What to do this weekend

Newsroom 13/02/2013 | 10:34

The cultural events calendar is a proposal for spending leisure time in Bucharest. Check out what things you can do across Bucharest.


Winter Journey

Bucharest National Opera

February 14, 19.30

Tenor Lucian Corchis and pianist Livia Teodorescu Ciocanea perform Franz Schubert’s work, which features the lyrics of poet Wilhelm Müller set to music.


From Classical to Modern

Bucharest National Opera

February 15, 19.30

Compositions by Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven and Bela Bartok will be performed by violinist Emilian Piedicuta and pianist Clementina Ciucu in a show that veers from classicism to romanticism.



Cello concert

Radio Hall

February 15, 19.00

Romanian cellist Razvan Suma returns on the stage of the Radio Hall, under the wand of Naom Zur. The evening consists of Wagner’s Prelude and Isolde’s death in opera “Tristan and Isolde”, Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 129 and Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony, op. 14.



Rigoletto Opera Live 2013 from the Metropolitan Opera

The Light Cinema

February 16, 19.55

Michael Mayer’s bold new production locates Verdi’s tragedy of lust, betrayal, and revenge in Las Vegas in 1960. Željko Lučić sings the title role and Diana Damrau is his beautiful daughter, who falls under the spell of Piotr Beczala’s womanizing Duke.



A Good Day to Die Hard

Opens February 15

The fifth installment of the Die Hard film series sees Bruce Willis reprise his most famous role. John McClane travels to Russia to help his rebellious son, Jack (Jai Courtney) get out of prison, but is soon caught in the crossfire of a terrorist plot.

Director: John Moore

Starring: Sigourney Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch

On at: MovieplexCinemaPlaza, The Light Cinema, Samsung IMAX, CinemaCity Cotroceni, Hollywood Multiplex.


Beautiful Creatures

Opens February 15

Based on the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, this is the supernatural love story between Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) and a mysterious young girl who is waiting for him on a Civil War battlefield.

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Starring: Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis

On at: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Cinema City Cotroceni, Hollywood Multiplex.



Magical Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show

Sala Palatului

February 14-17

The world’s most famous cartoon character Mickey Mouse and illusionist Michael Barron come to Bucharest for the first time, to give a glimpse into the beauty of the magical Disney Live world. The local hosts during the eight performances of the show will be young actresses Alina Teianu and Nouria Nouri.



Lights and shadows

Instituto Cervantes

Until March 31

The Spanish painter Ima Montoya will present at Instituto Cervantes her latest exhibition, “Lights and shadows”. Montoya was born and raised on the banks of the Nervion, famous for fishing fleets, ship building and steel production, a place of industry. Like most people from the Nervion she has inherited from this backdrop of hard work and industry she brings to her work the attributes of strength, energy and a sense of purpose. Also like many of her people before her she has traveled across the sea in search of new possibilities.

The artist has lived and worked in Bilbao, Madrid, London, Tokyo, Moscow and now the journey continues in Budapest. A nomadic life has not been a handicap for her but a platform to explore and assimilate influences from diverse cultures. The result is clearly displayed in her work, full of energy, rhythm and movement, never remaining still and where the only constant is change. Influences, techniques, forms, concepts and even language are put into her melting pot. Spanish, Japanese, Euskera, English, Russian and Hungarian, interlaced and overlapping form part of the cultural cocktail that characterizes her work which is vibrant and in which we feel alive.


Testimonials. The Frescoes from the Arges Monastery

National Museum of Art of Romania

Until May 26

The Arges Monastery, a flagship example of Romanian culture, was restored between 1875 and 1882 under the supervision of architect André Lecomte du Noüy, a practitioner of French conservationist principles. The original mural painting had to make room for an entirely new one: only 35 fragments were considered worth preserving. Some 31 of them were restored between 1990 and 2012 and are now on show together for the first time.


Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan

National Museum of Contemporary Art

Until February 28

This Japanese exhibition aims to showcase the most varied aspects of the Nippon artistic landscape of the last twenty years. The project, presenting a new generation of Japanese artists, comes to Romania for the first time, after having gone on show in over 20 countries. With the support of the Embassy of Japan in Romania and the Japan Foundation, 42 works will be on display, including paintings, photographs, video art, installations and animated films, by the country’s best known artists of the moment, Atsushi Fukui, Satoshi Hirose, Maywa Denki, Tomoyasu Murata, Tetsuya Nakamura, Katsuhiro Saiki, Masafumi Sanai, Yoshihiro Suda, Tabaimo, Nobuyuki Takahashi and Miyuki Yokomizo.




Odeon Theatre

February 14, 19.30

“Tlicked” by Gabriel Pintilei, directed by Alexandru Mihail won the prize for best actress in a supporting role, Romanian Comedy Festival – festCO 2011 and tells the story of a common family in Romania presenting a piece of life from our everyday life. The show can be performed with subtitles in English. If you are interested, please email at odeon.art@teatrul-odeon.ro.



The Art Deco architecture of Domenii quarter, Bucharest – walking tour

February 16, 11.30-14.00

Reservations: v.mandache@gmail.com / 0040 (0)728.323.272

Tour available in Romanian and English, RON 30

The tour offers a guide through a quite special section of Bucharest, in the past housing a part of city’s elite, composed mainly from medium and high ranking government workers from the inter-war Ministry of Agriculture and State Domains, hence the name “Domains” (Domenii in Romanian) for this quarter. The area has been developed between the early 1920s and the late 1940s. The beauty of the architecture found in this corner of Bucharest, a large part of it developed during the years of the fascist dictatorship, war time and the dawn of the Stalinist regime, is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit in the course of those adverse upheavals. The Domenii quarter is essentially an Art Deco and also Modernist architectural “reservation” for Romania’s capital, additionally encompassing a number of beautiful Neo-Romanian houses and hybrids incorporating those styles, scattered throughout the area.

Architectural history tour in Dorobanti area of Bucharest– walking tour

February 17, 11.30- 14.00

Reservations: v.mandache@gmail.com / 0040 (0)728.323.272

Tour available in Romanian and English, RON 30

The tour offers a guide through one of the architecturally most distinguished areas of Bucharest, second only to Kiseleff in its quality of historic buildings. Dorobanti is more than brimful with architectural wonders, ranging from the finest Neo-Romanian to Art Deco style houses or hybrids between the two, to many other architectural designs. There are also some beautiful public monuments from the inter-war period dotting the tree lined streets and piazzas. The area is also host to many foreign diplomatic missions occupying some of its most beautiful mansions. Dorobanti is thus a compendium of Bucharest’s architecture in its most brilliant state.


Camera din Fata

22 Mendeleev Street, daily from 8.00-22.00 or last client

Once upon a time, there was a world of magic and fairy tales, a world where grandparents spoiled grandchildren with homemade goodies, carefully baked in old ovens. Among old family pictures, thousands of pots with flavored tea (150 varieties to be precise), cups of coffee and, of course, coffee bags (over 25 types), the visitor seems to go back in time. Sitting on an old chair, which has seated at least two generations, drinking a recommended coffee or tea served on a redesigned sewing machine table is an indulgence that everyone should enjoy.

Oana Vasiliu

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