The summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean we are planning to go into hibernation mode here in Timisoara. On the contrary. The days are getting colder, shorter and darker, but that gives us the perfect motivation to spend our evening surrounded by nice people and good music. What better way to keep warm until the cold season is over than some good concerts in Timisoara?!

 

If you are a music lover, you will be very happy to hear that this autumn could be very eventful for you. There are many concerts and parties planned in Timisoara in the following weeks. To help you plan your days and weekend according, we thought we could give you some recommendations.

Our friends from Reflektor Venue seem to be particularly busy this November, as they have no less than 14 concerts planned this November! From alternative rock to heavy metal, here are all the concerts you can attend:

 

November 1st: The Skywalkers

A very young band with (very) young band members are launching their debut album. They will have several guests from the local music scene performing with them. This is a very good opportunity to support young local talents. Head to their YouTube channel and check them out.

 

November 2nd: Sasquatch [US] + Northern Revival [SRB] live at Reflektor

Sasquatch is a rock band from Los Angeles, CA. They tend to sip on influences from 70’s metal, rock, and psychedelia. Northern Revival is a Stoner/Heavy Rock/Sludge band from Novi Sad, Serbia formed in October 2012.

Event at Reflektor Venue

 

November 3rd: The Monojacks

Romanian alternative rock at its finest. They sound better live than on YouTube, so check them out.

The Monojacks at Reflektor Venue

 

November 8th: The Case, live in Timisoara, launching a new single.

If you want to get acquainted with the local alternative rock scene, this is a very good chance. The Case is a local band that has entertained the crowds at most festivals in the area.

Sasquatch at Reflektor Venue

 

November 9th: Charm Designer [co], Inner Missing [ru], November Black

If you are more into metal, this one is for you! Charm Designer, usually associated with the doom/gothic metal niches by followers and reviewers, was created in Bogotá (Colombia’s capital city) by a group of architects. Inner Missing was formed in the spring of 2008 and have since played on stage with such bands as Forest Stream (Msk), Disease (Latvia), Demogorgon (Pl) and some other European bands. November Black is a melodic rock band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, motivated and inspired by bands such as Charon, Black Sabbath, Guns N Roses, HIM, Slipknot.

The Charm live Concert at Reflektor Venue

 

November 10th: Cedry2k, LP launch.

This concert is part of Cedrik2k’s tour to promote his LP, “Scoala Veche”. While the lyrics can be difficult to understand if you’re not a Romanian speaker, we’re sure that the hip-hop beats can get to you anyway.

 

November 11th: FUNKorporation, the Very Cool People (LV) tour

FUNKorporation (Romania)+ Very Cool People (Latvia)= Two bands, one funky-jazzy tour. Their sounds combine jazz, funky grooves, Balkan-klezmer vibes, and energy, so you can dance your shoes off.

FunkOrporation live concert Timisoara

 

November 15th: The Ocean [de] and Rosetta [us] live at Reflektor Venue

Since 2001, the Berlin-based musician collective The Ocean have released 7 critically acclaimed studio albums and a split EP with Japanese post-rock legends Mono. They are now coming to Timisoara to promote their latest material called ”Phanerozoic” together with Rosetta.

FunkOrporation live concert Timisoara

 

November 16th: Soft Kill / post-punk & coldwave USA & Arc Gotic / post-punk RO

Post-punk with USA artists Soft Kill and Romanian band Arc Gotic. Head to YouTube to find out more!

 

November 17th: F.Charm concert

A charming “black sheep” of the hip-hop industry. Rap and feelings, check it out.

 

November 20th: Shining [no] and Alithia [au]

After releasing four albums of esoteric and enigmatic left-field jazz, Shining edged fully into the world of extreme metal for 2010’s Blackjazz album. Progressive rock band AlithiA, meaning truth in Greek, was formed in 2004. 

Shining concert Timisoara

 

November 22nd: The Tango Orchestra

This is exactly what it sounds like. And they are a local “product”. Tango or not, the sound is worth an audition.

