At a loose end? BR brings you the best of Bucharest’s cultural highlights for the weekend ahead.
TEDxBucharest Make it happen
November 9, 10.00
Organized under license of TED conference, TEDxBucharest returns this year with the fifth edition, “Make it happen”. The Romanian audience will hear 20 speakers and performers both national and international, coming from countries such as Britain, Norway, Bulgaria and Romania, which will show unique and representative experiences in the areas of economics, extreme sports, IT&C , digital art, law, journalism , architecture and social commitment. More details about this event, here.
Ticket prices: RON 50-370 (full pass)
Bucharest, Cluj and Iasi will host the eighth SoNoRo chamber music festival. The opening concert will be held at CotroceniPalace and will be followed by another eight shows in Bucharest.
Pianists Diana Ketler and Konstantin Lifschitz, violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky, Erik Schumann, Andrej Bielow, violist Christian Naș, trumpeter Olivier Darbellay, and cellists Adrian Brendel and Monika Leskovar will entertain the public with their works, joined by some debutants, such as violinists Ilya Gringolts and Alissa Margulis, violist Maxim Rysanov, cellists Sonia Wieder Atherton and Marcin Sieniawski, the Paris Niguna Assembly and the Oslo Engegard Quartet.
The Bucharest concerts will be held in several locations: CotroceniPalace, BragadiruPalace, the Palace of the National Military Circle, the Romanian Athenaeum, ArCuB, the National Museum of Art of Romania, St. Iosif’s Cathedral and the National Bank of Romania.
Life is Beautiful Festival
Bucharest National Opera
Ticket prices: RON 7-107
This year’s event will include operetta, music-hall and ballet performances, concerts, exhibitions and shows for kids.
The festival will kick off with a concert by Spanish singer Buika. The artists and ensembles featured on the program include Carmen, performed by the Tbilisi Musical Theatre, the ballet Baiadera, chorographical theatre performance Mozart Steps, a concert by Sonia Theodoridou, The Japanese Tale, performed by the Radu Stanca Theatre, Count of Luxembourg, by the State Theatre of Musical Comedy, Russia, an Alexandra Coman concert, Bloody Wedding, by the Klaipeda State Music Theatre, Lithuania, and an Alfredo Pascu concert.
Book illustration (in picture)
Until January 20
The Bucharest Cervantes Institute and the Miguel Delibes foundation are opening the ‘Common land. Illustrated Delibes’ exhibition, showcasing book illustrations by 16 of the most important contemporary Spanish illustrators. More details about this event, here.
The National Peasant Museum
Until December 1
A collective of young Polish designers presents the Polska Folk exhibition, which includes furniture, lighting, graphics, products and architecture influenced by traditional Polish folk patterns and craft techniques.
The 19 objects from the exhibition are inspired from the Polish traditional art, handicrafts and decorative art, with the materials used by the designers being genuine and local. The exhibition is organized at the initiative of the Polish Institute in Bucharest. More details about this event, here.
Invasion 68 Prague
Annex MNAC (Calea Mosilor no. 62-68, 3rd floor)
For the first time in Bucharest, the well-known photographer Josef Koudelka will present Invasion 68 Prague, an exhibition that presents the historical moments of August 1968. During those days, the thirty years old photographer realised a series of photos, which he later managed to take out of the country, when he immigrated to France. The photos were published by Magnum Photos agency one year later, in 1969, in many international magazines, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the invasion, without the author’s name. In the same year, Koudelka was honored with “the Czech anonymous photographer” award with Robert Capa golden medal from Overseas Press Club. Josef Koudelka, one of the most prominent contemporary photographers in the world, has been recognized as the author of the photographs only in 1985, after his father, who was still in Czechoslovakia, died. More information about this event, here.
100 miniatures chairs
Promenada Mall Bucharest
100 miniatures of classical seats which convey the history of the chair, from the Industrial Revolution to the artistic experimentation, will be exhibited at Promenada Mall, the latest mall in Bucharest, on the occasion of the opening of a new Cărturești Library.
The exhibition will unveil 100 fascinating prototypes of classical seats dating from between approx.1800 to 1990, presented in terms of nine chronological groups. Faithful reproductions of drawings, photographs and catalogues illustrate the path of development of the seats, from the first draft via production to their actual use. The exhibition offers a fantastic opportunity for those who wish to be part of an aesthetic universe closely linked to the art history over the last two centuries. More information about this event, here.
Visual Power: 21st Century Native American Artists/ Intellectuals
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.