Have you ever been to a festival or event in Romania?
If you haven't, you really missed out. We are really good at having fun, and more important, at making guests having a blast. We have a special ingredient that we use but you have to find out for yourself.
Romania is a land of diversity and that's a good reason to make more and more events and festivals, to embrace all the tastes.
Untold Festival is the largest music festival in Romania. It takes place every year on Cluj Arena in the city of Cluj Napoca.
Even from its first edition Untold draw attention through its marketing campaign "Pay with Blood", through which blood donors received free tickets at the festival. This clever idea, to associate Transylvania, Vlad Tepes, vampires, and blood donation made Untold a big success from its first edition.
In these 4 editions, Untold managed to bring names like Armin van Buuren, Avicii, David Guetta, ATB, Tom Odell, Afrojack, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Jason Derulo, The Prodigy, Black Eyed Peas etc.
Awards: Untold won the "Best Major European Festival" award in 2015
Date: 1-4 August 2019
Photo source: Radio Romania Actualitati
Electric Castle is a music festival in Romania, which takes place every year at Bánffy Castle in Transylvania, in Cluj county. The festival combines different styles of music like rock, reggae, trap, hip hop, electronic music, indie etc.
Bánffy Castle was damaged in World War II and been neglected during communism. The organizers have raised money for the Bánffy Castle's restoration through their campaign: Give me a Brick. Every participant cand donate during the event at the festival bars.
Big names at Electric Castle: Damian Marley, Morcheeba, Pendulum DJ Set, Thievery Corporation, Die Antwoord, Gramatik, Fatboy Slim, Paul Kalkbrenner etc.
Date: 17 -21 July 2019
Photo credit: Horia Ghibutiu
Summer Well Festival is an alternative, multi-genre music festival in Buftea, Romania, just outside Bucharest. In 2019, the festival celebrates the 9th edition.
The festival site is surrounded by forest and is next to a lake, offering festival-goers the option to recharge and enjoy the peaceful nature and then go back to continue having fun.
Big names at Summer Well Festival: Hurts, John Newman, Tom Odell, The Chemical Brothers, Birdy, Cigarettes after sex etc.
Location: Domeniul Știrbey, Buftea
Date: 10 - 11 August 2019
Afterhills Music is a music and art festival in Romania that has been running since 2017 on the outskirts of Iasi.
The festival is based on the idea that art and music embrace each other, the lineup being diversified and accessible to all tastes. From electronic music to rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae, trance, and in 2018 they even prepared a Comedy Stage.
At the last edition, in 2018, the organizers managed to break the world record for the greatest dreamcatcher (9 meters)
Big names at Afterhills Music & Art Festival: ATB, Bob Sinclar, John Newman, Morcheeba, Hurts, Tom Odell, Blockhead, Tricky, The Crystal Method etc.
Date: 23 - 25 August 2019
Photo source: Neversea.com
Neversea is a summer festival that lasts for 4 days and 4 nights, an event that brings together musicians, DJs and world-class artists with unique performances and scenes around the world. The unversion promotes the diversity of music and the idea of connecting the public through its power, by trusting in a positive global future and, of course, by the natural magic of the Black Sea.
Big names at Neversea: Armin Van Buuren, John Newman, Kungs, Axwell ˄ Ingrosso, Hardwell, Steve Angello etc.
Date: 4 -7 July 2019
Photo source: Rocanotherworld Facebook Page
Roca coordinated Klaus Iohannis’s online campaign for the presidency. He founded Argo, an awarded design agency in Iași, Romania. He made Thailand famous in Romania. He created Doamne Ferește (God Forbid), the first Romanian hot sauce brand. He saved hundreds of stray dogs. He influenced and changed the lives of friends and random people, with only a few words and a big warm hug.
Unfortunately, he passed away on the 2nd of June 2016 in a car crash, only 37 years old.
Some of his friends couldn't let him go, so they put together in only a few days a festival in his memory: Rocanotherworld.
Rocanotherworld is a Music, art & gastronomy festival, born in 2016 to celebrate the life and spirit of Ioan Dan Niculescu, also known as ‘Roca’.
Date: 20 - 23 June 2019
Photo source: Romania Insider
Bucharest International Jazz Competition is ranked as the second jazz contest in Europe and the third in the world.
Dedicated to professional musicians, the event successfully debuted in 2007, registering an unexpected participation for the first edition – 30 bands from 25 countries. The 12th Edition will start on the 12th of May gathering bands from 4 continents.
Date: 11-18 May 2019
Photo source: Youtube
The ARTmania Festival is a music and art festival in Sibiu, Romania. Its main attraction is the music: rock and metal bands perform in the Main Square during the first two days weekend of the festival.
The festival also includes cultural activities like museum exhibitions, visual art exhibitions, classical music performances, film screenings, lectures, and workshops.
