POLL: What are the most exciting festivals in Romania, 2018?
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Pre-sale tickets and passes started in December for some of the most anticipated festivals, while others have yet to announce an intention or artistic direction for 2018. Scroll to see over 80 options we discovered so far in the realms of music, film, arts, and lifestyle.
25-30 July 2018
3 Smoked Olives Island Festival is a new adventure every time! It is located on the Danube River, away from the busy life of the city, right on the border between Romania and Bulgaria, more precisely, near the ferry crossing point Calarasi (RO) – Silistra (BG), an hour away from Bucharest.
31 May – 4 June 2018
We were more than 75,000 happy people at the first edition, and we wanna be even more in 2018. Get ready to party for 4 days, with good music, tasty food, amazing art and lots of daily activities. Start your summer in Iasi, Romania! 2nd lineup announcement (in alphabetical order) here.
We’re happy to see Francesca Lombardo on that list.
27 – 28 July 2018
Save the date & join the 13th edition of ARTmania Festival Sibiu 2018. The first artists confirmed are Steven Wilson, Leprous, ROME, Zeal & Ardor and Distorted Harmony.
17 – 19 August 2018
Get ready for Awake Festival 2nd edition! 1st list of names announced: Wilkinson LIVE, Milky Chance, The Subways, The Parlotones, Fink, Subcarpati, Mihail, SATRA BENZ, DJ SHIVER, DJ Sauce, ANTENNA, Detour. 🌳 Nature 🌳 🎶 Music 🎶🎨 ARTDOOR – BIGart Installations 🎭 The festival is looking to offer an eclectic experience, not just concentrating on music, but also celebrating various forms of art and the picturesque outdoors, in a cosy, enchanting, intimate, unique landscape, where everybody is free to express themselves.
The preparations are probably beginning for a new edition of Blaj aLive Festival.
The Bucharest City Hall through Creart – The Centre for Arts, has been organizing since 2014 the international festival for music Bucharest GreenSounds in Herăstrău Park.
Creative fest means three days of cool music, space&urban art, graffiti, extreme sports, street dance, and freestyle. Don’t forget free entrance.
27 June – 1st of July 2018
To create a memorable event on the Black Sea Coast that brings together people who actively pursue a life of spiritual elevation through music, dance and yoga. Dakini aims to inspire active people from Europe and around the world connect in an environment that celebrates life, nature, freedom, tolerance and creativity, and elevate through a better understanding of the world, the self, the nature and the relation between them. To become the premiere spiritual event in Romania, a catalyst that inspires our community is internationally recognized and financially sustainable. Located on the Romanian Black Sea Coast, Dakini will become a year after year destination where everybody feels free and open to sharing quality mind-expanding experiences that contribute to peace within and in the world. Dakini festival creates the ambient to fully enjoy the world we live in, in all its forms, with cultural and traditional varieties. How? Participants from different countries, guests from other cultures and traditions, the exposure of the new ideas and perspectives – including the impact we have on nature and the sentient beings with which we share this planet – will enrich us spiritually and make us to understand how we can do better and fairer for our entire world.
DBE is an atypical platform that supports the Underground Spirit, quality and diverse artistic expression, freedom of opinion, common sense, decency, openness to novelty and lack of standardization in all and everything.
In 2017, they have prepared two music platforms on the hill and a third in the village. Visual installations to blow your mind, cinema, graffiti, playground, theatre, leisure activities, collaborative painting, and more. Adding to all that, a top-notch bar …and of course the cuisine – a Romanian-French joint venture delivered by Chef Michael Pascale.
18 – 22 July 2018
Electric Castle is a unique festival experience that takes place on the amazing domain of Banffy Castle, in Transylvania. It shakes up the way people interact with a festival by combing an eclectic musical lineup with arts, technology, and a visually innovative concept.
Celebrating its fifth year of existence in Beclean, the Celtic Transylvania Festival proposes to bring to the attention of the public, through a novel atmosphere, lesser-known aspects of the life of Celts, V b.c. – IV a.d. which lived in the immediate vicinity of the city.
