Jazz is all around at Gărâna Jazz Festival this week

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Jazz recitals, short films screenings or outdoor theatre plays will come along the renowned jazz festival in Gărâna due in Semenic Mountains during July 6-9. The main venues will be the stage on Poiana Lupului and the Văliug Catholic Church.

According to the organizers from the Jazz Banat Cultural Foundation, 18 bands will tread the boards far away from the city’s fuss in Gărâna, Banat Mountains. Spectators will also be able to enjoy mountain trekking routes, open-air cinema, theatre performances, yoga classes, fairs and many other surprises.

Poiana Lupului will host a special programme of short films provided by the French Institute: comedies, tragic comical dramas and short animations will bring to life present stories and various characters.

“Nature laughs as Time Slips” short film by Romanian photographer Andrei Becheru will be released for the first time. The short is inspired from the album of US musician Tor Lundval.

From Saturday to Sunday, Poiana Lupului will also host the second edition of the National Fair of the Disc Collectors. The wild nature from Semenic is the perfect location for leisure and meditation, so the festival will host yoga classes in the morning starting 9 a.m. in Văliug village.

Organizers also inform visitors that the Semenic Mountains’s surroundings are unique, offering tourists sights that should not be missed: Brebu Nou village, 3 Ape Lake, Carasului Gorges, Gozna Lake in Văliug or the Semenic Plateau.

The tourists passionate about mountain biking can enjoy at least 10 bike routes near lakes, forests and spectacular landscapes, with departure from Brebu Nou or Gozna Lake.

Local cuisine including the famous trout farm in Crivaia, the renowned local goulash, the cherry strudel or the chanterelle salads is also a must.

The full program of the Gărâna Jazz Festival as well as information on transport, location and accommodation are available at www.garana-jazz.ro.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance through BiletMaster.ro, MyTicket and Bilete.ro, for prices ranging from RON 300 (four-day pass) to RON 85 for a ticket available for one night.

The festival is organized by the Jazz Banat Cultural Foundation, member of the European Jazz Network.

The Polish Institute in Bucharest informed in a press release that one of the most original jazz musicians in Europe, Polish composer and trumpeter Tomasz Stańko will perform at Gărâna festival next to Italian Enrico Rava and other members of the jazz quartet, pianist Giovanni Guidi, bass singer Reuben Rogers and drummer Gerard Cleaver, who live in the U.S. Their performance will close the Festival on July 9.

Polish musicans such as Jan Garbarek (2007), Leszek Możdżer (2008), Andrzej Jagodziński (2009), Marcin Wasilewski Trio (2010), Adam Bałdych and Paweł Kaczmarczyk (2015) have performed at Gărâna Jazz Festival in the past years.

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