18th edition of Callatis Festival kicks off in Mangalia

The 18th edition of the multicultural and interethnic festival Callatis Fest kicks off on Tuesday evening on the big floating stage in Mangalia Tourist Port. The festival is organized by the Callatis Fest – Black Sea Association and the South Seaside Tourism Association.

The week-long event (August 11-16) is themed ‘Callatis Fest – Coming of age at the seaside’ and will feature well-known guests who will hold theatre, dance, music and fusion art performances on the stage shaped as a shell in Mangalia Tourist Port, Georgiana Mihaela Chirlea, the festival communication manager told Agerpres.

The day of Tuesday, under the theme Callatis New Stars – will see the debut of popular names, winners of important music contests such as Alex Baroq, Bianca Constantinescu, Denisa Curtasu, Station 4, Kate, Francesca, Gio, Dominique, Alyanna, Adora, Karina, Diana Antonica, Sabrina Diacov, Roxana Nemes, Callatis Comedy and Astro Drop, featuring astronomer Adrian Shonka. Singer Mihai Traistariu will close the evening programme.

Wednesday, August 13 – themed Diaspora Talent Show – will feature Romanian artists from Sweden, Italy, Germany and the US, who succeeded in getting noticed in their countries of residence due to their talent. The artists invited are Denisa Curtasu (Torino), Dragos Badoi Grup (Ireland, Manfred – Dragon of Transylvania (Germany), Olga Balan (Italia), Gazi Demirel Show (Turkey), Brandusa Covalciuc Ciobanu (US). The event will feature Greek and Macedo-Romanian traditional folk ensembles.

Thursday, August 13, will feature the show “Longing for Callatis”, an event dedicated to traditional folk songs and dances. Performers such as Nineta Popa, Anca Pantiru, Mariana and Adriana Anghel, Gabriela Oancea, Anghelina Timis Lungu and Iulia Lungu, Roxana Croitoru, Iulia Vatafu, Adriana Deaconu, Izabela Baicu, Ramona Paun, Maria Ozana Stoicoci, Elena Nistor, Narcis Gherghisan, Briana Olteanu, Georgiana Tanasa and Sanziana Odor will bring along the flavor of Romanian villages and folk traditions. Traditional folk ensembles Barzava and Comorile Neamului will perform and fashion models from Fashion TV will take to the catwalk wearing ii, Romanian traditional blouses.

The Callatis Gala Awards is scheduled for Friday, August 14, and will be presented by Oana Turcu and Cristian Brancu. Among others, sculptor Patriciu Mateescu (US), the maker of this year’s awards, will also take to the stage, after an introduction by Institute of Art History director Dr. Adrian Silvan Ionescu. The winners of the current edition of the gala are: Tica Darie (social entrepreneurship), Adrian Sonka (astronomy), Manfred – Dragon of Transilvania (music), Stela Popescu (80th anniversary), Mitica Popescu (actor), Andrei Rosu (enduro), Denisa Curtasu (piano), The Life-saving Moti – Motii salvatori de vieti (social responsibility), Mangalia’s Municipal Children’s Choir and Anton Hadar (inventor). The artistic performances will be held by actor Mitica Popescu, violinist Gratiela Marineata, Iulian Bratu, We singing colors, Pixeles, Callatis Comedy, Barzava ensemble (Resita) and Olyy de Quartz (the Netherlands). The evening programme will also include a fashion show featuring gala dresses and a performance by Tudor Turcu.

The Romanian Navy Day on August 15 will be marked with music and dance performances as well as and traditional parties. The show titled “Songs of dowry” will feature artists from the traditional folk ensemble Zestrea Branului, led by Marian Duicu. The programme will include artists Catalin Maximiuc, Liliana Oncioiu, Mariana Stanescu, Gheorghe Sorea, Andreea Jitea and Viorica Ionita.

Sunday, August 6, the last evening of the festival – themed Fusion Arts Day – will feature Adriana Gavrila, Johnny Alexandru, the Seven Eleven band, Grupul Voua and other comedians, Oliver Popa, Phenomenon, Olga Balan, Dance Planet. SoupTrip – a blend of international traditional folk elements, music and lasers will close the evening. Entrance to the festival is free.

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