Annual events and festivals in Brasov city

Beer Festival, ©Anton Fomkin/Flickr

Beer Festival, ©Anton Fomkin/Flickr

The city of Brasov is among the most beautiful towns in the country of Romania being one of the most well known medieval towns. Brasov hosts a number of annual festivals which makes its cultural life even richer. Today the city has its medieval and a modern side as well which allows visitors to enjoy it even more. The old town preserves medieval architecture which is also the center of most cultural events. Visit the Black Church, the most important symbol of the city. Brasov always has been a place populated by different nationalities among which the most significant were the Saxons and Romans. Join us for a short presentation on the list of the most important annual events    and festivals in the city of Brasov.

Music festivals

Most generally the festivals enlisted below take place every year, however some of them had a few years missing during the years of Ceausescu. The “Golden Stag” festival as such was first organized in 1968 and is still organized today every year. Many events take place during the autumn months such as the international Jazz and Blues festival which is organized in the Sica Alexandrescu Theatre.

Jazz festival, ©SLR Jester/Flickr

Jazz festival, ©SLR Jester/Flickr

The International Chamber Music festival is also held in the autumn and is set up by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Brasov. The National Lied festival, first organized in 2003 was initiated by Mariana Nicolesco, a widely famous soprano. This event is mainly a competition where young artists show their talents while popular and well known performers give recitals. Another international event is the International Opera festival, also annually organized since 2003. The first edition was organized in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the Brasov Opera House.

Cultural events

There are several festivals which include Romanian traditions and celebrate local cultureThe Contemporary Drama Festival is held in November and hosts the most important theatre companies of Romania and other countries such as the USA, Brazil, Belgium, France and many others. The International Book Fair takes place in the spring and is hosted by ‘Transylvania’ University.

International Book Fair, ©osamayy/Flickr

International Book Fair, ©osamayy/Flickr

If you like books and want to find out which are the latest titles and editions we recommend you to attend this event. The Junii Feast is one of the unique events.  It is organized after Easter in the old town of the city. People dress up in traditional costumes, get on horseback and process through town. The feast includes barbecues, drinks and lots of fun. Etnovember is yet another festival in the fall. As the name says itself the event is an “ethnic November” which reflects cultural traditions.

The Beer Festival

The Beer Festival is very similar to an Oktober Fest which is held in the autumn season.

Beer Festival, ©Anton Fomkin/Flickr

Beer Festival, ©Anton Fomkin/Flickr

Try the different products of the many beer companies that set their tents for this event. While you listen to the performance of the most popular local bands you must also try the traditional “mici”, or so called Romanian grilled sausages.

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