Events in Timisoara range from parties, to concerts and all kinds of festivals. Timisoara is a vibrant city that offers plenty of events…

The 2020 edition of JazzTM, one of the most beloved festivals in Timisoara, has been postponed for 2021, due to the risks posed by the current pandemic. We will however be able to enjoy a glimpse of this festival’s spirit between October 10th-11th, through an event called: JazzTM introducing The Unnamed Street (Romanian: JazzTM prezintă Strada Fără Nume).


All about that JazzTM

JazzTM is one of the most popular music festivals in Timisoara, making jazz music accessible to all music lovers. Traditionally, the festival is free for everyone to enjoy, as there are no paid tickets and it takes place in the “heart” of Timisoara, in Operei Square. 

The first edition of JazzTM was organised in 2013. Since then, year after year, the festival has brought “big” names from the international scene to our beloved city. Some of the artists that have performed on the JazzTM scene are: Richard Bona, Kurt Elling, David Murray & Macy Gray, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Al Jarreau, Anoushka Shankar, The Cat Empire, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Liv Warfield w/ The NPG Hornz, The Chick Corea Elektric Band, Monty Alexander, etc. 


Jazz and poetry

During the 2018 edition of JazzTM the public was introduced to a new kind of event, one mixing jazz and poetry. Since the concept was a success the team behind JazzTM has made it their goal to keep bringing newly discovered talents from the London scene to Timisoara, but also to help develop the local scene.

This year, considering the current situation, the eighth edition of JazzTM has been postponed for July 2nd-4th 2021. But the team still wanted to bring a touch of energy and the JazzTM spirit to Timisoara. This is how “JazzTM introducing The Unnamed Street” was born: a two-day event meant to blend spoken word and jazz poetry. 

What is “spoken word”? It is a performative art based on words, an oral art that focuses on aesthetics, intonation, and voice inflection. This includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including hip-hop, jazz poetry, slam, traditional poetry recitations, comedy, and monologues.


Schedule and artists

10.10.2020 | Malaika Kegode, Toby Thompson, Soweto Kinch, Joe Armon-Jones and Tavi Scurtu

11.10.2020 | Repeat Beat Poet, Chris Redmond, Teodor Pop, Ovidiu Zimcea and Szabo Csongor-Zsolt


The event will take place on October 10th and 11th; it will be free to attend, but the number of participants will be limited and all safety measures will be respected. For regular updates about the event, please follow the official event page

Summer isn’t over yet! Though 2020 has been less “eventful” than previous years, starting August 28th you will allow you to quench your festival thirst with a 10-day outdoor festival: Flight Festival 2020. 


Flight Festival 2020

Flight Festival is still a young festival in our area, as its first edition has taken place last year. Flight Festival 2020 will take place between August 28th and September 6th in 6 different locations in the city and near the city: Bastionul Theresia, Grădina de Vară a Filarmonicii Banatul, D’arc pe mal, Piața Sf. Gheorghe, Iulius Town, and Cioca Aerodrome.

The festival experience will include concerts, movies, technology-related activities, workshops for families and children, but also relaxation spots, and good food. 


Flight Estival: Music

Most festivals include some music and some dancing and Flight Festival 2020 is no exception. Between September 4th and 6th, music-lovers will have a chance to hear Romanian bands like Carla’s Dreams, Irina Rimes, Grimus, Persona, Toulouse Lautrec, etc. The full lineup will be announced soon, on the festival’s event page

The concerts will take place at the Cioca Aerodrome in Timișoara, approximately 3 km away from the city. This is a vast outdoor space and a great setting for an outdoor festival. Tickets to the music festival can be purchased online, either on or

Due to the current situation, participation in the festival will be limited to 500 participants a day and all safety regulations will be ensured.


Sunlight Theatre at Flight Festival

An interesting development of Flight Festival 2020 is Sunlight Theatre, a new event powered by Flight Festival. This involves 3 days of performances and theatre talks. 

All these activities will take place at Summer Garden of the Banat Phillarmonica between September 3rd and 5th. There will also be a maximum number of 350 participants per events and all safety measures will be thoroughly respected. 

During Sunlight Theatre, you will be able to enjoy: 

  • 5 performances by the theatre faculties of the most important university centers in the country;
  • 3 conferences/dialogues with well-known actors and directors (among which we name Maia Morgenstern, Marian Râlea, Pavel Bartoș, Alexandru Papadopol, etc.) 
  • 3 gala performances in the interpretation of the above-mentioned artists.

