October’s here, and with crunchy leaves underfoot and Halloween on the rise, OZB’s David Shoup brings you the scoop on an eclectic array of this month’s Romanian happenings.
Festivals and Events
FOCUS on Goethe! Haus Party
October 4th @8pm, Goethe-Institut Bucuresti
Get your Goethe on at this promotional dance party for former, current and even prospective German learners from the Goethe Institute and beyond. Surely Faust didn’t bump to Haus, but creative imaginations fly when you learn a new language, and German is no exception. Du hast mich?
Reservations required, see the FOCUS on Goethe page on Facebook for more information.
Follow in the Footsteps of Prince Charles in Transylvania
October 5th and 6th, Viscri
Take advantage of Free Worlding Romania’s guided tours of the UNESCO Heritage site in Viscri, one of seven specially designated Saxon fortified church villages in Transylvania. Made particularly famous after an estate here was purchased by the Prince of Wales, Viscri is a Saxon town frozen in time. This unique tour includes horseback riding,
Price: 650 Lei, call Florin at 0764.044.737 for tickets
Bucharest Auto and Accessories Show 2019
October 10-20th, RomExpo B2 Pavilion
Want to see the latest car models debuting around Europe this year? Check out the eleven day long car lover’s paradise, now in its 17th year. This year’s exposition will have a dedicated area just for electric and hybrid models. Check out our OZB summer edition to read more on the latest government buyback program that will help those new electrics or hybrids make less of a dent to your pocket book.
Tickets at Sab.Ro
10 Years of Watergate Records
October 12th @11pm, KMIN, Splaiul Unirii 160
One of Berlin’s most renowned Techno Clubs, Watergate is celebrating the 10 years anniversary of it’s Record Label, Watergate Records by kicking off a European Tour. We are happy to invite you to dance to the likes of Matthias Meyer, Braunbeck, Mihai Popoviciu, and Dobrikan.
IAA Global Conference Bucharest 2019
October 17th @9am-4pm, Bucharest National Opera
Entrepreneurs, marketers and advertisers of all levels need luck no further than the IAA conference this month for a place to hear inspiring success stories and meet other industry professionals. The International Advertising Association has been one of the world’s premier marketing networks since 1938, reaching 56 countries, including Romania. This month they will fill out the national opera house for a motivational conference featuring such global players as the Egyptian-Canadian industrial designer Karim Rashid and French advertising legend Jacques Seguela.
Tickets at Creativity4Better.com
Barbati pe Mătăsari
October 19th @11am-11pm, Mătăsari Street, Bucharest, Romania
This delightful urban festival seeks to reshape the perceptions of the lovely backstreets near Piata Iancului. Men on Matasari is intended to be an extension of the Matasari Women’s Festival, an autumn edition, in which Matasari street hosts artists and craftsmen, businesses run by men who understand the city and make it a friendlier place.
Halloween La Castel
November 1st @10pm, Le Chateau
Don your best costume on this year’s Day of the Dead (Halloween falls on a Thursday this year) and dance the night away at this classy venue with music from DJ Bogdan Constantinov. Table bookings are possible in advance.
More information available via the WhatsApp Concierge Service or on Facebook at #WeGrowTogether
Red Bull SoundClash: Subcarpați vs. Vița de Vie
October 9th @7pm, The Multipurpose Room Bucharest
Two of Romania’s biggest music acts will come together for this unique battle of the bands this month, bringing underground folk and alternative rock head to head in a clash of creative performance. The showdown will consist of four rounds, from a standard three piece set, famous covers, the bands’ re-styled own covers, and surprise cameo performances.
Price: 55-99 Ron, tickets at Redbull.Ro/Soundclash
October 9th, Expirat Club
Coming from different musical backgrounds, the five current members of GOLAN have cultivated a recognizable sound of their own. By mixing a vast array of instruments, both live and in the recording studio, the group, formed in 2014, has had one of the fastest ascents on the Romanian electronic music scene. Quick to establish band status, they have been largely credited for bringing a whole new vibe to their niche, heightened by their intense and remarkable live shows. In addition to their growing fan base at home, this live show at Expirat will draw fans from the broader European indie base.
