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December is here and everybody is getting ready to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year”! While we’re all busy making plans for New Year’s Eve or planning Christmas shopping, we still have some time left to just go out and enjoy good music.

 

If you are a music lover, you probably love live concerts. And if you love live concerts, our friends from Reflektor Venue offer one of the best sounds in town. And they still have some plans for you this December: from rock legends to new-comers, you’re covered as far as attending good concerts is concerned.

Here’s what you can enjoy at Reflektor this December:

 

1st December: Celelalte Cuvinte Concert & Centennial Afterparty

Celelalte Cuvinte is one of the Romanian bands with the longest activity, having 35 years of quality rock music behind them. The band was formed back in 1977 in Oradea, while the band members were still in secondary school. After the three founding band members moved to Timisoara for studies, the band was expanded with two new band members. In 1981 the performed for the first time as “Celelalte Cuvinte”.

The concert will be followed by an after-party. It is called “Centennial” afterparty because our country is celebrating 100 years of being “big” Romania. Get your dancing shoes ready, because it will be that kind of a party: indie, rock n’ roll, hip & hoppy, metal, electronic, jazzy & poppy — you name it. Zoltan Varga will be the one helping out with the music.

 

 

3rd December: Shores of Null (black/gothic/doom metal ITA)

Reflektor Venue is known in town for hosting different kinds of concerts, pop-rock to black metal. And in Decembere they will be covering the latter gendre too.

Shores Of Null are a Rome-based metal band formed in 2013. Their music is a wistful-yet-powerful cascade of riffs, overwhelmingly heavy and soothing at the same time, trading off between gothic-doom vibes and blackened aggression, with epic melancholy-ridden vocal patterns.

 

 

5th December: Phoenix – Sinteza Rapsodia

Phoenix is one of the most famous Romanian bands ever. Every Romanian knows at least one of their songs. Though the band has taken “breaks” during their long career, they will be performing a new project at Reflektor this December.

The myth of the Phoenix celebrated 55 years in 2017. And Phoenix now returns to the audience with an innovatiove project: a synthesis of the Seasons and Rhapsody 1, emblematic for Romanian artist and legend George Enescu.


7th December: COMA, opening act: The Details

COMA is a Romanian alternative/rock/metal/hardcore band that is having fun in the Romanian rock scene since around the year 1999. The band formed around 1999, and so far they have released three albums “Somn” (2001), “Nerostitele” (2006) and “Coma Light” (2008).

Come will be introduced by opening act The Details, who’s passionate about reviving 60s music.

8th December: Altar

Altar is one of the oldest rock bands in Romania. Formed in 1991, it fast became a landmark for all the rock bands in Romania. They have performed at most of the festivals in Romania but also abroad. They are very political and they have a unique power in their songs.

15 dec Pinholes

Pinholes is the last planned concert for this year at Reflektor Venue. Pinholes is a  Romanian alternative rock band with influences that vary from post/art-rock to shoegaze and post-punk.

 

 

Wishing you all good music this December!

It’s almost that time of the year again! It is getting colder, the first snowflakes have dropped and we are all getting ready for the festive season! From our experience, the Timisoara Christmas Market 2018 is going to be our city’s main tourist attraction for the following month, so if you are in town this December (or early January) read on…

 

The 11th edition of the Timisoara Christmas Market

Even though Timisoara’s Christmas market may not be as popular as that of near-by capitals (Budapest, Vienna), we do have a tradition of organizing a Christmas Market each year and the year 2018 will mark the 11th edition of the local Christmas market.

 

Timisoara Christmas Market 2018: when and where?

This year’s Christmas Market will be open starting with December 1st and until January 10th. The market can be visited daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., but each merchant is allowed to alter their opening hours.

The location is, as in previous years, the main square in Timisoara, Victory Square. The area in front of the Opera House will be dedicated to shows (more on that later), while the walkways from the Opera House to the Cathedral will be hosting various “huts” with potential Christmas gifts.