You can find more information on the official event page and purchase tickets from the network. 


To keep up with news about Flight Festival 2020, you can follow up on their official Facebook page

In a year full of canceled events, some good news is welcome and we have some for you: PLAI Festival 2020 will take place this year. The festival will take place between 11th and 17th September 2020, in a format adapted to the current pandemic situation.



Photo via PLAI.

About PLAI Festival

The first PLAI Festival edition took place in 2016. It was a success from the first edition, but over the years it has grown into one of the biggest festivals in our region. It has gained more popularity with each edition and a year with no PLAI would have been sad for many of us. 

PLAI festival is not just a music festival. It is a place and time dedicated to many art forms (music, dance, culinary arts, cinema, etc.), that brings together the entire community – from children to the elderly. 

PLAI is organized by volunteers, through the PLAI Cultural Centre, with the support of the local City Hall.  


PLAI Festival 2020

During the challenging year that 2020 has been, many events have been canceled. The team behind PLAI festival has had a few difficult months trying to figure out how to keep the movement going.

Luckily for the festival-lovers of Timisoara, a solution has been found. The festival will still be organized in 2020 – in a new format, during September 11th-17th. During this time, we will have a chance to enjoy several small events that will take place in different locations in the city. These activities will be similar to those taking place within the festival during “normal” years: concerts, documentaries, dance, pop-up art shopping, mindfulness workshops.

Unlike in the previous years, access to the festival events will be free. However, participation will be limited to a certain number of participants for each event. All events will take place outdoors and will be respecting all current health regulations and recommendations. 


Schedule and events

11.09 | Scudier Park – PLAI Memory Lane

A journey among the memories accumulated in these 15 PLAI years.

12.09 | FABER | Worldmusic Documentaries

20:00 Gurrumul

A documentary about the life of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – one of the most appreciated voices in Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose through music, inspired by his community on the island of Elcho. The documentary was launched in 2018 at the Berlin Film Festival.

21:45 Beats of the Antonov

This film documents the conflict of the Sudanese revolutionary front in the regions of the Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountain. It focuses on the role music plays in helping affected communities to sustain themselves in the face of the ongoing conflict.

13.09 | Țarcului Square | Squared Poets x The Two Owls

16:00 Taking poetry „out of the box” with Alina Purcaru, Andrei Dósa, Sorin Gherguț and V.Leac

14.09 | Scudier Park | Mindfulness x Sasa Bodeanu

08:00 Morning mindfulness session

18:00 Evening mindfulness session

15.09 | AMBASADA | PLAI Food Encounters x AMBASADA x Balamuc x ArtEncounters

17:00 During every PLAI edition we have traveled the world through music. This time, we will also do this with the help of our taste buds.

16.09 | FABER | ArtShopping x ePRETEXT

A fairytale exhibition, which opens its doors as part of PLAI and will be hosted for a month in the new FABER building.

17.09 | French Cultural Institute | Dancescreen projections

20:00 Akram Khan – Giselle

If you love classical ballet, you will love this Giselle projection – ballet in a modern choreography, with tumultuous scenes and delicate solo moments and duets.

21:45 Artificial Things

A re-imagining of a contemporary dance show by the Stopgap Dance Company. Filmed in an abandoned suburban mall with an ensemble of dancers which also includes people with disabilities, the film, directed by Sophie Fiennes, exploreshuman interdependence, strength and vulnerability.


You can book a spot at any of these events on the festival’s official website, here.



[Update:] Unfortunately, due to current global health issues and safety regulations, the eight edition of JazzTM has been postponed for 2021. Until then, we can enjoy a 2-day event blending jazz and spoken word, planned for October 10-11. Find our more, here


Timisoara will be jazzing it again this year! JazzTM 2020, the eight edition of this famous local festival, will take place between July 3rd and 5th in Timisoara’s city centre. 



JazzTM, the 8th edition

JazzTM is one of the best music festivals in Timisoara and the surrounding area. It is dedicated mainly to jazz and world music, bringing renowned artists together in the centre of Timisoara. JazzTM is organised by the organisation PLAI, in partnership with the local City Hall.

This year, in 2020, the festival will reach its eighth edition. As usually, the festival will take place in Victory Square and will be free of charge. While there have been few announcements made regarding the line-up, we will do our best to keep you posted. 



