We try to understand culture as being not solely a humanist expression but rather an anthropological one.
The city of Cluj possesses values, traditions, customs, institutions and completely unique events in the country, but also has its taboo subjects. We cannot say that our city was always favoured by fate, yet we know that despite all circumstances it is constantly able to show us an amazing sense of commitment, freedom and uniqueness.
It is a city which attracts the sympathy of Romanians from all regions of the country, its common values and attributes making it one of the most important cities in Romania.
The standard of living here always attracts new residents, especially young people who come here to study. Its numerous artists, events, campaigns and projects place Cluj among the top most popular cities of the country. This is where cable television was first launched in Romania; this is the birthplace of the first private banks and many new ideas in the country. Civil society has a great power over the development of the city and this is usually the ground zero of any national–level movement or protest.
A citizen of Cluj is a prudent citizen, who knows exactly what he does, why he does it, follows well-trodden and safe paths and, above all, pays his taxes without murmur. A very characteristic and special phenomenon of Cluj is the rivalry between its two football teams, the U Cluj and the CFR Cluj. The citizen of Cluj is characterized by discipline, pragmatism and critical thinking.
It is also not exaggerated or out of place to say that Cluj truly inhales and exhales art. Influenced by the long academic tradition that has been transmitted from generation to generation, Cluj’s public loves and cherishes its theatres, exhibitions and concerts. Institutions like the Lucian Blaga National Theatre, the Hungarian Theatre, the "Puck" Puppet Theatre, the Romanian National Opera, the Hungarian State Opera House, the Students’ Cultural Center, the Municipal House of Culture, as well as independent institutions like the Impossible Theatre or the Paintbrush Factory are all coexisting peacefully in this city. Moreover, the National Art Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, the History Museum of Transylvania (currently closed for renovation), the Pharmacy Museum, the Zoological Museum, the Museum of Water, the Museums of Mineralogy, the museums of the Babes-Bolyai University, the Orthodox Metropolitan Museum of Cluj are holding a large number of permanent and temporary exhibitions for interested visitors. Cluj is the serves as the place for the central headquarters for the Writers' Union of Romania, Romanian Fine Arts Union, and the Union of Romanian Composers. Moreover, we have a large number of institutions like the French Cultural Institute, the German Cultural Centre, the Italian Cultural Centre, the British Council, the "Casa do Brasil" - Brazilian Cultural Center, the Polish Cultural Centre and the Confucius Institute.
We believe in a definition of culture that does not belong only to the narrow elite of the city, but is born by an active participation of the local community. Culture is a result of collaboration between the members of society and those who produce culture. Culture is intended to be both a tool for participation and an element of social cohesion.