What to do this weekend

Newsroom 13/03/2014 | 17:45

BR brings you the best of Bucharest’s cultural highlights for the weekend ahead. 

PARTY

EVENTS

World Congress of Culinary Traditions

Until March 17, Pullman Hotel

The first edition of the International Congress of Culinary Traditions gathering worldwide international participants is organized amid the lack of any background regarding the representation of authentic traditional culinary art in Romania and also abroad. Usually all cooks, whether amateur or professional (chefs), try to adopt some techniques and practices from the international cuisine while leaving their traditional roots behind. More details about this event here.

3rd Annual Saint Patrick’s Ball

March 14, the Athenée Palace Hilton, from 19.00

The 3rd annual St Patrick’s Day Ball will be organize by the Ireland Romania Network (IRN) the tickets for this Black Tie event are now on sale. Tickets are priced at EUR 135. The Irish Embassy of Romania will be present at this event, too. More details, here.

Romanian Tourism Fair

Until March 16, Romexpo

Arrived at the 31st edition, the Romanian Tourism Fair is the perfect place to present the most interesting offers and touristic attractions, both from Romania and abroad, including all types of tourism: business, cultural, rural, spa & treatment, as well as exotic destinations, cruises, adventure trips or pilgrimages. More details, here.

PERFORMANCE

International Percussion Music Festival

March 14-15, 19.00, the Radio Hall

The first edition of the Percussion Festival, March 10-15, hosted by the Romanian Radio Hall, comes to an end with a closing gala concert: all percussion soloists and bands – top artists acclaimed on international stages gathered together at Romanian Radio Hall in Bucharest: LIN CHIN CHENG (Taiwan), LUDWIG ALBERT (Belgium), EMMANUEL SEJOURNÉ (France), ALEXANDRU ANASTASIU (Romania) and many others.

Rigoletto (in picture)

March 15-16, 19.00, Bucharest National Opera

After 60 years of the same setup, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto will be staged at the Bucharest National Opera (ONB) in a new production of this opera, signed by the famous Australian director Stephen Barlow and by Greek artist and stage designer Yannis Thavoris. The play conducted by Cristian Sandu will present on stage a cast including artists from the U.S., Italy, Russia, ONB soloists and guests from other Romanian cities. The new stage of Rigoletto presents the Duke as Al Capone, while Rigoletto is a private entertainer of the Duke, who is involved in the business of funeral rites. More about this event, here.

DISCOVER BUCHAREST

Art in Bucharest tour

March 15, from 11.00

Reservations: art@artinbucharest.com / 0726 008 152.

Tour available in Romanian and English, RON 80

Meeting point:  Universitate (metro exit, Universitate parking next to the statues)

During three hours you will explore the artistic world of Bucharest in the spring when you will visit in their studios: Lucian Taran – sculptor and voluptuous cat creator (www.luciantaran.com), Emilia Kiss – painter of wonderful glass characters (http://www.modernism.ro/2014/01/21/emilia-kiss-portrete-din-mers/) and see the artworks of:
Floriama Candea – painter (http://floriamacandea.wordpress.com/), Claudiu Ciobanu – painter (http://www.claudiuciobanu.com/) in beautiful set-up in the city center. More details, here.

 

FILM PREMIERES

From March 14

Need for Speed
Director: 
Scott Waugh
Starring: 
Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson
Synopsis: 
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. (provided by IMDb)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Director: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Max Charles, Ty Burrell
Synopsis: The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. (provided by IMDb)

Better Living Through Chemistry
Director: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Monaghan
Synopsis: A straight-laced pharmacist’s uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder. (provided by IMDb)

Nebraska
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Will Forte, Bruce Dern
Synopsis: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (provided by IMDb)

 

EXHIBITION

Contemporary Norwegian Architecture 

The National Museum of Contemporary Art

Until March 22

The “Contemporary Norwegian Architecture # 7” Exhibition travels around the world starting with 2011, being so far hosted by Brazil, Cuba, Poland, Croatia, the Czech republic, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Germany and Bulgaria. In 2014, with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Romania, in partnership with the National Museum of Contemporary Art and Zeppelin Association, it comes to Bucharest. More about this exhibition, 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.

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