The ARTmania Festival from Sibiu has won the prize for Best Small Festival at the European Festival Awards, being the only Romanian Festival that has received an award as this edition, outrunning a large number of entries and votes, according to the organizers. At the Best Small Festival category only festivals that have a rate of 10,000 attendees per day can join.
The trophy was awarded to Codruta Vulcu, Festival Director of ARTmania Festival and East European Music Conference, during the Award Ceremony of the tenth edition of European Festival Awards that took place last night in Groningen, The Netherlands.
European Festival Awards is the most important competition dedicated to the European music industry, launched in 2009 by Yourope ( The European Association of Festivals) in order to offer professional acknowledgement of the international industry of such events and specialists that have outstanding results and raise the bar on quality in this domain on an European level (standards evaluated under different aspects like: health & safety, social responsibility, innovation, sustainability).
The European Festival Awards Gala takes place every year during the Eurosonic Noorderslag, event that includes one of the most important international specialized conferences dedicated to the musical industry and one of the largest showcase festivals in Europe.
“We are very honored and happy to receive from the jury this award at this European event. It is a certification that brings us a lot of joy not just because it represents an international acknowledgement of all the efforts the ARTmania team and community have put in over the 14 years of existence, but also because the Romanian musical industry was and is represented and applauded by some of the most important European specialists in this area. Congratulations to everyone taking part. I would also like to thank all our colleagues, collaborators, partners and sponsors who’ve believed in us and, of course, our artists and our public, who’ve been with us since 2006 and to this day, said Codruta Vulcu, CEO of ARTmania Festival and East European Music Conference.
ARTmania Festival, the first Romanian festival that developed the idea of joining art and entertainment, is a platform dedicated to promoting all forms of artistic expression inspired by the rock culture. As the oldest rock festival in Romania and one of the brands with an established tradition in the cultural regional scene, ARTmania has outlined its own identity using a bold concept and a special environment: the Large Square of one of the most beautiful medieval citadels in Eastern Europe.
ARTmania Festival is founding member of AROC – The Romanian Organizatio of Concerts and Cultural Events Organizers, that includes as founding members some of the most important promoters in Romania: Emagic, Electric Castle, Summer Well or Twin Arts, among others.
During the ARTmania Festival the East European Music Conference also takes place, the first local international music conference, dedicated to professionals in the music industry. With its third edition, the event is a meeting spot of the Romanian music industry with some of the most important European cultural actors and some of the most important experts in the field.
At the 2019 ARTmania Festival edition artists like Architects (UK) will hit the stage along with Dream Theater (USA), Opeth (Sweden), Alcest (France), Madrugada (Norway), Wardruna (Norway) and Myrkur (Denmark), other international artists being announced soon.