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

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



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

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

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

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


Gărâna Jazz Festival 2018

Garana Jazz Festival Timisoara Tourism

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

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

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



Useful information: accommodation, location and how to get there

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

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

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

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

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


Have a safe trip and enjoy!

Timisoara has a bit of everything for all art lovers. If you would like to enjoy a good European film while in Timisoara, we have a recommendation for you: Ceau, Cinema! A young festival in a city with very few cinemas, Ceau, Cinema! is organized by two local associations: Marele Ecran and Pelicula Culturală. It is the first festival in Timișoara entirely dedicated to European film.



Photo via Ceau Cinema

Timisoara’s very own pocket film festival

Ceau, Cinema! (roughly translated as “Hello, Cinema!”) has branded itself as a “pocket film festival”. Why – you ask?! The festival has started out as a small independent film festival. When first planning the festival, the organizers had no idea whether such an event would appeal to the local audience – they have therefore decided to start small.

However, the film festival has started to outgrow its pocket, as the festival has been growing with each edition. The first edition took place in 2014, with 4 days of workshops and screenings in Timișoara and Gottlob (a village near Timisoara that is proud to own the first restored movie theater in Romania’s countryside).



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Ceau, Cinema! The mission

We believe that a film festival focused on promoting good European films was necessary in a big city like Timisoara and we are thankful that this festival has given us an opportunity to spend some of our summer days watching good films and eating watermelon (more about that later!).

According to the organizers, the festival’s very beautiful mission is:

“[…] to befriend the people of Timișoara with the European cinema, with the independent feature films, which have been missing lately from the local scenery. Also, Ceau Cinema! encourages the artistic debut of a new generation of movie-makers. Through our screenings – outdoor and indoor, in unconventional locations – we promote European and Romanian films and we prove that they are as catchy and attractive as Hollywood cinema, but much closer to our hearts.”

The festival has stayed true to its mission for the editions it has hosted so far, at the same time gathering more and more movie-lovers each year. Ceau, Cinema! screens those high-quality films that are not normally played in a multiplex, attracting an audience that has no other contact with such films but at home.

But it also promotes young talents. Ceau, Cinema! hosts a competition for young film-makers, allowing them to showcase their work while receiving feedback from an expert panel of judges.



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Films + Watermelon = Love

As we have already mentioned, Ceau, Cinema! is not your average film festival. The team behind the festival has managed to make their festival stand out right from the start. Since the festival traditionally takes place in July (when it’s pretty hot in Romania), the screenings are not accompanied by popcorn (as you would normally expect), but by watermelon.

That is because some of the events take place in the local cinema in Gottlob, a village about 50km away from Timisoara. This is the first cinema in rural Romania that has been renovated and is now fully functional. And the team behind the festival has done a great job at promoting the village, its people, and its watermelon.

In addition to having a functional cinema, the village of Gottlob is also famous in the region for having a tradition of growing yummy watermelons. And Ceau, Cinema! is the perfect opportunity for the villagers to showcase and sell their harvest. This is a very good example of how an art-loving community can support the local communities they interact with. Plus, watermelon is healthier than popcorn!


I want to see some good European films and eat some watermelon. How can I do that?

Unfortunately, we only get Ceau, Cinema! once a year, for four days. But if you don’t have any plans for July yet, you are in luck!

The 5th edition will take place between July 19th-22nd 2018. This year’s edition is dedicated to rediscovering Romania’s “golden era” (as the communist times are often ironically referred to) and to the fall of communism in Romania. This is not meant to “celebrate” that era, but to have an objective, maybe even amused look at it.

A ticket for the whole festival costs 45 RON (about 10 Euros), while a ticket for just one film will cost 10 RON (about 2,5 Euros). For tickets and updates, just follow the official Ceau, Cinema! event on Facebook.

[Later Edit: This article is dedicated to the 2018 edition of JazzTM. For details on the 2019 edition, please click here.]

We’ve written about our favorite music festivals in the area before, but since we have a lot of information to share, we will be dedicating special articles to some of the events we love: like JazzTM. Our favorite local jazz festival will take place on the first weekend of July, so don’t make any plans!



