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September 25, 2021

Balkanik Festival opens on Friday, at Uranus Garden

The three days and three nights of events are dedicated to Maria Tanase.

Balkanik, the first Balkan music and culture festival in Romania, has reached this year its third edition and it will take place in the Uranus Garden (144, Uranus Street, next to the Cosbuc Flower Market), September 13 to 15. The three days and nights of events are dedicated to Maria Tanase, as this month is the anniversary of her centenary.
This year’s edition of the festival will be attended by the Ciocarlia Fanfare from Zece Prajini, the fastest fanfare in the world that signed the soundtracks for the movies Borat (Larry Charles) and Gegen die wand (Faith Akin), the Alexandru Balanescu Quartet – inspired by Maria Tanase’s songs, Alexandru Balanescu created new compositions, on the famous album Maria T, filtering the East-European spirit of the original songs, through his Western experience, Taraful Haiducilor, from Clejani – who have appeared in the movies “The Man Who Cried” (directed by Sally Potter) and Latcho Drom (Tony Gatlif), Kottatashky & the Rain Dogs, Bulgaria – a ethno-electronic music band from Bulgaria, KAL, Serbia – a mixture of Balkan music with tango influences as well as Turkish, Jamaican and Middle Eastern influences.
Shukar vs Iagalo will have a concert too, a musical dialogue between two folk music bands, led by Napoleon from Shukar Collective and Steaua de Mare.
There will also be a show of Crispus, The Art of Fire. The Crispus band was formed in 2003 and, for ten years, they managed to turn playing with fire into a true art, and the result are the shows that mix pyrotechnics and acrobatics, creating unique visual effects. They broke the world record for blowing flames and have represented Romania all over the world.
Besides the concerts, a crafts fair will be organized with original products, exhibitions, coffee on sand, millet beer, pot dishes, Turkish delicacies and stum prepared on spot, to the delight of the visitors. The ones who participate in the festival will be able to attend a wide selection of workshops – for hammocks, carved wooden spoons, pottery, tarot and palmistry, bracelets with traditional designs, body painting, coin earrings and so on.
The students receive a 50% discount on tickets and passes, based on their student card and children under seven years have free access.
The tickets and passes can be bought in the Eventim network. The price of a ticket is of 50 lei and that of a 3 days pass is of 130 lei.

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