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“Bega Bulevard” and “Dilema Veche” Festivals

Jazz Festival at Bran Castle

In September, Timisoara and Alba Iulia are getting ready for festivals. For three days ( August 30 – September 1), Alba Iulia will be the place for concerts, theatre and dance shows, debates, conferences, book readings, book and crafts fairs creative writing and comics workshops, a photography exhibition and film screenings. Andrei Plesu, the special guest of the “Dilema Veche” Festival, will hold a conference at the opening of the Festival, on August 30, from 6:30 p.m. on “About old age: questions, anxieties, joys”. On September 1, the Festival in Alba Iulia will broadcast live the opening concert for the “George Enescu” Festival, given by the Berlin State Chapel, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, at the Sala Palatului in Bucharest. The novelty of this edition of the “Dilema Veche” Festival is that they offer a diversity of musical genres as both the members of the Ciocarlia Fanfare and alternative rock bands will have concerts during the festival. Next to Andrei Plesu, among the guests of the “Dilema Veche” Festival are Horia-Roman Patapievici, Dan C. Mihailescu, Dacian Ciolos, Radu Paraschivescu, Catalin Stefanescu, Liviu Papadima, Razvan Mazilu, Maria Raducanu and others.
The “Dilema Veche” Festival is the first “multi-art” event of a cultural publication in Romania, it being organized by the “Oameni cu dileme” (“People with Dilemmas”) Association together with the Municipality of Alba Iulia and the Alba County Council.
In Timisoara, the sixth edition of the “Bega Bulevard” Festival will take place between September 6 and 8. The Festival agenda includes a series of concerts, shows, model boat demonstrations, children’s activities, drawing, painting workshops, face-painting, exhibitions and information stands with cultural and artistic activities. On the stage close to the Bega Channel, Teo Milea and Phaser will perform and close by there will be a fire juggling show. As every year, the Timisoara people will be able to participate in the traditional plastic ducks contest that will float on Bega.
The first edition of Jazz at BRAN CASTLE Festival is due on August 31-September 1st in a fairytale cultural and historic setting. According to the organizers, JAZZ.RO, the festival line-up is impressive, with well-known jazz performers. The artists will perform each night, starting 8 o’clock pm inside Bran Castle. A ticket is 150 RON for each night or 400 RON for a three –day pass.

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