Asociaţia Timișoara 2023 – Capitală Europeană a Culturii (Timișoara 2023- European Capital of Culture Association – ATCEC) was set up in 2011 by 63 funding members from a variety of backgrounds: the public and the independent cultural sectors, the academia, the mass-media, the business sector, as well as by citizens of Timișoara. From its very beginning, the scope of the Association was that of preparing the candidacy of Timișoara to the title of European Capital of Culture. As of 2016, when the city of Timișoara was designated European Capital of Culture for 2021, the Association has focused on preparing the financial and legislative framework that would allow the development, planification and implementation of the Cultural Programme according to the Bid Book. As of 2019, the Cultural Programme entered the production phase with the aim of increasing its magnitude progressively through 2021. After 2023, ATCEC will continue to support and implement cultural projects for the local community and will ensure the sustainability of the year of the European Capital of Culture.