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Shows, concerts, exhibitions during the Long Night of Museums

Thirty-three museums and cultural organizations are open in Bucharest.

Bucharest citizens are invited to know the history of the personalities buried at Bellu Graveyard, to watch the show “Cemetery Life” and to participate, among others, in the historic-military reenactments at the Museum of History, but also in the concerts and exhibitions that are going to take place during the Long Night of Museums. The Long Night of Museums, this year at its tenth edition, is one of the most popular and long-lasting cultural events for the public in Europe, each Saturday around May 18, the International Day of Museums, a celebratory day founded by the International Council of Museums.
This year on the night between May 17 and 18, more than 150 museums and cultural and education organizations in about 50 cities in Romania will be open for public for free visits and special events. The users of mobile phones can download for free, in Romania only, the application The Night of the Museums from AppStore and Google Play, developed by Tourpipe and available for the first time in English, to find out the schedule of the museums included in the event all around the state.
In Bucharest, 33 institutions, museums and cultural or educational organizations, are waiting for the public until late in the night for exhibitions, concerts, shows, screenings, performances and interactive workshops, for unforgettable experiences. The museum circuit is provided by RATB buses, through the special bus line The Night of the Museums.
The unconventional area of Bellu Graveyard will host between 10 pm and 11:30 pm for the first time the theatre play “Cemetery Life” with actress Rodica Popescu-Bitanescu as director and main role. The Long Night of the Museums 2014 at the National Art Museum of Romania will be devoted to Brancoveanu year, by opening the Gallery of Old Romanian Art. The event at the National History Museum of Romania will focus on the temporary exhibition “Clothes make the man. Six hundred years of clothing history,” as the exhibition represents a journey in the clothing history in the Romanian area, between the 15th and 20th century. On occasion of the Long Night of the Museums other activities will take place, such as creation and museum education workshops, historic-military reenactments, a parade in historic clothing, music, theatre and dance shows.
The National Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti” organizes “The Museum’s Afternoon,” with shows of Romanian folk music and dance, traditional craftsmen’ fair, exhibitions and creation workshops. The Romanian Peasant’s Museum presents the permanent exhibition open between 6 pm and 8 pm and between 11 pm and midnight, there will be a concert held by AG Weinberger in the inner courtyard.
At the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the public will be able to admire the “Sarkis” exhibition, and at the National Museum of Natural History “Grigore Antipa,” the Bucharest citizens will have free access to the permanent exhibition between 7 pm and midnight. Vacaresti urban wildlife park located in southern Bucharest can also be discovered by the public on Saturday, on the Museums Night in a photo exhibition put at Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum. The exhibition displays photographs, architecture concepts and ideas of urban development worked out by photographer Helmut Ignat together with Save or Cancel association. Lying on the park’s around 190 hectares there are channels, miniature lakes and plants specific of the wetlands, as well as more than 90 bird species, mammals, fish and amphibians.
The National Museum of Romanian Literature opened between 10 pm and 2 am, presents the sixth edition of the Poetry and Jazz Marathon.

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