Romania / 22 June 2018: Music and art will unite during Romania’s forthcoming ARTmania Festival and East European Music Conference, when the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu invites festival and conference attendees to a new gothic-themed installation.

The Brukenthal Museum is opening its doors to festivalgoers attending ARTmania Festival, and conference-goers attending its sister event, the East European Music Conference (EEMC), when both events take place in the medieval town of Sibiu in Romania next month.

The exhibit – The Anatomy of Darkness – was created by a group of well-known Romanian artists, Costin Chioreanu from Bucharest, and Claudiu Doncuțiu, Constantin Scărlătescu and Andrei Szabo, who all hail from Sibiu. The exhibition forms part of a permanent exhibition at the Brukenthal in the heart of Sibiu’s old town – entitled Gothic – the neo-gothic experience vs. the enlightenment model, which is aptly located in the basement level of an 18th century palace. The exhibition celebrates the gothic period, gothic style and gothic art.

In other news about the events, ARTmania and the EEMC have again partnered with the ASTRA National Museum Complex (The Village Museum in Sibiu), and will allow free entry to the museum for ARTmania festivalgoers and EEMC delegates throughout the weekend.

The century-old ASTRA National Museum Complex is dedicated to Romanian and Saxon popular culture, and is the largest ethnic and cultural museum in Romania.

To gain entry to either the Brukenthal Museum or the ASTRA National Museum Complex, interested parties need only present their ARTmania or EEMC wristband at the entrances to the cultural attractions.

ARTmania Festival is a platform dedicated to the promotion of all forms of artistic expression, with a particular focus on the subcultures of hard rock, metal and gothic. It has established itself as the main regional promoter for contemporary musical projects. ARTmania represents both big-name, international acts and local bands. Whilst music is the main component of the festival, it is only one part of the full ARTmania experience. ARTmania has grown to become a celebration of local and international art, music and culture.

Headline acts scheduled to perform at ARTmania 2018 include Scottish post-rock band Mogwai; prog-rocker Steven Wilson; Norwegian metal band Leprous; London-based prog-metal outfit HAKEN; Swiss/US avant-garde metal project Zeal & Ardor, neo-folksters ROME; alternative rock outfit Arcane Roots from the UK, and Tel Aviv prog metallers Distorted Harmony.

And whilst attendees of the festival enjoy an incredible line-up of heavy music, the second edition of the East European Music Conference will welcome 400-plus participants and guests from both Romania and the rest of Europe, to discuss the local and wider European music industry, to look at issues and challenges that the industry is currently facing, and to encourage networking and the exchange of ideas. The second edition of the EEMC will also see the inaugural edition of Romanian Music Export, which will showcase and celebrate Eastern European music. Tickets are available here:

ARTmania Festival and the East European Music Conference take place simultaneously between July 26th-28th in the stunning medieval city of Sibiu located in the heart of Transylvania.

ARTmania Festival is a founding member of AROC – Asociația Română a Organizatorilor de Concerte si Evenimente Culturale (Romanian Association of Concerts and Cultural Events Organisers), which has as founding members, the most important promoters in Romania such as Emagic Events, Electric Castle, Summer Well and Twin Arts.