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March 23, 2023

Hot Chocolate, Steve Vai and Tiziano Ferro at the Golden Stag Festival

Music band Hot Chocolate, singer Tiziano Ferro and guitar player Steve Vai are the international stars to perform within this year edition of “Golden Stag” Festival and Competition, scheduled between September 2 and 7 in Brasov. According to sources close to the organizers, the budget allotted to this year edition of the festival amounts to EUR 1.5 M. the festival manager, Mioara Negescu, cited by Agerpres, says that this year budget is by 35 per cent lower than last year. “We plan to offer, during this year of crisis, the audience who will be in Brasov and those who will watch TV channels a special performance, where emphasis shall be laid on the Romanian quality music”, as Mioara Negescu, TVR representative, said in a press conference. She specified that the festival “Golden Stag” is not profit earning and she estimates 3,500 – 4,000 persons on daily basis to participate. She also informed that ticket fares shall range from RON 30 to RON 70 depending on the location and their sale starts next week.

Golden Stag 2009 has six evenings – Evergreen, Pop, Rock, the final of the performance contest, Gala of the Winners, Superstar Evening and “Hora Satului”.

The first three evenings – Evergreen, Pop, Rock – open with a show performed by music band Sistem and by ballet group Art Focus International. The first evening of the contest ends with a retro recital performed by the music band Hot Chocolate. During the Superstar evening (September 6), Loredana, Steve Vai and Tiziano Ferro will perform.

The festival will include 24 competing singers from 20 countries (Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom), along with the three representatives of Romania: Jasmine, Nadine and The Marker. Last year, the Golden Stag prize was awarded to a Romanian, Razvan Krivach. Biondo, from Sweden, received the Golden Stag, and Tony Poptamas & Desperado were awarded Bronze Stag.

The Golden Stag festival experienced ups and downs, being interrupted in 1972 and resumed only 20 years later, in 1992.

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