Bucharest’s music lovers now have just one month to go until the start of EUROPAfest 2013, the live music festival that is now on its 20th run. Taking place over 17 days in May, the event will host over 300 performers from 52 countries across four continents, announced the organizers at a press conference to mark one month before the festivities kick off with the traditional concert on Europe Day, 9 May.
Operating under the slogan, “It’s all about live quality music!”, EUROPAfest features jazz, blues, pop and classical and seeks to stand out through its professionalism and elegance, said festival director, Luigi Gageos, at a press conference attended by singer Margareta Paslaru, who will give a workshop at the festival, and Emil Hosu, co-founder and co-president of the GreenLife Consortium. Also present was Iulia Deutsch, deputy head of representation at the European Commission in Romania.
Gageos talked about the festival’s landmark milestone and its ambition. “We created EUROPAfest with passion and the faith that we could succeed. For the last 20 years we have achieved excellence. We have approached everything we’ve done as if we had been on any of the great stages of the world,” he said. “Even though it was hard, in a society in continuous change, it was the only thing that we could have done. EUROPAfest has become one of the most acclaimed festivals, both on a national and European level. One thing is certain: EUROPAfest has created a positive image of Romania.”
The festival will be bookended by gala concerts at the Odeon Theatre, starting with the Europe Day opening show – held in partnership with the European Commission Representation in Romania – and ending on May 25 with the EUROPAfest Gala, at which the competition winners will perform.
The intervening period will include a series of concerts in both conventional and unconventional venues, featuring established acts from Sweden, Belgium, the UK, Bulgaria and Italy, jam sessions, jazz workshops and master classes. EUROPAfest also incorporates two contests: the seventh Bucharest International Jazz Competition, ranked among the top three jazz contests in Europe, and which has already seen 27 bands from 22 countries confirming their spots in the line-up; and Jeunesses International Music Competition, which this year will see 144 pianists from 41 countries perform.
Since 2005 EUROPAfest has taken place under the High Patronage of Their Royal Highnesses Princess Margarita and Price Radu. Further details about the performers and schedule will be announced closer to the time. For more details visit www.facebook.com/EUROPAfest.Bucharest.