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.