Bucharest Events Listings & BIYP 81

BIYP_81_IYP_CoverCover photo of the Union Building by Emi Cristea at Dreamstime.

When we started publishing Bucharest In Your Pocket one of the biggest headaches we used to have was compiling the information for our Culture & Events pages. More than one researcher was driven to the brink of a nervous breakdown by the opera, the Ateneu or the circus, institutions which in those days seemed to think that no good whatsoever could ever come from foreigners finding out what time Madame Butterfly started.

Well, that was then and this is now.

It is now incredibly easy to get your hands on events listings, often for months in advance. While we try to list as much as we can in Bucharest In Your Pocket (both online and in print, and the current issue has more events than ever: download the listings here), space is sometimes an issue, while some events are only announced after we have gone to print. We also limit our listings to events that will be of interest for (and understood by) an international audience. That, for instance, is why we don’t usually list Romanian-language theatre performances.

Anyway, if you don’t find what it is you want in BIYP, or simply want your events information from the horse’s mouth, here is where to go.

The Romanian National Opera now usually posts its programme at least two months in advance. You can view it here, and buy tickets online here.

The George Enescu Philharmonic (the resident orchestra at the Ateneu) is also now very good at publishing its programme of events at least one month in advance. View it here, and ticket information is here.

The circus publishes its programme online here but doesn’t as yet sell tickets on its website.

For theatre listings your best bet is probably our old friend Metropotam, the best Romanian-language collator of all Bucharest events info (and also, we would point out, the best local-language guide to the city full stop). Some of the theatres themselves also have excellent websites, not least the Teatru de Comedie the Teatru Nottara and the children’s Teatru Ion Creanga.

For cinema listings, we like Cinemagia, although we also like the website of our local cinema, the Hollywood Multiplex (which also gives you the option of reserving tickets online, and choosing your seat).

Anyway, back to Bucharest IYP 81, which besides more events than ever before has the usual mix of features and reviews of venues, including a fully revised, rewritten and longer-than-ever walk along Bucharest’s most historic street, Calea Victoriei. You can read the feature here. We have also made the Old Town/Lipscani feature and listings available as a separate PDF, here.

We even found room to include a slightly revised version of our little look at Titan-Balta Alba, in what might become a regular spot: Lesser Visited Bucharest.

The whole guide is, as usual, free to download on the inyourpocket.com website, while there is also an iPhone app: it is also free to download.

And if you want to view it on your screen, try the issuu.com version below.


And don’t forget: if the text-heavy guide is too much for you, there is the map version of the website, with every venue in the city plotted and reviewed.

24 thoughts on “Bucharest Events Listings & BIYP 81

  1. Watch this


    The Chinese embassy in Bucharest decorated today the former head of Securitate – Gen. Iulian Vlad.

    After all the scandal that took place in Romania in the last 23 years, after the condemnation of Communism, after the gross pro-occidentalism that Romania had displayed in the last years, China comes today and says:

    “We spit on Basescu who condemned Communism and we spit on your pro-Occidental belonging”

    What a show of power from the Peoples Republic of China!!!


  2. I remember that in the first years of Bucharest IYP (2000-1) we practically had to beg them for information. Some refused flat-out to tell us anything, and one wanted full information about our publisher before we would be allowed insight into their top-secret programme.
    The opera was a special case – they had the problem that their solo singers were preoccupied with performing abroad for hard currency, so they only knew a week or two in advance which singers they had available – and they’d select the opera to fit the set of voices!
    I like to think that BIYP has helped Bucharest’s cultural institutes get to terms with the idea that attracting visitors is a good and mutually beneficial thing.


    1. Everything was different back then, even politics was different. It doesn’t meant everything changed for the better though… politics changed for the worse.

      I’ve been watching talk shows with Traian Basescu from the 1997-2001 period. The man was absolutely impressive, a real problem solver. He deserved his first term as a president.

      What happened next we all know: the EU interfered in the internal affairs of Romania and everything went to hell. Nobody talks projects anymore, they all talk about handcuffs because the EU idiots said all politicians must be arrested.


