POLL: What are the most exciting festivals in Romania, 2019?

POLL: What are the most exciting festivals in Romania, 2019?

POLL: What are the most exciting festivals in Romania, 2019?

Though winter is still with us, there is a feeling of spring in the air. The sun is more present in our sky, the air is warmer, and we start to feel more active and energized. Festivals are a good way to channel that energy, places where we can have fun with our friends, learn new things, meet great people. Because the list is long and it’s hard to keep track of all the great options we created a list to help you find the best alternatives for you.

We are curious to learn which the most exciting festival in Romania, according to you, our readers. What events do you eagerly wait for a whole long year?

Do you prefer the freedom one can find in nature over the practicality of an urban festival? What are the artists you just have to hear or see in 2019? Do you prefer to participate or to observe? No matter the answers, there sure are some festivals to catch your interest.

Pre-sale tickets and passes can start as early as December for some of the most anticipated festivals, so it’s a good idea to start planning soon. Scroll to see over 90 options we discovered so far in the realms of music, film, arts, and lifestyle. Don’t forget, you can suggest more festival titles in the comments area below and they might be added to the poll.

UPDATE: The first edition of the Un-hidden Street Art in Romania book is here to help you discover independent art in public spaces.

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3 Smoked Olives Island Festival

24 – 30 July 2019

3 Smoked Olives Island Festival is a quite unique event on the Romanian music scene. With a strong emphasis on the environment, this festival is a new adventure every time. At just an hour away from Bucharest, on an island in the Danube, 3 Smoked Olives have all the traits for a perfect escape from the busy life of the city.


Afterhills #bloom2019

Afterhills Music & Arts Festival

23 – 25 August 2019

Good Vibrations is the motto for one of the most prolific Romanian music festival, Afterhills.  Music and arts meet in one of the most beautiful landscapes Romania has to offer. The energy will roam freely and you will have an amazing time.


ARTmania Festival 2019

ARTmania Festival

26 – 27 July 2019

Line-up: Dream Theater, Opeth, Architects

If you are a fan of rock music than ARTmania is a festival you can’t miss. This event invites rock and metal bands to perform in the beautiful Romanian city, Sibiu.


AWAKE Festival 2019 

AWAKE Festival

15-18 August 2019

Line up: Netsky, JP Cooper, Triggerfinger

Awake Festival brings great music in the middle of Ardeal. The festival is looking to offer an eclectic experience, not just concentrating on music, but also celebrating whimsical, creative, and vibrant forms of art.


Balkanik Festival
Photo © Miluta Flueras

Balkanik Festival


Balkanik Festival takes pride in bringing traditions into the contemporary.  Since 2011 the Festival is a must-see on the Bucharest event scene. A truly unique dancing experience, Balkanink Festival is the place for unforgettable discoveries.


BlajaLive Festival

Blaj aLive Festival


Six years ago a new festival was born. Blaj aLive offers a weekend full of opportunities, concerts, and fun activities. This festival supports artistic freedom of expression and hopes to promote worthy artists.


Bucharest GreenSounds Festival
Photo © Alex Barbulescu

Bucharest GreenSounds Festival


GreenSounds Festival brought quite a few interesting artists to Herastrau Park. With a mix of local and international bands, GreenSounds Festival attracts a diverse crowd eager to have fun.


Bucharest Jazz Festival
Photo © Sorin Toma

Bucharest Jazz Festival

1 – 7 July 2019

Bucharest Jazz Festival is a nice opportunity for Bucharest born jazz lovers, but not only, to enjoy some of the finest jazz music in a beautiful setting.


Creative Fest

Creative Fest


Creative Fest is one of the biggest art and urban culture festival in Romania. Last year Fat Boy Slim and Guano Apes where the biggest names to grace the scene.


Citadela Festival 2019

Citadela Festival

26 – 28 July 2019

With a desire to connect artist from different backgrounds, Citadela Festival managed to transform through underground music the cultural landscape of Deva city.


Dakini Festival 2019


27 June – 1 July 2019

Line-up: Aes Dana, Clozee, Deep Forest & Gaudi, Istvan Sky

Magical, experimental, wonderful are just a few of the words you can use to describe Dakini. An experience, more than a festival, Dakini invites artists from all around the world at the Romanian SeaSide.


