European Festival Awards announced the 2019 winners, with Cluj-based Electric Castle being awarded the Best medium-sized festival in Europe. The awarding gala took place in Groningen, The Netherlands on January 15.
This award recognises the best festival with a daily capacity between 10,000 – 39,999.
The festival was shortlisted based on the public voting and was awarded by a jury consisting of specialists in the entertainment and events industry.
Last year’s winner was Northside Festival.
Also shortlisted for the 2019 edition of the awards for the best medium-size festivals were:
Balaton Sound (Hungary)
Down The Rabbit Hole (The Netherlands)
Electric Castle (Romania)
Let it Roll (Czech Republic)
Melt Festival (Germany)
OFF Festival Katowice (Poland)
Orange Warsaw Festival (Poland)
Pohoda Festival (Slovakia)
Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro)
We Love Green (France).
Electric Castle has arrived at its 8th edition, and is due July 15-19 on the Banffy domain in Bontida village, Cluj county in Transylvania. The first headliners have been already announced: twenty øne piløts, Foals, The Neighbourhood, Zhu, Rezz, Fisher, Floating Points and many others.
The festival will welcome its audience this summer in a larger area compared to the previous editions (larger by 30pct), with a new stage setting and a camping with new ‘festival in festival’ facilities.
At the same time, the second award granted to Romania came through Codruța Vulcu (ARTmania) -who won the category The Award for Excellence & Passion. Codruta Vulcu becomes the first Romanian awarded in the 11-year history of the European Festival Awards.
Codruta Vulcu is director of ARTmania Festival, of the East European Music Conference and of Blaj aLive Festival, and also President of the Romanian Association of Organisers of Concerts and Cultural Events.
She has a 16-year experience in the music industry and she organised the ceremonies officiated by Pope Francis in Blaj, Romania last year.
“I am extremely honoured to receive such a distinction (…) It is a unique moment in the activity of a professional and I am the happier the more this award represents an acknowledgment of the activity and results obtained by the representative of the Romanian music industry, which has seen a particular growth in the past years,” said Codruta Vulcu.
ARTmania, dubbed as the longest-serving rock festival in Romania (turns 15 years in 2020), is also the first Romanian festival that developed the concept of mixing culture and entertainment. Due in Sibiu every summer, ARTmania has also been awarded the Best Small Festival in 2018.
Thirdly, Jazz in the Park festival has been awarded the Best Small Festival trophy (less than 10,000 spectators).
Jazz in the Park provides a wide variety of concerts with free entry. Also based in Cluj-Napoca, the event has brought Marcus Miller Judith Hill in Romania last year.
More about the other 2019 European Festival Awards winners is available here.