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Welcome of the chairman of Sibiu 2007 Association

For hundreds of years the fortified town of Sibiu/Hermannstadt lay in the way of Middle Age invasions, conflicts and wars.
That is why in those troubled centuries the town first greeted the strangers who arrived here with the cold defence walls and the closed gates.
A legend tells that eight centuries ago the founders of the town drew the outer limits of the settlement with two swords.
These weapons can be seen now only on the town’s historic coat of arms.
The swords of the Middle Ages went into oblivion long time ago and the town opened its gates to the world and became home for people of many cultures, speaking different languages and practisisng different forms of religious life. Sibiu/Hermannstadt with its different ethnic communities developed a unique multicultural life.
The people of Sibiu are warm and hospitable. They welcome with open arms the visitors, wheather they come on business or as tourists looking for the rich experience at the contact with our cultural heritage, or in search of fun, sports or nature.
The occasion presented to Sibiu/Hermannstadt to be European Cultural Capital of 2007 in partnership with Luxembourg and Luxembourg Grand Region is for us an opportunity to present our city, our way of life and the creativity of all the communities which live here in an attractive complex programme.
We invite you to stroll along the streets and into the squares of the Historic Centre, with its Gothic arcades, Renaissance houses and elegant Baroque churches as well as Art Nouveau buildings.
There you can meet artists and their creative products, there you can taste our cuisine and wines or visit the museums that preserve beautiful art collections.
Our city awaits you to discover its music, dance, theatre, visual arts and other events which move out of of our cultural halls in the most provocative sttings: in the streets and squares, lofts and cellars, fortification walls and churches.
We invite everybody to Sibiu and wish all a very plesant time here that will transform into an enriching cultural experience.

Klaus Werner Johannis
Mayor of Sibiu/Hermannstadt
Chairman of Sibiu 2007

Sibiu 2007 represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a Romanian city to host the European Capital of Culture designation.
Sibiu/Hermannstadt as European Capital of Culture in 2007 aims at opening gates through which the city’s rich cultural landscape and diverse life will meet that of Europe.
The Ministries of Culture from Luxembourg and Romania agreed in 2000 to cooperate in the cultural field and the cooperation engagement was renewed in 2002 and 2004 and enriched with the agreement of sharing the role of European Capital of Culture in 2007.
This that the partnership between Luxembourg and Sibiu/Hermannstadt has a profound basis not only in the history but also in the present.
The theme chosen by Sibiu/Hermannstadt - “City of Culture-City of Cultures” - matches very well the ones of Luxembourg – “Europe of the Future” and “Discovering Yourself – Discovering Others”.
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