  3. I was checking my archive and in all my photos of Bucharest in April 2000–my first trip–there were only Dacia 1310s. No other new, modern cars. Just amazing to see how things changed so quickly. Why didn’t people right in 1990 get foreign cars? Why were people so suddenly able to get them after 2004? Because they took out bank loans? I cannot make sense of the economics here. How things really work. I see 20 somethings in 100,000 euro cars driving around in the middle of the day. How is that? Where is their money coming from? These cars only get like 5 kms to a liter. Everyone I see here in the center in the hip cafes and bars has an iPhone/iPad, BMW out front. How do they do it?! I just bought a Dacia 1310 station wagon for 800 euros 🙂 The rich American 🙂


      1. I do wonder, however, how you spend your money here in Romania because you are paid according to Western standards but you still consider this flashy second hand Romanian lifestyle as unachievable…

        Buying too many plane tickets maybe?


      2. Parmalat,

        I make a basic Western European salary as a freelance photographer here. I bought an 800 euro Dacia and I pay a few hundred euros for my apartment. I certainly do not have the money for a new BMW/Mercedes and to go to restaurants for dinner. I shop at Piata Matache and haul my food home which takes 15 minutes using six stray dogs hooked to a burnt out 1983 Dacia 1310.


      3. Yeah, I guess that rent is a problem. With 2 years’ rent you could easily buy a used 7 series BMW. Not much difference between 2003 7 series BMW and 2013 7 series BMW.


    1. First of all – nobody buys new cars, everybody buys used cars from Germany, paying around 10-20% of the factory price. Next time you see a BMW, ask about the mileage. Only on rare occasions an expensive car below 100.000 km will reach Romania.

      Secondly, the cost of living in Bucharest is still below what you would get anywhere in the States. And owning an apartment in the city does not generate expenses beyond control.

      Thirdly, all those iPhone / iPads are bought from the store, with a plan so they’re not paying the full cost upfront, they’re only paying a fraction of the cost.

      It doesn’t take much get all these things you can get them quite easily with a 1000 Euro salary. But most of those people are actually living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to display their non-existent wealth. And the cars are rarely fixed when something breaks, it’s their luck that German cars don’t break completely…

      You can get a 2006 S-Klasse Mercedes Benz for like EUR 18.500 these days, not necessarily a big deal. But most BMWs that you see on the street are priced around 10.000 Euro so a monthly income of 1000 Euro, especially if you’re sharing expenses with your family will get you that car.

      The problem is if you can feel comfortable owning a car which was priced 100.000 Euro, if you don’t have the cash that would be required from a person owning a 100.000 Euro car in the West.

      Watch this http://www.autovit.ro/bmw-735-C27726351.html

      How much did you say you paid for that 1310 station wagon? :)))


      1. Hmm. Ok. Because I feel very poor here. Bucharestians seem so rich. A Mercedes AMG is not 20,000 euros no matter what year it is. I live right here in the center and I constantly see Romanian guys much younger than I with their hair all into a point on their head driving BMW M3s, M5s, M6, Mercedes Sl 63, 65 AMGs from 2010-2013. An BMW M3 from 2010 is minimum 20,000 euros. What job do these guys do?! If you go out into Bucharest in broad daylight everyone looks like peasants. There are gypsies living illegally in buildings with their wash out, packs of dogs, dilapidated buildings. Where is the money for an M3?! All the educated folk have no cars and ride bikes here.


      1. Everyone knows that anyone with a new top of the range BMW/Mercedes is ex-Securitate. These are very, very expensive cars. Romania is still run by the secret police. I, as an American, am trailed by them and finally had a meeting with SRI in 2012. After 6 hours and a 10, 000 euro bank transfer I continue to live here.


  4. This is a special dedication to Davin and the Bucharest Life comments section :mrgreen:

    Vine politia imi ia toata marfaaaaa, ascund dolarii si marcile ca sa nu-mi faca negre zilele =)))))))


  5. A non-car question: Is there any contemporary dance going on in Bucharest and art galleries with local or international artists? None is listed in you otherwise great magazine. 🙂

    I also wonder if you could upload the magazine as pdf with single pages instead as now with double pages? Would make it easier to read on a tablet.



      1. Thanks for the link! The info in English on that site is completely obsolete. Latest programme info is from 2011. 🙂

        In Romanian the calender does not seem to be running longer than to the current month, but then again my Romanian is not the best.

        Do you know if there’s any off-CNDB dance scene? And how about art galleries? Any interesting happening there with national or international artists?


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