An exceptional cultural marathon will mark two major historic events in September: 559 years since Bucharest was first documented and 100 years since Romania’s Great Union, a good occasion for both locals, Romanian and foreign visitors to celebrate. Between September 21st – 23rd, 2018, Bucharest City Hall, through creart – Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of Bucharest, will organize a grandiose cultural program, consisting of three consecutive events.
GHEORGHE ZAMFIR Extraordinary Concert
Friday, 21st of September 2018, will take place an extraordinary concert of the great maestro GHEORGHE ZAMFIR, the most accomplished pan flute artist of all time. The event will be dedicated to ZAMFIR’s entire career and will feature numerous national and international artists, outstanding personalities of the lyrical genre.
In the world’s artistic landscape, GHEORGHE ZAMFIR stands for folklore and classical pan flute music, winning over 120 gold and platinum record awards, being a composer, conductor, poet and pan flute manufacturer, a symbol of Romania and a country brand in which we take pride, since he is also a Romanian Tourism Ambassador. Thus, on 21st of September, we celebrate the maestro’s undeniable value, the program consisting of authentic folklore, symphonic and film music, musical genres interpreted alongside orchestra, renowned tenors and sopranos as well as different other world-reputed artists. Special guest of the extraordinary concert, the French artist Enrico Macias joins master Gheorghe Zamfir for an exceptional duet.
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The 5th iMapp Bucharest Edition and HURTS concert
Saturday, 22nd of September 2018, comes with the 5th iMapp Bucharest Edition – one of the biggest 3D videomapping shows worldwide, an international competition which brings design, contemporary art and performance together on the 23,000 square meter façade of the Palace of the Parliament. Along the 4 previous editions, iMapp enjoyed the participation of more than 240,000 people.
iMapp Bucharest, an international competition that has grown into a reference event for the international audiovisual industry specialists, will bring to Bucharest, for the fifth consecutive year, the best multimedia artists across the world, who will present their creations on the façade of the Palace of the Parliament. The theme of the 2018 edition focuses on Romania’s Great Union Centenary: Blue, Yellow, Red. A Century of Modern Romania.
For the first time in the history of the festival, 10 international teams have been chosen to participate in the contest on September 22, 2018 in response to an Open Call launched in May, 2018. The teams have been challenged to create works using the colors of the Romanian national flag, events and important figures belonging to the Romanian history, with a focus on an artistic perspective rather than on a documentary one. Teams from Russia, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, Belgium, Ukraine, Hungary, China, Mexico, Thailand, Columbia, Bulgaria, Italy, Austria, England, Portugal, Poland, and India registered for the competition.
The 10 finalist teams to present their works at iMapp Bucharest 2018 are: Sila Sveta from Russia, Go2 Productions from Canada, LosRomeras and OTUCINEMA from Spain, NullPixel from Mexico, SKG Media from China, United Motion Labs from Austria, Mindscape Studio from Romania, OCUBO from Portugal, ArtZebs from Ukraine, and Vision Impossible from Netherlands.
On 22nd of September 2018, the 10 works of the participants will be analyzed by a specialized jury, made up of distinguished experts and major representatives of the international visual culture, from the fields of visual arts, communication, mass-media or film-making.
The jurors of the final round of the iMapp Bucharest 2018 competition are: Xavi Bové – artist, curator, professor and the 2016 FIMG Art Director – The International Mapping Festival of Girona, Kate Harvey – associate producer with Artichoke Creative Company from the UK, Ronald Ramakers – independent director working in the Netherlands and Germany for 10 years, founder of Phanta Vision Audiovisual Company and Director of the GLOW Eindhoven International Light Art Festival, Craig Harvey – Experienced Chief Engineer & Technology Strategist at Factory Light Festival from Norway and Yann Nguema – ambassador artist for the Festival of Lights in Lyon (France).
In 2016, iMapp Bucharest was nominated in the Live Event of the Year section of the AV Awards from London – a well-known international competition meant to recognize and award excellence across the audiovisual industry, organized by the AV Magazine from the UK, a publication that has been the authority in the field of audiovisual review for more than 40 years and enjoys recognition in Europe and beyond.
In line with previous editions, iMapp Bucharest will consist of an essential interactive component that will enable the public to select their preferred competitor via text messages sent through a dedicated regular-priced line made available by the organizers on the night of the event. The team enjoying the highest number of text message votes will thus be the winner of the 2018 Audience Award. Moreover, one of the voters in the 2018 edition can be the happy raffle winner of a City Break!
The stage of the 3D videomapping competition will be set by several reputed local and international artists who will perform in Piata Constitutiei and spark the atmosphere in the official opening to the event. This year, the stage from Constituției Square will host the performance of HURTS, the famous British synth-pop duo formed in Manchester in 2009, consisting of singer Theo Hutchcraft and multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson. HURTS enjoys international fame and hundreds of thousands of fans attending their concerts. Across the 4 albums the band have released they have sold millions of copies around the world.
The Romanian alternative rock band The Mono Jacks will perform in the opening of HURTS, offering an effervescent live experience in an unique atmosphere. Before the long-awaited concerts, DJ CS84 will prepare the crowd for an unforgettable evening at the fifth edition of iMapp Bucharest.
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ROD STEWART Concert in Bucharest
The events will also continue on Sunday, 23rd of September 2018, when Bucharest City Hall invites everyone living or staying in the capital of Romania to attend the live concert of one of the greatest artists of all time, ROD STEWART!
During his 50-plus year career, he’s amassed sales of more than 200 million albums and singles and won himself legions of life long fans worldwide. In 2016 he was knighted by HRM Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music and charity.
After 23 long years, ROD STEWART will perform again in Romania, in Constituției Square from Bucharest, in a concert that will conclude the three-day events dedicated to the celebration of 559 years since Bucharest’s first documentary attestation and the Great Union Centenary.
In the opening of the long-awaited concert will perform VUNK – one of the most appreciated pop-rock bands from Romania, renowned for their unique sound, story-telling and energy.
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All three major events taking place in Bucharest – capital of Romania, in September, GHEORGHE ZAMFIR Extraordinary Concert, one of the largest 3D videomapping shows in the world – iMapp Bucharest and the legendary ROD STEWART Concert are free, to the joy of the fans and everyone else who may want to celebrate Bucharest Days and the Great Union Centenary outdoor. The three-day celebrations will promote Bucharest as a major location on the map of event tourism in Europe.
The entry is free and the access starts with 5 PM in all three days.