Balkanik Festival will return to Bucharest, Romania on September 9, 10 and 11 for a three-day festival with a stacked lineup for those who want a taste of the Balkans and Arab world.
The festival which is organized by Metropolis Cultural Association takes place in the historic Uranus Garden (Uranus Street 144) in Bucharest, located in the last-standing old neighborhoods of Bucharest, which did not get demolished by ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in order to build the House of the People, the second-largest building in the world.
The first headliners on the big stage of Balkanik Festival are Band of Gypsies – legendary Taraf de Haidouks, the most successful Gypsy band in the world, and brass band Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia), will perform together a never-before played repertoire. Omar Souleyman, the great star of Syria, will also headline the festival. Bollywood Masala Orchestra will bring the effervescence and craze of the original Indian Gypsies’ music, dances and a theatrical show and will take the audience on a colorful and musical journey from Rajasthan to Mumbai. Antwerp Gypsy-Ska Orkestra, Cumbuș Cemaat and Orange Blossom are vibrant bands, combining traditional music from Turkey, Egypt and the Balkans with electronic, ska and contemporary sounds.
Further festival acts, interactive sound installations, learning events and music workshops will be announced soon.