What the best events in Timisoara? Theatre, films, music festivals – we gather the best recommendations for you.

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The summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean we are planning to go into hibernation mode here in Timisoara. On the contrary. The days are getting colder, shorter and darker, but that gives us the perfect motivation to spend our evening surrounded by nice people and good music. What better way to keep warm until the cold season is over than some good concerts in Timisoara?!

 

If you are a music lover, you will be very happy to hear that this autumn could be very eventful for you. There are many concerts and parties planned in Timisoara in the following weeks. To help you plan your days and weekend according, we thought we could give you some recommendations.

Our friends from Reflektor Venue seem to be particularly busy this November, as they have no less than 14 concerts planned this November! From alternative rock to heavy metal, here are all the concerts you can attend:

 

November 1st: The Skywalkers

A very young band with (very) young band members are launching their debut album. They will have several guests from the local music scene performing with them. This is a very good opportunity to support young local talents. Head to their YouTube channel and check them out.

 

November 2nd: Sasquatch [US] + Northern Revival [SRB] live at Reflektor

Sasquatch is a rock band from Los Angeles, CA. They tend to sip on influences from 70’s metal, rock, and psychedelia. Northern Revival is a Stoner/Heavy Rock/Sludge band from Novi Sad, Serbia formed in October 2012.

Event at Reflektor Venue

 

November 3rd: The Monojacks

Romanian alternative rock at its finest. They sound better live than on YouTube, so check them out.

The Monojacks at Reflektor Venue

 

November 8th: The Case, live in Timisoara, launching a new single.

If you want to get acquainted with the local alternative rock scene, this is a very good chance. The Case is a local band that has entertained the crowds at most festivals in the area.

Sasquatch at Reflektor Venue

 

November 9th: Charm Designer [co], Inner Missing [ru], November Black

If you are more into metal, this one is for you! Charm Designer, usually associated with the doom/gothic metal niches by followers and reviewers, was created in Bogotá (Colombia’s capital city) by a group of architects. Inner Missing was formed in the spring of 2008 and have since played on stage with such bands as Forest Stream (Msk), Disease (Latvia), Demogorgon (Pl) and some other European bands. November Black is a melodic rock band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, motivated and inspired by bands such as Charon, Black Sabbath, Guns N Roses, HIM, Slipknot.

The Charm live Concert at Reflektor Venue

 

November 10th: Cedry2k, LP launch.

This concert is part of Cedrik2k’s tour to promote his LP, “Scoala Veche”. While the lyrics can be difficult to understand if you’re not a Romanian speaker, we’re sure that the hip-hop beats can get to you anyway.

 

November 11th: FUNKorporation, the Very Cool People (LV) tour

FUNKorporation (Romania)+ Very Cool People (Latvia)= Two bands, one funky-jazzy tour. Their sounds combine jazz, funky grooves, Balkan-klezmer vibes, and energy, so you can dance your shoes off.

FunkOrporation live concert Timisoara

 

November 15th: The Ocean [de] and Rosetta [us] live at Reflektor Venue

Since 2001, the Berlin-based musician collective The Ocean have released 7 critically acclaimed studio albums and a split EP with Japanese post-rock legends Mono. They are now coming to Timisoara to promote their latest material called ”Phanerozoic” together with Rosetta.

FunkOrporation live concert Timisoara

 

November 16th: Soft Kill / post-punk & coldwave USA & Arc Gotic / post-punk RO

Post-punk with USA artists Soft Kill and Romanian band Arc Gotic. Head to YouTube to find out more!

 

November 17th: F.Charm concert

A charming “black sheep” of the hip-hop industry. Rap and feelings, check it out.  

 

November 20th: Shining [no] and Alithia [au]

After releasing four albums of esoteric and enigmatic left-field jazz, Shining edged fully into the world of extreme metal for 2010’s Blackjazz album. Progressive rock band AlithiA, meaning truth in Greek, was formed in 2004. 