DAVA Festival 2019 @ Sighisoara

DAVA Festival

30 – 31 August 2019
Line-up: Fatima Hajji, Nick Warren, Mahony 

Dava Festival has a funky spirit and takes pride in its carefully curated line-up. Every year Dava tries to build a New Age Citadel of Electronic Music in the famous Romanian city, Sighișoara.


delahoya festival



Delahoya is the oldest electronic music festival in Romania.


Durușa Summer Hills


Durușa Summer Hills has a few simple, yet very important principles: popularize an alternative and sustainable way of life, integrate art and culture in rural life, respect nature.


Electric Castle 2019

Electric Castle

17 – 22 July 2019

Line-up: Florence and the Machine, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bring me the Horizon

Without a doubt one of the most famous festivals in Romania, Electric Castle transformed the Romanian musical landscape. No matter how rainy it gets, the music will always bring life to the Bonțida castle.


Festivalul Celtic Transilvania 6

Festivalul Celtic Transilvania

19 – 20 July 2019

At its sixth edition, Celtic Transilvania Festival transforms Băile Figa, near Beclean, Bistrița-Năsăud county in a truly magical land.


Gărâna Jazz Festival

Gărâna Jazz Festival


Gărâna Jazz Festival combines the smooth jazz sounds with the peaceful surroundings of the Caraș-Severin county. A festival with an over 20 years tradition, it established itself as one of the most important jazz events in Romania.


Photo © Andrei Gîndac

George Enescu Festival


George Enescu Festival needs little words. The most important competition of classical music in Romania, and one of the most important of its kind in Europe, this festival is a landmark in the Romanian cultural landscape.


Gugulan Rock Open Air Festival

Gugulan Rock Open Air Festival

16 – 18 August 2019

With a simple motto “In Metal we trust”, Gugulan Rock Open Air Festival is bringing every year its A game. In the historical region of Banat, Rock music has found a new home.


Jazz in the Park 2019

Jazz in the Park

4 – 7 July 2019

One of the most hip cities in Romania, Cluj-Napoca is the home of Jazz in the Park Festival, which takes place in July.


Jazz in Church 2019

Jazz in Church

7 – 10 March 2019 

Line-up: Mario Batkovic, Maria Pia De Vito, Anja Lechner

A great location is one of the most important elements for a fantastic festival and the Lutheran Church is such a location. If you add in the mix some of the best jazz musicians out there, Jazz in Church festival can’t be anything else but a must see festival.


Jazzup SEA Festival

JazzUp SEA Festival


Since last year the Black Sea has a new jazz festival. JazzUp Sea Festival is yet a pretty new addition to the Romanian festival calendar, but one that has already quite a few fans.


Le Petit Festival de Bucarest

Le Petit Festival de Bucarest


A festival that combines great music and delicious food is definitely a crowd favourite and Le Petit Festival de Bucarest is no exception.


Lost in Space Festival

Lost In Space Festival


Lost in Space Festival is one of the most important underground music festivals in Timișoara. From 2016, year after year, Lost in Space brings a fresh feel to the city.





Medifun awaits for you in the heart of Romania, at Târgu-Mureș. With a relaxed vibe, Medifun is perfect for chill underground music lovers.


Metalhead Meeting Festival
Photo © Florin Matinca

Metalhead Meeting Festival


A festival for all the rock lovers out there, Metalhead Meeting is a very important musical event in Bucharest. The concerts are held at Romexpo.



3 – 6 October 2019

Mioritmic is a festival where the visual experience is just as important as the music experience. This credo proved very popular, and the festival is a success.


Musai Fest

Musai Fest


Musai Fest creates a nice, relaxed atmosphere where music and nature can co-exist. Also since the scenes are set in Auzuga.


MOX 2019

Music Outdoor Experience

11 – 14 July 2019

Line-up: Utah Jazz, Silent Jazz, Quidbop

As the name says it Music Outdoor Festival holds at equal value music and nature. More precisely electronic music and mountains landscape as it is held in Valea Draganului, Cluj county.


Noise Festival

Noise Festival


The first edition of Noise Festival was held just last year at the end of June. Even so, the festival received positive reviews from the public.




4 – 7 July 2019

Line-up: AfroJACK, G-Eazy, Jessie J, Steve Aoki

Year after year, Neversea attracts a diverse crowd of music fans. All you need is a passion for music, a willingness to dance and the desire to have fun.


Picnic Fonic Festival

Picnic Fonic Festival


From its first edition in 2015 the Picnic Fonic Festival till this year tried to offer a pleasant alternative to the city’s busy life.


