At a loose end? BR brings you the best of Bucharest’s cultural highlights for the weekend ahead.
Long Night of Cultural Institutes
Locations: British Council, the Czech Center, the “Yunus Emre”, Turkish Cultural center, the Wallonie-Bruxelles
On its seventh edition, the Long Night of Cultural Institutions, one of Bucharest’s most important cultural events, will start on the evening of June 14. There will be a varied program including film projections, exhibitions, concerts, performances, fashion shows, creative workshops, games and contests. On this edition, the event is coordinated by the Polish Institute, and other 12 cultural centers and institute under the aegis of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) participate – British Council, the Czech Center and the „Yunus Emre”, Turkish Cultural center, the Wallonie-Bruxelles
Arthur Verona Street
The eighth edition of Street Delivery starts June 14 when Verona Street in Bucharest will be closed to cars and will only allow access to pedestrians and to bicycle users. Concerts, fairs, workshops and open-air feel-good activities are all part of the program. Many other creative events such as movies, performing arts, civil society manifestations, design and press delivery will take place in the same weekend. More about the event here.
Portuguese Cultural Days
Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti”
Until June 16
The Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti” in Bucharest and the Portugal Embassy in Romania with with the support of the Camoes Cooperation and Portuguese Language Institute, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry and the University of Bucharest’s Foreign Language Faculty’s Ibero-Romanic Studies Department organizes between June 11-16 the Days of the Portuguese Culture. The activities have as a purpose the acknowledgement of culture and Portuguese traditions through arts like music and dance, conferences and documentary films, and also workshops of Portuguese language and literature. More about the event here.
Transylvania International Film Festival
Grand Cinema Digiplex
Until June 17
If you couldn’t make it to Cluj Napoca to see the TIFF, between June 11-17 a selection of 15 films from the most popular sections of the 12th edition of the festival will be projected at Grand Cinema Digiplex in BaneasaShoppingCity.
On June 17, at 20.00, will be a special screening of the documentary “Samsara”, directed by Ron Fricke. The event will be present by Stefania Magidson, the wife of the film producer and president of Blue Heron Foundation and Tudor Giurgiu, the festival’s director. Entire program of the movies here.
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.