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Cirque du Soleil and Valentine’s Day and Dragobete concerts in Bucharest this month

A series of nine shows performed by the prestigious Cirque du Soleil, for the first time in Romania, and concerts on Valentine’s Day and Drabobete, Romania’s equivalent of Valentine’s Day, are among the chief attractions in the Romanian capital this month. Cirque du Soleil will perform “Saltimbanco”, its longest-running show, at Bucharest’s Romexpo, February 8 through 12. The show has seen countless sold-out performances since its 1992 premiere.

Several Romanian artists will perform live concerts on either Valentine’s Day or Dragobete. Among them, “Directia 5”, live in concert at Palace Hall, Feb 14, along with singers Monica Anghel, Paula Seling, Giulia and Anda Adam. “Holograf” will be launching their latest release – “Love Affair” at “Polivalenta Hall”, February 24. Famous soprano Angela Gheorghiu will join them on stage to sing “Nu mai e timp” <”There’s no more time”>. Also on Dragobete, Ducu Bertzi will perform in concert at Excelsior Theatre, February 20.

Swedish progressive rock band Opeth, a revelation of the past decade, gives a live concert for the first time in Romania, at Jukebox Venue, February 29, 2012, part of the band’s tour behind their latest release “Heritage”. “Opeth”, one of Sweden’s longest-running and most creative metal rock bands, was formed in Stockholm, in 1990.

Legendary US psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, best-known for their 1968 hit In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, will perform live at Hard Rock Café Bucharest, February 19.

Ministry of Sound – whose members include Global Deejays, Paul Deighton, Adrian Eftimie and Syos – will perform in the Romanian capital, at Arenele Romane, February 18. Kulturhaus will be hosting on February 23 a special show featuring Lydia Lunch, a well-known international underground artist, blending music, poetry and visual effects into a fascinating and spectacular whole called “Sick with Desire”.

Also, Toto Cutugno, a household name in Romania, returns to Bucharest for a live concert at Palace Hall on February 29.

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