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About JazzTM

JazztTM will take place between June 29th and July 1st. Wondering how much this fantastic jazz event will cost you? We have great news: it’s free! You’ll just have to get here! (And maybe find some accommodation, food, and drinks). The festival is organized by the Timisoara City Hall and it is completely free to attend by music lovers. The festival’s goal is to make quality music accessible to everybody.

The event takes place every year with a main stage in the Opera Square and usually draws in a great number of people from all walks of life. It is a very interesting experiment, after all, that proves that music should be available to everyone, as it can touch everyone. The festival will be reaching its 6th edition in 2018 (June 29th – July 1st 2018), being one of the “trademarks” of Timisoara.

Previous editions have brought to Timisoara big industry names like Richard Bona, Kurt Elling, David Murray şi Macy Gray, Terri Lyne Carrington / Lizz Wright, Al Jarreau, The Cat Empire, Anoushka Shankar, Dianne Reeves, Liv Warfield w/ Prince’s NPG Hornz, The Ruff Pack, Marcus Miller, DeeDee Bridgewater, Dhafer Youssef, Imany, Jacob Collier, BadBadNotGood, The Chick Corea Elektric Band, Miles Mosley x The West Coast Get Down, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah și Monty Alexander etc.


Photo: The Cinematic Orchestra

JazzTM 2018: Names Announced

In 2018, JazzTM will be hosting as many as 5 stages: the main stage in the Opera Square, three additional stages and a series of afterparty events (“nocturnal jams”).

As for the names that will enchant us this year, the top names are: The Cinematic Orchestra, Gregory Porter, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. This “top 3” list is however accompanied by several interesting musicians, some of whom are Romanian: Bariș Demirel, The Jam Community, Sorin Zlat Trio, Krisper, B.A.U. and Trompetre. In case you aren’t familiar with this music, we encourage you to listen to these artists. You will most likely find something to your liking in this list. Check out the full program on the event website, here.

But let’s take a closer look at the headliners:

The Cinematic Orchestra

The Cinematic Orchestra, nujazz pioneers, are a group formed by Jason Swinscoe in 1999. It has since become one of the most respected British bands in the last 19 years. TCO have played “sold-out” at the Royal Albert Hall (twice), as well as at the Sydney Opera House. They participated in countless festivals all over the world.


Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter, an artist whose music is both timeless and current, has had a remarkable career, starting with his sensational debut with “Liquid Spirit” (2013) that quickly became a global phenomenon and the most-listened-to jazz album online (20 million hits).
The album received the platinum disc in the UK and Germany and the golden disc in France, the Netherlands and Austria.

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Kurt Rosenwinkel’s career spans over the last 25 years. During these years, he has had numerous collaborations with amazing artists like Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter and jazz legends like Joe Henderson, Paul Motian, and Gary Burton. Kurt Rosenwinkel is one of the most influential guitarists of his generation.
His latest project, entitled “CAIPI”, is an ambitious and profoundly personal project
with major influences of Brazilian music; its production lasted ten years.


Are you impressed yet?! See you in July? We hope so!
In case you’re as excited about music festivals as we are, follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more updates! We will try to provide you updated information on the most popular music events in the area.

If you are traveling to Timisoara at the beginning of August and you’re a festival lover, you might want to change your plans – or just improve them. Sziget Festival one of the biggest festivals in Europe and this year it will take place between 8-15 August. They have just announced headliners and, yes, they are big! And did we mention the location is just 3.5 hours away from Timisoara?!

If you don’t know the festival we can tell you it started off as a student festival in 1993 and now it became one of the biggest festivals in Europe. It was also the two-time winner of the European Festival Awards in the Best Major European festival category.

Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Mumford&Sons and more…


The first names have just been announced a few days ago on the Sziget Festival Official Facebook page and website and there will be more to come in the upcoming period.

