TOP 10: the most exciting music, film, arts & lifestyle festivals in Romania, 2018

TOP 10: the most exciting music, film, arts & lifestyle festivals in Romania, 2018

TOP 10: the most exciting music, film, arts & lifestyle festivals in Romania, 2018

We’ve asked you to help us discover together what are the most exciting festivals in Romania, 2018.

4.113 votes from 1.758 of you apprised these 4 top 10 festivals in the realms of music, film, arts, and lifestyle. Thank you for clicking.

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AWAKE Festival photo © Bogdan Bucșeneanu

1. AWAKE Festival (361 Votes)

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.


festivaluri 2016

2. Electric Castle (354 Votes)

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.


festivaluri 2016

3. Untold Festival (213 Votes)

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.


Afterhills Music & Arts Festival #dreamers

4. Afterhills Music & Arts Festival (206 Votes)

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.



5. 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival (170 Votes)

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.


festivaluri 2016

6. Summer Well (167 Votes)

11 -12 August 2018

A festival like a holiday: read about feeder’s fun experiences in 2017 and 2016.


Neversea Festival

7. Neversea (140 Votes)

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!


Jazz in the park Day 6

8. Jazz in the Park (133 Votes)

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.


waha festival 2018

9. Waha Festival (113 Votes)

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 Fest

10. Rockstadt Extreme Fest (87 Votes)

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.


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1. TIFF (127 Votes)

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 the year come from Venice and San Sebastian.



2. Filmul de Piatra (36 Votes)

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!



3. Anim’est (29 Votes)

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 night full of provocative, bizarre and horror animation shorts screenings accompanied by a live musical act in the festival’s main venue – Patria Cinema.



4. Luna Plină – Festivalul Filmului Horror @ Biertan (21 Votes)

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.


festivaluri 2016

5. Astra Film Festival (19 Votes)

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.


 Nordic Film Festival

6. Nordic Film Festival (15 Votes)

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.


festivaluri 2017

7. Pelicam (15 Votes)

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 invite 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.



8. Anonimul Film Festival (15 Votes)

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.


One World Romania la MNAC | Arta care mișcă lumea

9. One World Romania 11 (11 Votes)

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.


festivaluri 2016

10. Marele picnic ShortsUP (10 Votes)

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.


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sibiu international street art festival

1. Sibiu International Street ART Festival (198 Votes)

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.


Bucharest Photofest

2. Bucharest Photofest.2018 (179 Votes)

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


IIoana Arthur Verona Street Art (13)

3. Street Delivery (59 Votes)

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.


Amural Festival vizual 2017

4. Amural 4 (58 Votes)

30 August – 2 September 2018

Coming out between the walls. Taking down the art from the walls. Amural Festival is on.


festivaluri 2017

5. Noaptea Albă a Galeriilor (29 Votes)

The White Night of the Art Galleries, the project initiated and organized by Ephemair Associtation extends its night programme in art galleries, alternative spaces, creative hubs and cultural institutions in other nine cities across the country.


Romanian Design Week 2017

6. Romanian Design Week (28 Votes)

18 – 27 May 2018
Staged every year in May, Romanian Design Week is a 10 days festival that promotes design as a pad for cultural, social and economic growth.

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.



7. Femei pe Mătăsari (27 Votes)

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.


festivaluri 2017

8. Noaptea Caselor (17 Votes)

Recently, the most interesting things in Bucharest happen in the houses and apartments, where communities have gathered to play with daring ideas.



9. Balkanik Festival (15 Votes)

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.


Someș Delivery 2017

10. Someș Delivery (14 Votes)

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.


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1. BurgerFest (98 Votes)

11 – 13 Mai 2018

Finger-licking festival with lots of good food and music, BurgerFest is at its fourth edition.


Bucharest Craft Beer Festival

2. Craft Beer Festival (95 Votes)

31 August – 2 September 2018

Great BEER, Great FOOD, Great MUSIC


Street Food Festival

3. Street Food Festival (81 Votes)

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.


Bucharest Street Food Carnival

4. Bucharest Street Food Festival Carnival (40 Votes)

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.


Food Truck Festival

5. Food Truck Festival (24 Votes)

Food Truck Festival On Tour is a food truck caravan dedicated to street food culture.


Have fun and share your delightful adventures!


Browse the previous festival polls and tops 2017, 2016, 2015.


Words by Cristina Popa [random]

Photos by Alex Iacob, the authors


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