We’ve written about the Romanian “ruga” and its reinterpretation in the event Electroruga de Buzad before. With this event coming up on the 1st and 2nd of September in the nearby village of Buzad, it’s time to have a look at the schedule, activities and main artists. The Herbalizer, MC Xander, JFB are only a few of the artists in the lineup. But the festival promises even more!

1. The Music

There can be no festival without some music! Check out the detailed schedule below:

 

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On Saturday, the main stage will entertain you with the sounds of The Herbalizer, MC Xander, B.A.U., ENEI, Nopame, Baba Dochia, JFB, DJ Breaks + Loadstar. But you can also check out the “old school stage”, the “mix stage” (where there will be a silent disco party that sounds very promising!) and the “iuresh” stage – for late-night party-lovers. (To find out what “iuresh” means, just ask a Romanian!)

On Sunday, the main stage will entertain us thanks to Dario Rossi, Geordi Little, Noisy Pots and Taraf de Caliu. This musical arrangement will be flavored with a musical-theatrical interpretation of the Romanian folk tale “Miorita” by local theatre group Aualeu. And again, the “old school stage” and the “iuresh stage” will also be open to entertainment.

 

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2. The “market” with local products

The first edition of Electroruga sounds very promising, as its concept is both “modern” and “traditional”. While the music is not very “traditional” in the Romanian countryside, the festival aims to involve the local community in a rather traditional way: by helping the locals sell their products and their skills to festival-goers.

Some of the things you’ll find in this traditional “market”: fresh local fruit, honey, jam and syrup, cheese, lavender oil and home-made cosmetics, craft beer, artisan jewelry etc.

 

3. The workshops

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While listening to good music is a great activity, a festival a better if it offers some entertaining activities during the day. The organizers of Electroruga took this into consideration and prepared some awesome workshops, where you can learn a new skill or just have fun.

These workshops include: scratching (workshop help by JFB), pizza making, painting, traditional coffee making, knot making (learn how to make several kinds of knots!), sewing, shepherding (yes, you can learn more about this activity from a local shepherd!), house building techniques etc.

 

How to get there?

The location, The Village, in Buzad, is 45 km away from Timisoara and about the same distance from Arad.

You can get there in your personal car, by sharing a ride (there is a special Facebook group for that) or with one of the festival’s special buses. These buses leave from the Metropolitan Cathedral and you can take them based on your festival ticket, for a modest fee. Some of the buses will entertain you with a very own DJ, making sure you have a great trip and get into the festival atmosphere before even getting there. Here is the full bus schedule:

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Accommodation

There are very few options for “modern” accommodation, as Buzad in a small village.  You have the possibility to stay with the locals home or you could just stay in the camping area.

Don’t have a tent? No worries, the organizers have a set of tents already pitched and prepared. You can find more details on the Facebook event.

 

I want to attend! How can I buy a ticket?

Tickets can be easily purchased online, here and the prices are:

1-day ticket: 99 RON

2-day ticket: 178 RON

You can also get a group ticket. Buy 5 and pay 4.

 

Art lovers, this article is for you! As a multicultural city and a future European capital of culture, Timisoara has a very active art scene. One of the biggest contemporary art events in our city is Baroque || Urban, which will host its third edition this year, between August 15th and October 15th.

 

About Baroque || Urban

Baroque || Urban is a local contemporary art event organised by the local organisation META Spatiu. The pilot edition of Baroque Urban took place in 2016 and was focused on neo-baroque, as an exploration of baroque and modernity. Romanian artist Gheorghe Fikl and French artist Josepha Blanchet played with the resurrection of the baroque current during this first event.

As the pilot edition was a success, the event was reiterated in 2017, with a new exhibition. The highlight of the 2017 edition was the work “Meating” by contemporary artist Virgilius Moldovan.

 

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Photo via baroqueurban.ro

WOMAN, ALL TOO WOMAN – art by women

The 2018 edition of Baroque || Urban seems to want to take things even further. This edition is bolder and more complex than the previous ones. This year’s event is titled WOMAN, ALL TOO WOMAN and is, as you already suspect, focused on art created by women. What does it mean to be a woman and an artist? That is what we are about to find out.

The team behind this year’s exhibition is all female, as are the artists whose work will be exhibited during the event. WOMAN, ALL TOO WOMAN, curated by Andreea Foanene, will bring together the works of over 30 artists, gathering a collection of over 120 artworks.

