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Concerts, special events mark Dragobete feast in Bucharest

February 24 is allotted, in the Romanian folk calendar, to a special festival: the Dragobete, an event that marks the beginning of spring and the revival of nature. A mythological divinity resembling Eros, Dragobete became the protector of the love of people who meet on his feast, a love that will last all year round, as the love of birds that “get betrothed” on this day, according to crestinortodox.ro.The feast is marked this year in Bucharest by a series of special events, concerts, exhibitions. The people of Bucharest are invited on Friday, 12am to 10pm, to tell their tale in the world’s longest love letter in an attempt to set a world record validated by Guinness World Records. The event will take place in the Old City Centre, according to a release by the organizers, quoted by Mediafax. Lipscani Street will become the site of a feast of love, which will include love poetry recitations, romantic caricatures, accordion music, tango and waltz, street performances and photographs for two.Holograf will delight its fans on Friday, from 7.30pm, with a concert at Bucharest’s Polyvalent Hall, also marking the launch of the band’s latest album, “Love Affair”. Rock-lovers will have a chance to see as well on Friday, from 9pm, Iris in concert at the Jukebox Venue club.Classical music aficionados also have cause for joy, as the Romanian Athenaeum hosts from 7pm a concert by the “George Enescu” Philarmonic’s Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Vlad Conta and featuring Jean Bernard Pommier as soloist. The programme will include the “Concerto no. 1 for piano and orchestra” by P.I. Tchaikovsky and “Le Sacre du printemps” by Igor Stravinsky.The Metropolis Theatre tempts us with a special presentation of the play “Passion at the Rin Grand Hotel”, a delightful comedy, based on “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s”, to take place at the Rin Grand Hotel.On Saturday, February 25, from 5pm, Casa Radio invites music-lovers to Carturesti Verona to discover a band of enthusiastic contemporary artists’ take on traditional Romanian music, as reflected on Imago Mundi’s latest album, “Isvor”.The “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum in Bucharest marks, in turn, February 24 to 26, “Dragobete, the Lovers’ Day with the Romanians” by a number of cultural events, including love songs from the Romanian folklore, customs and traditions associated to the aforementioned festival, theatre and poetry readings, prize-awarding competitions and lots of joy.

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