The full list of the first announcement:
Arctic Monkeys/Kendrick Lamar/Kygo /Mumford & Sons/Liam Gallagher/Bastille/Lykke Li/ Parov Stelar/The Kooks//Kaleo /Zara Larsson/Gogol Bordello/Clean Bandit/Blossoms / Milky Chance/Wolf Alice/Little Dragon/Cigarettes After Sex/ Goo Goo Dolls/Fink/Seasick Steve/ Above & Beyond/ Nothing But Thieves/Slaves/Everything Everything/Lewis Capaldi/ Lemaitre/  La Femme/Joe Goddard live/ Ummet Ozcan/Sam Feldt Live/Jay Hardway/The Him/Alle Farben   WhoMadeWho/Shame/Perturbator…and more to come

The Island of freedom…where dreams become reality

The festival takes place on an island and so all of the activities take place on this island. And we are pretty sure you won’t get bored! It’s worth mentioning that in 2017 you had 8 stages to pick from. And if one day you just feel like chilling in the sun and working on your tan, there’s a beach there!

photo: [ Sandor Csudai ] .

The accommodation:

As far as accommodation is concerned, you have two options: either stay in Budapest (but make sure you book something in advance – otherwise you might be left out) or buy a camping ticket from the Sziget Festival website (the basic camping is included in the 3-day, 5-day, and 7-day pass). You can even bring your own caravan or rent a house.  You have 6 campings to pick from, and they even have a family camping which is kid-friendly.

The prices:

The really early-bird tickets are already sold out but you can still find tickets at an affordable price, on the Sziget Festival official website.
1 Day pass: 70 €
3 Day pass: 189€
5 Day pass: 275€
7 Day pass: 299€

If you’re still not convinced, see below the 2017 Official After Movie. And stay tuned for the next announcement, we are pretty sure that the best is yet to come! In any case, if plan on staying in Timisoara, check some of our local festivals which take place this year. 

To be continued…..

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And who doesn’t love Christmas, with all its presents, cookies, mulled wine and the free time to relax and look forward to a jolly new year?! Timisoara, as most European cities, does its best at helping its locals and visitors nurture their Christmas spirit. And how does it do that?! The Timisoara Christmas Market is one of those ways.

[Later edit: This article talks about the 2017 Christmas market in Timisora. For our 2018 article, head here.]



Timisoara Opera House during holiday events. Photo via


Timisoara Christmas Market 2018: 10 years of celebrating Christmas together

Timisoara has been organizing a yearly Christmas market for the last 10 years. The market has been growing slowly, but surely, year after year.
The Christmas market brings together local artisans and merchants, as well as local food and beverage “masters”. For tourists, the Christmas market is the perfect opportunity to “taste” the local culture: from mulled wine, to mulled “tuica” (a traditional Romanian drink, similar to brandy), to traditional sweets and traditional meat products, you can have your pick of authentic Romanian food.


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In addition to these culinary delights, you can of course also do some of your Christmas shopping here. We’ll be honest here: not all the products are truly “authentic” or “crafted” locally, but some of them are. Unfortunately, the local authorities aren’t too strict in selecting who gets to display their goods in the Christmas market and so you can find some “generic” products there too. However, you can find beautiful handcrafted jewelry, knitted products, and beautiful Christmas decorations.


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Timisoara Christmas Market: When and where?

The Timisoara Christmas Market takes place every year starting December 1st and up to January 8th in the Victory Square in Timisoara.

In addition to the market itself, there are several events planned here for the holiday season, including live pop concerts of popular Romanian artists. So, if you happen to drop there in the evening, you might enjoy some entertainment as well. You can find more details about the events here.


Bonus: 2nd Christmas Market in Timisoara

The winter of 2017 marks the opening of a second Christmas market in Timisoara, in the old Citadel of Timisoara.

This “Christmas at the Citadel” market has been organised by the Banat Museum. Even though this market is smaller than the more central one, as it is surrounded by the old citadel of Timisoara, it is a very pretty sight and therefore a great place to enjoy a mug of mulled wine.
This second market will also host several events during the holiday season.