Garana Jazz Fest takes place in the Semenic Mountains, Caraș-Severin County. After celebrating two decades of live music, Gărâna will continue to nurture the passion for jazz and nature along with the freedom of bringing these two elements together in a unique festival experience.
1 – 23 September 2018
The 2017 edition of the George Enescu International Festival (September 2-24) brought to Bucharest and to seven other cities in the country over 3,000 of the most appreciated foreign and Romanian artists in over 80 events. The program includes superstars of classical music present for the first time at the Festival, 37 works by George Enescu and contemporary music. Enescu Festival 2017 boasted record sales for subscriptions, which sold out in 10 minutes.
The 16th edition of the “George Enescu” International Competition will take place between 1–23 September 2018 and will reunite hundreds of talented youngsters, within the four sections: cello, violin, piano and composition. The deadline for registrations is 15th April 2018.
The 24th edition of the “George Enescu” International Festival – 2019 will outgrow the amplitude of the current edition and will host famous artists, who will perform near renowned orchestras. The opening concert will be sustained by the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.
17 – 19 August 2018
Annual rock/metal music festival which happens in Caransebes.
TEMF Festival was known until last year as JEMF. Now, the project has evolved in something remotely different and special as well. The reborn version of it aims to attract people in love with the Romanian sound of electronic music, but also with the work of few of the well-known names of the worldwide industry. The new environment was chosen to create the ideal connexion between the “nature calling” and the music’s charm.
This beautiful world is divided in two: The Hangar and Secretul din Gradina. Each of them has a different story to tell but somehow they blend perfectly. The artists, the place, the new-built concept are the things that help us say you might join something out of this world, escape the ordinary!
21 June – 1st of July 2018
Get ready for Jazz in the Park 2018! 11 days of live music with international and Romanian bands: this is the proposal from the 6th edition of the Jazz in the Park Festival, which will take place in Cluj, June 21st – July 1st, 2018. We have announced the first bands confirmed for the 2018 edition: Fanfare Ciocârlia, Moonlight Breakfast, A-C Leonte, JazzyBIT, Antal Gabor Trio. We are preparing dozens of concerts in the park, on the Somes Riverbank and in concert venues.
Feel. Live. Dream.
6 – 7 July 2018
Metalhead Meeting 2018 Festival – Pre-register to be the first to receive information about the festival and to have access to subscriptions early-early-bird special prices and in very limited numbers!
Mioritmic is the future past of our present. Framing a glimpse of our time on the rhythm of the pioneers on the playground, while focusing on the entire music and visual experience.
Musai Fest I took place on the beach in Vama Veche and previous guests include: Barac, Kozo, SIT, Macanache, Subcarpați and others, while in 2017 they chose one of Bucharest’s outdoor pools as a venue.
Music Travel Festival takes place in Herneacova, about 30 km away from Timișoara. Enjoy the music in the middle of nature and let it vibrate with you.
5 – 8 July 2018
From the people who brought you The Untold Festival comes Neversea, the largest music festival ever to be held on a beach in Romania. Neversea is a 3 days and 3 nights-long international celebration of music, lifestyle and seaside adventures, the biggest summer festival ever to be held on the Romanian seashore. Neversea blends world-class musical performances with unique magical entertainment and promotes the diversity of music and the notion that we are all connected by the love of dance, our hope for a better future and the sea itself. We dance forever!
PLAI is music, it is art and many cultures! It is diversity lived in every possible way, it is learning from the ones around us and from each experience.
30 June – 1st of July 2018
SKILLET, for the first time in Romania as a headliner of Shine Festival 2018, alongside Pop Evil!
Electronica, indie, electro-pop, nu-disco, soul, alternative rock, indie rock, hip-hop, freestyle rap – you can find it all at Sound and Vision.
26 April – 1st of May 2018
Start making your plans for the next edition of Sunwaves! We are coming back next April in Mamaia Nord, on the same beach as last year. We have 5 nights of festival going on & on from Thursday night, 26th of April till Tuesday 1st of May.
11 -12 August 2018
10 – 12 August 2018
More info will be released soon!
2 – 5 August 2018
Discover the Untold Story. 4 days and 4 nights full of magic, sound, and image. Featuring some of the best artists in the world.