Shining concert Timisoara

 

November 22nd: The Tango Orchestra

This is exactly what it sounds like. And they are a local “product”. Tango or not, the sound is worth an audition.

The Tango Orchestra Timisoara

 

November 23rd-24th: Haywire Festival 2018

A 2-day rock festival covering various genders like atmospheric black metal, progressive rock, math rock la post-rock, sludge metal, space rock, stoner/psychedelic rock. This is an independent local festival, organized by local band Methadone Skies. For the full line-up and other information, check out the dedicated Facebook event.

Haywire Festival

 

November 30th: Suburbia11

Suburbia11 is a Romania band that mixes ska, rap and reggae music.  

 

So, what are your plans this November?!

Check also the other events which are happening in Timisoara

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 Association.  Lumen 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:

 

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:

 

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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.

 

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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

electroruga-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:

electroruga-party-bus

 

Accommodation

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.

 

Art lovers, this article is for you! As a multicultural city and a future European capital of culture, Timisoara has a very active art scene. One of the biggest contemporary art events in our city is  Baroque || Urban, which will host its third edition this year, between August 15th and October 15th.

 

About Baroque || Urban

Baroque || Urban is a local contemporary art event organised by the local organisation META Spatiu. The pilot edition of Baroque Urban took place in 2016 and was focused on neo-baroque, as an exploration of baroque and modernity. Romanian artist Gheorghe Fikl and French artist Josepha Blanchet played with the resurrection of the baroque current during this first event.

As the pilot edition was a success, the event was reiterated in 2017, with a new exhibition. The highlight of the 2017 edition was the work “Meating” by contemporary artist Virgilius Moldovan.

 

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Photo via baroqueurban.ro

WOMAN, ALL TOO WOMAN – art by women

The 2018 edition of Baroque || Urban seems to want to take things even further. This edition is bolder and more complex than the previous ones. This year’s event is titled WOMAN, ALL TOO WOMAN and is, as you already suspect, focused on art created by women. What does it mean to be a woman and an artist? That is what we are about to find out.

The team behind this year’s exhibition is all female, as are the artists whose work will be exhibited during the event. WOMAN, ALL TOO WOMAN, curated by Andreea Foanene, will bring together the works of over 30 artists, gathering a collection of over 120 artworks.

The artists who will be exhibiting are: Marina Abramovic, Aura Balanescu, Josépha Blanchet, Elena Bobi Dumitrescu, Alina Cioara, Andra Ciocoiu, Dana Constantin, Fantanariu Suzana, Andreea Heresanu, Emilia Jagica, Aurora Kiraly, Adriana Lucaciu, Andreea Medar, Liliana Mercioiu, Jelena Micić, Mihailescu Doina, Silvia Moldovan, Ada Muntean, Ana Maria Negară, Simona Nutiu Gradoux, Carmen Nicolau, Marilena Preda Sanc, Florica Prevenda, Kristina Ratiu Demuth, Axenia Roşca, Linda Saskia Menczel, Eva Maria Schartmüller, Serghiuta-Popa Diana, Alina-Ondine Slimovschi, Oana Stoian, Nada Stoici, Mindora Tulcan, Agnes Varnai, Simona Vilau, Victoria Zidaru.

 

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Photo via baroqueurban.ro

“Balkan Baroque” by Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic, one of the most famous contemporary artists worldwide, will be part of Urban || Baroque 2018 with her installation “Balkan Baroque”. The installation has received a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1997. The work brings forward stereotypes of the Balkans, but also the brutality of war, tragedy, nationalism, and madness. An interesting and controversial work of art for sure.

The exhibition will also host a screening about the artist’s work “Balkan Epic Erotic”, created around the same time as “Balkan Baroque” and portraying a contrasting side of the Balkans – one of naivety, purity, nature, and love.

 

When and where?

