Cristian Alin Ilea

Circumeuropa Project Coordinator / Wild Watch Association

For us, Timisoara 2023 – European Capital of Culture was the ideal opportunity to start the project we have been dreaming of for over 15 years, Circumeuropa. It was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate and bring back into the consciousness of the people of Timișoara the importance of the Bega Canal – our water link with the rest of the world. We had the opportunity to become the first boat to leave Timisoara after some 70 years, covering over 1700 nautical miles, connecting by water with our sister European Cultural Capital – Eleusis. We have thus managed to overcome geographical barriers through sailing and cultural barriers through the unique events organized, putting Timisoara and the Bega River in a cultural-scientific context that we will develop together from now on.