We’ve written about the Romanian “ruga” and its reinterpretation in the event Electroruga de Buzad before. With this event coming up on the 1st and 2nd of September in the nearby village of Buzad, it’s time to have a look at the schedule, activities and main artists. The Herbalizer, MC Xander, JFB are only a few of the artists in the lineup. But the festival promises even more!
1. The Music
There can be no festival without some music! Check out the detailed schedule below:
On Saturday, the main stage will entertain you with the sounds of The Herbalizer, MC Xander, B.A.U., ENEI, Nopame, Baba Dochia, JFB, DJ Breaks + Loadstar. But you can also check out the “old school stage”, the “mix stage” (where there will be a silent disco party that sounds very promising!) and the “iuresh” stage – for late-night party-lovers. (To find out what “iuresh” means, just ask a Romanian!)
On Sunday, the main stage will entertain us thanks to Dario Rossi, Geordi Little, Noisy Pots and Taraf de Caliu. This musical arrangement will be flavored with a musical-theatrical interpretation of the Romanian folk tale “Miorita” by local theatre group Aualeu. And again, the “old school stage” and the “iuresh stage” will also be open to entertainment.
2. The “market” with local products
The first edition of Electroruga sounds very promising, as its concept is both “modern” and “traditional”. While the music is not very “traditional” in the Romanian countryside, the festival aims to involve the local community in a rather traditional way: by helping the locals sell their products and their skills to festival-goers.
Some of the things you’ll find in this traditional “market”: fresh local fruit, honey, jam and syrup, cheese, lavender oil and home-made cosmetics, craft beer, artisan jewelry etc.
3. The workshops
While listening to good music is a great activity, a festival a better if it offers some entertaining activities during the day. The organizers of Electroruga took this into consideration and prepared some awesome workshops, where you can learn a new skill or just have fun.
These workshops include: scratching (workshop help by JFB), pizza making, painting, traditional coffee making, knot making (learn how to make several kinds of knots!), sewing, shepherding (yes, you can learn more about this activity from a local shepherd!), house building techniques etc.
How to get there?
The location, The Village, in Buzad, is 45 km away from Timisoara and about the same distance from Arad.
You can get there in your personal car, by sharing a ride (there is a special Facebook group for that) or with one of the festival’s special buses. These buses leave from the Metropolitan Cathedral and you can take them based on your festival ticket, for a modest fee. Some of the buses will entertain you with a very own DJ, making sure you have a great trip and get into the festival atmosphere before even getting there. Here is the full bus schedule:
There are very few options for “modern” accommodation, as Buzad in a small village. You have the possibility to stay with the locals home or you could just stay in the camping area.
Don’t have a tent? No worries, the organizers have a set of tents already pitched and prepared. You can find more details on the Facebook event.
I want to attend! How can I buy a ticket?
Tickets can be easily purchased online, here and the prices are:
1-day ticket: 99 RON
2-day ticket: 178 RON
You can also get a group ticket. Buy 5 and pay 4.