On the right-hand side (when facing the Opera House), there will be a dedicated area for food and drinks: traditional Romanian food (sausages, cheese, but also pastries), local wine and beer – you’ll find it all here.

Unlike in previous years, the Christmas Market will be extended all the way to Liberty Square this year. Here you will find local artisans and handmade artists. You will be able to purchase presents directly from local producers, and you will also have the opportunity to take part in various workshops.

 

Timisoara Christmas Market: the events

And since it’s December and it’s the most wonderful year, we should celebrate, have fun and be entertained! Expect to hear music in Victory Square, almost every evening. The music varies from very popular pop music to blues and even folk music. All of the artists are Romanian.

You can find the full list the events below:

 

timisoara-christmas-market-evets

 

Happy holiday season! Hope you enjoy Timisoara this winter!

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

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 Association.  Lumen 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:

 

Last weekend, the remote village of Buzad, about 40 km from Timisoara turned to (a new) life! Electroruga, a new festival in our area, turned the small village into a very popular weekend destination.

Here’s how the first edition of Electroruga de Buzad turned out:

The place and the people

The village of Buzad lies in a picturesque area, surrounded by green hills, a lot of nature and very little mobile network reach. Many of those attending “Electroruga de Buzad” have decided to spend their entire weekend there, camping in the designated festival area or with an “erbnb” host. The festival offered a very pleasant experience thanks to these surroundings, as for a lot of city-dwellers a weekend chilling in nature is something to look forward to!

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Electroruga photo team: Petru Cojocaru

As the heat was taking over the city, those attending the festival had the chance to partly escape the heat by sipping a cold drink in the shade, while enjoying good music in the background. The main festival “chillout” zones turned out to be The Village, a place already designed for such gathering, and the old school in Buzad (where the “old school” stage was located). The old school in Buzad, once a traditional school, was given a makeover over the weekend, as a great place to hang out, listen to music and take part in interesting traditional workshops.

Electroruga photo team: Petru Cojocaru

The entertainment: music

Talking about entertainment, the music was, of course, the “salt” that any good festival menu needs. And it was good and diverse.

On Saturday, the guys from “Vynil Rum Tapas Wine” keep the crowd entertained with some eclectic mixes at the old school of Buzad. At the main stage, the schedule was very full and entertaining. The evening started with Nopame and Baba Dochia. Then MC Xander entertained the crowd with his beatboxing skills, followed by The Herbalizer and their groovy music. The crowd then danced into the night on music by ENEI, DJ Breaks and Loadstar, Spectrasoul and JFB.

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Electroruga photo team: Petru Cojocaru

The party spirit was alive on Sunday as well, thanks to the music of Dario Rossi, Geordie Little, and Noisy Pots. Taraf de Caliu was the last musical act of the evening and they made the crowd dance to their traditional rhythms and wonder at the artists’ impressive skills. The festival evening officially ended with the very “modern and traditional” play “Miorita” by local group Aualeu – a non-verbal, but very expressive traditional Romanian tale reinterpreted in a modern way. A very appropriate choice for a festival that was a mix of “tradition and modernity”.

The festival ended on Monday morning, when Romanian band Subcarpati was in charge of the closing ceremony with a concert which lasted for 3 hours, even though it was scheduled to take only one.

Electroruga photo team: Petru Cojocaru

The entertainment: the workshops

The festival was also entertaining thanks to many entertaining workshops. There were so many workshops to choose from, it’s hard to keep track!

On Saturday, the “fairy-making” workshops were quite popular (especially with the little girls around!), as was the theatre workshop. The local producers’ “alley”, available throughout the festival, was also a very nice touch, as locals could sell their homemade local products there. From honey to pastries and plum brandy – there were several products available to enchant the taste buds of festival-goers. Natural oils and gorgeous handmade jewelry were also present on the alley. 