UR.BASM is a new music and urban happenings festival. The first story was made of a series of musical events beaded along 5 nights, events that took place in different locations from Bucharest.
12 – 16 July 2018
The mysterious forest, the smooth hillside, the trippy twilights, the starry nights, the cows, the shepherd, the happy people, the smiles and laughter, the bass, the dance, the love, these are few of the main forces that we all play with to create the Waha Experience.
ROCKSTADT Extreme Fest is right now Romania’s biggest open air metal fest, held in the beautiful mountain side of Rasnov, right in Transylvania, very close to one of Dracula’s Castles, 160km away from Bucharest and very close to the city of Brasov.
28 September – 7 October 2018
The only Animation Film Festival in Romania. Starting with the festival’s fourth edition (2009), anim’est has also included a unique event in the Romanian festival circuit: Creepy Animation Night – a nightful of provokative, bizarre and horror animation shorts screenings accompanied by a live musical act in the festival’s main venue – Patria Cinema.
ANONIMUL IIFF is quite an extraordinary place, far from the “red-carpet syndrome” in this world full of film festivals, taking place in Sfantu Gheorghe, where the Danube meets the Black Sea, reachable only by water or air. People from all over gather here every year in August, watching films all day and all night long in the fully equipped indoor cinema in Green Village and on the huge open-air screen in Dolphin Camping.
15 – 21 October 2018
ASTRA FILM FESTIVAL (AFF) Sibiu, is well-established Romanian International Documentary Film Festival, dedicated mostly to a creative documentary from Central and Eastern Europe, has started in 1993 and is currently the oldest international festival running in Romania.
26 March – 1st of April 2018
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF is the first and only Romanian showcase of experimental film, a non-commercial and educational event for total creative freedom and lack of compromise.
19 – 21 July 2018
Ceau, Cinema! Festival is being set up by the non-profit associations Marele Ecran and the Pelicula Culturală, from their common wish to bring European films closer to the public.
A unique documentary film festival in Romania and in the region, fARAD explores diverse forms of cinematic representation of reality, as well as modes of transcending formal and national boundaries, and offers documentary, hybrid, and experimental films that have been recognized in recent major international festivals.
fARAD is organized by an experienced team that includes the programmers and producers of Making Waves, the Romanian film festival in New York, and of the Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj. It was founded in 2014 at the initiative of Corina Șuteu, the president of the festival, and of Film ETC., in partnership with the Arad Municipal Culture Center. Under the patronage of the Arad City Hall, fARAD is produced and curated by Film ETC. (Oana Radu, festival manager, Mihai Chirilov, programming consultant), under the artistic direction of Mona Nicoară, and in co-production with 111 Film (Eugen Lumezianu). fARAD Lab is organized in partnership with the Cultural Association for Education through Art.
Filmul de Piatra is a festival created by the young for the young. 100% based on Volunteer Power, the festival’s main goal is to offer a platform for young short film directors. That said, the festival is known for its’ youthfulness and friendliness, unconventional locations, and very long nights of partying. Check it on Facebook!
The festival’ goal is to reveal the cultural heritage of other countries through the films they produce, to show the children (at the workshops) how an idea becomes a film, to attract as many children as possible to a celebration of quality films. The greatest international film festival in South-Eastern Europe, for the young audiences. 11 days, 5 cinemas, over 110 of the best European films of the year, film workshops, seminars, Q&As.
Luna Plina brings to the public the best horror and fantasy productions, both classic and modern, films that are already milestones in cinema or are about to become ones.
Fiction, experimental films, documentaries that changed ways of thinking, animations, and an urban and eclectic atmosphere – in short, the ShortsUP atmosphere. The people at ShortsUP want to make short films more visible and increase their value, in the long term.
NexT International Film Festival celebrates innovative and creative filmmaking from all around the world. Its mission is to discover and support emerging international film talents by promoting their works locally, nationally and internationally.
15 – 18 February 2018
NORDIC FILM FESTIVAL (#NordicFF) celebrates the culture and cinema of the Nordic countries with four days of screenings in the most beautiful cinema to be found in the city. With a selection of 10 feature films, 4 documentaries and a short film compilation, this winter #NordicFF brings the stories of Nordic filmmakers to the heart of Bucharest.
