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

One of the “hottest” projects in Timisoara is around the corner! We are of course talking about Heritage of Timisoara – in short, HoT. The first event in 2019 takes place on May 11th and we are here to tell you why you should attend.

What is Heritage of Timisoara?

Heritage of Timisoara is a project developed by local NGO “Prin Banat”, with the purpose of promoting the patrimony (material and immaterial) of our city. The project involves gathering information on people and places, as well as making them available to a wide audience.
The first edition of Heritage of Timisoara took place two years ago and challenged us to discover the oldest neighborhood of Timisoara, Fabric. Last year’s edition covered the neighbourhood of Iosefin – and we’ve written about the event, here.

 

 

HoT 2019: Elisabetin and its parks

This year’s edition is focused on the “youngest” of the historical districts in our city: Elisabetin – a neighbourhood with rich vegetation and spectacular Sezession-style buildings.
This year’s concept is a bit different than in previous years as the project will be revolving around the neighbourhood’s many beautiful parks. We can imagine that the team behind HoT has spent a lot of time charting buildings and interviewing residents and now it’s time for us to enjoy the results of their work, in a series of events.
Here is a list of all HoT events you can attend:

  • HoT: Parks /1 – Piața Plevnei (Parcul Gheorghe Doja) – May 11th. Event link here.
  • HoT: Parks /2 – Piața Bisericii – May 25th. Event link here.
  • HoT: Parks /3 – Piața Vasile Adamachi – June 8th. Event link here.
  • Hot: Parks /4 – Piața Crucii – June 22nd. Event link here.
  • HoT: Parks /5 – Parcul Carmen Sylva – July 6th Event link here.

 

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Why attend HoT: Parks?

This is a beautiful project that will help you see the city in a new light. The city has a rich history, but we don’t often take the time to uncover all the stories and mysteries that happened here before our times.
The team at HoT suggest we take the time to do so, by inviting us to:

  • public picnics – discover the city, while making friends
  • guided tours – find our more about the places and people of Elisabetin
  • various other activities, for both adults and children.

And did we mention the cool postcards?! For the first editions, HoT has worked with local artists to create original postcards involving trademarks of the city. Participants could choose a postcard and mail it for free, thus helping promote our material patrimony. (Plus, the feeling of receiving a hand-written postcard is very nice!)

All of the work behind Heritage of Timisoara can be found on the project website. Even if for some reason you can’t attend the events, you can uncover some of this work here.

 

See you in the park(s)!

Winter is over, the trees are blooming, birds are chirping and we are getting ready for a new season of outdoor events. And what better outdoor event that a music festival?! Introducing JazzTM 2019.

One of the best music festivals in Timisoara

In case you are not very familiar with Timisoara, you should know that JazzTM is one of the best music festivals in our area. We’ve covered the festival on our blog last year and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to share more details this year too.

JazzTM 2019: When and where?

The 6th edition of JazzTM will take place during 5th-7th July 2019, mainly in the “heart” of Timisoara, Victory Square. The event is organised by our city hall with the help of a local organisation.

While the main stage will be located in Victory Square, there will be concerts at other stages in the city or within partner locations: Dimitrie Cantemir Street, Victor Vlad Delamarina Street, The Street Without a Name (Strada Fără Nume), Aethernativ, Café Klapka andGarage Café.

It is one of the biggest free events in Timisoara and it gathers huge crowds in the city center every year. The festival’s mission is to bring high-quality music to the locals and tourists of Timisoara. It is a free festival so that everyone, regardless of wealth and interests, can enjoy the music.

 

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JazzTM 2019: the lineup

But now let’s get down to why you’re reading this article: the artists and the schedule. Here is the full festival schedule:

Friday 5.07
Piața Victoriei (Victory Square)
20:00 FrankieZ eXperiment & Tereza Catarov
21:00 Aron Ottignon
22:30 Laura Mvula

Nocturnal Jams
00:00 Beats Remedy (Aether)
00:00 Gybravarisil (Klapka)

Saturday 6.07
Strada Fără Nume / Spoken Word
10:30 Tongue FU feat. Anthony Joseph, Zena Edwards & Rebecca Tantony feat. Pumn de Tarana

Junior Jams / Garage Café
14:00 Twisted Blue

Strada D. Cantemir / Voices Stage
17:00 Dov Meraki
18:30 Zara McFarlane

Strada V.V Delamarina / Crossover Stage
17:00 Beats Remedy
18:30 Moses Boyd Exodus

