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Balkanik Festival to take place September 9 to 11 in Uranus Gardens

The sixth edition of the Balkanik Festival will take place between September 9 and 11 in the Uranus Gardens in Bucharest.

“For three days, between September 9 and 11, Balkanik Festival comes back with its sixth edition and proposes a provocative lineup, which will reunite the magic of voices of Arabia, India, Turkey and Egypt with the sounds of Eastern Europe,” according to the website of ARCUB – the Cultural Center of the City of Bucharest.

The most important Roma bands – Taraf de Haidouks (Romania) and Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia) will play together on stage in a new repertory, under the name Band of Gypsies, ARCUB mentions.

Omar Souleyman, the most appreciated Syrian artist of the past decades and a star of Arabic music will bring his electric folk to Balkanik Festival in order to “bring contagious oriental rhythms to Bucharest,” after taking them both East and West and brought him collaborations with important Western artists such as Bjork, Damon Albarn, Dan Snaith, or Four Tet.

Bollywood Masala Orchestra will bring to the Uranus Gardens a show with tireless rhythms, loud colours, costumes, dancing and acrobatic displays, the organizers claim.

The festival will also feature Antwerp Gypsy – Ska Orkestra, Cumbus Cemaat and Orange Blossom.

“Antwerp Gypsy – Ska Orkestra means seven musical travelers from different corners of the world, coming from ska and hardcore punk bands, who have chosen to bring together the music of Roma orchestras of Eastern Europe and the fast rhythms of ska/ reggae-ska (…) Cumbus Cemaat of Istanbul was the winning bet of the organizers of the festival in the 2015 edition. Although the concert was inside The Ark [club], the band electrified the public for more than three hours. Their music was born on the banks of the Bosphorus, of songs plucked from the Balkans and the Orient, and combines folk, jazz, klezmer, rembetiko,” the ARCUB website shows.

Balkanik Festival is organized by the Metropolis Cultural Association with support from the Bucharest District 5 Mayoralty, ARCUB and the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.



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