The cultural event of the year, the Enescu Festival, begins on Sunday, in Bucharest. The end of summer and the beginning of autumn is a period full of festivals that aim at attracting a great number of viewers in different locations.
On Sunday, the 21 edition of the “George Enescu” International Festival will begin, this being the cultural event of the year. Radu Lupu, Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Yuja Wang, Manfred Honeck, Sergey Dogadin are only a few of the great names that are going to perform during the first four days of the “George Enescu” International Festival, which will take place in Bucharest and in other cities of Romania between September 1 and 28, 2013. The opening concert will be at the Sala Palatului in Bucharest, starting from 7:30 p.m., bringing on stage the pianist Radu Lupu and Staatskapelle Berlin (conductor Daniel Barenboim) – some of the greatest artists in the world at this moment – who will perform The Romanian Rhapsody no 2, by George Enescu. The concert is sold out, but you may still get tickets for Cinema Digiplex, where there is going to be a live broadcast. Also, on the first day, at 10:30 p.m., at the Romanian Athenaeum, there will be an organ concert of the famous and original American organist Cameron Carpenter. The third concert of the day will be in Timisoara, performed by the “Banatul” Philharmonic, conducted by Martin Yates, with pianist Matei Varga, a “George Enescu” International Contest winner in 2001, as a soloist. More details about the program can be found on the site of the festival, www.festivalulenescu.ro, a site both in Romanian and in English.
Jazz at Bran
The Bran Castle and Jazz.ro organize, starting today, until Sunday, the first edition of the Jazz at Bran Castle Festival, a press release of the Administration of the Castle informs. Music lovers are invited to enjoy three days of European jazz, contemporary and baroque music. The first edition of the festival has an impressive line-up, with renowned jazz artists who are going to perform both well-known and new projects, the press release also says. The concerts will take place every evening, beginning at 8 p.m. in the interior courtyard of the Bran Castle. The price for a ticket is of 150 lei for one evening and the price of a three evening subscription is of 400 lei. On Friday, Ferenc Snetberger from Hungary will have a solo guitar concert, Marco Ambrosini (Italy) – a nickelharpa concert, Jean Louis Martinier (France) – an accordion concert, Alexander Balanescu (Romania) – a violin concert and Katie Wiekinson (Great Britain) – a viola concert. On Saturday, the festival continues with Dave Stapleton- piano and Benjamin Waghorn – saxophone (tenor and soprano), Eduard Kunz (Russia) – piano, Louis Sclavis – clarinet and Vincent Courtois – cello (France). On Sunday, from 1 p.m., at the Evangelical Church in Rasnov, Dave Stapleton from Great Britain will have an organ concert.
“The Adventures of Prince Ahmed” in Alba Iulia
The film “Noi cei din linia intai” (“We, in the first line”) directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu, the silent film “The Adventures of Prince Ahmed”, with live accompaniment by Makounouchi Bento and the documentary “Samsara” will be screened at the Alba Iulia Music and Film Festival, that is going to take place between September 5 and 8. According to a press release sent to Mediafax, diversity is a key-theme of the second edition of the Alba Iulia Music and Film Festival, an event that includes various musical genres, from folklore to pop-rock and electro-swing, archive movies and recent Romanian and international productions.
Regarding the musical part, Ioan Pop and the Iza Group will bring authentic Romanian folklore on the stage in the Piata Cetatii, the Berti Barbera Quartet will demonstrate once again “the irresistible attraction towards rhythm” and the parties of the festival hosted on Friday and Saturday by the Habitat Gallery will be animated by the electro beats mixed by Silent Stike, Dan Basu and Nico de Transilvania. Another musical moment will take place on Sunday, September 8 in Piata Cetatii: the “Electro-swing Project” concert performed by Marius Mihalache Band.
Music is present in the movies screened in Alba. The program includes movies about the life of great artists (“Marley”), historic festivals (“Glastonbury”), musicals adapted for the silver-screen (“Les Miserables”) and musical travels through the history of a particular culture (“View from the Bridge: the Sound of Istanbul”).
The documentary film returns to Bucharest
Approximately 30 productions were selected for the second edition of the documentary film festival, Docuart Fest 2013, in Bucharest, for the two sections, the one for students and the one for professional documentary filmmakers. In the student production section, the viewers will be able to watch a series of documentaries that received awards in internationally renowned festivals, produced by young people involved in large-scale artistic projects. This year’s edition offers both the public and the participants a diverse and special program. During the four days of festival, there will be a series of master classes and round tables with various film industry themes, like aesthetics in documentaries, documentary production, the investigation documentary, the importance of the historic documentary in time. The second edition of Docuart Fest will take place between September 26 and 29, at Cinemateca Romana, Eforie Hall, and is a project financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration.