EUROPAfest kicks off on May 9: 10 days of jazz, blues, pop and classic music


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For ten days, May 9 – 18, EUROPAfest 2019 will revive the capital’s musical stage, gathering in Bucharest over 300 musicians from 31 countries from Europe, but also from other countries. EUROPAfest is the only festival in Europe that gets together jazz, blues, pop and classic music. Under the slogan “It’s all about live quality music!” EUROPAfest is celebrating 26 years of good music this year.

EUROPAfest was the first event in Romania that came under the patronage of the Romanian Royal House in 2005 and it was awarded Europe’s Finest Festivals by the European Commission in 2015.

The festival will start on May 9, on Europes’ Day by the Opening Gala at Odeon Theatre in Bucharest, as of 7 p.m., when music lovers will enjoy the jazz notes next to DAN PAPIRANY BAND, musicians coming from Australia, Israel or New Zealand and GABRIELE AGOSTA / Italy.

The Romanian Capital will be animated by the Bucharest International Jazz Competition contest, during May 11-18. Sala Dalles in Bucharest will host a jazz concert every day starting 7 p.m. from May 13 to May 17. 16 bands from 13 countries will delight music fans. Entrance ticket-RON 49M available at

Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti is due from May 11 to May 18, with over 60 violinists from 24 countries turning Bucharest into a fairytale city.

After-hours performances under the brand Caffe Festival Ibis will take place from May 10 to May 17, when Ibis Gara de Nord hotel will host musicians of the jazz new wave every night as of 8 p.m. Tickets – RON 49.

Performances will also take place in Sibiu, at Thalia Concert Hall, during May 9-18. The top event is the Best World Violinists.

Master-classes and workshops for violin and jazz are scheduled during 14-18 May, with the most expected being the one performed by Bulgarian artist Doroteya Lyutskanova.

In their message, Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and Prince Radu hailed the festival.

It has been 14 years since we have granted our Patronage to the International Music Festival EUROPAfest. We are glad that Bucharest is becoming, year by year, thanks to EUROPAfest, the capital of the European music of all ages and genres, from classical to jazz, blues and pop.
We believe with trust in our future and we are proud that EUROPAfest has been honoring, tirelessly, since twenty-five years ago, the talent, the creativity and the diversity of young musicians from all the meridians of the globe. We address our congratulations for all these years full of accomplishments of the Festival.”

In his turn, Luigi Gageos, Director of EUROPAfest said the festival distinguishes itself through live music, professionalism and elegance.

„(…) In 2019 there will be unique and always surprising performances for the enthusiastic public with over 300 remarkable artists, from 31 countries, 4 continents, carefully selected by specialists.

Ever since 26 years ago we have achieved performance. We had thought everything we did as if we would have been on any of the great stages of the world. Even if it was hard, in a society in a continuous change, it was the only thing that we could have done. The results did not let themselves to be expected, EUROPAfest becoming one of the most appreciated festivals, both on a national and European level. One thing is certain, EUROPAfest has created a positive image for Romania.

EUROPAfest manages each year to bring a breath of fresh air, innovation, keeping at the same time the same qualitative and refined note. Between 9 – 18 May we make Bucharest more beautiful. We expect jazz, blues, pop and classical music lovers to enjoy the concert evenings which blend harmoniously with the jam sessions, contests, caffe festival, workshops and master classes. Year after year in May, EUROPAfest sets the tone for the major festivals all around the world! It’s all about live, quality music!”

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