JazzTM 2020

What can you expect from the 2020 edition of JazzTM? The edition promises to be full of memorable concerts by artists who are taking jazz back to the limelight and to clubs frequented by young people. Here are the names that have been announced so far… 


Herbie Hancock is a true music legend. Throughout his musical explorations, he surpasses limitations and genres, maintaining an unmistakable style. His career spans five decades and 14 Grammy Awards (34 nominations).


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis & The National Symphonic Orchestra of Romania conducted by Cristian Măcelaru

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra comprises of 15 amazing jazz singers. It has been the resident orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center since 1988. This versatile orchestra presents and conducts educational events all over the world.

Wynton Marsalis is a manager and artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Since his debut in 1982, as band leader, he has recorded over 70 albums and has earned 9 Grammy awards (and 33 nominations).

The National Symphonic Orchestra of Romania was founded by former members of the Romanian Youth Orchestra who had exceeded the age of 28. The project started in 2015, seven years after the foundation of the Romanian Youth Orchestra. The Orchestra has since performed in many cities all over the world, like Sofia, Linz, Salzburg, Paris, Lyon, Rouen, Geneva and Lille.

Cristian Măcelaru is one of the most representative conductors of his generation. He has started his career with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was appointed assisted conductor of the same orchestra during the 2010-2011 season. He has recently won the GRAMMY Award, along with violinist Nicola Benedetti. 


GoGo Penguin have been dubbed the “Radiohead of British Jazz”. Their style is a mixture of jazz, rock, and minimal influences. They combine jazz, electronic and classical music with virtuosity and creativity.

Ezra Collective was formed in London by Koleoso Women (drums), his brother TJ Koleoso (bass), Joe Armon-Jones (flaps), Dylan Jones (trumpet) and James Mollison (saxophone). The band fast became known on the London underground jazz scene, standing out with their use of jazz, afrobeat, hip-hop, grime and R&B.


Ashley Henry is an incredibly talented and extremely flexible pianist, whose musical roots are found in jazz music. In 2017 Henry was nominated for the Jazz FM Award in the category “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” and “Live Experience of the Year”.

Bokanté: Double Grammy winner and Snarky Puppy leader, Michael League, teamed up with Chris McQueen and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy members), legendary percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting), virtuoso guitarist Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson), percussionists André Ferrari ( Väsen) and Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma) to create a diverse group, whose music is full of grooves and musicality.


Alfa Mist started his musical career as a grime and hip-hop music producer. A self-taught pianist, Alfa Mist was attracted to jazz and world music. His sound combines melancholic jazz with alternative hip-hop and soul.


Nubya Garcia is an award-winning composer and saxophonist. Her debut EP, “NUBYA’s 5IVE”, released in 2017, was considered exceptional by The Vinyl Factory, and her second project, “When We Are” has received excellent reviews.


Theon Cross is a composer who has chosen the tuba as an instrument of expression. His music transcends traditional conventions of the genre, combining free jazz with dub, shock, hip-hop, grime and other Afro-Caribbean sounds.



With all these great sounds, it is clearly going to be a jazzy summer. July 3rd-5th, save the dates!

This autumn BEGA! will introduce us to the “Happy Wall” –  a series of interactive installations, that will be placed in our city of Timisoara. Where and when can you find the happy wall(s) in Timisoara? Read more, below:



What is Happy Wall? 

Happy Wall is an interactive installation of the Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, brought to Timișoara as part of the BEGA! program. This autumn, three such installations will be placed in Timisoara. Each installation is made of 1344 wooden pixels, which can be rotated to display messages, creating large-scale pixel-art in public spaces. 

The main objective of this project is to reach and involve the local community in interacting and communicating personal or socially relevant messages.

After the installations will all be displayed, a local group of software developers will work on digitizing them, so that the physical action of writing messages on the ”wall” will be displayed in real-time, online at

The first and largest structure was just built on Saturday, November 2nd, in Iulius Town. Other installations will follow in other neighbours in Timisoara. Their placement and size will be changed once a year, until 2022. 

[Update, November 18th 2019:] Two more Happy Walls have been installed in Timisoara: one in the Children’s Park (Parcul Copiilor) and one in front of the West Univesity of Timisoara (Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara).




About BEGA! 

BEGA! is a main “Timisoara 2021” program created by PLAI together with the creative community of Timisoara. Its main mission is to “activate” the banks of the Bega river through artistic initiatives while involving the local community in these initiatives. These activities are coordinated by local organizations with international expertise.

