Common Heritage I The Tale of Four Cities

Common Heritage - The Tale of Four Cities is a project dedicated to the  research, interpretation and promotion of the common heritage shared by the cities of Timisoara (Romania), Szeged (Hungary), Subotica (Serbia) and Odessa (Ukraine). Implemented by the Prin Banat Association the project aims to help shape the local identity of the four cities through heritage.

With the help of local partners in the project, a series of public events will be organised in Timișoara between May and December 2023. The events include contemporary art exhibitions with illustrations made by artists from all four cities, photography exhibitions, workshops and international conferences but also a large-scale event that will transform an urban area of ​​the city into an immersive space, which will take the participants with the help of contemporary art and modern sound, through the history and common stories of the four cities. At the end of the project, a scientific publication will be released as well as a video documentary that will expose the current situation of the heritage preset in these cities.

The project was born from the need to form and exhibit  a common narrative, which would increase the feeling of belonging to the same common European space, by identifying both the shared common elements (cultural, historical, ethnological) and the differences that define the local specificity of each city. Ultimately, the project is a celebration of cultural unity and diversity alike, by using built heritage as a cultural mediator between four cities from four different countries, which come together through art in Timișoara.

The Common Heritage - The Tale of Four Cities project aims to expand the existing cultural activity in Timișoara, seen from a European perspective, and to facilitate international collaboration through art and local resources in an attempt to define and understand the identity of the city and the local community through the lens of of the common architectural heritage of the cities of Timisoara (Romania), Szeged (Hungary), Subotica (Serbia) and Odessa (Ukraine), starting from common decorative elements shared by the four cities.

Organized by the Association Prin Banat, the Common Heritage - The Tale of Four Cities project is part of the national cultural program "Timișoara - European Capital of Culture in 2023" and is financed by the European Echoes program, run by the Centrul de Proiecte Timișoara, with amounts allocated from the state budget, through the budget of Ministerul Culturii.