Social Events

Tuesday April 17 Wednesday April 18 Thursday April 19 Friday April 20

REHVA Banquet & professional awards at the "Aquarium" Restaurant (1900 - 2300)
(only for Delegates, Core Members of Committee and Supporters)

How to reach "Aquarium" Restaurant: From Hotel Timisoara take the street to your left and go straight ahead on the Sf. Ioan Street. Take the first left turn on Coriolan Brediceanu Street you will reach the City Business Center. Take the elevator in this building to the 8th floor.

Estimated time by foot 10-15 min.

For this event you will have to wear formal attire.

For the accompanying persons we have prepared a special program:

From 1215 to 1530 - Visit at the Cathedral's Museum and at Sag Monastery - here, the ladies can have lunch in the monastery; everything will be prepared by the nuns.
From Timisoara Hotel we will walk 5 min. to the Cathedral's Museum.
Then to Sag Monstery and back to the Timisoara Hotel the transport is assured by bus.

Conference Welcome Reception at the Art Museum (Muzeul de Artă) (1900 - 2200)

Timisoara Museum of Art is hosted by The Baroque Palace - one of the most representative buildings of Timisoara.

The palace was designed in the XVIII-th century resembling the Kinsky Palace in Wien.

Through time, the Baroque Palace was office of the Mining Company, Prefecture and residence of the Governor.

In 2006, fallowing a long restauration process, the building became host to the newly founded Art Museum.

From Hotel Timisoara take the street on your right (Marasesti Street) and go straight ahead. At the 4th intersection turn right and go straight ahead. You will reach Union Square (Piata Unirii). Cross this Square and on the right side you will see a big yellow building. This building houses the Art Museum.

Estimated time by foot 15-20 min.

For this event you will have to wear casual attire.


1900 - 1915 – Guest Arrival

1930 - 2000 – Special Guests Recital: Ilie Stepan & Horia Crisovan – a band with a symbol of the Romanian folk and rock – in Baroque Room (named so after its location above the main entrance, on the symmetrical axis of the building, due to the alveolar crowning, in shell shape, the windows and the paneling decorated under the roccoco influence).

Starting from 2000 – "Exquisite caricature" – Special guest: Stefan Popa - Popa'S - the first Romanian cartoonist in the Guiness Book.

Between 2000 - 2245 – visiting the two exhibitions, one of which belongs to the famous painter Corneliu Baba (1906-1997) - among the Romanian artists that inspired Baba we include: Grigorescu and Tonitza; and among the Europeans, we include: El Greco, Goya and Rembrandt. The other exhibition represents the European Art. The main plastic genres approached are: auto/portrait, the harlequin - the crazy king, portrait with social character, landscape and still nature.

Groups of 20 people will be formed in order to avoid crowding in the exhibition rooms.
A guide will stay permanently in these rooms to offer you all the necessary information related to the paintings.

The cultural journey will be completed with the culinary journey from which will not miss: sandwiches with red caviar with smoked salmon fillet, sofas with mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, "vole au vent" with foie gras, Recas wine (Merlot and Riesling) and the inviting glass of champagne.

Special guest: Stefan Popa - Popa'S

Popa'S is the first romanian cartoonist in the Guiness Book. He is Citizen of Honour in 26 cities from Romania: Timisoara, Cluj, Caransebes, Dr. Turnu-Severin, Slatina, Ploiesti, Vaslui, Fagaras, Zalau, Gura Humorului, Mangalia etc.
Recently, Mr. Popa'S became the official painter of Vatican.

Special guests: Ilie Stepan & Horia Crisovan

Ilie Stepan is a symbol of the Romanian folk and rock. It appeared right from the beginning, together with the explosion of the 60s beat rhythms. He founded "Pro Musica" - a group of the 70s-80s mark, he wrote "Timisoara"- the most beautiful anthem of the Revolution of 1989. Involved in the city’s life, an artist with an exuberant energy and a special aura, Stepan is one of the few pioneers of rock that continues to seek new paths, to write with passion, sophistication and strength, with which he had started more than three decades ago.

For the accompanying persons we have prepared a special program:

From 0945 to 1230 - Timisoara walking tour with our distinguished guide prof. dr. Ioan Hategan.

Conference Dinner - wine tasting at Recas (1900 - 2300)

Recas ( is a little town located at 21 km (12 miles) east of Timisoara.
The transport is assured by us. We will provide 4 buses for this event.
Estimated time by buses 30 min.
For this event you will have to wear casual attire.

    Departures at Recas:
         1815   -  1st Bus
         1820   -  2nd Bus
         1825   -  3rd Bus
         1830   -  4th Bus

1915 - Welcomming the guests with bread and salt - Romanian hospitality tradition.

Three couples of dancers dressed in Romanian national costumes, offer guests bread and salt, but the local tradition always puts a glass of red wine, another symbol of humanity and hospitality.

Many traditions are related to bread, considered a symbol of essential food and a basic element of moral conduct. Once taking out the bread from the oven, a new working circle ends. It is said that when the woman bakes bread, she shouldn’t be upset. Older housewives say that bread should not be rushed and that everything should be done with great patience.

Traditionally, bread is a symbol of steadfastness, of humanity. In ancient Romanian tradition, guests are greeted, as a sign of welcome, with bread and salt.

Ancient symbol, salt is found in every house, in different forms and for different purposes. In city homes, salt can be found only in the kitchens. In villages, salt clumps can be found in every peasant’s household for animals and herds.

In the Romanian tradition, salt is usually associated with bread as a sign of harmony, friendship and hospitality. There is also the belief that salt is endowed with magical powers: to keep us from disease, it is good to put a fist of salt in the bath tub.

1930 - 2000 - Wine tasting
2000 - 2300 - Serving dinner   

2230 - 2240 - Traditional dance "Periniţa"

This dance is typically Romanian; basically, it is known as a kissing ritual. This dance started at a wedding party, called "vedre" (buckets), when the bride invites girls and boys from the village at the Saturday evening’s dinner to say goodbye. They would then make a small embroidered pillow that is put in the middle of the dance place, and so was born "Periniţa" (Little Pillow).

All guests are caught in "horă" (Romanian round dance) and it will remain only one person whom, with a handkerchief or a scarf, chooses a person of the opposite sex and puts the handkerchief after his/hers neck; then, he/she brings the guest into the circle, puts the handkerchief on the floor and both of them sit on one knee, they kiss on the cheek and the chosen one remains in the center to continue "Periniţa".

    Departures at Timisoara:
         2300   -  1st Bus
         2315   -  2nd Bus
         2330   -  3rd Bus and 4th Bus

For the accompanying persons we have prepared a special program:

From 0945 to 1200 - Timisoara tour with the historic tram. The tour will be performed in the delighted presence of our guide, prof. dr. Ioan Hategan.

Oldies but Goldies - Surprise Party at the Yacht Club (1900 - 2300)

For the accompanying persons we have prepared a special program:

From 0945 to 1230 - Shopping session at Timisoara Iulius Mall.