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Balkan music, drinks and cuisine at Balkanik fest

Bucharest hosts Friday to Sunday the Balkanik music festival. The festival line-up includes five celebrated bands: Baba Zula (Turkey), Ternipe (Hungary), Salijevic Orkestar (Serbia), Taraf de Haidouks (Romania) and Mahala Rai Banda (Ro­mania/Moldova).

Taraf de Haidouks and Salijevic Orkestar will be concerting tonight starting 7pm. “Taraful haiducilor” is a gypsy musicians’ band from Clejani and the best-known of its kind in post-1989 Romania. They became popular in the French-speaking areas under the name “Taraf de Haidouks”. The Slobodan Salijevic Orchestra comes from Prekodolce, Sout­hern Serbia, and rose to fame thanks to Emir Kusturica, who greatly appreciated their authenticity and professionalism.

On Saturday, starting 6pm, music-lovers can listen to Ternipe, Mahala Rai Banda and Baba Zula.

The festival also includes a fair offering a selection of decorative and hand-made artefacts, a Paul Hitter painting exhibition, Armenian coffee-tasting from Gheorghe Florescu (Delicatese Florescu) and Balkan food from Papa La Soni.

Venue: 144 Uranus Garden (streetcar 32 from Unirii Square, alight at Chirigiu stop)
Tickets available in Eventim and Myticket network.

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