TIFF is the most important event dedicated to feature movies in Romania and one of the most important 40 festivals of the world in the industry. It takes place in Cluj Napoca, for 10 days, in June, every year. Until present days, this event has seen 14 editions, starting in 2002, editions attended by famous names including: Geraldine Chaplin, Michael York, Marin Karmitz, Nastassja Kinski, Debra Winger, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, Catherine Deneuve Jacqueline Bisset, Claudia Cardinale, Claude Lelouch, Annie Girardot, Jiří Menzel. Among the distinctions received as international recognition, we mention the title of CENTEAST Member – Alliance of Film Festivals in Central and Eastern Europe, accreditation by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) and the support received by the MEDIA Program – Creative Europe.
Untold is the largest electronic music festival in Europe. This event was created in 2015, being the major event of the Cluj Napoca Program 2015 – European Capital of Youth, and will take place every year in August for four days in the city of Cluj Napoca. So far, the two editions, gathered internationally renowned artists, such as: Armin van Buuren, Avicii, David Guetta, ATB, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Tom Odell, Hardwell, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Faithless, Scooter, Nervo, Parov Stelar, Lost Frequencies, James Arthur. Concerts of these artists are held outdoors, at Cluj Arena. The 2015 edition was attended by 240,000 people with a financial impact of approximately 23 million euros and the number of tourists visiting Cluj Napoca increased by 27% in August. In 2016, the number of tourists increased to 300,000 thousands, which resulted in a greater financial impact of 32 million euros.
Untold is the best product of Romania entertainment. This event was promoted for those two editions by two original campaigns “Pay with Blood” (2015) – blood donors received free tickets to the festival and “Transylvania All Inclusive” (2016) – the access bracelet to the festival offered you free sights visits in Transylvania.
Untold was the Best Major Festival at the European Festival Awards 2015 which took place in Groningen, the Netherlands.The National Tourism Authority, representatives of central public administration in tourism, is the Untold partner since 2016.
Electric Castle is a music festival born in 2013 and held every year in July for four days at Castle Bánffy Bontida, Transylvania. Rock, reggae, hip hop, electronic music and indie, all come together at the Electric Castle, where specially designed stages awaits them. It is a space of alternative culture, of hipster spirit, where technology meets creation, where young people socialize in a fairy space listening to rhythms of The Prodigy, Skrillex, Bring Me the Horizon, Fatboy Slim, Sigur Ros, Bastille, Rudimental, Thievery Corporation or Die Antwoord. This festival was nominated in 2013 at the European Festival Awards, Best Medium Sized Festival category. Every year since then, it was in this European event of great significance among the 10 finalists. In 2016, 121,000 people participated in this event and over 200 artists appeared on stage festival. The National Tourism Authority, representatives of central public administration in tourism, is a partner of this festival and contest since 2016.
Summer Well Festival of alternative music takes place every year in August for two days, at Ştirbei Property, located at Buftea, 15 km from Bucharest. In 2016 the sixth edition of this festival took place, hosting artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Hurts, Years & Years, The Neighbourhood, Crystal Fighters, Milky Chance, BØRNS, Blossoms, Sundara Karma and HÆLOS.
The place of this event is as a fairy tale: a park of 25 kilometers that belonged to Stirbei and Bibescu boyar families, and now has been maintained and upgraded by new owners, Bucharest Arena.
This event is not just music, but a place in nature where young (and not only) meet to relax, listen to good music, play various indoor and outdoor activities, and to enjoy special places such as surf zone and food court.
How can one reach Stirbei Property? You have two choices: either by your own car or by a rent one or by Summer Well bus line, specially created for this event.
George Enescu Festival is one of the most important international events dedicated to classical music. The festival had official opening on September, 4th, 1958, three years after the death of George Enescu, the first Romanian composer who has crossed the borders of the country, reinterpreting traditional elements of Romanian cultural heritage and adding them to the noblest influences of international music in a unique key.
This event is held every two years in September for three weeks in Bucharest, in the Romanian Athenaeum, the Polyvalent Hall, National University of Music Bucharest (UNMB), the National Opera and Radio Hall. This festival is recommended to purchase tickets or subscriptions from January-February, when put up for sale, taking into account the large number of interested parties. Every edition of the event gathers famous names from the world of classical music and orchestras and ensembles of the world, that you can see and hear in the following sections: big orchestras, midnight concerts, chamber recitals and concerts, highlights of Romanian contemporary music, Enescu and his contemporaries.
This event has a dedicated outdoor space, the George Enescu Square – Festival Square, specially arranged for the music lovers to watch a series of outdoor concerts during the festival. Also, a series of concerts are taking place in other cities in Romania, offering the opportunity to people far from the capital to enjoy the spirit of this festival: Timisoara, Brasov, Ploiesti, Iasi, Bacau.
Since 2014, every two years, in September is organized in Bucharest, branded by George Enescu Festival, the Contest bearing the same name, a competition for young musicians and an opportunity for international affirmation, awarding the four sections in competition: violin, cello, composition and piano.
The National Tourism Authority, representatives of central public administration in tourism, is a partner of this festival and contest since 2016.
Garana Music Festival of avant-garde, Nordic, American, Oriental, Western, Romanian jazz was born in 1997 and developed from two days of festival to 5 days in 2017. Garana, a small village in Semenic, became a realm where the most important open air jazz festival in Central and Eastern Europe takes place. Over time, there were over 50,000 participants, and the stage hosted famous artists, among which Mike Stern, Avishay Cohen, Zakir Hussain, Jan Garbarek, Charles Lloyd, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bugge Wesseltoft, Lars Danielsson John Abercronbie, Eberhard Weber, Miroslav Vitous, Stanley Jordan, Magnus Ostrom, Nils Petter Molvaer.
This festival takes place every year in July, in a fairytale landscape, where music and nature intertwine and offer an unforgettable atmosphere. What you should mandatory carry: good humor and willingness to spend quality time in nature!