The best of what to do in Romania this winter!

The holiday season is here, this December culminating in a new year and a new decade! OZB Magazine is here to help you out sort out how to best round out the final month of the 2010s.

366 Days By Scott Allsop: Book Premiere at the British School of Bucharest

December 3rd

What do Nadia Comăneci, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and an electrocuted Christmas turkey have in common? Bucharest-based teacher and podcaster Scott Allsop will seek to prove how these are just some of the people, places and events that helped to shape today’s world with the release of his new book. Packed with engaging and entertaining accounts of some of the most fascinating events in history, Another 366 Days will be launched at the British School of Bucharest on 3rd December. Allsop’s new collection of daily historical accounts builds on his first book (366 Days, 2016) and has been meticulously researched to clearly explain the causes, course and consequences of each featured event. Stretching from the ancient Mesoamerican calendar to the height of the dot-com bubble, and from the Medieval Danelaw to the Cold War, it is a chronicle of the highs and lows of world history.

Bucharest Artworlds at the Wrong Bienalle

Every Friday in December, 7pm-11pm

Artworlds embodies a series of cultural events on current relevant topics that serve the public by stimulating discussions and being committed to making art and culture accessible both nationally and internationally. Such events range from hosting international temporary exhibitions of contemporary art to staging events across the cultural spectrum (performances, conferences and more) 

Romanian Iconic Tales (RIT) Live at Quantic

December 5th, 8-11pm

Some former members of the legendary Romanian rock band Phoenix have rejoined and remixed to bring out RIT. Their new album is being branded as one that “unites modernity and ancestrality; innovation and innovation; folklore heritage and expressive creativity” through 

Ethno-rock, Romanian Gothic, Folk-prog Fusion, and Eco Metal.

Ticket price is 35 Ron in advance, 40 at the door, and 60 to get a CD too!

Winter is Coming @ Dark Wheels MC

December 7th, 5pm until late

Live music, good food, and a great crowd bring light out of the darkness at Dark Wheels MC Winter is Coming party to celebrate one year on the road, and where the B52 shots are always on fire. 

Two Day Hiking Trip to the Diham Chalet

December 7th-8th

For a mere 170 Ron, all encompassing ticket, you can join this early Saturday morning departure to Azuga for an intensive 8 hour hike into the snowy mountains. Saturday night will include a guided night hike for brave souls, and Sunday will include breakfast and a hike through the Glăjeriei Valley before descending to Busteni.

Star Wars Speed Quiz Night @Mojo

December 11th at 7pm

Join us on the 11th of December as we host a Speed Quiz devoted to the world of Star Wars!

Questions will cover everything including films, spin-offs, characters, history, cartoons, toys and more.

Speedquizzing is a completely new way to enjoy a trivia night.  Each team uses their own tablet/smartphone and our SpeedQuiz app.  All the devices will be connected to our central hub where we will control the questions!  We can also supply you with a ‘ready to play’ tablet on the night if you need one (on a first come, first served basis).  You only get 10 seconds to answer each question, with bonus points awarded to the fastest teams.

Mezanin Market

December 14th-15th and 21st-22nd

Universe Palace in Cismigiu

Now in its 12th year, the Mezanin brings together customers and Romnanian entrepreneurs to learn their stories and discover their products. For four days, visitors will be able to find jewelry, interior design products, interesting drinks and sauces, children’s and adult clothing, eco-friendly products, books, sweets and honey in healthy combinations, backpacks and special bags, and natural cosmetics.

Free entrance and free coffee!

“Jean Moscopol Overthrows the Soviet Republic”: An Evening of Music with the National Alliance to Restore the Monarchy

Blanari Street, No. 23

December 30, 7pm

The title may sound overwhelming, but this will be a fascinating evening of music and historical insight featuring the sounds of interbelic musical legend Jean Moscopol. The event will also feature discussions about the Soviet overthrow of the monarchy after World War 2, which took place 72 years ago. 