PLAI Festival

PLAI Festival

13 – 15 September 2019

In Timișoara, Plai is known as a multicultural festival. With some important awards under its belt, this an important stop on the festival map.


Revolution Festival

Revolution Festival


A member of the Exit family, Revolution Festival is also set in Timișoara. Aiming to spark revolutions of ideas, this is quite a festival.


Festivalul Rezistența Electronica

Festivalul Rezistența Electronica


Born from the passion for independent electronic music, Rezistența Electronica is all for teamwork. Set in the Romanian capital, it brings together different locations.


Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2019 - Official Event

Rockstadt Extreme Fest

1 – 4 August 2019

The seventh edition of Rockstadt Extreme Fest will take place, as tradition, in Râșnov, the perfect background for this sort of experience. In early August, Râșnov becomes the rock capital of Romania.


Sibiu Jazz Festival

Sibiu Jazz Festival


Sibiu Jazz Festival is one of the most famous festivals of its kind in Romania. A member of Europe Jazz Network, this festival gives young artists a chance to shine.


Shine Festival 2019

Shine Festival

12 – 13 July 2019

Shine Festival is a music festival with a large number of fans. For, now 5 years, this festival brought good music in Carol Park, located in the Capital of Romania, Bucharest.


Smida Jazz Festival 2019

Smida Jazz Festival

15 – 17 July 2019

An international event for all the jazz lovers out there. With the stunningly beautiful Apuseni Mountains as background, Smida Jazz Festival.



November 2019

SoNoRo is a festival dedicated to the promotion of chamber music. Other than concerts, participants can enjoy workshops, conferences, and many other events.


Summer Well

10 – 11 August 2019

Line-up: The National, The 1975, Maribou State, Pale Waves

A festival like a Holiday, Summer Well brings life to the Stribey Area. A great opportunity to see some famous bands, eat some delicious food and spend a weekend with your friends.


Sunset Festival

Sunset Festival

8 – 11 August 2019

Line-up: ALBOROSIE & Shengen Clan, DOC, Cred Că Sunt Extraterestru, Chimie, Phunk B

An Urban festival on the Beach in Vama Veche, Sunset Festival creates an unforgettable atmosphere where the waves meet with music, people and street art.


Sunwaves Festival: SW25 - Spring Edition

Sunwaves Festival: SW25

25 April – 1 May 2019

At its 25th edition, Sunwaves sure is a festival worth a trip. At a rather short distance from the Capital, Sunwaves brings great artists and an upbeat atmosphere in Mamaia.


Transylvania Calling

Transylvania Calling

12 – 19 August 2019

Transylvania Calling is one of Romania´s first outdoor alternative lifestyle, music and arts festivals. Promoting a strong ethos of unity, the festival is about connecting people from all walks of life. Transylvania Calling is gathering 500-2.000 people from different communities and demographics, who come together to celebrate life, rejoice in music and dance, to learn and experience new things, share their talents, crafts and ideas.

TRANSYLVANIA CALLING IS ABOUT YOU, ABOUT US AS ONE! We create this event as an expression of our collective individuality. This invitation goes out to all those who resonate with the calling to be themselves in exceptionally beautiful mountains of Transylvania, amongst friends, old and new. For a full week, we become expressions of a transient greater whole, of the One Spirit manifesting in symbiotic harmony. Audio and visual artisans of aural articulation (aka the artists) entice our senses, inviting us to share, express, and re-program.

Deadlines for the applicationsMusicians = March; Visual Artists and Performers = May; Workshops, Markets & Festival Work = June



Untold Festival

1 – 4 August 2019

There are very few things one can say about Untold Festival that hadn’t been said already. Renowned music events,  every year Untold throws a huge crowd in the amazing Transylvanian city Cluj-Napoca.


VIBE Festival 2019

Vibe Festival

4 – 7 July 2019
Line-up: Punnany Massif, Follow the Flow, Ego Sum

In July, Târgu-Mureș comes alive thanks to the amazing festival Vibe. A multicultural festival, it brings a diverse crowd, but all with the same big passion for electronic music.


Waha Festival 2019

Waha Festival

11 – 15 July 2019

Waha is a festival about music, dance, art, and spectacle, or in other words an alternative living style. It aims to be rather an experience, then just an event.