The Tango Orchestra Timisoara

 

November 23rd-24th: Haywire Festival 2018

A 2-day rock festival covering various genders like atmospheric black metal, progressive rock, math rock la post-rock, sludge metal, space rock, stoner/psychedelic rock. This is an independent local festival, organized by local band Methadone Skies. For the full line-up and other information, check out the dedicated Facebook event.

Haywire Festival

 

November 30th: Suburbia11

Suburbia11 is a Romania band that mixes ska, rap and reggae music.

 

So, what are your plans this November?!

Check also the other events which are happening in Timisoara

Considering a visit to Timisoara, but not sure if you should book your trip?! Are your friends wondering if they should visit Timisoara?! Or do you want to convince your foreign friends to pay you a visit in Timisoara?! Then read on… Because we have put together a list of the 10 reasons anyone should start planning a visit soon:

1. Timisoara is a multicultural city and in 2021 it will become European Capital of Culture

Timisoara has had a complex history and throughout history, various nationalities have shared the city. The city has been part of the Kingdon of Hungary, under the Ottoman rule and for a long period of time, Timisoara was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.  In 1918 Timisoara, the population consisted of Germans, Hungarians, Romanians, and Serbians.

Moreover, Timisoara which is one of the largest cites in Romania, will become a European Capital of Culture in 2021, which means this diversity will be celebrated further.

2. It’s affordable

When choosing a travel destination, the price is a very important aspect. We are happy to tell you that Timisoara is affordable for everyone. You can find accommodation for as little as 10-15 per night, a beer costs about 1.25 €, and a lunch out is roughly about 10€. 

3. We’re close to 3 other European capitals

Yes, you read it correctly. Due to its location, Timisoara is just 70 km away from the Hungarian and Serbian borders.  This means you can just rent a car and go for another city break while on vacation.

Timisoara is just 3 hours away from Budapest (Hungary), 3 hours away from Belgrade (Serbia) and 5 hours away from Vienna (Austria).

4. We appreciate music, film & theatre festivals

Mostly in the summertime, in Timisoara, you have a lot of festivals to choose from, like: Revolution Festival, organized by EXIT Festival from Serbia, JazzTM, Garana Jazz Festival, Plai Festival, Ceau Cinema Film Festival, Vest Fest, European Film Festival.

Find out more about the best music festivals in our area in our dedicated article.

5. The food is awesome

Timisoara is also a good destination for food lovers and you have quite a lot of restaurants to choose from. And Romanian food is tasty!

6. The locals are friendly

As we already mentioned, we embrace our multiculturality. Timisoara and the banat region is known as being one of the most foreign-friendly cities in Romania. This is mostly due to the fact that in Timisoara the locals have always lived together with other nationalities. It’s also a city with a lot of universities and therefore popular with young people.

7. The architecture is great

Most of the buildings belong to the art nouveau current, but it’s hard to define the overall architecture, as many buildings share eclectic elements. Get lost in the old city center (Piata Unirii) and visit the parks around. Don’t forget to look up, who knows what details you might spot?!

8. Timisoara has a great nightlife

Whether you’d like to simply go out for a drink or go party, Timisoara has all the ingredients for a great night. You can go for a live concert at Reflektor Venue, a party at D’arc, Scottish Pub or Epic or just enjoy a lovely dinner at one of the many cafes in the city center, like Cafeneaua Verde.

9. Almost everyone speaks English

Yes, almost everyone speaks English, believe it or not. This makes the city pretty tourist-friendly. The generation born in the late 80s and early 90s learned English mostly from TV (it was not dubbed back then) and from the cartoon series on Cartoon Network.

10. Timisoara was the country’s first free city after the fall of communism

For over 40  years,  Romania has been a communist state, ruled by Nicolae Ceausescu. Timisoara is the city where the anti-communism  romanian revolution started and from here it spread fast in all the country. Thanks to all these people we are now a European country, but the memory should never be forgotten. Make sure to visit the Communist Revolution Memorial to find out more.

What did you enjoy about Timisoara? Was it the food, the people, the architecture?

Or was it something else? Let us know, we’re curious to find out!

If you’re in Timisoara during the weekend of October 20th-21st, 2018, make sure to visit to visit HoT: spot Iosefin, an event which brings to the public (locals and foreigners alike) the history and stories behind the city’s second oldest neighborhood.

