Awards’ Jury selects the 2023 winners and participates in events in Timișoara, Romania
The meeting of the Jury of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2023 took place on 20 and 21 April in Timișoara, Romania, a European Capital of Culture for the year 2023. Several other events were organised on the occasion of the meeting, namely the exhibition about the Award winners 2022 “RECUPERATIO – Remarkable heritage achievements from across Europe”, a welcome reception hosted by the Mayor of Timișoara and the full day International Forum on Historical Centres: Heritage Connects People and Places.
Composed of leading experts from the heritage field from across Europe, the Jury assembled to select the 2023 winners of Europe’s top heritage award, which will be announced to the public on 13 June 2023 via a joint press release by the European Commission and Europa Nostra.
The meeting of the Jury was generously hosted by the Timiș County Council. The President of the Timiș County Council, Alin Nica, gave the Jury a warm welcome to Timișoara on the first morning of the meeting.
On the evening of 20 April, the exhibition about the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 “RECUPERATIO – Remarkable heritage achievements from across Europe” was opened at the premises of the Timiș County Council.
The first part of the exhibition presents the winning projects of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022. The second part of the exhibition presents exemplary projects from Romania. These 10 successful initiatives are encouraging and inspiring examples for the Romanian heritage field, which faces many political and social challenges.
The RECUPERATIO project is initiated and organised by the Piscu School, in collaboration with Europa Nostra, and co-funded by the Order of Architects of Romania, through the Architectural Fee.
Among the representatives who addressed the assembled guests were Alin Nica, President of the Timiș County Council, Bertrand de Feydeau, Chair of the Heritage Awards Jury, Virgil Scripcariu, Founder of the Piscu School, Daniel Tellman, President of the Order of Architects Timiș, and Eugen Vaida, Member of the Jury and founder of Asociata Monumentum.
The exhibition ran at the Timiș County Council until 30 April. It will travel to two further locations: the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest between 5 and 25 May 2023, and the Piscu School Museum and Workshop between 3 June and 3 September.
On the evening of 21 April, the Mayor of Timișoara, Dominic Fritz, hosted a welcome reception for the Jury and to bring together key heritage actors in the city. The reception took place at the Centre for Projects in the city centre. Among the speakers at the event were Alexandra-Maria Riegler, Director of the Centre for Projects, Alexandra Palconi-Sitov, President and Founder of the Prin Banat Association, and Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary-General of Europa Nostra. Mr. Fritz gave an inspiring speech wherein he outlined the rich and multilayered history of Timisoara, a city where many cultures and communities have lived together harmoniously for many centuries.
We are grateful to the City of #Timisoara and its Mayor @DominicFritzTM for their exceptional welcome in their multicultural historic city, proud European Capital of Culture!
We are eager to strengthen the ties between @europanostra & @Timisoara_2023 also within #EUHeritageHub! https://t.co/4XPRffyi47
— Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović (@SneskaEN) April 24, 2023
The following day, the International Forum on Historical Centres: Heritage Connects People and Places took place. It was organised by the Romanian Order of Architects, Europa Nostra and Asociația Prin Banat (Europa Nostra’s member organisation) in cooperation with the Timișoara Municipality and the Timiș County Council.