16 – 25 March 2018
The 11th edition of the International Human Rights and Documentary Festival will take place between March 16th and 25th 2018in Bucharest. Throughout the 10 days, human rights will be headliners in cinemas and around, in CinemaPRO, cinemas Eforie, Union, Elvire Popesco, Peasant’s Museum Cinema, ARCUB, Rezidența BRD Scena 9 and the National Contemporary Art Museum. The central hub of the One World Romania 11 festival will be set up in ARCUB Gabroveni, where plenty more side events will take place, alongside the screenings scheduled for the Great Hall.
Every year Ploieşti International Film Festival brings to screen the newest and most captivating short films from around the world. It has become one of the most relevant international cultural events in Ploieşti.
21 – 24 June 2018
Documentaries, action and animation films – all dedicated to the environment. Competitive sections, workshops, debates and open-air concerts, everything just across the Danube.
Call For Entries 2018: Pelicam International Film Festival on Environment and People invites film directors, producers and distributors to register their films in one of the four competitions of the festival. Submissions for the 2018 edition of the festival start on 31st October 2017 and will be open until the 15th of March 2018, and the selected films will be screened in Tulcea between the 21st and 24th of June, when we gather on the banks of the Danube to see the best and newest films in the world dedicated to the environment.
Pelicam International Film Festival on Environment and People is part of the Green Film Network, a network of 40 environmental film festivals from all over the world. GFN Award is awarded to one of the films proposed by the festivals belonging to the network.
25 May – 3 June 2018
During these ten years, TIFF has become a well-known brand in Romania, not only due to the outstanding films screened every year, but also for the effective organization, sparkling atmosphere and density of events, from seminars, workshops, and panels to fabulous concerts and crazy all night long parties.
Film lovers can start working on their must-see lists for TIFF 2018. The 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival comes back to Cluj between May 25 and June 3. The first ten films confirmed for next year come from Venice and San Sebastian.
UrbanEye is a platform for ideas, that started from the connection between films and cities and it opens the discussion about the places we live in.
As an inexhaustible source of history, the city is, ever since the appearance of cinema, the subject or the ideal framework for film directors. At the same time, the cinematic art has great influence in framing one’s perception of the built environment. This is why UrbanEye is developing in various directions:
UrbanEye Film Festival is being held annually, in November, and it offers the Bucharest audience film screenings in nation-wide premieres, curated film selections, based on current international topics, talks and workshops about the living environment, children’s workshops, special guests and speakers.
Film Nights with UrbanEye take place throughout the year in different locations in Bucharest, as well as in other cities such as Timișoara, Cluj, Brașov, Târgu Mureș.
Timishort Film Festival was born, like many good ideas, over a coffee in 2009. Timisoara has 340.000 inhabitants, which we considered want films with actual content, that they, themselves can discuss afterwards, over a cup of coffee. Short films are the basis of any film theory and let’s face it, the most digestible ones. The festival team promoted, even from the beginnings, author films, making an emphasis on national and/or international premiers.
30 August – 2 September 2018
Coming out between the walls. Taking down the art from the walls. Amural Festival is on.
Balkanik Festival has proved its status as an event dedicated to new experiences, cultural exchange and discoveries that go beyond continental borders to its Romanian and international audiences. It is an annual festival of concerts, art exhibitions, crafts and performances of different artists belonging to a variety of cultures, who meet in this cultural melting pot in the heart of the capital city of Romania.
Bucharest Art Week is one of the few major international events from Romania, designed to promote the contemporary visual art and accessible to the general public. Structured around the need of experiment, cultural exchange and dialogue between artists from European countries, especially from central and Eastern Europe, Bucharest Art Week is intended to be a mix of artistic events that could be integrated in the tradition of other European capitals as Berlin , Basel, Vienna, Budapest , Lisbon and London that have already initiated and promoted by this type of art weeks.