Piața Victoriei (Victory Square)
20:00 Dumitrio
21:00 Ishamel Ensemble
22:30 Jazzmeia Horn

Nocturnal Jams
00:00 Zimbru (Aether)
00:00 Binker & Moses (Klapka)

Sunday 7.07

Strada Fără Nume / Spoken Word
10:30 Tongue FU feat. Anthony Joseph, Zena Edwards & Rebecca Tantony feat. Tudor Ciubotari

Junior Jams / Garage Café
14:00 Twisted Blue

Strada D. Cantemir / Voices Stage
17:00 Groove Garden
18:30 Ala.Ni

Strada V.V Delamarina / Crossover Stage
17:00 Zimbru
18:30 Barabas Lorinc Quartet

Piața Victoriei (Victory Square)
20:00 Ineffable
21:00 Yussef Dayes
22:30 Tank & the Bangas

 

And here are some of the artists you will meet at JazzTM 2019: 

Tank and The Bangas

Rooted in New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas are influenced by different musical traditions. The group, made up of the five musicians, has a rare talent for combining different genres – jazz, soul, hip hop and R & B – into a stunning, cohesive “whole” that evokes the music of New Orleans while retaining an own personality.

 

 

Zara McFarlane

Zara McFarlane is considered one of the most talented jazz singer-songwriters in the UK. Her previous albums have earned many prizes. Zara’s music has diverse influences – from the spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae.

 

 

Aron Ottignon

Born in New Zealand, Aron Ottignon has been named as one of the best jazz pianists in the Northern Hemisphere before the age of sixteen. He now lives in Europe, where he plays both with his band and in collaboration with big names.

 

Jazzmeia Horn

Jazzmeia Horn has won the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition (2015) and Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (2013). She has been compared with Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, and Sarah Vaughan. Jazzmeia grew up on gospel music played by her grandmother.

 

 

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula is a British singer-songwriter who formed her first jazz/neo-soul group in 2008. She has won 22 nominations (including 2 Mercury Prizes, 7 MOBO Awards, and 3 BRIT Awards) and has had collaborations with artists such as Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Gregory Porter, David Byrne, Snarky Puppy, Jamie Cullum, Tinie Tempah, Robert Glasper, Metropole Orkest, Jacob Collier and Tom Jones.

 

Yussef Dayes

Yussef Dayes has gained notoriety together with his brothers Ahmad and Kareem, as the United Vibrations jazz group. Yussef’s collaborations with the bands Youssef Kamaal and United Vibrations have helped shape a whole new generation of young jazz listeners.

 

Moses Boyd Exodus

Born in southern London, Boyd started playing drums at the age of 13, inspired by the music of artists like Miles Davis and Dizzee Rascal. He is now a 21st-century jazz-stage celebrity.

 

 

Barabás Lőrinc Quartet

Barabás Lőrinc Quartet has released two albums since their debut in 2015 (“Beardance” 2016 and “Other Than Unusual” 2018). Their music is a mix of jazz and instrumental pop music, with influences from world music and electronic music.

 

This line-up is completed by: Zimbru, Tongue Fu, Ishmael Ensemble, Ineffable, Groove Garden,FrankieZ Experiment & Tereza Catarov, Dumitrio, Beats Remedy and Alan.ni. Read more about each of the artists on the event website, here.

The full festival schedule can also be found here.

 

See you soon and jazz on!

Our city has been struck by lightning(s). Starting Monday, March 18th, mysterious flashes of lightning have started striking various parts of the city. If you were confused about the sudden burst of lights in your neighborhood, worry not: it is all part of “The Lightning Project”, a project developed by BEGA as part of the Timisoara European Capital of Culture 2021 project.

Here’s what we’ve managed to find out about the project so far…

 

The Lightning Project – What’s the deal?

While we usually cover events before they happen, this time the odds have not been in our favor. This project has been as spontaneous as lightning: the location of the event has only been announced 10 hours before the start of the event.

And that is not all! By “location of the event” we mean the neighborhood in which the show will take place. In order to find the exact location, you must search for the light – literally. A modern “treasure hunt” for the locals of Timisoara?! We certainly think so. While some have complained about the spontaneity of the event, you have to admit it’s a new and interesting concept.

The Lightning Project has been announced to take place between March 18th and March 22nd, starting 8 p.m. in 5 Timisoara neighborhoods.

 

Photo via BEGA.

The Lightning Project – The Artists

The show driven by lights and music has certainly drawn our attention. But who are the artists behind it?

