The Northern Days festival takes place between August 12 and 14 in the north of the country, in Darabani
Among the more than 40 events of the Northern Days Festival, held from Friday to Sunday in the north of the country, are the Viţa de Vie concert, the club for the reconstruction of the oldest village state school in Moldova, the book launch and the dialogue with the writer Matei Vişniec, sports competitions within the North Marathon.
The ninth of the 25 editions of the Northern Days announced by the organizers begins on Friday, August 12, in Darabani, the northernmost city in Romania.
Every day of the festival, the organizers propose guided tours in the region, sports competitions for MTB and running lovers, activities for children and families, conferences and meetings with guests, theater performances, film screenings, concerts and parties.
Vita de Vie, the Ukrainians from Haydamaky, Coma and The Mono Jacks are the headliners of the concert scene in Poiana Teioasa, where The Kryptonite Sparks, Zimbru, Bucium, Corina Sîrghi & Taraful Jean Americanu and the Moldovans from Via Tacă will also perform . Dubase and Dan Basu are the DJs of the Friday and Saturday after parties.
The Atelierul de Teatru (Botoşani) and CEVA (Târgu Neamţ) troupes inaugurate the new summer theater in Darabani this year with the shows “Paper Airplanes” and “Ia mai zi ceva!”, and the Drama Club (Botoşani) and Orpheus (Darabani) plays at the Theodor Balş Culture House “The Reviewer” after Gogol and, respectively, his own production “Introspection: looking around”. The artist HarceaPacea creates two new mural works directly in the festival, after the three he has already signed in previous editions. The circuit of the five murals in the festival is completed with installations signed by Teodor Buruiana in the series “Man in the world and the world in man”. Children have their share of art in the festival, during a diverse program of educational and fun activities for them and their families. Every midnight in Darabani’s Central Park you can see a film offered by Bad Unicorn: on Friday the anime Belle, on Saturday the jewel Alcarràs, and on Sunday “Pentru mine tu esti Ceauşescu”, a film between fiction and documentary that makes these week tour of the most important cinemas in Romania.
The traditional “Meetings”, the conference of ideas of the festival, this year has as guests Radu Szekely, advisor to the Minister of Education and founder of the Finnish School in Romania, Vladimir Us, founder of Oberlicht in Chisinau and the Coalition of the Independent Sector in Culture from the Republic of Moldova, and the psychotherapist from Iasi Raluca Bejenariu, co-founder of the Romanian Mental Health Film festival in Iasi. The site of the First School also hosts a heritage conference organized together with the North-East Branch of the Romanian Order of Architects, with the participation of 50 architects and specialists from the region, and Stephen the Great’s Oak Grove is the meeting place for 20 non-governmental organizations and festivals from Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The special guest of the Days of the North 2022 is the writer Matei Vişniec, born in Rădăuţi and settled in France, who will be present at the festival for the launch of his book “A century of fog”, in a dialogue with Ştefan Teişanu and the participating audience.
Sports and travel
The Nordului Marathon brings together over 300 athletes in the MTB competitions that take place on Saturday with the start and finish in Pomârla commune and in the Trail ones that take place on Sunday in Darabani, with the start and first place right in Poiana Teioasa.
Tours of the North propose two guided routes this year. “Darabani cu 3 de A” is a walk to discover the most interesting places and moments in local history on the route Casa de Cultură – Uliţa Mare – Casa Leon Dănăilă – Prima Scolaă – Conacul Balş, and “Moldovan Foods” is a culinary tour hosted in the courtyard of the unique Orthodox-Catholic church in Hilişeu, in the courtyard of Casa Enescu in Mihăileni and in the Lunca Prutului.
The community cause of the edition is the reconstruction, using only traditional techniques and materials, of the oldest village state school in Moldova. Developed with the support of the Darabani City Hall and the Order of Romanian Architects, North-East Branch, the project now proposes a first public step for the construction of the school’s foundation. In parallel, the festival continues its usual campaigns “Do you have a blanket?”, to help stray animals, and #AlaturiDeUkraine, to support Ukrainians affected by the war. Also, the North Marathon continues the tradition of directing the money from part of the prizes up for grabs to community causes.
“We are at the ninth edition. As usual, the most beautiful and best of all, declares declares Ştefan Teisanu (photo), president of the North Association.
This year we have an extraordinary line-up and we are very happy to be able to continue our work on our causes in the North: the reconstruction of the First School, the #AlaturiDeUkraine campaign and, above all, building a growing Northern team every year, made of young people from home and from those who have gone who knows where, emphasized Ştefan Teisanu.
To get to Darabani, Bucharest residents are recommended to take direct buses to Darabani or travel by car, while for Botoșani and Sucevan residents, the festival offers daily shuttles departing at 2:00 p.m. and returning at 2:00 a.m., at the price of 30 lei per person per trip. Iași residents are recommended to travel by direct daily buses or by personal car on the Iasi-Ştefăneşti-Manoleasa-Coţuşca-Darabani route.
The organizers provide festival-goers with a campsite with all facilities: showers, toilets, parking, security, night lighting, disinsection. Camping in your own tent, with your own caravan or in tents rented from the organizers costs between 20 lei and 60 lei per day per person and is purchased separately from tickets and concert access passes, online or at the entrance to the festival. A Full Pass Subscription for all three days of the festival costs 245 lei plus taxes, a one-day ticket costs 95 lei plus taxes per person, and those who wish can choose to donate to the Nord campaign by buying the #AlăturiDeUkraina ticket worth 10 lei .
Zilele Nordului is a music, arts, sports and travel festival hosted in Darabani, Romania’s northernmost city. This year’s edition of the festival, the ninth, is made with the support of Transilvania Bank, Darabani City Hall, the Order of Romanian Architects, the North-East Branch, Radio Guerrilla and numerous local and regional partners. Detailed program and complete information about transport, camping and tickets here. Tickets can also be purchased at the entrance to the festival, but they can also be found online. The organizers provide the participants with a campsite with all facilities, as well as daily shuttles from and to Botoşani and Suceava.