The fourth edition The Jazz Cave Festival is due in August


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The Interpretative Creation Union of Romanian Musicians (UCIMR) announces the fourth edition of The Jazz Cave Festival, one of the most original music festivals in Romania.

Between August 16 and 18, 2024, The Jazz Cave Festival IV brings a new cultural experience in an impressive setting. The event moves from Ialomiței Cave to Vâlcea county and a new scene appears in the program.

The festival brings more than 18 bands from Europe and overseas, who will delight the audience with jazz concerts in different styles of the genre, which will take place on 3 stages.

The underground stage Innerland moves from the cave to the salt mine, at Ocnele Mari, and the aboveground stage Dreamland moves from the campsite at Zănoaga to Domain Drăgași in the town of Drăgășani. In addition, the “Casa Simian” Art Museum from Râmnicu Vâlcea, with the Arts District stage, appears on the festival map.

The Jazz Cave Festival pays tribute to the diversity of the art of improvisational sounds through a complex program of three days of recitals supported by acclaimed bands from Italy, Germany, Norway, Holland, Romania and the United States of America. The Festival brings a diverse line-up with new names from home and abroad, such as Jim Rotondi Quartet (USA) or Oddgeir Berg Trio (Norway), but also beloved artists who participated in previous editions of the Festival, such as Nightlosers, Luiza Zan or Irina Serbian and many others.

The Jazz Cave Festival program begins on Friday, August 16, on the Innerland stage in Ocnele Mari Salina, where concerts take place from noon to 5:00 p.m., the audition then moves to the Casa Simian Art Museum in Râmnicu Vâlcea, from 6:00 p.m., and from 8:00 p.m., on the Dreamland stage located in the fragrant vineyards of the Drăgași Estate in Drăgășani.

The Jazz Cave Festival always manages to be up to the mark, even though it goes underground, putting Romania on the map of the most important international jazz festivals, valorizing the cultural and natural heritage. We are happy to grow year by year and take the festival to the next level, offering participants sensory experiences of the kind: acoustic, gustatory, olfactory and even healing. The Innerland scene in the Ocnele Mari salt pan proves that music can heal not only the soul, but also the body. This year, we bring over 18 bands with 90 local and international artists with big names, from over 10 countries, from 2 continents, in a jazz marathon that lasts 3 days, on 3 stages in 3 towns in Subcarpathia,” said Sebastian Gheorghiu, cultural manager and member of the UCIMR Board of Directors.

A novelty for this year is the free participation in concerts, only on the basis of the access ticket to the salt pan, respectively the museum.

Ocnele Mari salt mine

The Ocnele Mari tourist mine is located in the town of the same name, 8 km from Râmnicu Vâlcea, in a picturesque area (close to the Olt Valley), with a tradition of spa tourism (Căciulata, Olănești, Călimănești) and religious tourism (the monastery tail). The exploitation of Ocnele Mari salt began since the Neolithic, being continued in the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, as evidenced by the tools discovered in the archaeological sites. The Buridava Dacian fortification was also located here. Salina Ocnele Mari offers optimal conditions for relaxation, leisure and treatment for the whole family.


Simian Art Museum

The Simian House Art Museum building in Râmnicu Vâlcea is declared a historical monument, benefiting from an eclectic architectural structure, summing up two types of space, one highlighting the expressiveness of the old house of the Simian family, built in 1940, by the architects Gheorghe Simotta (1891 – 1979 ) and Nicolae Lupu, both of neo-Romanian orientation, and another neutral one, functional for the needs of an art gallery, built with the transformation of the house into a museum. This was the residence of the Nae and Tita Simian family, originally from Săliștea Sibiului, owners of a shoe factory in Râmnicu Vâlcea, in the middle of the 20th century. The Art Museum’s permanent exhibition brings together valuable works of Romanian painting and sculpture, belonging to renowned artists from the late 19th and 20th centuries, such as Nicolae Grigorescu, Gheorghe Petrașcu, Nicolae Tonitza or Theodor Pallady.

Drăgași domain

The Drăgași domain, part of the Drăgășani wine-growing area, located in Vâlcea county, represents one of the crown jewels of Romanian viticulture, an area with an ancient tradition in the cultivation of vines and the production of quality wines. This region, blessed with a favorable climate and fertile soils, is recognized for its ability to produce unique wines from local grape varieties, such as Tămăioasă Românească or Fetească Neagră, alongside international varieties.

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