In a year of economical challenge for cultural events, EUROPAfest ends a successful edition tonight.
Over 300 musicians from 33 countries, blues, jazz and pop concerts on two simultaneous stages – the Auditorium Hall and the Hard Rock Café stage – two international competitions of jazz and classical music, all concentrated in the seven days of a festival. This may be a short description of EUROPAfest 2009, which ends tonight with a great ceremony, hosted by the Auditorium Hall, starting at 20.00.
The event will recall some of the most interesting moments of the festival: the final and the awards of Bucharest International Jazz Competition, the awards of Jeunesses International Music Competition, jam sessions and extraordinary jazz and classical music recitals by the award winners.
For this year’s edition, jazz and classical music competitions totalized eighteen bands, and respectively 63 violinists who attended the competitions. The Bucharest International Jazz Competition final takes place during the Closing Gala. The jazz bands will compete for the Grand Prize on the stage while the jury reaches the decision from their seats in the middle of the audience.
The event is organized under the High Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret and His Highness Prince Radu. During the event, the Royal House will also grant its Excellence Award.
Bands such as Radio String Quartet Vienna & Klaus Paier from Austria, VJB from UK, Trio Elf from Germany, Stelzhamma from Austria, Chabliz from Holland, Marcian Petrescu & Trenul de Noapte from Romania, Anne Czichowsky and Jazzpartout from Germany and Sidesteps from Austria are some of the top rated European contemporary musicians brought by EUROPAfest to Bucharest this year.