Bucharest celebrates 556 years by alternative music, video mapping, laser screenings and lots of other surprises

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Bucharest celebrates its 556th anniversary this weekend, September 18-20, with the events organized by ARBUC- the Cultural Center of Bucharest Municipality.

As a premiere, Bucharest Days will comprise the first 100 % Romanian alternative music festival, Sound&Vision. The event is rejoining the passion for indie rock beats, electro synths and freestyle rap with the latest trends in the visual art. During three days, Baneasa Railway Station will host two stages for live shows and DJ sets, thematic workshops, urban visual art trends and 15 alternative bands.

At the same time, “iMapp Bucharest”, one of the biggest video-mapping shows in the world is due in Constitutiei Square on Saturday. The 23,000-square meter façade of the building will be customized and reinterpreted by a complex 3D image.

Six teams of artists will make exclusive shows lasting 4 minutes and 30 seconds each on the Parliament Palace’s façade.

Saturday night will kick off with performances of Parov Stelar, Suie Paparude or “Argatu’ & Friends”. Ledlight Dance Group dance band will bring into light an interactive light choreography with the help of some spectacular costumes. “StillMapp — Picture Competition” is a new photography section with the best photos to be screened on the façade of the Parliament Palace on Saturday. The big prize mounts to EUR 1,000.

Then, there will be the “Bucharest White Night” coming in, displaying 15 lighting equipments, animations, laser and sound plays, musical visual instruments, live music and painting shows.

Also to celebrate Bucharest’s Day, the Capital’s parks will turn into a real entertainment and adventure locations. Cismigiu Park will host the “Kid’s City” on Friday, from 2p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children will enjoy music, magic, theatre and dance shows, while the park will become a true Capital in little by sheltering some representative buildings in Bucharest such as the Parliament Palace, Romanian Athenaeum and the Arch of Triumph.

Herastrau Park will also host various events such as Bucharest’s Fair, the parade of the costume of the period, living statues, flower fight, theatre performances and acrobatics and rope walking shows.

George Enescu Square is booked for the classic music lovers. Famous Romanian conductors and musicians will welcome the audience here. Chamber music bands such as Art Quartet, Transylvanian Saxophone Quartet, Radio Bucharest Brass Ensemble will join them.

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