WoodTech Festival

WoodTech Festival


The legendary Hoia Baciu Forest is home to this one of a kind festival. WoodTech Festival brings the best in nature, and in techno music, a combination that proved its efficiency.


World Experience Festival 2019

World Experience Festival

13 – 16 June 2019

A multicultural experience, World Experience Festival, accommodates over 70 nationalities and cultures. The participants say this is an opportunity to immerse oneself in a multidimensional musical dialogue.


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What are the most exciting music festivals in Romania, 2019?

  • Transylvania Calling (14%, 57 Votes)
  • Awake Festival (12%, 48 Votes)
  • Festivalul Celtic Transilvania (8%, 31 Votes)
  • Untold Festival (7%, 28 Votes)
  • Waha Festival (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Electric Castle (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Smida Jazz Festiva (5%, 20 Votes)
  • World Experience Festival (4%, 17 Votes)
  • DAVA Festival (4%, 15 Votes)
  • Summer Well (4%, 15 Votes)
  • SoNoRo (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Sunwaves Festival (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Rockstadt Extreme Fest (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Artmania Festival (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Jazz in the Park (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Neversea (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Jazz in Church (2%, 7 Votes)
  • 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Lost In Space Festival (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Durușa Summer Hills (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Gărâna Jazz Festival (1%, 5 Votes)
  • PLAI Festival (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Picnic Fonic Festival (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Bucharest GreenSounds Festival (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Afterhills Music & Arts Festival (1%, 4 Votes)
  • George Enescu Festival (1%, 4 Votes)
  • WoodTech Festival (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Bucharest Jazz Festival (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Creative Fest (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Metalhead Meeting Festival (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Vibe Festival (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Mioritmic (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Dakini (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Blaj aLive Festival (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Delahoya (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Sunset Festival (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Balkanik Festival (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Medifun (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Musai Fest (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Music Outdoor Experience (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Revolution Festival (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Le Petit Festival de Bucarest (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Noise Festival (0%, 0 Votes)
  • JazzUp SEA Festival (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gugulan Rock Open Air Festival (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Festivalul Rezistența Electronică (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sibiu Jazz Festival (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Citadela Festival (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Shine Festival (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 413 Total Votes: 413

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4 – 13 October 2019

From 2006, the Anim’est little Sheep popularized and supported Romanian animation film. Held primarily in some more cinemas around Bucharest this festival is a complex affair that deserves the special places it has in the audience’s heart.


Anonimul Film Festival

Anonimul Film Festival


A different kind of festival, Anonimul is meant as a space for independent movies and young directors. Every year, at Sfântu Gheorge, around 5.000 people gather to watch both long and short movies, in an eco-friendly setting.


Astra Film Festival
Photo © Alberto Groșescu

Astra Film Festival

14 – 20 October 2019

Astra Film Festival is an international documentary film festival set in Sibiu. With a long tradition, the first edition took place in 1993, it is now the oldest international festival in Romania. Submissions for Astra Film Festival 2019 are now open with the deadline of March the 25th. This year we are focused on feature-length documentaries (45 minutes minimum) and we can only accept short documentaries (min 15 minutes) for the DocSchool category.


Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF

Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF


The Experimental film deserves a festival of its own, and Bucharest International Experimental Film, better known as BIEFF, is just the event it needs. Presenting short, and long motion pictures this festival has a carefully curated selection.


Ceau Cinema - Festival de buzunar

Ceau, Cinema! Festivalul de Buzunar


Ceau, Cinema! Festivalul de Buzunar, was created in 2013 with the express desire to help popularize European art film in Timișoara. Since then the festival grew in size and in reach, so it is safe to say the mission was rather successful.




Under the motto Films connected to reality, fARAD brings documentary films to Arad. 2019 will mark its 6th edition and a great opportunity to attracted important personalities from this side of the movie industry.

Read our feeder insider interview w/ Mona Nicoara, the festival’s artistic director.


Filmul de Piatra


Filmul de piatra, or the Stone Movie, as the name would roughly translate in English is a small, but prolific movie festival in Piatra Neamț. Its organizers try to create a story where, while the movies are the main attraction, music and nature are also important characters.





KINOdiseea is a well known cultural event, actually is regarded as one of the most successful international film festivals in South and Eastern Europe, for young audiences. Over 100 movies are projected in more than 10 days, and the young ones, and their parents can also learn, and play, at different workshops, seminars and Q&As.


Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest © Ionuț RusuLes Films de Cannes à Bucarest 2018 © Ionuț Rusu

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

TBA October 2019

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is the festival that, since 2010, premieres to Romanian audiences some of the most anticipated films in the Cannes Festival selection, with screenings and special guests. Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is a cultural project initiated by director Cristian Mungiu, with the support of the General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Frémaux.


Luna Plina – Festivalul Filmului Horror @ Biertan

Luna Plina – Festivalul Filmului Horror @ Biertan


In Romania, Luna Plina is the first event that focuses solely on horror and fantastic cinema. At its 8th edition, the festival became an annual destination for all the horror lovers out there.


NexT Film Festival

NexT Film Festival


NexT Film Festival was created in the memory of late director Cristian Nemescu and late sound-designer and composer Andrei Toncu. After 13 years, this festival is one of the biggest of its kind in Romania, presenting at each year over 100 short-movies.


Nordic Film Festival

Nordic Film Festival


Nordic Film Festival invites you to discover the stories of the Norths and meet the most relevant directors and visual artists from counties like Denmark, Island, Finland or Sweeden.


One World Romania - Ediția a 12-a

One World Romania

15 – 24 March 2019

Over the years One World Romania grew from a documentary festival to a real generator of change. Every year, outside the main festival, there are debates, meetings and of course movie screenings.



20-23 Iunie 2019

Documentaries, animations and movies, Pelicam festival have it all. Set in Delta Dunarii, this festival is dedicated to nature and the environment.


pelicula festival 2019


11-15 September 2019

PELÍCULA – LATIN AMERICAN FILM & EXPERIENCE (11-15 September 2019, Bucharest) is a festival like a fiesta, which harmoniously combines movies with dance demonstrations, photography exhibitions with traditional dish tasting, blended with a lot of passion, affection and an awesome experience.

Latin America is a mix of sensations and flavour, condiments and passion; Latin America is full of life. Throughout the 5 days of the festival, we screen Latin-American films in screening rooms or non-conventional places.

The official competition is opened for feature films from all over Latin America. Submit your films here.


Ploiesti International Film Festival (PIFF)

PIFF (Ploiești International Film Festival)


PIFF brings to screen the newest and most captivating short films. With a diverse and original program, this festival transforms Ploiești city in a cultural destination.




With a clear mission in mind, to increase public access to quality short-movies, ShortsUp takes place in a beautiful park, where the festival goers can enjoy food, street artists and of course movies.




31 May – 9 June 2019

In over 17 years of existence, TIFF established itself as a top quality festival, not only in Romania but at an international level. Over time TIFF was graced with the presence of famous names like Sophia Loren, Julie Delpy, Michael Radford, Annie Girardot, Udo Kier, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, Nicolas Roeg, Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Cardinale or Wim Wenders.


Timishort Filmfest



Timishort International Festival was born in 2009 from a need for more diverse cultural events in Timișoara. The festival has both an international and national competition and a section for experimental movies.


Urban Eye Film Fest by Miluta Flueras

UrbanEye Festival


More than anything, UrbanEye Film Festival is a platform for ideas and creative thoughts. What difference this festival is the connection it creates, linking the city with the movie world.


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What are the most exciting film festivals in Romania, 2019?

  • Anim'est (37%, 51 Votes)
  • Pelicam (19%, 26 Votes)
  • Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) (14%, 19 Votes)
  • One World Romania (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Anonimul Film Festival (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Ceau, Cinema! Festivalul de Buzunar (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Ploiești International Film Festival (PIFF) (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Astra Film Festival (2%, 3 Votes)
  • fARAD (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Timishort International Festival (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Filmul de Piatra (1%, 2 Votes)
  • ShortsUP (1%, 2 Votes)
  • UrbanEye Festival (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Pelicula (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Luna Plină – Festivalul Filmului Horror @ Biertan (1%, 1 Votes)
  • NexT Film Festival (0%, 0 Votes)
  • KINOdiseea (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nordic Film Festival (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 137 Total Votes: 137

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22 – 25 August 2019

With the categoric desire to present the art world in a new light, far from the museum-like rigidity, Amural is already a renowned brand in the Romanian Art world.


Photos © Petre Ghiocel, feeder.ro, 2018

Art Safari


The annual Art Safari Bucharest held under the patronage of Bucharest City Hall is one of East Europe’s biggest and most exciting arts events. It showcased Romanian masterpieces and international art to more than 120,000 visitors through our Central Pavilion, Museum Pavilion, International Program and educational programmes, that form a unique concept. Curated by acclaimed Romanian and international experts, the Museum Pavilion and Central Pavilion will showcase historic and new art.