Festivals and traveling a lot of times go hand in hand. Those of you who like both going to music festivals and travelling, probably try to combine these two passions as often as possible. If you are planning to travel to Timisoara, you should probably know that there are some great music festivals you could attend during your trip. In this article we will tell you about the best international festivals in and around Timisoara. And the best thing is that they are all quite affordable.



Revolution Festival – Organized by EXIT

Although you may not have heard of Timisoara Revolution Festival, we are sure you’ve already heard about the EXIT Festival from Novi Sad, Serbia. A few years ago, the organizers from Exit Festival and the local authorities from Timisoara teamed up and started organizing Revolution Festival. We can call it the “little brother” of the festival from Serbia.

The two-day festival has become one of the major attractions in Timisoara. The festival has already had 3 editions and some of the artists that played here are: Rudimental (Dj Set), Dubioza Kolektiv, Eluveitie,  Skunk Anansie, John Digweed etc.

Did we mention the festival has about 7 stages with a wide variety of music, starting with DNB, Rock, Reggae, Trance and Cuban music? No matter what your favourite music gender is, you can find something to dance to at this festival.

And the best thing?! The price.

Tickets: The ticket price is 15 Euro if you buy an early-bird ticket and about 20 Euro/day or 40 Euro/ 3 days at the entrance.

Period: Beginning of June, exact date to be announced.

Duration: this started out as a 2-day, festival, but the last edition lasted 3 days (Thursday-Saturday)

Location: The Timisoara Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)



Plai Festival – World Music


Plai festival was first organised in 2006 and every year it gathers thousands of festival-goers from all over the world. Plai is actually more than just a music festival, but a cultural one. One of their aims is to celebrate cultural diversity, by hosting different kinds of workshops and events. With activities like theater plays, film projections, handmade workshops and, of course, music, PLAI festival has become a landmark for festivals in Romania.

In 2014 PLAI Festival has been nominated by European Festivals Awards for the Best Small European Festival Title. Some of artists who have visited the festival throughout the years are: Al Di Meola, Mariza, Paco de Lucia, Zaz, Patrice, Gentleman, Asian Dub Foundation, Baba Zula, Manu Chao, Everlast and more.

Tickets: about 30 Euro for 3 days of festival

Period: First Weekend of September

Duration: 3 days (Friday-Sunday)

Location: The Timisoara Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)


JazzTM – Timisoara Jazz Festival (Free Entrance)

Jazz Tm Timsioara


Although JazzTM is quite young – the first edition was held in 2013 – it fast became one of the best jazz music festivals in Romania. Some of the organizers have also worked on PLAI Festival and their 11 years of experience has surely paid off.

With one main stage in the city centre, in Victory Square, and 2 more stages in different parks around Timisoara, the festival has gathered some of the most appreciated jazz players from all over the world.

Some of the artists which played on stage of JazzTM: Paolo Profeti European Collective , Paolo Profeti European Collective, Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express, Imany, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Al, Jareu, Andreya Triana, The Cat Epire, Richard Bona etc.Warfield

Tickets: FREE

Period: beginning of July

Duration: 3 days (Friday-Sunday)

Location: Victory Square



Garana Jazz Festival


The Garana Jazz Festival first started off as a jam session back in 1997. It was just an event between friends at “Hanul La Rascruce”. It has since then become one of the most important open-air jazz festival in Central and Eastern Europe.

The festival takes place in the village of Garana, in the Semenic Mountains, one of the must-see places if you are around Timisoara. Besides the great music, Garana offers an opportunity for a great getaway from the city, thanks to the lovely views it offers. It is surrounded by two lakes, forests and, of course, fresh air. Even though this isn’t in Timisoara, it is just a 3-hour drive away and the trip is worth it, both for the music and for the views.

If you need accommodation during your stay, make sure to book your accommodation in advance, as most of the festival-goers book theirs (for the festival) with as much as one year in advance. But don’t worry, you can also camp there – there are plenty of people who just camp in nature during the whole festival.

Tickets: about 65 Euro for the 4-day festival or 20 Euro for a 1-day ticket

Tickets: Abouy 60 Euros

Period: usually mid-July

Duration: 4 days (Thursday-Sunday)

Location: Garana, Caras-Severin