music and theater

Romania celebrates its rich cultural tapestry through vibrant music and theater scenes. It's known for hosting electrifying music festivals, notably in Cluj-Napoca, where international and local talents merge.

The National Theatre in Bucharest showcases Romanian theatrical creativity, from classical to contemporary works.

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, a global highlight, presents diverse performances from dance to opera, drawing worldwide audiences.

These events reflect Romania's dedication to its artistic heritage, blending tradition with modernity in its cultural identity.

folk music

People in romanian traditional costumes singing at wooden flutes

Traditional Romanian music, deeply interwoven with the nation’s cultural fabric, melds Byzantine, Ottoman, Slavic, and Western influences into a distinctive sound. It's marked by a strong melodic focus, with instruments like the violin and pan flute taking center stage.

Complex rhythms and asymmetrical time signatures reflect its regional diversity, while singing styles range from the emotive "doina" to the lively "hora."

Traditional instruments, including the "ţambal" (dulcimer) and "cobza" (lute-like), enrich the music's texture. Dance is integral, with each region boasting unique folk dances. Lyrics, often reflective of rural life and nature, underscore the music's thematic richness.

the tulnic

Bucegi Mountains, Romania - August 6, 2016: Young Romanian women dressed in colorful traditional costumes play the tulnic near the Sphinx megalith in Bucegi mountains.

The tulnic, a traditional Romanian alpine horn, is a unique wind instrument native to Transylvania and the Apuseni Mountains.

Crafted from spruce or fir wood, this long trumpet, extending 1.5 to 3 meters, was historically used for communication over long distances in mountainous areas, signaling danger, meetings, or significant events.

Today, it symbolizes Romanian cultural heritage, featuring in folk music, festivals, and ceremonies, highlighting the country's traditions. Efforts to preserve the tulnic include workshops and dedicated festivals, ensuring its legacy as part of Romania's intangible cultural heritage continues.

The tulnic not only represents a practical communication tool but also embodies the rich cultural identity of Romania's regions.

The cobza

The cobza, a traditional Romanian stringed instrument, is pivotal to the nation's folk music. With a pear-shaped body and multiple strings, it's played with a plectrum, producing a melodious sound. Its history in Romania dates to the 16th century, where it was essential in folk music across Moldova, Transylvania, and Wallachia.

romanian Cobza, a fretless stringed musical instrument used for traditional folk music.

The cobza, celebrated in Romanian culture, symbolizes the pastoral life of the countryside.

Despite its declining popularity in the 20th century, recent revival efforts focus on preserving and reintegrating the cobza into modern folk music, ensuring its legacy continues as a symbol of Romania's rich musical heritage.


George Enescu Festival

Dive into the George Enescu Festival, Romania's pinnacle of classical music, celebrating the legacy of its namesake composer in Bucharest.

As Eastern Europe's most significant classical music gathering, it attracts global orchestras, conductors, and soloists, filling the city with symphonies, operas, and chamber music.

Venues from the Romanian Athenaeum to open-air settings offer a backdrop to this musical feast, bridging history with today's talents.

A must-experience event for both classical music enthusiasts and cultural explorers, the festival is a harmonious homage to George Enescu's enduring influence. Join this melodious journey, a tribute to Romania's musical heritage, at the George Enescu Festival.

Sibiu International Theatre Festival

Welcome to the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, where the stage comes alive with a kaleidoscope of performances that will ignite your imagination. Nestled in the heart of Transylvania's charming Sibiu, this festival is a theatrical extravaganza like no other. Picture a captivating blend of contemporary and traditional dance, circus acts that defy gravity, soul-stirring musicals, and awe-inspiring opera—all set against the backdrop of stunning historical venues.

sibiu theater festival

It's a rendezvous of artistic brilliance, where local and international talents converge to leave you spellbound. Don't miss the chance to be part of this theatrical spectacle, where every act is a masterpiece, and every moment is a standing ovation.

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival stands out as a premier event in the performing arts, inviting participants from over 70 countries to showcase a diverse range of theater, dance, and circus performances, making it a pivotal event for cultural exchange and artistic display in Romania.

Sighisoara Medieval Festival

Step back in time

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of the Sighisoara Medieval Festival, where the past comes alive in a whirlwind of color, music, and merriment.

Held in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, this festival is a captivating journey to the days of knights, minstrels, and fair maidens. Imagine bustling streets filled with jesters, artisans, and a vibrant medieval market.

Marvel at jousting tournaments and dramatic reenactments that transport you to a bygone era. The atmosphere is electric with the echoes of drums and the strumming of lutes, inviting you to dance and revel in the festivities.

This is your chance to be a part of a living, breathing medieval tale, where every cobblestone has a story to tell.

untold festival

Untold transforms the city into a pulsating universe of music

Step into the magical realm of Untold Festival, Romania's premier electronic music extravaganza, set in the heart of Transylvania's vibrant city, Cluj-Napoca.

Each summer, Untold transforms the city into a pulsating universe of music, where world-renowned DJs and artists like David Guetta and Martin Garrix unleash epic performances under the stars.

With its spellbinding stages, the festival weaves a tale of musical enchantment, drawing revelers from across the globe into a four-day odyssey of sound, light, and celebration.

Beyond the beats, discover a festival brimming with creativity, from mesmerizing art installations to immersive experiences that tantalize the senses.

Untold isn't just a festival; it's a gateway to an unforgettable adventure where music, magic, and memories collide. Are you ready to write your chapter in the Untold story?

electric castle festival

Prepare to be electrified

Prepare to be electrified at the Electric Castle Festival, Romania's ultimate music and arts extravaganza!

Nestled in the breathtaking Banffy Castle in Cluj County, this festival is a fusion of music, creativity, and pure magic. Imagine dancing under the stars to the beats of world-class DJs, surrounded by stunning light installations and immersive art experiences.

Explore secret passages, vibrant stages, and an electrifying atmosphere that brings the castle to life. From electronic to indie, rock to hip-hop, Electric Castle's diverse lineup promises non-stop entertainment.

It's where music meets adventure, and every corner holds a surprise. Join us for a festival that sparks the soul and ignites your sense of wonder at Electric Castle!


summer well festival

Get ready to dive into the music oasis of the Summer Well Festival, where summer vibes and world-class music converge for an unforgettable experience!

Set in the scenic surroundings of Domeniul Stirbey in Buftea, this festival is a hotbed of indie and alternative sounds that will have you grooving under the sun. Picture yourself swaying to the tunes of international and local bands, all while enjoying the lush greenery and relaxed atmosphere.

Summer Well is not just a festival; it's a summer escape, a place where music, nature, and good vibes unite to create memories that last a lifetime.

Join the rhythm of Summer Well and let the music carry you away on a sun-kissed adventure!

These events offer immersive experiences that not only entertain but also foster a deeper appreciation for the arts, reflecting Romania's ongoing dialogue between tradition and modernity.