Holiday Events

Bucharest Christmas Fair 

November 28th to December 26th

Join the more than one million visitors who come from all over the world to take in the wonder of a Christmas market in the heart of the Romanian capital, just in front of the Palace of Parliament. For expats looking for good local gifts to send home, look no further, and let the 30 meter Christmas tree in Constitution Plaza guide you to salvation.

Meeting Santa at the Snow Globe Factory

Leaving from Piata Victoriei

December 6th, 12-730pm

This day trip hosted by Calatoria Ta offers an all encompassing kids and family adventure to Curtea de Arges, including a monastery stop and ATVing, culminating a visit to the snow globe factory and hang out time with Santa. Vin Fiert will be available for the burned out adults. 

140 Ron all encompassing ticket.

For those looking to expand their holiday outings beyond Bucharest, the Sibiu Christmas Market is an outstanding getaway. Calatoria Ta will offer a two day trip there on December 7th and December 8th for 300 Ron. Excursii de Neuitat will also offer a day trip there on December 14th for 130 Ron.

Cistour Agency will offer a two day getaway to the Brasov Christmas Market and Salina Prahova Spa on December 14th and 15th, also for 300 Ron.

New Years Eve Guide

Hip Hop Takeovers Presents Opera Take Over NYE 2020

Starting at 10pm on New Year’s Eve, reign in the new decade in pure class with the hip hop opera takeover. When it comes to dress and vibe, we’ll give Hip Hop Takeovers themselves the final word: Our statement for this night is: freedom of choice, express yourself! You don’t need to fit in, you just need to feel beautiful between those Opera walls. As elegant, groovy or funky as you wish. This night is usually stressful when it comes to outfits. Escape the usual. Be yourself!

Prices range from 500 Ron early bird to 800 Ron last minute entrance, so blow that late year bonus and start off 2020 with a full stomach, empty wallet, and crushing hangover. 

90s New Year’s Eve at the Fratelli Lounge

Offering to bring in the New Year’s with a focus on the Body and Soul, returning to the anthems of our youth with joy in the heart and the mind, Fratelli Lounge offers an open buffet and bar plus a whole lot of dance floor for a more modest 540 Ron ticket price. 

Area 31 Presents New Year’s Eve Interstellar 2020

The Multipurpose Room Bucharest

NYE’s biggest Romanian electronic party is finally ON. Our journey together starts from the pure love of dance and music with the trippiest DJs and stunning scenery. With a new-age theme, the party will take place in another galaxy, called Interstellar. You will teleport into a new dimension with a trippy decor and a perfect lineup for 2020, raving it up for a crazy ride with the lords of Space. Very good price of 50 Ron per person, book early!

Music Preview: Vita de Vie goes Acoustic for their Final Performance of 2019 

On Boxing Day evening, December 26th, Vita de Vie will close out 2019 with a special unplugged night of acoustic performances at Expirat Club.

I first heard the band play at the Bucharest Christmas market last year, and was hooked by Varza, their big hit from the 2002 “Doi” album (I’ve also found that reading this band’s lyrics presents a great opportunity to pick up eclectic Romanian phrases). The band released their latest album, “Șase,” just over three years ago, but has continued to tour aggressively throughout the time since, including their much anticipated and highly lauded RedBull SoundClash showdown with Subcarpați in October.

Part of what makes Vita de Vie such an impressive and longstandin band is its paradoxically consistent variability. Listening to 1999’s Basu’ Si Cu Toba Mare, with it’s blend of rock ska intertwining with metal punk, one thinks they’re hearing a completely different band when exposed to the rap tracks of 2001’s Sunetul Mai Tare. Only the themed guitar riffs or frontman Adrian Despot’s familiar vocals reveal that this is a singular, yet constantly adapting, musical group. Vita de Vie’s variable and plentiful albums, diehard fan base in Romania, and talented live performances have kept this band on the up and up throughout a long and, at times, uncertain post-revolutionary history.

The acoustic evening on the 26th promises to offer a selection of Vita de Vie’s music over their successful twenty three years as a band, with unique twists on some of the old hits. 

Tickets are available now for 60 Ron.

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