Cluj-Napoca is one of Romania’s largest secondary cities, with a population of over 250.000 inhabitants and more than 65.000 students. It is one of Europe’s most young cities, every fourth person living here being under 35. The city has a strong academic, economic and civic sector.
Cluj is one of Romania's "magnet cities", attracting constantly new residents from all over the country. Cultural and creative industries (CCI) represent the most powerful element of vitality for Cluj and the city has the highest urban cultural vitality in Romania outside the capital and ranks as 13th in creative economy among Europe’s large cities (with population of 250,000-500,000). Its assets are cultural infrastructure, participation in cultural events and human resources with over 2000 students graduating a CCI-related discipline yearly. Its cultural scene is strong and diverse, including two national theatres and two national operas, 12 museums, a philharmonic orchestra and most notably a very young and active independent cultural sector, with hundreds of organisations and initiatives, including two centres for contemporary arts, and tens of private galleries and performing arts spaces. There are over 100 festivals and 3000 cultural events annually.
Key policy crossover
Inner Space is a multi-annual project of Cluj Cultural Centre that explores and promotes the potential of culture to improve health and well-being. The project is establishing a local network of organizations, institutions and universities from the field of culture and public health to actively engage in promoting well-being in the city of Cluj-Napoca, focusing on both inner and public spaces. The project develops a Culture and Well-being Think Tank, hosts an annual international forum and pilots design and artistic interventions to be scaled up in order to enhance individual and community health and well-being. Also, Cluj Cultural Centre is active in research and advocacy initiatives at local and European level to promote art, cultural participation and cultural interventions as accessible and effective forms of prevention and support in the management of health problems, together with partners such as the World Health Organization, Culture Action Europe, Nordic Dimension Partnership on Culture, Trans Europe Halles, Central Denmark Region.Other significant initiatives in the area of well-being are LEAP - Interdisciplinary study on young people’s needs and opportunities assessment in Cluj-Napoca, an evidence-informed, tech-enabled repository of data, actors and initiatives in the areas of health, well-being and education and OurCluj, a network of key stakeholders collaborating to support youth well-being in the city of Cluj-Napoca over ten years initiated by Fondation Botnar.