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Electroruga photo team: Petru Cojocaru

On Sunday, strangers gathered together again to do yoga, experiment with energy painting (by MonaLazarArt), make pizza (and then taste it!) or to learn more about traditional sewing techniques and the process of making traditional masks. And let’s not forget the very interesting scratching workshop held by performer JFB!

Electroruga photo team: Petru Cojocaru

 

For more insight on the first edition of Electroruga, check out all the great pictures on their official Facebook page!

Electroruga de Buzad 2019?

We sure hope so! We loved this festival and we hope that it will grow even stronger next year. It has a lot of potential, thanks to the unique concept, the great location and all the very enthusiastic and professional people involved.

Electroruga, see you next year!

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:

 

electroruga-music-lineup

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.

 

electroruga-local-producers

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

electroruga-workshops

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:

electroruga-party-bus

 

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.

 

baroque-urban-2018-timisoara

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.

Romania is rich in folklore and traditions. However, most of those who travel to Romania’s big cities aren’t aware of the folktales and traditions embedded in the country’s culture. That’s probably because most traditions have been born in the countryside and are not that strong in urban Romania.

 

Reviving Romanian traditions

But in recent years we have been witnessing a “back to the roots” movement, where old traditions are revived and made “popular” again, often with a modern twist. One of these traditions is the “ruga” typical of the Banat area. An interesting initiative meant to revive this traditional event is the Electroruga music festival that will take place in early September (1st-2nd September) in the village of Buzad, which is about 50 km away from Timisoara.

But to better understand the Electroruga festival, we should first understand the “ruga”:

 

Photo via The Village

What is the “ruga”? A “crash-course” for foreigners

In the Banat region, each village or town hosts a yearly celebration of the “ruga” or “negeia” (the name varies according to what part of the Banat you are in). This coincides with the celebrating the anniversary of the local church and the church’s patron.

But the “ruga” or “negeia” is much more than a religious celebration. The event has a religious origin but has evolved over time into a social event, a celebration that involves the whole town or village.

romanian-traditions-ruga

Photo via http://romania.orchesis-portal.org

The “ruga” usually lasts 3 days with religious sermons on each of these days. The evenings are marked by a big gathering with music, dancing, and drinks. Traditionally, locals prepare thoroughly for the celebrations. They clean their homes and prepare food and drinks for their guests. Because the “ruga” is the perfect opportunity for the family to get together – often, relatives and old friends visit to join the celebrations.

What is even more interesting is that, traditionally, the whole village contributes to the organizing of the event. Donations are made by all the villagers to hire a folklore band. On each of the three days, the locals wear their best traditional outfits to the evening sermons. The celebrations, with music and drinks, start immediately after the sermon is over.

The “ruga” or “negeia” used to be the most important event in the village life. It has unfortunately lost its significance as the younger population has slowly moved to big cities. Banat villages still celebrate it, but the “ruga” has lost some of its former glory in many places.

 

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Photo via The Village

Upgrading the “ruga” for 2018

Which brings us back to the topic of reviving traditions. This is more or less what Electroruga wants to do. Electroruga is an electronic music festival that will take place on September 1st and 2nd in the village of Buzad, about 50 km from Timisoara.

This interesting initiative is planning to reinterpret the tradition of the “ruga” with a modern twist: the “ruga” is a popular social event in traditional village life, as are music festivals in our urban lives. So why not combine the two and see what happens?! This is how Electroruga was born.

Festivals Timisoara

The festival is only in its infancy (we haven’t even seen the first edition yet), but we think it has potential (hence we are writing about it!). The festival mixes “modern” electronic music with the wish to support local traditions:

  • the festival wishes to support the local community by offering the locals the opportunity to sell their products at the festival.
  • The organizers have introduced the concept or “ER BNB” (pun intended) – festival-goers will be able to find accommodation with the locals.
  • the villagers of Buzad can attend the festival for free.

This all sounds very promising and we love the fact that the festival is trying to combine the “old” with the “new” to create an original event, all while caring about the local community.

