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 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.
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.
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.