Read our interview with Hervé Mikaeloff, the curator of the Central Pavilion ”Art on Stage” 2018, Mircea Cantor/Luis Vuitton Foundation, as well as the feeder insider with Ioana Ciocan, the artistic director of Art Safari.


BETA (Timișoara Architecture Biennial)


BETA (Timișoara Architecture Biennial) continues the series of 9 annual events (2007-2015) and, from the first edition in 2016, it becomes one of the main architectural manifestations in the country and euroregion, with an international dimension.

BETA reflects the determination, as a team and as a professional organization, to change the way people understand and appreciate the built environment, with the final scope of improving the processes by which we build our cities.
Structurally, BETA can be understood on two levels: a first identity layer, which is present transversely in the biennial and was concentrated in the 2018 edition’s main exhibition and all its related events – the On Housing theme, and a second layer related to the biennial’s objectives, which organizes its content through the following three categories: EDUCATION, PROFESSION and CITY.

BETA is organized by the Romanian Order of Architects – Timiș Territorial Branch, a professional organization which resolves to communicate that architecture is a public interest cultural act, with urban, economic, social and ecological implications.


Photos © Alex Iacob, feeder.ro, 2017, 2018

Bucharest Architectural Annual


The Bucharest Branch of the Chamber of Romanian Architects organises the BUCHAREST ARCHITECTURAL ANNUAL. To fairly reflect the professional activity of its members, the BUCHAREST ARCHITECTURAL ANNUAL focuses on the competition-exhibition showing the projects of the members of the branch. All members of the Bucharest Branch are invited to participate in the competition-exhibition, including those from Diaspora, at one or several sections, with one or several representative works.


Bucharest Art Week 2014, 2015, 2017 / photos © 2017 Valentin Movilaru

Bucharest Art Week


Bucharest Art Week is designed to promote contemporary visual art and accessible to the general public.

Bucharest Art Week intends to become one of the most visible annual artistic events from the region, but it is interested just as much in creating in Bucharest the context for work and cultural exchange, for artists from Europe and not only. Bucharest Art Week seeks to generate new funding instruments for artistic production, residences and mobilities, simultaneously trying somehow to open links of interaction between artists, audience and institutions.


Bucharest Biennale 8 curated by Beral Madra & Răzvan Ion [2018[ – Bogdan Rață, Ana Riaboshenko Özge Acikkol, Liviu Bulea Damir Muratov, Martin Balint / photos © Cătălin Burcea

Bucharest Biennale – Bucharest International Biennial of Contemporary Art


We are interested in the link between creative practice and social development, in the links between the local, European and global contexts. Bucharest Biennale is powered by art photo asc., cultural and non-profit NGO, publisher of PAVILION [journal for politics and culture] www.pavilionjournal.org


Bucharest Photofest.2019

Bucharest Photofest

1 – 12 October 2019

An important international photography festival based in Bucharest, Romania, Bucharest Photofest intermediates the meeting between artists from different parts of photography and all enthusiasts in love with photography art, in general.


Contact Bucharest Festival 2019

Contact Bucharest Festival

14 – 23 June 2019

Contact Bucharest Festival is a framework for learning and practising Contact Improvisation as an art and dance form. Keen on active learning, the festival is an opportunity to grow creatively and also to just dance your heart out.


Photo © feeder.ro, Petre Ghiocel / Femei pe Matasari #6 – Festival Urban 2016, 2017, 2018

Femei pe Matasari

31 May – 2 June 2019

Femei pe Matasari is a complex festival that celebrates womanhood, art and urban entrepreneurs. Kids friendly, this festival aims to create a positive environment and support local communities.


Lights on Romania 2018 –  Red Sun by Leonid Tishkov © Vizi / komiti.media // hand in hand… by Alaa Minawi © Vizi / komiti.media // Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram © Vlad Cupsa / komiti.media // The Tunnel Artwork by Silviu Ciora © Vizi / komiti.media

Lights ON Romania


Started as a creativity contest for designers, architects and engineers, the first of its kind in Romania, Lights ON’s contest purpose is to gather great ideas and concepts for the cities festive lighting and help authorities in their pursuit for suitable lighting solutions.