The artists who will be exhibiting are: Marina Abramovic, Aura Balanescu, Josépha Blanchet, Elena Bobi Dumitrescu, Alina Cioara, Andra Ciocoiu, Dana Constantin, Fantanariu Suzana, Andreea Heresanu, Emilia Jagica, Aurora Kiraly, Adriana Lucaciu, Andreea Medar, Liliana Mercioiu, Jelena Micić, Mihailescu Doina, Silvia Moldovan, Ada Muntean, Ana Maria Negară, Simona Nutiu Gradoux, Carmen Nicolau, Marilena Preda Sanc, Florica Prevenda, Kristina Ratiu Demuth, Axenia Roşca, Linda Saskia Menczel, Eva Maria Schartmüller, Serghiuta-Popa Diana, Alina-Ondine Slimovschi, Oana Stoian, Nada Stoici, Mindora Tulcan, Agnes Varnai, Simona Vilau, Victoria Zidaru.

 

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Photo via baroqueurban.ro

“Balkan Baroque” by Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic, one of the most famous contemporary artists worldwide, will be part of Urban || Baroque 2018 with her installation “Balkan Baroque”. The installation has received a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1997. The work brings forward stereotypes of the Balkans, but also the brutality of war, tragedy, nationalism, and madness. An interesting and controversial work of art for sure.

The exhibition will also host a screening about the artist’s work “Balkan Epic Erotic”, created around the same time as “Balkan Baroque” and portraying a contrasting side of the Balkans – one of naivety, purity, nature, and love.

 

When and where?

The works gathered for WOMAN, ALL TOO WOMAN will be displayed between August 15th and October 15th at the Timisoara Art Museum (no. 1, Unirii Square). For more details about the exhibitions and future conferences, you can follow the official event page.

 

Where to eat in Timisoara? We have written about that before and, since Timisoara has so many pubs and restaurants, we plan to keep on writing about the places that we discover in the city. But sometimes general recommendations are not enough. If you are vegan or vegetarian, “regular” restaurants can be limiting.

 

While you can find some vegetarian food in most restaurants, it can be refreshing to eat at an all-vegetarian restaurant from time to time. There’s always the option of having vegetarian pizza every day, but that will get boring at one point, won’t it?! If you are in need of recommendations, here are some vegetarian restaurants in Timisoara:

 

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Photo via Biofresh (Facebook)

1. Biofresh

This is the oldest restaurant in the city that serves exclusively vegetarian food. As the name suggests, the food is always “bio” and “fresh”. Most of all, their menu is complex: you can choose between several vegetarian pastas, soups, sandwiches and even sweets.

While all the food served is at least vegetarian, you can also find some raw-vegan dishes on their menu. The raw-vegan desserts are particularly popular, so do try them out if you have a sweet tooth.

Biofresh is quite a big restaurant, that also has a small terrace on one of the city’s pedestrian streets. It can get crowded during lunch time, as it offers a “daily menu”, which is popular with people who work in the area.

Where is it?

 

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Photo via Lamia (Facebook)

2. Lamia

For those of you who are either vegan or on a gluten-free diet, we have another recommendation: Lamia, a small and cozy vegan restaurant hidden away near the old city centre. The place is not very big and unfortunately has no summer terrace, but it is the only restaurant in town where you can choose from a large gluten-free menu.

The food is interesting and the menu is pretty rich for such a “niche” Romanian restaurant. You can match the food either with some organic tea, fresh juices or plain water – the water is on the house. The place itself, though simple in decorations, has a warm bohemian feeling to it.

Where can you find it?

 

3. Radha Cuisine

This is another “hidden gem” in Timisoara. Radha Cuisine is not a traditional restaurant, but it does serve good Indian vegetarian food. It is not “traditional”, as it does not have a set menu. Rather, they offer “daily” menus – the menu changes each day and each day you can choose between two 2 soups and 2 main dishes. You pay a small price for the whole menu, which includes dessert. And speaking of desserts, there is a rich selection of home-made sweets and pastries that you can purchase at the location. 

As for the location, the place is pretty small, as it seems to be more of a “takeaway” restaurant. It does, however, host a few tables, where you can have a quick but tasty lunch.

Where can you find it?

 

Vegetarian food in the city centre – other options

If these three options are not enough, you can always go for other restaurants and try to adapt a recipe to your needs. While not all chefs agree to change their recipes for a certain customer, local restaurants have adapted to vegetarian demands in recent years and many now serve at least some vegetarian/ vegan dishes. The Tube and Urban are two of the restaurants in the city centre serve a vegetarian daily menu in addition to their “classical” menu.

 

We hope we’ve managed to make your visit to Timisoara yummier! Did you eat anything interesting while in Timisoara? Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us!