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Basic information

  • Area: 129.2 km² (49.9 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +40
  • Currency: Romanian leu (RON)
  • Population (EST): 312,113
  • Official language: Romanian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Timişoara – Regular Events

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Opera Festival

Held over a number of days at the end of August, the Timișoara Opera Festival has become a valuable part of the city’s cultural calendar. Music lovers can choose from a series of breath taking performances of some of the world’s best loved Opera’s.

Plai

Timișoara’s colourful Plai festival celebrates an array of multi cultural arts. The vibrant event, set in lush surroundings, brings together the best of world, jazz and contemporary music. Held at the outdoor Banat Village Museum, events include art workshops, drama and dance.

TM Base

Join thousands of electronic music fans, producers and DJ’s who come to party at the annual three day TM Base Festival. TM Base provides a platform for up-and-coming talent as well as featuring live performances from some of the most famous names in urban music.

New Year

On New Years Eve thousands revelers gather in Piata Victoriei, the city’s main square to celebrate the coming of the New Year. Visitors can listen to live music from Romanian stars and watch a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.

Martisor Fair

The end of February brings the Martisor Fair to Piata Victoriei. Artisans flock to the square to sell their collections of charming trinkets, cards, paper flowers and decorative pins. Traditionally these Martisor items are purchased by men, and given on March 1st to their loved ones.

World Theatre Day

February brings World Theatre Day, marked by a number of events across Timișoara. Culture lovers can catch a number of theatrical performances, readings and discussions at venues throughout the city.

Easter Market

Easter in Timișoara is a big celebration full of festivities that showcase the best of the city’s traditional food and handicrafts. Visitors can enjoy browsing one of numerous markets, the most famous of which is located at the Piata Victoriei.

Timishort Film Festival

In May, Timișoara hosts the acclaimed Timishort Film Festival. Film buffs flock to this week long event that showcases an eclectic mix of avant garde short films by international and Romanian directors. The festival includes an awards ceremony, galas and discussion forums.

Bega Boulevard

One of the most popular events in Timișoara’s events calendar is the Bega Boulevard. Residents and tourists gather on the banks of the Bega River to enjoy a range of events including live music, theatre and dance. The festival culminates in the famous Rubber Duck contest, when thousands of ducks are floated down the river.

International Romani Art Festival

July brings the annual Romani Arts Festival that celebrates all aspects of Roma folk art. The event showcases the talent of local and international artists, illustrating traditional and contemporary gypsy culture. Visitors have the chance to see a unique blend of contemporary music, film, theatre, crafts and photography.

Opera Festival

Held over a number of days at the end of August, the Timișoara Opera Festival has become a valuable part of the city’s cultural calendar. Music lovers can choose from a series of breath taking performances of some of the world’s best loved Opera’s.

Plai

Timișoara’s colourful Plai festival celebrates an array of multi cultural arts. The vibrant event, set in lush surroundings, brings together the best of world, jazz and contemporary music. Held at the outdoor Banat Village Museum, events include art workshops, drama and dance.

TM Base

Join thousands of electronic music fans, producers and DJ’s who come to party at the annual three day TM Base Festival. TM Base provides a platform for up-and-coming talent as well as featuring live performances from some of the most famous names in urban music.

International Jazz Festival

Timișoara’s International Jazz Festival features an eclectic mix of jazz music from trios, soloists and big bands. A must for jazz lovers, the event showcases an impressive line up of established and emerging artists.

Theatre Week

Each December Timișoara commemorates its 1989 revolution with a series of theatrical performances and exhibitions. Visitors can watch moving and informative re-enactments of the events that led up to the fall of communism.

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