What to do this weekend

Newsroom 25/07/2013 | 15:09

At a loose end? BR brings you the best of Bucharest’s cultural highlights for the weekend ahead.



Baneasa Airport Air Show

July 27, from 08.30

The biggest air show in Romania, Bucharest International Air Show & General Aviation Exhibition, will take place on Saturday, July 27 at Bucharest Baneasa – AurelVlaicuInternationalAirport, under the patronage of His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania.

Celebrating 90 years since the Romanian Air Club was set up, 100 performing and static display aircraft and public display, and over 100 elite pilots and sky divers will captivate the public. More details about the event, here.


Medieval Sighisoara Festival

July 26-28



Between July 26-28, the twenty-first edition of the Medieval Sighisoara Festival will present “Vlad, the Justice Knight”, meaning three days of celebration with Middle Ages theme.

This year, the central character of the festival is Vlad the Impaler, the ruler of Wallachia in 1448, 1456-1462 and 1476, a figure that is related also with the birth of Sighisoara Citadel. The artistic director of the 21st edition of the Medieval Sighisoara Festival, Liviu Pancu, underlined that the festival is not intended to serve as a historical reconstruction, but rather as a ‘floating” of the soul elements felt by Vlad, son of a father belonging to the Order of the Dragon, and who was trained in the Ottoman Empire, things that determined him, when at home, to wish justice and prosperity for his nation, according to Agerpres newswire. More details about this event, here.



Caragiale’s Bucharest Festival

Until September 15

Old City, Children’s World Park, Conu’ Iancu’s restaurant

Until September 15, the State Jewish Theater, Tandarica Theater, Comedy Theater, Metropolis Theater, Masca Theater, Nottara Theater, National University of Theater and Film and Hyperion University  presents the second edition of Caragiale’s Bucharest Festival. The event will include comedy, classical, modern theater and music hall performances, but also various-genre music, which can be seen in Old City, Children’s World Park and Conu’ Iancu’s restaurant at  Hala Traian.

In terms of music, the festival’s organizers prepared fanfare music, Romanian traditional folk music sung by the famous Maria Tanase, operreta and opera music.

The admission is free of charge. The entire program of the festival can be seen here, in Romanian language only.



Architectural tour in Cismigiu area (includes Izvor and Berthelot)

July 27, 10.00-12.30

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

Tour available in Romanian and English, RON 35

The tour offers a guide throughout this beautiful expanse of Bucharest, which unfurls around CismigiuGardens, the “Central Park” of the city, which is also its oldest surviving landscaped garden. The quarter boasts a balanced mix of architectures ranging from Little Paris, Neo-Romanian to Art Deco and Modernism, and also representative church buildings, various species of neo-Gothic and triumphalist Mussolinian styles. Cismigiu is packed with the remarkable creations of some of the most famous native and foreign born architects, active on the local market starting with the last decades of the c19th; personalities such as Giulio Magni, Horia and Ion Creanga, Ion and Tiberiu Niga, Nicolae Cucu, Gheorghe Simotta, Petre Antonescu or Emil Günes, to cite just some of them.


The Late Neo-Romanian Style of Bucharest’s Kisseleff Park area

July 28, 10.00-12.30

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

Tour available in Romanian and English, RON 35

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.



Visual Power: 21st Century Native American Artists/ Intellectuals

America 24/7

The National Library

The American Bucharest Corner was inaugurated on June 20 at the National Library and two exhibitions take place: “Visual Power: 21st Century Native American Artists/ Intellectuals.” which shows Native American contributions as scholars, professors, museum curators, and writers as well as makers of traditional fine arts, video and photography to document their cultural heritage and their struggle for sovereignty and a second poster exhibit, “America 24/7”, accompanied by a book, the result of a project by American author and publisher, David Elliot Cohen, and American photographer, Rick Smolan.  More than 25,000 digital photographers across the U.S. – including 36 Pulitzer Prize winners – responded to the invitation to take pictures of their towns, families, neighbors and friends for 24 hours a day for seven days.  The best photos capturing the diverse authentic America were included in the exhibit. More details, 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

Antipa Museum

Until August 4

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”

Antipa Museum

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.


Oana Vasiliu


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