Starting 2018, after 4 editions of the contest, they have added the Light Artworks Circuit, a special component aimed to educate the public and facilitate the display of impressive artistic light installations.

Lights ON features amazing light artworks on display in public areas in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.





Like CNDB brings in the public attention important contemporary artists. An event by Centrul Național de Dans București, this festival reunites local artists and international household names.


Particles Festival

Particles Festival


Particles is an interdisciplinary and urban regeneration festival taking place in alternative venues in Arad. Diverse artists take the scene and create a positive vibe.


Noaptea Alba a Galeriilor (NAG)


NAG is a project initiated in 2007, with the desire to promote contemporary culture in Romania and help increase its visibility in the public eye. From 2016 this project is present in more than one city.


Noaptea Caselor


Noapte Caselor is an original concept, designed to strengthen the bond between artists, independent journalists, entrepreneurs and the public. Believing that independent culture is bet put in the spotlight right at home, Noaptea Caselor opens for the public a number of houses.


Rokolectiv Festival

Rokolectiv Festival

18 – 21 April 2019

With a focus on music and arts, Rokolectiv Festival is an important cultural event that takes place in April. Innovative, contemporary and daring are just a few of the words used to describe this festival.


Photo © feeder.ro 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013 / Romanian Design Week 

Romanian Design Week

17 – 26 May 2019

Every year in May one week is dedicated to designing. Romanian Design Week promotes interesting ideas, energy, the collaboration between artist, all in hope all cultural, social and economic growth.


SISAF – Sibiu International Street Art Festival

1 – 7 July 2019

SISAF – Sibiu International Street Art Festival is more than just an art festival, is direct involvement in the city’s social life. With every new edition, more artists go to Sibiu to bring life to the buildings.


Someș Delivery Cluj


Someș Delivery is an independent project which aims to provoke and test ideas in the hope to better integrate Someș in the busy city life of Cluj-Napoca.



18 – 21 April 2019

In just a few years of existence, Spotlight Festival has gained a rather important presence in the public agenda. The artistic events attract large crowds.


Street Delivery Bucharest

9 – 11 June 2019, Edgar Quinet street, from the Architecture and Urbanism University to the University of Bucharest
14 – 16 June 2019, Arthur Verona street, from Carturești to Gradina Icoanei

The street should be a space for the people, this is the belief that stands behind Street Delivery. Since 2006 this festival grew in one of the most important festivals in Romania with its “sister branches” in many important cities around the country.

With the theme “Poetry is in the street!,” this year’s open call for projects and ideas is now open. You can find the participation form here.


Street Delivery Iași


The Street Delivery edition in Iasi had a social component that invited some artists to draw the walls of the prison in Ia?i. Big up to Robert OBERT, ERPS, John Dot S, CoonOne, Beno, Jabra22, Alt Astru, Ionut Filimon, Kaps Crew, HomeBoy, Score, Mist!


Undercloud - International Independent Theatre Festival

Undercloud – International Independent Theatre Festival


Undercloud is a festival for the independent theatre where quality is preferred to quantity. The organizers hope to bring at every edition interesting and valorous independent shows.


Photo © feeder.ro 2018, 2017 / Un-hidden Bucharest with Lucian Niță –  KSELEQOQYNQYSHY, iZZY iZVNE (MD), John Dot S., Livi Po, Pisica Patrata, Skinny Bunny, Sorina Vazelina & Primitiv Print and J.Ace (UK)

Un-hidden Bucharest

August – October 2019

Un-hidden Bucharest is an urban regeneration project conceived as a series of urban signals / artistic interventions in the public space, co-created with the community, aiming at humanizing Bucharest and promoting its understanding and exploration through art. It also produces a street art map of Bucharest, online & print and street art workshops for children. Navitage the street art map of Bucharest here or buy the A2 printed version here. Stay tuned because soon we‘ll announce the upcoming Open Calls, Guided Tours and workshops with local artists.

The Un-hidden Bucharest project is produced by Save or Cancel together with feeder.ro. During the two editions which took place in 2017 and 2018, the project produced 8 new murals and street art installations in Bucharest painted and shaped by our local heroes Skinny Bunny, Sorina Vazelina & Primitiv Print, VJ VLC, Pisica Patrata, Lucian Niță – KSELEQOQYNQYSHY, John Dot S., Livi Po alongside iZZY iZVNE (MD) and J.Ace (UK).


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What are the most exciting arts festivals in Romania, 2019?