In 2019, the BEGA! program was launched in March with a series of pop-up events in 5 neighborhoods in Timisoara. BEGA! then presented us with The Lightning Project

In 2018 BEGA! has brought Lumen to the old port of the city – a show that involved over 200 people (professionals and amateur volunteers), music, dance and video projections at a large scale. 


Photo credits: BEGA


Art lovers, you can’t miss this! The Art Encounters Biennial 2019 will take place between September 20th and October 27th in Timisoara. The 3rd edition of the Biennial will, as the name suggest, facilitate “encounters” between contemporary art and the mass audience. The Biennial will kick off with an opening event between September 20th and 22nd



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Art Encounters Biennial 2019, bringing art to the people 

The Art Encounters Biennial defines itself as being both an experimental art festival, and a contemporary art biennial. The official mission of the Biennial is to become “a creative meeting point for artists, communities, institutions, and ideas”. 

The 2019 Art Encounters Biennial is a continuation of the long-term mission of the Art Encounters Foundation to engage a wide audience in debates about contemporary society through art. The event is also meant to facilitate a cultural exchange within the local art scene and beyond. 

The 2019 edition will bring together over 60 artists from all around the world. 20 of these artists will create new works with the city of Timisoara in mind. 


Art encounters, art events

As part of the 2019 Biennial, the Art Encounters Foundations aims to organize monthly

encounters and conferences, courses and workshops. 

Various artworks will create a path through different parts of the city, in public and semi-public spaces. These spaces include libraries, public streets and parks, schools, an office building lobby, a youth cultural center, a national theatre, and a shopping mall.

The events will include:

  • Biennial Talks, organised in partnership with the Faculty of Art and Design and the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, involving guest artists and other collaborators visiting Timișoara;
  • Artists Workshops – which offer participants an introduction to the field of artistic production, research and experimentation; 
  • Ambasada Gatherings – a space in which cultural actors in Timișoara can engage in research exchange with guest artists; 
  • Film Screenings – a collaborative programme between the “Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre and CEAU Cinema!;
  • Collective Readings by guests from various cultural areas 

The Biennial will also extend outside of Timișoara, through collaborations with the Textiles Museum in Băița and the “Sever Bocu” Press Museum in Jimbolia.



Art Encounters Biennial 2019: opening weekend, 20-22 September 2019

To celebrate the opening of the Biennial, the weekend of September 20th-22nd will be a busy a one. Here’s the schedule: 


Friday, September 20th

14:00-16:00 Guided tours by Artists and Curators

Meeting point: Calpe Gallery, Maria Theresia Bastion

16:00 -17:00 Official opening of the Biennial

”Corneliu Miklosi” Public Transport Museum

17:00 – 19:00 Guided tours by Artists and Curators

Meeting point: ”Corneliu Miklosi” Public Transport Museum


Saturday, September 21st

10:00 – 11:30 Guided tours by Artists and Curators

Meeting point: Maria Theresia Bastion, Building D

12:00-14:00 Screening and Q&A: The Otolith Group, The Third Part of the Third Measure

”Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre, Timișoara

14:00-17:00 Guided tours by artists and curators

Meeting point: Helios Gallery

14:30–16:30 Architecture Tour –The Invisible City, Timișoara cultural city Register at, tour in Romanian

17:00 – 19:30 Bus visit at ”Sever Bocu” Press Museum in Jimbolia

Meeting point: Youth House, register at [email protected], limited seats.

20:00 Drinks

The garden of Jecza Gallery and Triade Foundation


Sunday, September 22nd

8:30 – 17:00 Visit to Muzeul Textilelor, Băiţa, Hunedoara

Meeting point: Youth House, register at [email protected], limited seats.

11:00 – 13:00 Picnic followed by Visit at the Communist Consumer Museum

Carmen Sylva Park and the Communist Consumer Museum

13:00 – 14:00 Guided tours by Artists and Curators

Meeting point Art Encounters Foundation

14:30 – 16:30 Architecture Tour: Art Encounters, Timișoara as a landmark Register at, tour in English

17:00 – 18:00 Guided tours by Artists and Curators

Meeting point: Faculty of Arts and Design, Timișoara

20:00 Drinks – Aethernativ


For more information about the opening weekend, please check out the official Facebook event. You can also find a list of other planned events and the artists involved,  on the official event website


The 14th edition of one of Timisoara’s biggest festivals, PLAI festival, will take place between September 13th and 15th at the Banat Village Museum. The weekend is going to be full of good music and entertaining activities for all ages, so read on… 



PLAI Festival 2019 – what, when, where?

