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

The 2021 edition of Heritage of Timișoara proposes a series of events centered around 6 of the architects who have significantly contributed to the architectural heritage of Timișoara. The events will take place between 21st and 26th June 2021, in several places in the city. 

 

About Heritage of Timisoara

Heritage of Timisoara was born after considering the many historical buildings that our city has, but also the lack of knowledge that the general public has about these buildings. A series of events that analyzed these buildings followed. The information gathered about Timisoara’s heritage has been shared through several events, but also on the platform heritageoftimisoara.ro.  

 

Heritage of Timisoara 2021: Architects

HoT: Architects is a Heritage of Timisoara project, a program to promote Timisoara’s material cultural heritage, raise awareness of the importance of protecting and conserving it and encourage cultural tourism in the city’s historic neighborhoods.

Heritage of Timisoara 2021 is centered on the architects that have helped shape the way our city currently architects. 6 days, 6 architects whose lives will be discussed within 6 events in 6 parts of the city.  

Here is the full list of events: 

 

21.06 HoT: Architects – Lipót Baumhorn

20:00 – Regina Maria Park

Projection of elements inspired by Lipót Baumhorn’s architecture.

➡ Facebook event, here.

 

22.06 HoT: Architects – Ede Reiter

16:00 – Regina Maria Park

The showcasing of an art installation about the life, work, and the way in which Ede Reiter contributed to the architectural and urban definition of the city of Timișoara.

➡ Facebook event, here

23.06 HoT: Architects – Martin Gemeinhardt

10: 00/ 16: 00/ 19: 00 – Ștefan cel Mare Bridge / Plevnei Square

Two guided tours from 10:00 and 16:00, during which we will visit the buildings designed by Martin Gemeinhardt; at 19:00 there will be a debate about the importance of preserving architectural heritage, Plevnei Square.

➡ Facebook event, here

 

24.06 HoT: Architects – Albert Krausz

18:00 – Metropolitan Cathedral / Roman Square

A treasure hunt that begins in the bus station near the Metropolitan Cathedral; an art installation consisting of elements specific to the buildings designed by Albert Krausz will be installed in the Roman Square (in front of the House of Dr. Emanuel Kohn).

➡ Facebook event, here

 

25.06 HoT: Architects – Jakab Klein

15:00 – Civic Park (from Iancu de Huniade Square)

Plaster workshop, during which participants will have the opportunity to reproduce three architectural elements that are missing or lost from the buildings designed by Jakab Klein.

➡ Facebook event, here

 

26.06 HoT: Architects – László Székely

12:00 – Anton von Scudier Central Park

Children’s games and a mini-museum, all inspired by the works of architect László Székely.

➡ Facebook event, here

 

Heritage of Timișoara is organized by the Prin Banat Association, is supported by the Order of Architects of Romania, and is realized with support from the Banat IT Association.

 

After a year full of fear and uncertainty, during which we’ve all suffered from a lack of interesting social and artistic events, things are looking brighter in Timisoara. We are now a bit freer and can start enjoying the events we’ve missed so much. When it comes to listening to live jazz in Timisoara, it can get no better than JazzTM 2021. Our beloved jazz festival is back between July 2nd and 4th in Liberty Square. 

Access to JazzTM 2021

Access to the eighth edition of JazzTM will be based on a free ticket within the available number of seats. JazzTM 2021 will take place within the current legal restrictions. Participation is allowed only for people who have been vaccinated (who have a minimum of 10 days after completing the full vaccination scheme), or people who can show a negative result of an RT-PCR or antigen test, no older than 72 hours. Tickets can be booked under jazztm.ro.

 

JazzTM 2021: the full schedule

(Last edit, 28.06.2021) Due to the current pandemic travel restrictions, the festival’s lineup has changed slightly since we’re first written about it. Here is the final lineup:

Friday, 2.07

20:00 Marta Popovici & On The Fly

21:00 Pino Jodice meets Blewitt

22:30 Manu Delago – Circadian Ensemble

Saturday, 3.07

20:00 Adi Stoenescu group

21:00 Ibrahim Maalouf – Quelques Melodies

22:30 Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Sunday, 4.07

20:00 7th Sense

21:00 Bokante

22:30 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

JazzTM 2021 – the artists

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

 

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is the manager and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans in 1961, Wynton Marsalis began his classical trumpet training at 12. He got into Juilliard School at 17.  then was joined by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. Since his debut in, he has recorded over 70 albums of music classical, and jazz and has received nine Grammys (and 33 nominations).

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to enrich and to expand a global jazz community through performances and education. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra includes 15 of the top jazz soloists. The Orchestra has been a resident of the Lincoln Center since 1988. 

 

Ibrahim Maalouf – Some Melodies 

Born in 1980 in Beirut, trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf is one of the most popular performers on the French stage of the day. In November 2020, Ibrahim celebrated his 40-year career by launching his album titled “40 melodies”.

 

Bokante

Two times Grammy winner and leader of Snarky Puppy, Michael League, together with Chris McQueen and Bob Lanzetti (members of Snarky Puppy), legendary percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting), virtuoso guitarist Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson), percussionists André Ferrari (Vasen) and Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma) have united to create a supergroup that is diverse, full of groove and musicality: Bokante.

 

Adi Stoenescu Group

Adi Stoenescu Group is the name under which the pianist Adi Stoenescu is exploring, together with his fellow musicians, the varied landscape of contemporary jazz. Dynamic in style and structure, the project has an acoustic shape, blending piano and contrabass, but also electronic elements.

 

Marta Popovici & On The Fly 

Marta Popovici is one of the most promising voices of the new generation in the current jazz scene of Romania. This jazz project that started in 2018, On The Fly, is expressive of the young local generation, combining traditional jazz with modern sounds of soul, R&B, neo-soul, trip-hop. In 2021 Martha Popovici will launch her first author album, together with On The Fly.

 

7th Sense

Inspired by the jazz scene in the UK, the five 7th Sense members have created a formula in which they experience a fusion of styles, with the desire for each of them to leave their mark on the music they create together. Their repertoire consists only of their own compositions, proposing a modern and fresh sound.

 

JazzTM 2021 is a co-production of the Timișoara City Hall and PLAI. It is supported by Unicredit, Profi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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 iabilet.ro or enterix.ro

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 iabilet.ro 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.

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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 www.plai.ro/bega.

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).

 

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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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Photo credits: infi.ro

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.

 

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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 www.turdearhitectura.ro, 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 www.turdearhitectura.ro, 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… 

 

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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… 

 

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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 www.plai.ro 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. 

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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. 

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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.

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For additional information, please visit the official event website

 

*All pictures via Electroruga