At a loose end? BR brings you the best of Bucharest’s cultural highlights for the weekend ahead.
Aristocats Bistro, 1 Teodor Stefanescu Street (Universitate area)
June 8, 12.00
After branding himself as the Romanian graphic artist who offered a new perspective on the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Daniel Radulescu now holds workshops for those in who want to know more about the graphics art.
Until June 8
Thursday, June 6th
Location: Elvire Popesco Cinema
Address: Dacia Blvd. No. 77
19:00 LGBT Short films projection: Prora (11 min), Attu Vatn? (17 min)
19:30 Discussion: Why do we go to the Pride?
Before watching the movie Beyond Gay. The politics of Pride, we invite you to a discussion about the meaning of Gay Pride, its importance but also about the need for public expressing and visibility.
21:00 Film projection (long-length): Beyond Gay. The politics of Pride – Documentary
Friday, June 7th
Location: Elvire Popesco Cinema
Address: Dacia Blvd. No.77
17:00 Film projection (long-length): Los Amantes Pasajeros – Comedy, Drama (Spain, 2013)
19:00 LGBT Short films projection: Kiss & Kill (11 min), Dentro Roma (27 min), Skallaman (12 min)
20:00 Discussion: Transgender people in Romania
21:00 Film projection (long-length): Prodigal Sons
Prodigal Sons, the debut movie of Kimberly Reed as a director, is a stunning documentary about family, sexual and biological identities, childhood traumas, but also about the power of family love.
00:00 Boulangerie – LGBT Party, Control Club (Facebook event here).
Saturday, June 8th
17:00 Gay Pride + Discrimination-free zone
This year, Gay Pride takes place on the Kiseleff Boulevard, from the Arch of Triumph to Victoriei Square, according to the following schedule:
17:00- 17:30 Gathering of the participants
17:30- 18:00 Gay Pride: Arch of Triumph –> Victoriei Square
18:00- 19:00 Discrimination-free zone
The participants’ gathering will take place at the Kiseleff Boulevard outset. Our volunteers will guide you towards the starting point.
This year, the Pride will end with a discrimination-free zone, near Victoriei Square, in the KiseleffPark. There we will listen to a few speeches, initiative discussions and activities, thus creating a safe space in which each participant will be able to get involed.
Transylvania International Film Festival
May 31-June 9
The 12th run of the Transylvania International Film Festival sees 12 young directors competing for the grand trophy. This year, the competition is focused on first-time directors – 10 of the competition titles come from helmers making their feature-length directorial debuts. The competitive section is traditionally focused on first- and second-time directors, and the 12 films come from Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Poland, Sweden, the USA, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, India, Slovakia and Japan.
The boldest debut in the competition is Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour), the first feature film entirely shot in Saudi Arabia. The director had to wait for years and subject herself to numerous restrictions to shoot the picture. It tells the story of a young girl who takes part in a Quran memorization contest in order to buy herself a bicycle – a perfect showcase for the director’s intricate and touching portrait of women’s status in the Muslim world, based on her own adolescence. In 2012, the film received three awards in Venice and the Dubai International Film Festival trophy. More about the event, here.
The Late Neo-Romanian Style of Bucharest’s Kisseleff Park area– Architectural walking tour
June 8, 11.30-14.00
Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0040 (0)728.323.272
Tour available in Romanian and English, RON 30
The tour offers a guide through the late phase of the Neo-Romanian architectural style, which unfurled mainly in the fourth and the fifth decades of the c20th, a period when this order peculiar to Romania reached a crisis in terms of expression, mitigated by a fascinating synthesis with the Art Deco, Mediterranean and Modernist styles.
Q.E.D. by Mircea Cantor
The National Museum of Contemporary Art
Until April 2014
More than 1,200 people have attended the opening of the first local solo exhibition of one of the most important young artists to emerge on the international scene over the last decade: Mircea Cantor, winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp Award 2011. The QED exhibition, the largest survey of the artist’s works to date, comprises 30 pieces. More details here.
The Human Body
Until June 30
One of the most realistic exhibitions in the world, The Human Body, will stop for the first time in Bucharest, at AntipaMuseum, from March 22 to June 30. The exhibition includes more than 200 pieces – human bodies which through dissection of organs and tissue offer a three dimensional perspective of the miracle of the human body. More about this exhibition, here.
“Live tropical butterflies”
Until July 31
Starting on May 1, the AntipaMuseum will host the “Live tropical butterflies”, a temporary exhibition organized in collaboration with the “House of Butterflies” and the Vulticulus Geography Society. Visitors will have the possibility of seeing over 30 species of exotic butterflies flying freely in the special greenhouse set up within the “Antipa” Museum’s garden, but they can also witness the “birth” of butterflies. The exhibition can be visited from May 1 to July 31. Tickets cost RON 10 per child/student and RON 12 per adult/pensioner.
Treasures of China
The National Museum of History
Until July 30
Local culture enthusiasts are now able to enjoy a traveling exhibition of China’s Terracotta Warriors: thousands of life-size terracotta figures from an army prepared for battle. Found by coincidence in 1974, they are now considered one of the greatest archeological discoveries of modern times. The exhibition features 101 rare objects – including the Terracotta Warriors – from one of the largest burial sites ever built, the Terracotta Army of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Four is the maximum number of these figures permitted outside China in a single exhibition. More details about the exhibition, here.