 cultural projects including over 500 events. The programme prepared by Luxembourg attracted approximately 3.300.000 visitors from all over the world. The project was integrated into culture development programme, including modern infrastructure and new cultural initiatives.
In accordance of the declaration made by the general coordinator of the ECC in Luxembourg, Robert Garcia, the cultural programme had two goals: to show Europe and the world the creative potential of the city and the region through special cultural events prepared for the purpose of celebrating the European Capital of Culture event and keep this image after its completion.
Luxembourg and Greater Region – ECC 2007 – Final reporthttp://www.mcesr.public.lu/presse/annee_culturelle_2007/portail_luxembourg_2007/Rapport_final_anglais.pdf