Date: 26 - 27 July 2019
Photo source: Radio 3Net
AWAKE is a festival that has as the main purpose to bring art in as many forms as possible, bringing together in the first edition not only musicians from different corners of the world but also actors, artists, creative people, everything in an atmosphere of relaxing with energy-filled parties.
Location: Teleki Estate, Gornesti, Mures
Date: 15 - 18 August
Photo source: Adevarul
Rockstadt Extreme Fest has become one of the most important metal events in South East Europe. In 2019 it will be celebrated the 7th edition of the festival, which will take place as usual, at the foot of the Rasnov Fortress.
Among the bands confirmed this year include Dimmu Borgir, Paradise Lost, Hypocrisy, Asphyx and Korpiklaani.
Date: 1 - 5 August 2019
Photo source: Festivalier
Jazz in the Church arrives in 2019 at the seventh edition, with 5 previous sold out editions. As always, the event will take place in the Lutheran Church, a good place to enjoy a perfect acoustic.
Location: The Lutheran Church, Bucharest
Date: 7- 10 March 2019
Photo source: Montreux Jazz
Enjoy 11 days of jazz, 100 concerts and an infinite number of good vibes. In 2018, names like Nouvelle Vague, Richard Bona, Afro-Cuban All-Stars, The Herbaliser, Bill Laurance Quartet, Fanfare Ciocârlia, Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, Forq, Moonlight Breakfast, and Silent Strike create the perfect atmosphere in Central Park.
Photo source: East European Comic Con
East European Comic Con is a celebration of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, as enjoyed through many venues including film and TV, books and comics, toys, collectibles, card, and video games, and of course online.
Date: 24 - 26 May 2019
Astra Film Fest is an annual international documentary film and visual anthropology festival, organized by the Astra Film Foundation in Sibiu, Romania.
Starting in 1993, the Astra Film Fest enjoyed an enthusiastic explosion, today being recognized as one of the most prestigious and exciting film festivals in Europe.
Date: 14 - 20 October 2019
Photo source: Roevents
The White Night of Galleries is a project initiated by the Ephemair Association since 2007, which aims to promote the contemporary culture in Romania and to contribute to the increase of its visibility among the general public. In 2016, the project has been extended to other cities in Romania in partnership with other local organizations.
Location: Arad, Brașov, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Miercurea Ciuc, Pietrila, Reșița, Sfântu Gheorghe, Sibiu, Târgu Mureș, Timișoara
Photo source: tiff.ro
Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), presented by Romanian Film Promotion, is the first and the largest international feature film festival in Romania.
Transilvania IFF’s main goal is the promotion of cinematic art by presenting some of the most innovative and spectacular films of the moment that feature both originality and independence of expression, that reflect unusual cinematic language forms or focus on current trends in youth culture.
Date: 31 May - 9 June 2019
Photo source: Gratuitor
Art Film Festival dedicated to presenting the best films around the world about art, collectors, and artists.
Date: June/July 2019
Photo source: sighisoaraonline.com
Sighisoara Medieval Festival is an annual festival held in the last weekend of July, celebrating old times by traveling through it.
The festival has 10 sections: theatre, music, art, exhibition, film, dance, book exhibition, concerts to the youth and conferences of different subjects but out of these naturally there will be street clambakes, night concerts, choir-music, middle-age dress exhibition, middle-age dance competition as well.
Date: 26 - 28 July 2019
Photo source: Ziarul Lumina
George Enescu Festival is an internationally prestigious Romanian musical event, initiated in 1958.
Over the years, at the festival organized at the Romanian Athenaeum and at the Radio Hall, great orchestras and musicians, such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Stockholm Philharmonic, and the London Philharmonic, participated. Other world musical personalities who have participated throughout the years at the festival were Joseph Palnciek, Claudio Arrau, Arthur Rubinstein, David Oistrah, Kurt Masur, Boris Berezovsky, Antonio Menses, Jose Van Dam, Lawrence Foster.emory of George Enescu, the great Romanian violinist-composer and violinist.
Date: 31 August - 22 September 2019
Photo source: Active News
Is the largest popular celebration of moți (the inhabitants of the central part of the Apuseni Mountains) organized in the open and dates back nearly two centuries, being organized at the very close of the weekend of St. Elias's day. The event was first mentioned in documents in 1816. The event is actually an opportunity for young girls to find their chosen one.
Date: The weekend of St. Elias's Day
Location: Mountain Hen, Apuseni Mountains
Photo source: Graiul Maramuresului
A festival organized by Peter Hurley, an Irish man who fell in love with Romania in 1994 and lived here since there.
A festival of culture, music and traditional dances, held in Săpânţa to celebrate the essence of life and simplicity in the countryside.