 

Heritage of Timisoara (HoT) is organized by Prin Banat Association, and its goal is to promote and conserve the heritage of the Iosefin neighborhood in Timisoara. This will be done through art installations, concerts, guided tours (both in English and Romanian), custom postcards created by local artists and workshops, all centered around the heritage of the Iosefin neighborhood.

This is the second edition of Heritage of Timisoara and it has been motivated by the success of last year’s edition, when visitors have had the change to discover stories from the city’s oldest neighborhood (outside of the city citadel), Fabric.

Photo via Heritage of Timisoara

 

What is the story of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Timisoara?

It is believed that Iosefin was initially a village of German colonists, its name originating from the name of Emperor Iosif II of Habsburg. It is said the neighborhood took the name after the emperor visited Timisoara for the second time. This area fast became one of the most popular commercial parts of Timisoara. This happened mostly due to the location of the Bega river, which made it easy to buy and export goods.

The full program for both Saturday and Sunday can be found on the Facebook main event.

Photo via Heritage of Timisoara

 

Guided Tours in English:

Iosefin, from Rural to Royal or The Story of the Ostrich and the Bee! with Alexandra Irimia
Saturday, from 10 A.M., in Romanian;
Sunday, at 4 P.M., in English.
Registration link: http://bit.ly/tur-de-Iosefin-Alexandra-Irimia

Iosefin beyond the façades, the old people’s stories and the old-time happenings in the neighborhood with Iulian Atanasiu
Saturday, from 12 P.M., in Romanian;
Sunday, at 6 P.M., in English.
Registration link: http://bit.ly/tur-Iosefin-cu-Iulian-Atanasiu

Iosefin Water Castle! with  Cornel Farcaș
Saturday, at 2 P.M; in Romanian
Sunday, at 4 P.M. in Romanian
http://bit.ly/CasteluldeApa-cu-Cornel-Farcas

Urbanism and Living with Vlad Pata
Saturday, at 4 P.M., in Romanian;
Sunday, at 10 A.M., in English.
http://bit.ly/tur-Iosefin-cu-Vlad-Pata

 

Looking forward to uncovering a big part of local history together! See you there!

It’s official, Autumn is here! And together with it, one of the most interesting shows of the year: Lumen organized by BEGA! and the Timisoara2021 AssociationLumen is one of the main events included in the program for “Timisoara European Capital of Culture 2021” and the first in the series of events in the program powered by BEGA.

The show will have 3 representations: on the 5th, 6th and 7th October starting with 8 p.m. It will take place at the location of the old city harbor, at the crossroad of the streets Sofocle, Vulturilor, and Dambovita Bdv.

 

What is Lumen?

Lumen is a tailored production, created in and for Timisoara in the context of Timisoara, European Capital of Culture 2021. The production involves local actors and volunteers and is supported by a large number of organizations (Unfold Motion, Asociația Culturală TGP, Asociația Tango Timișoara, Verde pentru Biciclete, Salsa with Attitude Dance School, Melopolis, Fabrica de Arte). The production combines music, video mapping, acrobatics, and acting to create a unique and original show. 

The BEGA! project is focused on creating performances in “non-traditional” places, on the banks of the Bega river. Lumen will take place in an old city harbor, further away from the city center than the local audience is normally used to attending shows.

 

Timisoara European Capital of Culture

Photo via BEGA

The choreography for Lumen belongs to Kevin Finnan, art director of famous art company Motion House and choreographer for the Paralympic Games in London. The music is written by Sophy Smith and local artist Cari Tibor, while the video mapping will be done by basque company Logela.

 

The Bega river and the first waterway in Romania

The Bega canal is the first waterway built on the territory of present Romania. The construction of the Bega canal was completed in 1732. The main purpose of the canal was to transport goods along the river. It has also served for passenger transportation.

Bega Timisoara European Cultural Capital

 

How to get to Lumen?

Lumen will “reactivate” the banks of the Bega in the Iosefin neighborhood, in a location that used to host an old city harbor back in the late 19th century.

Here are some indications on how to reach the location from the city center: