on Holy Week
Orthodox and Catholic Christians embark Monday on the last week of Easter Lent, also known as Passion Week, a time during which they prepare themselves for the Resurrection. In keeping with tradition, throughout this week, people light up ritual fires, strictly observe Lent, see to their homes, clean their yards, lay out new holiday clothes, cook, go to Vespers and forgive each other’s sins. Holy Saturday is the last day before Easter, when housewives cook most of the traditional dishes, finish cleaning up and add the final retouches to the clothes they are to wear at Easter Vigil and during Easter. According to tradition, a lamb is slaughtered, and people cook tripe, roast meat and mutton borsch. At midnight, Christians set out in silence towards church. After the Service of Light, they go to the cemetery, at the graves of their dead and light candles there as well, so that the latter know it is the Resurrection of the Lord. They give alms for the souls of the dead on Easter Sunday, but also a week later, on Easter of the dead.
Directia 5 launches
new album at TNB
The band Directia 5 will perform two concerts, on May 10 and May 24, at the Bucharest National Theatre, launching their new album, “Romantic”. “It is the most natural artistic moment for Directia 5. ‘Romantic’ is an album recorded in a single breath of inspiration, using natural sounds, without a synthesiser. We’ve paid attention to the record mood, not to its tendency to align to today’s music. We love music and this is made obvious on this album ”, band members say. The ticket prices for the concert range between RON 50 and 100 and can be bought on bilete.ro, myticket.ro. The sound of Directia 5 became a trademark. Numberless record launches, sold-out concerts throughout the country, collaborations with great names in the musical industry made Directia 5 one of the most appreciated Romanian bands. Directia 5 was founded in 1991, in Bucharest. In 1992, they launched the album “La vulturul de mare cu pestele in gheare”, followed by “Seductie”, “Pantofi de lac”, “Ambiental” or, in 2000, “Cantece noi cu Directia 5”, which brought them back in the Romanian charts. The musical genres they approached throughout the years included alternative rock, electronic rock and pop-rock.
Tudor Gheorghe concert within the “Artists for artists” campaign
Tudor Gheorghe gave a charity concert on Moday, at the Great Hall of the Bucharest National Theatre, as part of the “Artists for artists” campaign, organized by UNITER to aid the elderly ailing artists. All the proceeds from the tickets will be donated to the Theatrical Solidarity Fund. Initiated and organized in 2002, the “Artists for artists” national campaign is meant to enhance solidarity within the industry, offering aid to elderly ailing artists and sending a signal to the public and authorities, regarding the artists’ situation and dignity. Every year, the highlight of the campaign is a charity performance given by great artists for their elder colleagues. Tudor Gheorghe is a unique presence in his quest for Romanian originality: his performances draw on old Romanian ballads, on the work of Ion Luca Caragiale and the enchantment of poems by Lucian Blaga, Tudor Arghezi and Ion Barbu.