Remarkable Romania

Remarkable Romania is a national label for culture and heritage driven local development. The label creates a network of settlements that work together to exchange practices and to connect in sustainable development projects built around cultural heritage.

Remarkable Romania (RR) starts with 12 pilot Transylvanian settlements in 2019 and grows to 25 villages in 2020 and to 40 in 2021, only to expand at national level in 2022.

Remarkable Romania (RR) is developed by the Cluj Cultural Centre in partnership with Sites et Cités remarquables de France, under the auspices of the Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Identity and the French Ministry of Culture.

In the first three years of the label development, Remarkable Romania focuses on Transylvanian villages. However, it is expected than the label will then be open to any Romanian village, town or city.

2019 pilot member settlements:

Suatu – Cluj County, Moldovenești – Cluj County, Vad – Cluj County, Poieni – Cluj County, Bonțida – Cluj County, Smida/Beliș – Cluj County, Bucium – Alba County, Fundata – Brașov County, Plopiș – Sălaj County, Bogata – Mureș County, Valea Viilor – Sibiu County, Bârsana – Maramureș. 

Benefits of the member villages:

  • Access to advice and training for local development;
  • Branding and exposure;
  • Access to network meetings and conferences;
  • Participation in one national cultural tourism campaign event per year;
  • Representation and promotion in national and international tourism and heritage fairs;
  • Access to twinning opportunities with French villages;
  • Support to establish local interpretation centres in local venues.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Proven interest to work with heritage and culture as local development;
  • Proven capacity to be involved in the network activities;
  • Proven interest in connecting with Romanian and French local administrations with similar interests;
  • New criteria will be set as the project advances.

Advisory Board

  • Csilla Hegedüs, President of Transylvania Trust
  • Tudor Sălăgean, Director of Transylvania Ethnography Museum
  • Cristina Bolog, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Geography and Tourism, Babeș-Bolyai University
  • András Farkas, Founder of PONT Group
  • Jonathan Fedy, Responsible for Heritage and International Affairs at Sites et Cités remarquables de France
  • Rarița Zbranca, Programme Director at Cluj Cultural Centre
  • Ștefan Teișanu, Director of Cluj Cultural Centre