PLAI, a local festival reaching its 14th edition in 2019, is organized by volunteers, through the PLAI Cultural Centre (Centrului Cultural PLAI) in Timişoara, and supported by the City Hall.

PLAI is a world music festival, but it is also an event that supports local organizations and creates a space meant to enable communication and collaboration within the local community. During the three days of the festival, the participants will enjoy live music and other artistic moments, but they will also have a chance to take part in various workshops, designed for all ages. 

The festival traditionally takes place in early September at the Banat Village Museum, on the outskirts of Timisoara. This year the festival will take place between September 13th and 15th at the same location, but in a space not previously explored by the festival – we will all find out more soon… 



A stage for local organizations

Like we have already pointed out, there’s more to PLAI than the music. Even though the music is a highlight, PLAI 2019 will allow you to take part in all sorts of workshops and activities, like: American football, wine-tasting, movie screenings, music workshops, dance workshops, origami and much more. 

To not miss anything interesting out, we recommend you to visit the full list of entertainment opportunities, on the event website, here


PLAI 2019 – the music

Of course, PLAI will also bring you live music during all the three evenings of the festival. Here is the full lineup: 

Friday, 13.09

19:00 Sonido Tupinamba

20:30 Nubyan Twist

22:00 Bebel Gilberto

23:45 Panjabi MC

Saturday, 14.09 

19:00 Balkan Taksim

20:30 Amira Kheir

22:00 Red Baraat

23:45 Bosq

Sunday, 15.09

 19:00 47Soul

20:30 Orange Blossom

22:00 Gili Yalo

You can also find the schedule, together with more information about the artists, here


Last, but not least: the tickets

Tickets for PLAI festival can be purchased online, on or in Carturesti bookstores. A festival-pass (3 days) currently costs 98 lei. During the festival, it will cost 118 lei. One-day tickets will also be available, for 78 lei. 


Photo credits: PLAI Photo Team,  Petru Cojocaru.



Electroruga de Buzad is back! We’ve already written about this new festival last year when the first edition took place. And because the first edition was so successful, we think you should clear your schedule between August 30th and September 1st to enjoy Electroruga de Buzad 2019. Read on to find out more… 

[Last updated: 27.08.2019]


The concept: old meets new

Electroruga blends the tradition of the “ruga” with modern music. The festival takes place in the village of Buzad, approximately 50 km from Timisoara. In addition to live music, the festival also tries to bring people together in either lounge areas or during various workshops. Because bringing people together is part of the “ruga” tradition. 


Electroruga de Buzad 2019: the workshops

The various activities organized within Electroruga include, among others:

  • a graffiti workshop – on the walls of the old bus station in Buzad;
  • alternative photography workshop;
  • an animation workshop (Animation Worksheep – powered by the International Animation Film Festival “Anim’est”);
  • music workshops – African beats and djembe;
  • yoga, 
  • hiking tours in the area;
  • an astronomy workshop 
  • and much more. 

In addition to taking part in workshops, participants will have the opportunity to play volleyball and badminton, cool off at a “water fight” activity, or relax in a hammock or beanbag in the “lounge” areas.


Electroruga de Buzad 2019: the music

But you can’t really have a festival without music. Electroruga de Buzad will have a main stage, but also several other locations where the music will be part of the entertainment. 



The festival’s lineup includes artists like: Technimatic, Rockwell, Black Sun Empire, Antwerp Gipsy Ska Orkestra, Cred că sunt Extraterestru, Silent Strike, Sofa Surfers, Ken Pith, Kosmic Blues, Moonlight Breakfast, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Orkid, Sam Binga, Wicked Dub Division and Alt Om, Bully, Iorga, Nipple`s Delight, Tzuc, UFe from Vinyl Rum Tapas and Wine (VRTW), Acetobă, VAG, Kojok, Soulheads, George Allen și Zoleevee, but also local crews like AnonimTM, Atelier22, Bass Request, Launmomentdat, Purge Crew and Souledout.


How to get there?

To get to the village of Buzad, you will need to take a one-hour drive – either in your personal car (or that of a friend’s) or by taking one of the official buses that will take you there (and back). There will be 2 buses each way every day, according to the following schedule:

  • Timisoara to Buzad: Friday at 18:00 and 20:00, Saturday at 11:00 and 17:00, Sunday at 11:00 and 17:00
  • Buzad to Timisoara: Saturday at 1:00 and 6:00, Sunday at 1:00 and 6:00, Monday at 0:00 and 3:00.

