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Bucharest Anniversary Weekend

The Capital marked 552 years since it was first attested by a shindig which went on for three days and three nights, including concerts, circus performances and traditional fairs.

This year’s edition of the Bucharest Days benefited from fine summer weather, so Bu­charestians flooded the Bucharest parks and the old city centre. The celebrations kicked off on Friday, in Herastrau Park, with the Artisans Fair, the Book Publishers Fair, as well as painting and graphic art exhibitions. Brass bands provided live entertainment, children had a chance to go for a ride in horse-drawn carriages and music-lovers were invited to an encounter with the great names of Romanian folklore.

The old city centre hosted, starting Friday, 12am, until Sunday night, the festival “Bucharest – Living Metropolis”, which included live music, acrobatics and pantomime, street performances, stilt and costume shows. On Saturday and Sunday, the Franceza Street in the old town centre hosted the first Bucharest Folk You gala.

Bucharest City Hall’s Cultural Projects Centre, ArCuB, organized on Saturday an extraordinary concert in the Constitution Square, bringing together over one hundred artists, from both the classical and the pop music scene, with the participation of the Romanian Radio Orchestra, the Radio Big Band, the soprano Valentina Nafornita and tenor Marius Manea. The special guest of the concert was Bogdan Ota, the young Romanian pianist who conquered Norway following the “Noske talente” programme. Ota was cheered by 3,000 spectators in what was his first Bucharest concert, as well his first concert ever alongside an orchestra. The 33-year-old played seven of his own works, six alongside the Romanian Radio Orchestra.

From Friday to Sunday, Bucharesters were invited to visit the Traditional Romanian-Greek Products and Customs Fair in Obor market. The fair featured hand Greek made products and delicacies such as olive oil, honey, various cheeses, pastry and cosmetics from Epidavros, Salamina and Napflio islands. Students from Salamina offered a traditional dance show.

ArCuB also organized, yesterday, in the Constitution Square, a special concert dedicated to high school students in Bucharest and young people happening to be in Bucharest. 16,000 high school students were expected to join in the parade. The famous square in front of the House of Parliament was also, yesterday evening, the scene of an original show brought from France by the street theatre company Lea Studios de Cirque. The celebrations spread to other parks in Bucharest as well. The Tine­re­tului Park was to host yesterday a horse-riding show prepared by the Equestria horse-riding club.

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