ARTmania, the first Romanian festival that developed the concept of entwining entertainment and art, took place between 27 – 28 July in the Large Square of Sibiu, in front of an enthusiast public, enjoying exceptional performances from the artists hitting the stage.
Haken, Arcane Roots, Zeal&Ardor, Distorted Harmony, Leprous, Rome, Mogwai and Steven Wilson were those who, for two evenings, have brought joy to rock music lovers through their music and their meetings with the fans. “If you have friends, give them a rock music album as a present, it’s the best thing you can do for them”, said on stage Zeal & Ardor, one of the revelations of this year’s festival edition.
The headliners, Mogwai and Steven Wilson, were received with warmth and enthusiasm in Sibiu. “ I can’t believe it took me 30 years to get to Romania, but I am here now and I am very happy to play in Sibiu” said Steve Wilson whose concert included songs from his new album “ To The Bone” as well as older hits that made him famous alongside Porcupine Tree, who he founded.
Yesterday marked the ending of East European Music Conference as well, the conference about the music industry, who brings face to face large European events representatives, booking agents, and promoters or cultural managers with Romanian artists, agents and managers. “ It is the first conference of this type I’m taking part at and I feel like I’ve answered myself a series of questions and concerns I had about band management, said Gramofone band manager, artist also present a the launching of Romanian Music Export, the first local bureau for musical export.
“There were a couple of full days. During the day we learned new information, while during the evening we wound down in the Large Square, listening to the artists of ARTmania Festival. It was such a delight to see the audience enjoying the line-up and the representatives of the local music industry benefitting from the presence of these European specialists. It was a magical number 13 for ARTmania, we thank everyone who decided to spend their weekend in Sibiu”, said Codruta Vulcu, organizer ARTmania Festival and East European Music Conference.
ARTmania Festival is a platform dedicated to promoting all forms of artistic impression inspired by rock culture, that has been established as a regional promoter of contemporary musical projects. ARTmania means more than just concerts of international and local artists. Music is the base component that started everything, but it is just a part of the experience the festival wishes to offer Romanian and international art lovers.
As the longest rock festival in Romania and one of the traditional brands in the regional cultural scene, ARTmania has outlined its own identity through a bold concept an a special medium: the Large Square of one of the most beautiful medieval citadels in Eastern Europe – Sibiu citadel.
At the same time with the ARTmania Festival, Sibiu also hosted the East European Music Conference (July 26-28, 2018), the most important conference dedicated to the Romanian musical industry. After the first edition when 400 people, guests and attendees, from the local and European cultural society, exchanged ideas and shared conclusions, the second edition continues innovating the local market of such events with an avantgarde program: Romanian Music Export. Therefore, the first entrepreneurial Romanian program will start alongside the second edition of EEMC, aiming to promote and export musical talents and will be also available for conference guests and attendees.
ARTmania Festival, supported by Kaufland, is founding member of AROC – The Romanian Association of Concert and Cultural Events Organizers, that brings together as founding members the most important Romanian promoters: Emagic, Events, Electric Castle, Summer Well, and Twin Arts among others.
Sponsors: Kaufland România, Beck’s.
Partners: Sibiu Town Hall , AROC, Fepra, Take a Stand, ETEP, YOUROPE, ASTRA Museum, National Brukenthal Museum, Lufthansa, Marquardt, Shopping City Sibiu.
Media Partners: RockFM, Zile și Nopți, Sibiu City App, Sunete, Agerpres, Ziarul Metropolis, Tribuna, Turnul Sfatului, Radio România Cultural, e-Zine, letsrock, Informația Harghitei, Sibiu100%, Feeder