1 – 14 October 2018
With a rich experience, Bucharest Photofest continues due to our belief that such a project must and can intermediate the meeting between artists from different parts of photography and all enthusiasts in love with photography art, in general. We showed that Bucharest can be such a place of meeting, because here, as in major cities worldwide, photography has an important place in people’s lives. 2018 theme: nature. Focus: Iceland
Theater workshops. Concerts. Architecture school. DJ. Cocktails. Skate Park, Video Mapping, Films, Guided Tours, Street Food and other interesting stuff await you at Dorna Art.
Closing the streets for cars and opening them to the talented women who dedicate themselves to the arts. That would be the festival in a nutshell. They expose the feminine universe in all its diversity. Fashion shows, concerts, live visuals on walls, open air cinema, and street theater – you can find it all.
The yearly festival dedicated to contemporary dance, organized by the National Centre for Dance Bucharest, is at its fifth edition. Usually, there are children and teenagers can attend several events for free. The National Centre for Dance appeared due to a campaign designed to impose a necessary space in a cultural context deprived of any constant manifestations of contemporary dance.
The National Centre for Dance appeared due to a campaign designed to impose a necessary space in a cultural context deprived of any constant manifestations of contemporary dance. The National Centre for Dance Bucharest is an institution whose purpose is to sustain, develop and promote contemporary dance. It is conceived as an open space and as an integrant part of the international choreographic context. CNDB’s programs and projects encourage critical perspectives, the research and the experiment in the field of contemporary arts’ practice and theory. It encourages the rise up of an internationally extended platform reactive to dialogue, reflection and debate.
Liminal is a Bucharest-based festival and year-round project of ideas and experiences to inspire and engage people to evaluate the role and impact of technological advancement over their lives.
Particles is a 48h interdisciplinary and urban regeneration festival taking place in alternative venues in Arad. For two days in a row, Particles crosses and fuses boundaries between the arts by setting up an interdisciplinary laboratory where the audience can experiment with contemporary arts through workshops, exhibitions, discussions, screenings, concerts, urban interventions.
The White Night of the Art Galleries, the project initiated and organized by Ephemair Association, extends its night programme in art galleries, alternative spaces, creative hubs and cultural institutions in other nine cities across the country.
Recently, the most interesting things in Bucharest happen in the houses and apartments, where communities have gathered to play with daring ideas.
Rokolectiv Festival is part of SHAPE, a platform co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The Creative Europe-supported SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art is announcing its 2018 list of artists. The artist selection for the platform’s fourth year traditionally places a number of audiovisual projects and sound artists alongside musical acts that range from post-grime and techno to free improvisation and acousmatic music. SHAPE is also happy to say that its 2018 roster is 50% women and 50% men. The fourth year also launches the second phase of SHAPE – initially intended as a three-year project, it has now been prolonged until 2021 thanks to the support of the “Creative Europe” programme of the European Union, and some changes will be introduced into the mechanism of the platform.
Romanian Design Week
By promoting interesting ideas, energy and dynamism, vibrant exhibitions and extraordinary collaborations, RDW shows that Romanian design is so much more than what you can see at a first look. Events and showcases focus on product and industrial design, furniture, graphics, fashion, architecture and interior design. Besides the curated formats of the Main exhibition, the range of themes is also extended and transmitted by our partners, which host and organize connected events.
Romanian Design Week sees itself as a festival for and of the public and our aim is to make design accessible to a broad-based public. 30.000 design aficionados visited, each year, our main exhibition and the galleries, design studios and collateral events that were part of the RDW program.
Having as a motto “Art Wants Out On The Street“, Sibiu International Street ART Festival aims to promote street art and everything related to it and contribute, with works by valuable artists, to raise the aesthetic level of the city, as well as to improving the desolate aspect of less-favoured areas.
SIMULTAN is an annual festival held in Timisoara, dedicated to video art, exploratory music and media-related projects, creating a bond between different media. Initiated by a group of artists, the festival was born as an artistic project having the goal to create a cultural context of the “here and now” on the local scene, encouraging new and innovative forms of artistic expression, as visual and sound language.