The buses leave from the bus station “Punctele Cardinale“, next to the old citadel (“bastion”). This is also where the buses stop on their way back.

Last but not least: The tickets

Tickets can be purchased from various partner locations and a pre-sale festival pass (3 days) currently costs 119 RON. A camping pass (2 people, 3 nights) costs 49 RON. Day-tickets cost 60 RON.


For additional information, please visit the official event website


*All pictures via Electroruga



Timisoara celebrates its “anniversary” on August 3rd every year. This date has been chosen because it marks the date when the city officially became part of the Romanian state, in 1919. This year will mark Timisoara’s 100th anniversary and the City Hall has prepared some events to celebrate it.


Bits of history: Timisoara in Romania

The first official mentions of Timisoara data back to the early 13th century, but the city is probably older than that. Back then the city was part of the Hungarian Kingdom. It was conquered by the Ottoman army in 1552 and has stayed under Ottoman rule until 1716 when it was freed by the Habsburg forces.
It wasn’t until after the First World War that Timisoara and the Banat region became a part of greater Romania. While the year 1918 is generally known as the year that the big Romanian state was created, technically, it wasn’t until 1919 that the Banat region became part of the country.


Timisoara 100th anniversary: the celebrations

The Timisoara City Hall  has prepared some festivities to celebrate Timisoara’s 100th anniversary. If you want to find out more about the history of the city and the country or if you are a fan of reenactment events, you may want to take part in these celebrations that will take place on August 3rd, 2019 in Unirii Square.
Here is a brief timeline of the event:

9.00 a.m.: In Unirii Square, in front of the Art Museum, there will be a screening provided by the local TV channel TVR Timisoara about the historical moment when Romanian army troops entered Timisoara on August 3rd, 1919.
The screening will be followed by a military-religious ceremonial.

10.00 a.m.: A reenactment of the moment the Romanian forces entered the city. The event will take place in Unirii Square, starting from George Coșbuc street, located to the right of the Roman-Catholic Cathedral.
This reenactment will be followed by official speeches, after which a parade through the city center, towards the Orthodox Cathedral will start.
In the evening, starting at 9 p.m. a concert by the local Philharmonic will be held.



In addition to this festive schedule on August 3rd, the city’s Centennial will be celebrated through an “arts and crafts” market and a series of live concerts.
The market, supported by local artisans, will take place between August 1st and 4th in Liberty Square.
The live concerts, featuring popular Romanian artists on Friday and Sunday, traditional Romanian music on Thursday and blues on Sunday, will take place in Victory Square.


Pictures via Evenimente Primaria Timisoara.

If you enjoy going to the theatre or watching contemporary circus performances, you are going to love this event: FEST Outdoor 2019. A big part of FEST-FDR 2019, is going to take place between June 13th and 18th, in front of the National Theatre in Timisoara. Here’s what you should know about this series of events.


What is FEST-FDR?

FEST-FDR is one of the biggest festivals in Romania and the biggest in Timisora. This year, the festival will reach its 24th edition.

The festival traditionally has 2 sections:

  • FEST: a series of free outdoor performances performed by international artists; these performances go beyond the patterns of traditional theatre, combining contemporary circus with music and visual effects.
  • FDR (“festivalul dramaturgiei romanesti”): showcases the most representative Romanian plays.


FEST-FDR Outdoor 2019

The 2019 edition of FEST-FDR will be split in two series of events, with the “FDR” festival taking place in the autumn of 2019 and the “FEST” taking place in June, between 13th and 18th.

What to expect from this June’s festival? Expect very visible events happening in front of the Timisoara National Theatre: complex artistic performances that combine elements of theatre, circus, music and entertaining visual effects. Here’s an overview of the events:


On Thursday 13th and Friday 14th, starting 10 PM, you will be able to enjoy the play “Station” by Spanish company Voala, an “aerial ballet” company that will take dancing to the next level (quite literally).

On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th, starting 10 PM, Timisoara will reunite by Italian company eVenti Verticali, who have also delighted us last year during FEST-FDR. EVenti Verticali will perform their show Quadro on a vertical stage, over 25m high.

QUadro Pisa 2017 from eVenti Verticali on Vimeo.


On Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th, also starting 10 PM, we will be entertained by Polish company Kto Theatre and their show “The Fragrance of Time”, a show that has been performed all over the world.

All the world’s a stage, let’s enjoy it together!


*Main article image via Teatrul National Timisoara