Just like in the case of Lumen, the previous show organised by BEGA, the show is a co-production between Romanian and foreign artists. The “lightning” is yielded by the group

Lords of Lightning. The group is the outcome of a collaborative effort between the creator of Lightning for Hire in New Zealand and the creative genius behind Arcadia Spectacular in the UK.

The Romanian contribution to the show comes mainly from music group Armies. Armies is a trip-hop / ambient project started in September 2013 in our lovely city of Timișoara.

For “The Lightning Project”, Lords of Lightning have worked on the music composed by Armies. This show is a result of this collaboration.

 

Photo via BEGA.

When and where?

The show is performed twice each evening: the first show starts at 8 p.m. and the second one at approximately 9 p.m. So far, the show has been performed in:

  • The Student Campus (Complexul Studentesc)
  • The Soarelui Neighbourhood
  • this night’s representation will take place in the Freidorf neighborhood.

Where next?! Each of the events is announced around 10 a.m. on BEGA’s official Facebook page and in the dedicated Facebook event.

However, we have also spotted something electric in Liberty Square… And this has also been mentioned on BEGA’s Instagram page.

So, you can look for the hints yourself, while charging your phone. But does this mean there will be show in Liberty Square too? We don’t know yet, but we do have a few more days to find out….

Later Edit: On the fourth evening, the local neighbourhood of Bucovina was struck by lightning, while the last “The Lightning Project” show took place – as we well guessed – in Liberty Square. Looking forward to more intriguing events in our city!

 

What do you think about this project?! Have you been intrigued by it?

Linked Culture is one of the few (if not only) conferences in Romania dedicated to cultural marketing and management. The 2019 edition will take place on March 21st-22nd in Timisoara. The conference is dedicated to cultural managers and event organizers who wish to gain new perspectives on cultural marketing and management.

Why attend Linked Culture 2019?

Linked Culture is organized by one of the most renowned PR Agencies in Timisoara, PRbeta. The first edition of the conference took place in 2017.  Such an event was well-needed in Timisoara, a city with a very active cultural scene. With a strong background in organizing PR Conferences, PRbeta (the agency), decided to respond to this market need and launched Linked Culture.

This year’s conference will take place between March 21st-22nd at Incuboxx. The first day is dedicated to panel sessions, while the next day will host a series of workshops – giving those who want the expand their knowledge the chance to get some “hands-on” experience.

This year’s edition of Linked Culture gathers a series of speakers from a wide variety of fields of the cultural scene: Erwin Kessler (Director at the Museum of Recent Art Bucharest), Marius Chivu (Writer), Luiza Vasiliu (Journalist), Cristian Busuioc (Promoter/Artist Manager), Andrei Ruse (Writer/Cultural Promoter), Tudor Chiliman (Organizer Waha Festival) and more.

Linked Culture Timisoara 2018

 

Who should join Linked Culture 2019?

Linked Culture is mainly focused on individuals and companies who are involved in cultural actions. However, the event can be interesting for anyone working in marketing and/or event management. The “typical” participant ranges from event promoters to business owners, event organizers or just people who are new to this field and want to find out more.

Linked Culture Timisoara 2018

 

How much does attending Linked Culture cost?

Two-day pass: 189 lei

Day 1 pass: 139 lei

Day 2 pass: 69 lei

Students benefit from a 50% discount.

 

For more details about the event and tickets, visit the official Linked Culture website.

 

See you at the conference!

Everybody knows that Romanians are welcoming and warm people. But they are also passionate people. While the Romanians have adopted Valentine’s Day in recent years, we also have our own “celebration” of love – and it’s called Dragobete.

The Romanian celebration of love

In Romania, the holiday of Dragobete is traditionally celebrated on February 24th. In addition to a celebration of love, it is also a celebration of the spring to come. But before we tell you about how it is celebrated, we need to understand the story behind it. In order to do that, we need to look into Romanian folklore and mythology.

The legend of Dragobete

The story starts with a young girl named Dochia. Legend has it that Dochia was one of the most beautiful and pure women in our lands. Dochia’s beauty and purity attracted not only the attention of mortals but also of the gods. The god of the mountains was one of those enchanted by the girl’s beauty and purity.

One sunny day, Dochia was tired and sat to rest in the shade, at the edge of a forest, falling asleep. The god of the mountains, who had fallen in love with the girl, then found the perfect opportunity to get close to Dochia. He turned to mist and descended the mountains to where the girl was sleeping, leaving her pregnant.