Someş Delivery is an independent project that challenges and tests community ideas for the integration of Somes in the life of Cluj-Napoca. Thinking in the long run, it addresses each year another segment of the river, which it investigates from a multidisciplinary perspective. The project team: Alexa Băcanu, Dan Burzo, Ana Felvinczi, Adriana Măgerușan, Mihai Mateiu, Raluca Mărginaș, Marius Cătălin Moga, Corina Știrbu, Șerban Țigănaș.
We had a great time at the 2017 edition, where Save or Cancel produced the Capitol Grădina Cinema installation.
12 – 15 April 2018
Between 12 and 15 April, SPOTLIGHT – Bucharest International Light Festival transforms for the fourth consecutive year one of the most important streets of Bucharest, Calea Victoriei, in an open air gallery of light installations. In partnership with the Berlin Light Festival, Spotlight 2018 brings to Bucharest multimedia projects that combine state-of-the-art artistic, emotional and storytelling technology, according to the organizers, the City Hall through ARCUB. Under the motto of the 2018 edition, United We Shine, the festival organizers invite artists from the country and abroad to participate in the SPOTLIGHT VIDEO MAPPING CONTEST.
Street Delivery stands for a city that provides joy to its inhabitants, one in which pedestrians partake of the streets at least as much as drivers do. Our main goal is to reclaim the public space and make it fun, livable, live.
The Romanian T-shirt community is an information integrator for t-shirt enthusiasts, which facilitates dialogue between designers, producers and traders and helps Romanian brands to present their creations to the target audience – all of which contribute to a positive development of the T-shirt industry.
Undercloud is the first festival celebrating independent theatre in Romania. It promotes quality over quantity and independent theatrical projects. It also aims to deliver a rich and valuable cultural content to the spectators by promoting unique artistic moments.
The Carnival is an excellent fusion of live music, gastronomy and entertainment, as well as the reunion of major festival brands (Gourmet Festival, Food Truck Festival, Funk Rock Hotel). The festival introduces a unique mix of tastes from over 10 international cuisines – Japanese, Indian, American, Mediterranean, French, German, Balkan, Romanian and many others – in an atmosphere of urban rhythms and ethnic influences. See feeder’s 10 recommendations for Bucharest Street Food Carnival 2017.
11 – 13 Mai 2018
Finger-licking festival with lots of good food and music, BurgerFest is at its fourth edition.
31 August – 2 September 2018
Great BEER, Great FOOD, Great MUSIC
Food Truck Festival On Tour is a food truck caravan dedicated to street food culture.
Street Food Festival debuted in Cluj in 2016, and in 2017 they expanded to 9 cities, where more than a half million gourmands enjoyed #streetfood. Live music, open-air cinema, childrens’ activities and the super friendly atmosphere are on the menu.
🐻 Thank you for actively participating in this poll and for letting us know about new festivals! The list is being updated and below you will find the new additions ✨
5 – 8 July 2018
The aliens have landed! In the heart of nature, far away from daily life, stressful environments and crowded cities, we welcome YOU, aliens from all over the world, to a one-of-a-kind open-air gathering where the most amazing people coexist in full harmony like one big and beautiful family, the Transylvaliens Festival! The sound of the Transylvaliens Festival is gifted to you by fantastic goa trance & psychedelic trance artists from all across the globe. They will make you dance, day and night, at one of our two stages, each one with its specific mood and own character.
30 June – 1 July 2018
Noise Festival takes place in Brașov and aims at bringing together different generations through music, communication and activities. The festival offers 3 stages, a food court, lounge area, marketplace, workshops area and also a camping area. The music includes electronic dance music, funky, future house, deep house, progressive, live artists, drum n bass, hip-hop & pop rock.
5- 8 July 2018
Vibe Festival was awarded last year for the “Best New Festival”, so expect a proper party to unfold this year as well. Early Bird Tickets are available and the line-up will be announced soon. On the Mureş river bank, in the center of Transylvania, local and international artists from the fields of electronic music and visual arts will ensure that you have an unforgettable summer!
Medifun is the biggest festival organised by the Students’ League from Tîrgu-Mureș offering from workshops and parties with live concerts and DJs to street-art and cultural/social talks and activities.
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Photos by Alex Iacob, Alina Ușurelu, Alexandru Dan, the authors