  • Sibiu International Street ART Festival (27%, 27 Votes)
  • Amural (9%, 9 Votes)
  • Street Delivery (9%, 9 Votes)
  • Lights ON Romania (8%, 8 Votes)
  • Someș Delivery (7%, 7 Votes)
  • Romanian Design Week (7%, 7 Votes)
  • Femei pe Mătăsari (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Noaptea Albă a Galeriilor (NAG) (5%, 5 Votes)
  • LIKE CNDB (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Spotlight (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Art Safari (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Bucharest Photofest (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Undercloud - International Independent Theatre Festival (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Bucharest Biennale - Bucharest International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Noaptea Caselor (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Un-hidden Bucharest (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Rokolectiv Festival (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Particles Festival (1%, 1 Votes)
  • BETA (Timișoara Architecture Biennial) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Street Delivery Iași (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bucharest Architectural Annual (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bucharest Art Week (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Contact Bucharest Festival (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 98 Total Votes: 99

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bucharest pride 2018 © DW

Photo © DW / Cristian Ștefanescu, Bucharest Pride 2018

Bucharest Pride 2019

15 – 23 June 2019

Pride is the annual festival committed to LGBT rights. Read ‘Bucharest Pride’ 2018: A victory for tolerance – a DW coverage of the event.

Visit the new Pride website here.


Bucharest Street Food Carnival

Bucharest Street Food Carnival


In recent years street food has become quite the trend, so it is only fitting that the Romanian Capital will host a festival celebrating it. Bucharest Street Food Carnival brings the best names in the business in one place for a delicious experience.


BurgerFest 2019


10 – 12 May 2019

May brings many great things, and one of them is Burgerfest. For three days you can taste some of the best burgers in the country, also this year marks the festival fifth anniversary.


Craft Beer Festival - BucharestBucharest Craft Beer Festival

30 August – 1 September

Bucharest Craft Beer Festival 2019 – Great Beer, Great FOOD, Great MUSIC.Do you remember the first edition of the Bucharest Craft Beer Festival? Then we declared with you the 4th of September as the national craft beer day.

This year, the fourth edition takes place – as we already announced in December – between 3 August and 1 September.
Beers, ciders, troops and DJs who will participate in the festival will be announced in the coming period, so stay tuned to our news feed.


Timișoara Craft Beer Festival

Craft Beer Festival – Timișoara


Timisoara‘s first festival dedicated to crafted beer, made in small-scale out of pure and good ingredients.



Craft Beer Festival – Cluj-Napoca


This festival, Craft Beer Festival, was born from a passion for artisanal beer. But other then beer you can enjoy delicious food, educative and fun workshops, and concerts.


Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival


Food Festival Truck is a caravan dedicated to promoting delicious street food. Burgers, hot-dogs, kebab or fish and chips are just a few of the options you can find at this event.


Street Food Festival

Street Food Festival


Another great food-themed festival is based in Cluj-Napoca. Street Food Festival brings diverse culinary references that will interest any gourmand out there.


T-shirt Fest

T-shirt Fest


In the last decade, the T-shirt has become an unreplaceable item in all of our wardrobes. So, naturally, a festival should celebrate its status. T-shirt fest has workshops, debates, and above all, T-shirts.


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What are the most exciting lifestyle festivals in Romania, 2019?

  • BurgerFest (25%, 18 Votes)
  • Bucharest Pride 2019 (24%, 17 Votes)
  • Street Food Festival (14%, 10 Votes)
  • Craft Beer Festival Bucharest (13%, 9 Votes)
  • Food Truck Festival (8%, 6 Votes)
  • Bucharest Street Food Carnival (7%, 5 Votes)
  • T-shirt Fest (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Craft Beer Festival Cluj-Napoca (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Craft Beer Festival Timișoara (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 72 Total Votes: 72

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Vote one festival in each category, and together we can discover the most exciting festivals of 2019! 📥

Have fun and do let us know if we missed your favourite festival.

Submit all your votes until the 13th of April!


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Browse the previous Romanian festival polls and tops 20182017, 20162015 and also the 2019 European arts festival list.


A list by Cristina Popa [random], Andrei Racovițan [ubic],  Oana Filip

Photos © the authors, as specified. Let us know if we failed to correctly credit any of the images.

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    1. Hello Bogdan, Îți mulțumim pentru sugestie. Ținem cont pentru următoarele materiale. Acest sondaj se închide în 2 zile.

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