Price: 49 Ron (60 at the door). Tickets at iabilet.ro
Hooverphonic Live at the Hard Rock Cafe
October 10th, Hard Rock Cafe
This veteran Belgian band has released ten albums since 1995, evolving from trip hop, to alternative rock, indie pop and more. Hooverphonic is on the road promoting their latest album, “Looking for Stars,” the debut album for new lead singer Luka Cruysberghs. The band’s songs have been included on the soundtracks of many films such as CSI, La Femme Nikita, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Permanent Midnight, The Interview, Stealing Beauty or Third Watch. Standing room only, so buy your tickets in advance.
Price: 89-140 Ron, tickets at iabilet.ro
Föllakzoid at Control
Föllakzoid, one of the most interesting South American bands of the last decade, are playing at Control, for the first time in Romania, on October 16th, following the release in August of their 4th LP.
More info and tickets at www.facebook.com/FOLLAKZOID
October 19th @10pm, RomExpo Pavilion
Innervisions touches down this October for its first ever showcase event in Bucharest. Set in the sprawling circular Central Pavilion of Romexpo, the impressive and historic venue will be transformed for one night only. Produced in partnership with The Mission who are committed to delivering top quality experiences for the local scene, this event is definitely not to be missed. Label bosses and masterful selectors Dixon and Âme lead the lineup and are joined by fellow Germans and bass music legends Modeselektor who will be performing their very special live show. The label’s rising star Trikk will also be bringing his unique perspective on house music to the stage.
Price: 60 Ron, tickets at bilete.ro/innervisions/
DE STAAT at Control
Club Control will be rocked by De Staat, a band combining alternative with electronic and experimental rock. Their explosive live shows opened for some of the most famous bands like Muse and the line-ups of big international festivals like Glastonbury, Sziget and Lowlands
Price: 60 Ron, tickets at iabilet.ro
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica on 4 Cellos
October 29th @7pm, Arnele Romane
This won’t be one to miss. For metalheads still reeling from Metallica’s summer concert in Bucharest, head to the Arnele Romane on Halloween Eve Eve to see the Finnish band Apocalyptica play this Metallica “classical” set from their 1996 album. You can take the title literally; they really will be playing “Nothing Else Matters” on four cellos.
Price: 109-150 RON, purchase tickets at iabilet.ro
Arts and Theater
Comedy Night at Mojo
October 12th @ 8 p.m, Mojo
Mojo will be hosting Romania’s original British comedy night. A show full of ‘Comedy Store’ Headliners and ‘Live at the Apollo’ appearances, our 10 year anniversary show promises to be one of the greatest yet! Featuring a closing act by Nathan Caton, opening act by Geoff Boyz, middle act by Anna Clifford, and MC Geoff Whiting
Price: 50 Ron, reserve at 0737-220-220
Tara Surasului (The Land of Smiles)
October 26th @630pm, Ion Dacian National Opera and Musical Theater
This celebrated Viennese Operetta, a love story about the clashing worlds between an Austrian woman and a smitten Chinese ambassador, by Franz Lehar was first performed 90 years ago, but the story’s relevance in a globalized world will be brought to light again under the artistic direction of Anda Tabacaru Hogea. Starring Alfredo Pascu and Doina Scripcaru as the romantically drawn but culturally distant lovers.
Tickets available at TicketStore.Ro
Aida de Giusspe Verdi
Bucharest National Opera, November 1st @630pm
Witness this legendary Italian opera on the Romanian stage to open the month of November. Starring Lăcrimioara Cristescu in the titular role and directed by Plamen Kartalov, fresh from his direction of Mama Mia! last summer
Tickets at tickets.operanb.ro