 

We look forward to enjoying this “out of the box” festival and we’ll keep you posted with news about it!

 

If you love jazz and nature and are also visiting Romania in mid-July, you can’t possibly miss Garana Jazz festival! It’s one of the biggest open-air jazz festivals in Central and Eastern Europe and it’s happening just two hours away from Timisoara! That’s why it is one of the most popular music festivals in our area.

Garana Jazz Festival 2018 will take place between July 12th and 15th. Read on to find out why you should attend…

 

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Photo via Garana Jazz Fest (Facebook)

21 years of jazz in Gărâna: music, nature, and people

The first edition of Garana Jazz Festival took place back in 1997 at the local inn “La Răscruce” (“at the crossroad”), as a jam session among friends. Since then, the festival has taken place every year, growing significantly with each edition.

Currently, Gărâna Jazz Festival takes place mainly in “Poiana Lupului”, a meadow near the village of Gărâna, in the heart of the Semenic mountains.

Over the last two decades, Garana Jazz Festival has made many friends. Yearly, thousands of music lovers gather in the Semenic mountains for 4 days of jazz and nature. Over the years, hundreds of internationally acclaimed artists have played on this stage. To mention just a few: Eberhard Weber, Mike Stern, Jan Garbarek, Charles Lloyd, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Jordan, John Abercrombie, Miroslav Vitous, Zakir Hussain, Magnus Ostrom, Bugge Wesseltoft, Lars Danielsson, Avishay Cohen, Nils Petter Molvaer etc.

 

Gărâna Jazz Festival 2018

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The 2018 edition of Gărâna Jazz Festival takes place between July 12th and 15th in the same amazing village of Gărâna. There will be concerts taking place in three locations: the main stage will be in “Poiana Lupului”, but there will also be concerts hosted by the Catholic Church in Văliug and “La Răscruce” inn.

The lineup includes: La Classe operaia va in Paradiso (România, Elveția, Germania, S.U.A.), Pink Freud (Polonia), Elena Mindru Finnection feat. Adam Baldych Music (România, Finland, Polonia), Kekko Fornarelli Trio (Italia), Vincent Courtois, Erdmann, Fincker: BANDES ORIGINALES (Franța, Germania), Avishai Cohen’s Big Vicious (Israel), Puba Jazz Connection (România), BROTHERS (Polonia/Norvegia), Roberto Fonseca Trio (Cuba), RYMDEN (Norvegia / Suedia), Stefano Battaglia Trio (Italia) and many more. For a detailed lineup and schedule, please visit the event website.

Tickets can be bought from the event website and prices range from 85 RON (about 18 Euro) for one evening to 300 RON (about 65 Euro) for the whole festival.

 

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Useful information: accommodation, location and how to get there

If you want to attend Gărâna Jazz festival, you have two options as far as accommodation is concerned:

  • book accommodation in one of the villages in the area: Gărâna, Văliug, Brebu or Crivaia; But please note, the festival is very popular and accommodation in the area is usually entirely booked a few months ahead of the festival.
  • camp: camping is allowed in the area and many people choose to camp and enjoy the surrounding natural landscapes while attending the festival. This brings a “plus” to the whole festival experience, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the Semenic mountains while having a chance to meet like-minded people.

As far as transportation is concerned, the best way to reach the festival is by car. From Timișoara, it shouldn’t take you more than 2,5 hours to reach the festival and the village of Gărâna. If you don’t have a car, you can try carpooling – the organizers encouraged car-sharing and there is a dedicated Facebook group for those attending the festival. You’ll just have to find people that share your schedule and split the costs of the gas.

Alternatively, you can take a train to Reșita and from there take a bus to Gărâna. The local transportation companies in Reșita usually organise regular transportation during the festival.

If you would like more details about the route to Gărâna, check out the indications on Google Maps:

 

Have a safe trip and enjoy!