The works gathered for WOMAN, ALL TOO WOMAN will be displayed between August 15th and October 15th at the Timisoara Art Museum (no. 1, Unirii Square). For more details about the exhibitions and future conferences, you can follow the official event page.

Romania is rich in folklore and traditions. However, most of those who travel to Romania’s big cities aren’t aware of the folktales and traditions embedded in the country’s culture. That’s probably because most traditions have been born in the countryside and are not that strong in urban Romania.

 

Reviving Romanian traditions

But in recent years we have been witnessing a “back to the roots” movement, where old traditions are revived and made “popular” again, often with a modern twist. One of these traditions is the “ruga” typical of the Banat area. An interesting initiative meant to revive this traditional event is the Electroruga music festival that will take place in early September (1st-2nd September) in the village of Buzad, which is about 50 km away from Timisoara.

But to better understand the Electroruga festival, we should first understand the “ruga”:

 

Photo via The Village

What is the “ruga”? A “crash-course” for foreigners

In the Banat region, each village or town hosts a yearly celebration of the “ruga” or “negeia” (the name varies according to what part of the Banat you are in). This coincides with the celebrating the anniversary of the local church and the church’s patron.

But the “ruga” or “negeia” is much more than a religious celebration. The event has a religious origin but has evolved over time into a social event, a celebration that involves the whole town or village.

romanian-traditions-ruga

Photo via http://romania.orchesis-portal.org

The “ruga” usually lasts 3 days with religious sermons on each of these days. The evenings are marked by a big gathering with music, dancing, and drinks. Traditionally, locals prepare thoroughly for the celebrations. They clean their homes and prepare food and drinks for their guests. Because the “ruga” is the perfect opportunity for the family to get together – often, relatives and old friends visit to join the celebrations.

What is even more interesting is that, traditionally, the whole village contributes to the organizing of the event. Donations are made by all the villagers to hire a folklore band. On each of the three days, the locals wear their best traditional outfits to the evening sermons. The celebrations, with music and drinks, start immediately after the sermon is over.

The “ruga” or “negeia” used to be the most important event in the village life. It has unfortunately lost its significance as the younger population has slowly moved to big cities. Banat villages still celebrate it, but the “ruga” has lost some of its former glory in many places.

 

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Photo via The Village

Upgrading the “ruga” for 2018

Which brings us back to the topic of reviving traditions. This is more or less what Electroruga wants to do. Electroruga is an electronic music festival that will take place on September 1st and 2nd in the village of Buzad, about 50 km from Timisoara.

This interesting initiative is planning to reinterpret the tradition of the “ruga” with a modern twist: the “ruga” is a popular social event in traditional village life, as are music festivals in our urban lives. So why not combine the two and see what happens?! This is how Electroruga was born.

Festivals Timisoara

The festival is only in its infancy (we haven’t even seen the first edition yet), but we think it has potential (hence we are writing about it!). The festival mixes “modern” electronic music with the wish to support local traditions:

  • the festival wishes to support the local community by offering the locals the opportunity to sell their products at the festival.
  • The organizers have introduced the concept or “ER BNB” (pun intended) – festival-goers will be able to find accommodation with the locals.
  • the villagers of Buzad can attend the festival for free.

This all sounds very promising and we love the fact that the festival is trying to combine the “old” with the “new” to create an original event, all while caring about the local community.

 

We look forward to enjoying this “out of the box” festival and we’ll keep you posted with news about it!

 

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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Photo via Garana Jazz Fest (Facebook)

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

Photo via: http://www.culturapoloneza.ro/

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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Photo via Ceau Cinema

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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Photo via Ceau Cinema

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.

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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Photo via Jazztm.ro

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.

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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.

 

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‘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.

 

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Timisoara Opera House during holiday events. Photo via timisoarachristmasmarket.ro

 

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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Local products at the Timisoara Christmas Market, photo via timisoarachristmasmarket.ro

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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Artisan gifts at the Timisoara Christmas Market, photo via timisoarachristmasmarket.ro

 

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.