Every year, during the first week following the Orthodox Easter, Braşov citizens celebrate the most appreciated and expected cultural event. On this occasion, the historical centre of the city hosts the Romanian Popular Craftsmen and Artisans’ Fair, workshops and various cultural events, exhibitions, shows, book releases etc. On Toma’s Sunday (first Sunday after the Orthodox Easter) the groups of “Juni” (young men) come down to the old fortified city parading on the route: Piaţa Unirii (Union Square) – Mureşenilor St. – Republicii St. – Piaţa Unirii - Pietrele lui Solomon (Solomon’s Cliffs). There they stop for a barbecue party. The parade stands as the recognition and reminder of the important role played by the Juni in the defence of the old fortified city of Braşov.
The Juni (Youth) of Brasov
▶ THE CONTEMPORARY DRAMA FESTIVAL
It is the only festival of this type in Romania and it is exclusively dedicated to contemporary drama. The most important theatrical performances (performed in the season that precedes the Festival) are invited to participate in this Festival. Apart from the theatre plays, the Festival also hosts theoretical debates, book releases and other events whose aim is to bring forth everything that relates to the preoccupations, tendencies and problems of the contemporary world, reflected by the theatrical script and performance.
This is a competitive festival where prizes are awarded for the best actor, the best actress, the best scenography, the best director, the best play, as well a special prize of the Jury.
Festival has been on the rise due to some complex projects that it has developed. The Festival takes place in November.
The Contemporary Drama Festival
▶ JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
Ever since 2013, many renowned jazz and blues figures have got up on stage of this Festival. The number of artists is increasing by the year, thus managing to attract more and more fans of this genre. The Festival takes place in Brașov City in September.
Jazz & Blues Festival
▶ THE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AND MUSIC FAIR
The International Book and Music Fair is organised in March, every year. This international event is consecrated to the promotion of the newest productions in the field, to book and music releases and to the interaction between the distributors and the book and music fans. Various events are organised during the Fair, such as conferences, releases, talks and shows.
"The Comedy Week" Festival
▶ THE COMEDY WEEK
In spring, this festival brings both consecrated and new theatrical plays of the greatest theatres in the country on stages of Brasov. For one week, the most beloved Romanian actors can be seen performing on the stages in Brașov City. The festival also brings street plays, children plays and comedies on stage at “Patria” Hall.
▶ THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF OPERA, OPERETTA AND BALLET
This Festival has been organised every year, between October and November, ever since 2003, when it was first held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brașov Opera. Reputable Romanian and international artists participate in this Festival.
▷ Events & Festivals
▶ THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Brașov Philharmonic Orchestra organises this festival yearly. Throughout the duration of the festival, Brașov City turns into a bourg of the music and the music lovers are pleased to enjoy the elite chamber music performances of prestigious national and international ensembles and groups.
Brașov Philharmonic Orchestra
▶ MUSICA CORONENSIS
The festival takes place in various historical buildings in Braşov every two years. It comprises concerts and music events that are related to the musical life of the city: presentations of historical musical instruments, dances, manuscript exhibitions, CD releases.
Musica Coronensis Festival has also become a place of gathering for the cultural institutions of Brașov City to present the diversity of the city’s musical program – the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera House, the High School of Music, the Faculty of Music, the Black Church, “Reduta” Cultural Centre, “Casa Mureşenilor” Museum, various music groups from schools and high schools, chamber music ensembles – all of these being brought together in order to reunite people around music.
Concert in "The Black Church"
▶ DRACULA FILM FESTIVAL
The fans of horror and fantasy films can enjoy the latest and most appreciated productions of the genre, both within the competitions for the best feature film, the best international short film and the best Romanian film and outside the competitions. Since 2016, a new section has been added to the program of Dracula Film Festival, i.e. Dracula Digital, which is dedicated to film-making enthusiasts who shoot films using mobile phones. Dracula Film Festival is organised in Brașov City in October, in several locations, i.e. “Sică Alexandrescu” Theatre, “Patria” Cinematheque, Cinema One and “Reduta” Cultural Centre.
Dracula Film Festival
▶ ETNOVEMBER FESTIVAL
This Festival is an ethno-medieval event that takes place in November and reunites all the ethnic groups in the city for three days. It brings forth the artistic and multicultural identity of the city under the form of various multimedia, cultural dynamic and interactive events.
The Council Square
▶ BRAȘOV, FAIRYTALE CITY
Lighting up the Christmas Tree in the Council Square and inaugurating the Christmas Fair is and event that takes place every year, on December 6. This event is marked by a spectacle and fireworks. The fair stays open throughout the winter holidays.