Nine months later, Dochia gave birth to a son, Dragobete. At birth, he had four fairy godmothers: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The four were so happy that Dragobete was born, that each one gave him a unique gift:

Spring –  Gave him love, the freshness of flowers and eternal youth.

Summer – Gave him the sweetness of fruits and the warmth of love.

Autumn – Gave him a flute to sing to people and delight them.

Winter –  Gave him the most beautiful white clothes, that shined like diamonds.

All these gifts, generously given to him by the four seasons, helped him seduce all the unmarried women he met in his travels – because Dragobete would travel all across our lands. And this is the reason for which he became a symbol of love.

The legend claims that every year, on the night of February 23rd, Dragobete showed up in the dreams of unmarried boys and taught them everything they needed to know in order to win the heart of their beloved ones.

After hundreds of years of showing people how to love and live in good fortune, Dragobete died and transformed himself in a “navalnic” – a plant which is found until this day in Romanian forests.

 

Dragobete celebrations

Even though Dragobete has lost some popularity in the face of the very popular Valentine’s day, it is still celebrated in some areas in Romania.

Traditionally, on the day of Dragobete, early in the morning, unmarried boys will put their traditional festive clothes on and go to the forest. Here, they will gather flowers, the first flowers of spring, for the girl of their dreams.

At midday, the village girls will run to the center of their village and wait for the boys to come back. When the boys return to the village, they have to run and catch the girl with whom they had fallen in love. If a girl would share the boy’s feelings, she would let herself get caught and receive the flowers picked up by the boy.

It is believed that the ones who participate in this celebration are blessed with well-being and health all year round.

 

All the photos from this article, for which we are very grateful, have been provided by www.nuntatraditionala.ro

When visiting a new city, in order to have the best experience, many of you will also want to taste the nightlife. Timisoara’s nightlife is vibrant and has many party places to choose from. In this article, we will give you 5 recommendations on how to enjoy the nightlife in Timisoara.

D’arc

D’arc has been representative for nightlife in Timisoara for over a decade now. Located in Unirii Square, it’s one of the most popular places in the city to enjoy a good party. The prices are affordable and the music is just great. It’s also popular with foreigners and expats.

Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 23 PM – 5 AM

Darc' Timisoara Nightlife

Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/club.darc.timisoara/

Reflektor Venue

The story of Reflektor Venue started in 2017 and the venue has since become one of the most popular concert venues in Timisoara. Reflektor hosts concerts and events several times a week and most weekends. Most of the events aren’t over before a great after party.  The sound system is one of the best in Timisoara, the prices are just right, and the staff is very friendly.

Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 23 PM – 5 AM

Reflektor Venue Timisoara Concerts

Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/ReflektorVenue/

80s Pub

80s Pub is one of the pubs in Timisoara where people also come dancing on the weekend. Although it’s the only one from our list which is not located in the city center, it’s very relevant for nightlife in Timisoara. This pub is exactly what it sounds like: 80s music, with very danceable songs and great atmosphere. Because it is located near the students’ campus, you will most likely see expats and locals having fun together.


Open Hours: Monday  – Thursday 9 AM- 1:30vAM / Friday- Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 AM / Sunday 10 AM – 1:30 AM

Darc' Timisoara Party

Photo source: fb.com/PhotoBog

Taine

Club Taine has been around for some years now, and it’s very popular among locals. If you are into rock music and famous anthems, this place is for you.  On Wednesdays Taine hosts Folk Nights, so if you want to get a taste of traditional Romanian folk music, make sure to visit them.

Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 17 PM – 6 AM
Sunday-Wednesday 17 PM – 3 AM

Taine Club Timisoara

Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/clubtaine/

Escape Venue

Escape Venue is dedicated mainly to electronic and drum’n’base music lovers. Escape Venue has a passion for great 360 visuals and good sound; this made them one of the top electronic music venues in Timisoara. Events are organized almost every weekend and they involve DJs and bands from all around the world. For a full list of their events in Timisoara, visit their Facebook page.

Open Hours: Friday-Saturday 10 PM – 6 AM

Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/escape.underground.hub/

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:

 

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Happy holiday season! Hope you enjoy Timisoara this winter!

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

 

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

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

Photo via Heritage of Timisoara

 

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

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

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

Photo via Heritage of Timisoara

 

Guided Tours in English:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

What is Lumen?

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

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

 

Timisoara European Capital of Culture

Photo via BEGA

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

 

The Bega river and the first waterway in Romania

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

Bega Timisoara European Cultural Capital

 

How to get to Lumen?

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

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

 

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. 

electroruga-workshop

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!