People seeking Palm Sunday and Easter gifts have a lot to choose from these days, as many fairs are opening their gates in order to greet visitors with a rich offer. Similarly to other years, stands and shelves are filled with season gifts in various shapes, from traditional to modern ones, such as handmade objects, specific decorations, painted eggs, icons, baskets of suprises, appetizing sweets, spring-themed accessories and much more surprises. Moreover, besides the capricious weather, some organizers have also planned traditional music performances and Romanian cuisine tasting.
One of these fairs is Spring Fest, opened on April 1, providing a various range of products, fit for grown-ups and children alike. Spring Fest will take place in Bucharest, at Bucharest Mall and Plaza Romania, and will be opened during 10 am and 10 pm.
As in previous years, the Dalles Hall will also host an event dedicated to the season. Here, skilled exhibitors and seekers of unique and novelty gifts meet. Besides sweet and salty delicacies, carefully prepared, the exhibition will include a series of traditional objects hand-crafted by talented artisand, pottery and wood. In the spirit of the Easter Holiday, various icons painted on stone, wood, glass and other specific decorations will be exhibited as well. Children are awaited with sweets and Easter eggs, both made of chocolate and painted eggs. The visiting hours are until April 11, during 10 am – 8 pm.
The Children’s World Park in District 4 will also host a Palm Sunday Fair and an Easter Fair for the third year in a row. Visitors may enjoy a wide range of traditional food products – cakes, gingerbread, Easter cake, lamb dishes, various cheeses and painted eggs – but also cabbage rolls, goulash, barbecued meats, sweets and popcorn. Besides, there will be an exhibition of handmade objects, decorations and toys, perfectly fit for gifts. Moreover, children will be offered a special surprise: the fair will also have bunnies and lambs. The fair will be opened during April 3 – 11, starting at 10 am.
Liberty Mall will organize, until April 8, the Palm Sunday and Easter Fair. The offer of the fair will include modern and traditional clothes and shoes, Easter cakes, cakes, gingerbread, chocolate, smoked sheep meat, lamb steak, cheeses and many other things. Moreover, visitors may buy eggs painted and decorated by craftsmen, and enjoy the creation workshops organized for children, the pop and folklore music shows.
The Palm Sunday Fair reopens at the Peasant’s Museum
One of the constant events to mark the beginning of the spring, the Palm Sunday Fair organized and hosted by the Romanian Peasant’s Museum, in Bucharest, will open its gates on Friday, April 3, and will be available for visitors until Sunday, April 5.
Besides the many skillfully crafted handmade objects of deep symbols and meanings, available for purchase, visitors may meet and chat with the artizans who had created them: potters, blacksmiths, carvers, cutlery makers, leather merchants, wood carvers, icon painters, as well as egg decorators, weavers, seamstresses and knitters all over the country. Decorated eggs, icons, wood objects, pottery, knitted garments, toys, music instruments, jewels, painted furniture and other beautiful objects may be found and purchased at the Museum on Kiseleff Highway. Moreover, the visitors will be able to savour, at the fair, cakes, Teleorman cookies, Harghita gingerbread, woven cakes, Maramures apples, honey, pollen and propolis, health-enhancing herbs, palinka and jams.
Voces, the oldest string quartet in Romania, will perform Haydn at the Romanian Radio Hall
On the Fool’s Day the Romanian Radio Hall has no intention to fool anyone: on the contrary, the programme of the concert scheduled on April 1st is focused on one of the most “optimistic” classical composers: Joseph Haydn! With a technique close to perfection, a limpidity of style and a vivid joy of composition, Haydn used to say about his own works that “Since God has given me a cheerful heart, He will forgive me for serving Him cheerfully”.
A classical composer by all means, Haydn was one of the most prolific composers of all times: he composed in almost all genres of the epoch and especially in the field of symphony and string orchestra. He authored thoroughly 104 symphonies, almost 90 works for string orchestra, 62 sonatas and 23 operas.
The recital scheduled on Wednesday April 1st at 7.00 PM at the Romanian Radio Hall will showcase three of Haydn’s quartets for string orchestra – Quartet No. 4 in D minor Op. 9, Quartet No. 1 in C major and Quartet No. 9 in G major, performed by the Voces Quartet, the oldest string ensemble in Romania.
With a varied activity and an impressive record, the VOCES ensemble has celebrated 40 years of activity in 2013 and is formed four great musicians: Bujor Prelipcean – violin I, Vlad Hrubaru – violin, Constantin Stanciu – viola and Dan Prelipcean – cello. All members have graduated from the George Enescu Conservatory in Iaşi, they studied in Romania with W. G. Berger and enriched their training abroad in Israel, Italy, Hungary and Germany, as well as together with the Amadeus Quartet in London. The quartet was rewarded with prestigious prizes abroad: Colmar – France (1974), Bordeaux – France (1976), Karl Klinger Hanover – Germany (1979). Their programme features classical and romantic complete series for quartets, Romanian and international compositions authored by composers of the 20th century as well as contemporary music. The quartet has attended various international festivals in Bratislava, Turin, Siena, Salzburg, Thessaloníki, Istanbul, Bucharest, Bayreuth etc. As part of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs, VOCES performs subscription concerts in Bucharest and makes radio and CD recordings (Electrecord, Marco-Polo, EMI-Electrola). The quartet received the Critics’ Award in 1997. Its members also teach at the George Enescu University of Arts from Iasi and are honorary professors at the Cluj Music Academy.
Tickets are available online on www.bilete.ro, or you may purchase tickets at all offices of the Romanian Post Company, in the Inmedio Shops bearing Bilete.ro logo, in the Germanos Shops and at the Romanian Radio Hall Box Office.
DaKINO Film Festival announces winners
The short film competition DaKINO 24, held during March 26 – 29, had included 27 films of 13 countries, based on a selection made by the appreciated film critic Irina Margareta Nistor. The winners of the 24th edition of the festival were decided by the jury that included producer Velvet Moraru, as President, Ludmila Cvikova – selector of the Anonimul IFF, Bulgarian director Yavor Vesselinov, theatre and film actor Anghel Damian and film critic Florin Barbu.
The DaKINO 24 trophy was granted by festival founder Dan Chisu to Georgian director Mariam Bakacho Khatchvani for the short film “Dinola”. Besides the Grand Prize, the following awards were granted during the festival:
– The Special Prize of the Jury: “Lothar”, directed by Luca Zuberbuhler, Switzerland;
– The Special Award of the Animation Jury: “EX Animo”, directed by Wojciech Wojtkowski, Poland
– The Award for Directing: Hakon Ant Olavsen for “Between Sky and Sea”, Norway
– The Viewers’ Choice: “The Pressing Duties of Citizen Craciun”, directed by Claudiu Bolchis, Romania.
The gala also included a screening of the film “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, directed by John Madden, starring Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Judi Dench.
During the four evenings of the festival, approximately 2,000 movie goers viewed productions recently awarded at prestigious festivals, long and short Romanian films as well as foreign productions entered in the competition.
Among this year’s Oscar nominees, DaKINO 24 also presented “Wild” by Jean-Marc Vallée, nominated twice at the Oscars, once for Best Actress in a Lead Role, Reese Witherspoon, and for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Laura Dern.
The festival also presented, in Romanian premiere, “Boychoir”, the latest film by Francois Girard, starring Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates, included in the official selection of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and “Sthorzina”, the short film authored by Dan Radu Mihai, included this year in the international competition at Clermont-Ferrand.
DaKINO 24 proposed, in premiere this year, a number of special screenings for children and seniors at the Day Care Centres in Bucharest District 3.