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December 1, 2022

Bucharest celebrates 555th anniversary this weekend by concerts, fairs, 3D films

The attendants to the three day-festival „Days of Bucharest” will be granted the opportunity to enjoy open-air parties, exhibitions, pop, folklore and alternative music shows, theatre performances, vintage costume parades, the famous „flower battle on Kiseleff Street” (a tradition of interwar Romania, editor’s note) or 3D film broadcast benefiting of the latest technology.
The events started on Thursday, with the festive opening of the Gabroveni Inn, a historical monument that underwent massive repairs, consolidation and rehabilitation and is expected to become the Capital’s newest cultural centre.
The gates of the Gabroveni Inn will be opened to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Specialized literature attributes the Gabroveni Inn, located in Bucharest’s Historical Centre, between the Streets Lipscani and Gabroveni, to Constantin Mavrocordat. The first mention of the inn appears in the writings of French author Jean Claude Flachat, in 1739, employed as the prince’s secretary. Flachat notes in his memories that Constantin, son of ruler Nicolae Mavrocordat, had ordered the building of a special inn that can only be visited by foreign merchants, Greeks, Turks or Hungarians, who did not have the intention to move to Romania permanently. The inn was intended to be an eternal celebration of Constantin’s ever-shining glory.
The most impressive performance dedicated to Bucharest’s anniversary will take place on Saturday, during 20:00 – 23:00 in the Constitution Square, where the event „Romania’s Pop Music rEvolution” will provide listeners the chance to enjoy various generations of artists performing successful Romanian songs launched decades ago, as well as some of the latest chartbreakers.
The open-air stage will be entered by Corina Chiriac, Mirabela Dauer, Monica Anghel, Cristi Minculescu, Horia Moculescu, Loredana, Delia, Marius Moga, Smiley, What’s UP, Adda, Stefan Banica, BUG Mafia and many other artists.
Moreover, on Saturday, during 11:00 PM – 00:00 AM, the Palace of Parliament will turn into a massive screen for the streaming of iMapp Bucharest 555, a highly original multimedia performance and, afterwards, DJ Open Air Party will create an outdoor club right in the middle of the Constitution Square.
Five shows, each of them of 5 minutes and 55 seconds, will be broadcasted.
Although the facade of the Palace of Parliament was used before as a cinema screen, it is for the first time that it is used in a video-mapping project, that requires a complex 3D image which animates the surface of the building creating shapes and colours, and uses each architectural detail in order to personalize and reinterpret the gigantic area of the building, totalizing approximately 20,000 square metres.
Moreover, in Cismigiu Park, the events of the festival will include the Bucharest Fair and open-air performances by national minorities and communities (Armenians, Hungarians, Greeks, Italians, Romas, Turks-Muslims, Germans, Jews), as well as by beloved artists.
Tonight, the statue area of the University Square will host an alternative music show scheduled from 8:00 to 11:00 PM, featuring some of the most famous Romanian bands. Moreover, the area will be turned into an exhibition space, presenting a contemporary art installation.
For three days, the junction of the streets Lipscani and Eugen Carada will become an open air dance floor. Invited artists will dance on latino rhythms and will teach dance classes to people who wish to study the secrets of choreography.
The „Palatele Brancovenesti” Cultural Centre of Mogosoaia also announced celebrating events for the Bucharest Days. Their events focus on children: some of them are destined to children from Bucharest schools, and some to children from orphanages, who will attend creative workshops held by visual artists. Children will also benefit of a competition on a small Formula 1 circuit with prizes and of interactive games performed by professonal actors. Moreover, the inhabitants of Bucharest will be invited to the palace yard to attend theatre performances and open-air concerts.

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