What to do this weekend October 18-20

Newsroom 17/10/2013 | 14:33

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



Red Bull MoonTimeBike

October 19, 18.00, Tineretului Park

For the best 150 cyclists in Romania, seven laps of around five km each and the route including sharp ascents and descents on grass, gravel or stairs will be the challenge on October 19, in an event held in Bucharest’s TineretuluiPark.

At this second edition, among the cyclists who subscribed the competition will be also last year’s winner Marius Petrache and the national champion at MTB Marathon, Kelemen Arpad. More information about this event, here.


Bucharest International Technical Fair

Until 20, Romexpo

17 countries will be represented by more than 250 companies at the 39th edition of the Bucharest International Technical Fair, which will be held simultaneously with ExpoEnergie – EEE International Fair for Renewable and Conventional Energy, Equipment and Technologies for Oil and Natural Gas. More information about this event, here.



eXplore dance festival – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival (in picture)

October 18, 18.00, WASP

The eighth edition of eXplore dance festival – Bucharest International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival will promote eXchange, the focus of this year’s eXplore dance festival artistic selection. Encouraging choreographic research, supporting the younger generation of dancers and choreographers and the diversity of contemporary forms of dance and performance, increasing visibility among the wide audience, this year’s programme focuses on future generations. More information about this event, here.



Tea and Coffee Festival

Until 20, Sala Dalles

Seven days of tea and coffee are prepared for those interested in the fifth edition of the Tea & Coffee Festival that takes place in Bucharest until October 20. The hot drinks lovers will have a range of artistic and culinary shows in Bucharest teahouses and cafes, but also an exhibition of tea, coffee, delicatessen and accessories (dishes, cakes, decorations) hosted by the Dalles Hall between October 18 and 20.

The Tea & Coffee Festival promotes the consumption of tea and coffee, with emphasis on the ritual of serving these drinks. The seven days of the festival will bring into the limelight cultural and gastronomic elements specific to countries with a tradition in the cultivation and production of tea and coffee, as well as in the preparation and presentation of drinks obtained from them. More information about this event, here.


Romanian International University Fair

October 19-20, Sala Palatului

Top universities from four continents expect students interested in studies abroad for interiews, discussions and workshops. Anually, over 100 educational institutions from over 20 countries come to recruit academically valuable Romanian students at Romanian International University Fair (RIUF). More information 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.


Tani Plana

Cervantes Institute

Until October 30

No es normal saber nadar”, a photo exhibition by Tanit Plana, opens September 26 at the Cervantes Institute in Bucharest. The exhibition includes 40 photos of Bucharest, which the artist explores attempting to erase the boundaries between public and private and to highlight a new reality originating in a new perception of the urban scene.

Illustrator Ada Musat is invited at the opening of the exhibition, where she will draw in an attempt to create a dialogue between drawing and photography. More details about the event here.


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 NationalMuseum 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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