Classix Festival 2024 – the contemporary classic adventure debuted in Iasi

The full program of the festival

Iași, February 19, 2024 – Last night the fifth edition of the Classix festival debuted in Iași, and the opening concert held at the Roman Catholic Cathedral “Holy Virgin Mary, Queen” in Iași was attended by over 1,500 people, and over 10,000 spectators watched the live broadcasts broadcast on the organizers’ pages.

As Patricia Brohanschi, Festival Director stated at the Press Conference held on the morning of February 19, „We are honored by the audience’s enthusiasm and willingness to experience the proposed contemporary classic adventure, especially since this is also this year’s artistic theme – the discovery of desires. We all felt this since last night, at the debut concert of Classix in the Roman Catholic Cathedral, which attracted the largest number of spectators to date. The entire festival promises a record number of visitors anyway, with some of the evenings already #soldout. We look forward with joy to the week ahead and look forward with excitement to the concerts that will be performed by the exceptional international artists and the related activities in the program of this edition.” 

Classix Festival takes place in Iași, between 18 and 25 February 2024, and subscriptions and tickets are on sale online. The concept of ‘discovering desire’ dominates Classix Festival 2024, and this year’s theme invites culture lovers to join in a personal and introspective journey, encouraging them to explore the multidimensional nature of desire in the world of classical music, from the subtle, up to the passionate.

Classix Festival 2024 concert schedule:

    🞅 Monday, February 19, 7PM, Magic Ritual
    🞅 Tuesday, February 20, 7PM, The Classic Theory
    🞅 Wednesday, February 21, 7PM, Bohemian Jazz
    🞅 Tuesday, February 22, 7PM, Romantic Whispers
    🞅 Friday, February 23, 7PM, Reframing the Classics
    🞅 Sunday, February 25, 7PM, Classix Desire
    🞅 Monday, February 26, 7:30PM, Bohemian Jazz in Bucharest

The Classix in Focus program

The Classix in Focus series puts into perspective a number of aspects closely related *or not* to classical music in the contemporary context and in relation to a suite of constantly evolving paradigms.The Classix in Focus series puts into perspective a number of aspects closely related *or not* to classical music in the contemporary context and in relation to a suite of constantly evolving paradigms.

On February 21, starting at 11:00, the panel will take place Women in Music at Braunstein Palace in Iași, with guests: Cristina Uruc – Artexim Manager / Enescu Festival; Corina Ciuplea – Artist Manager Bucharest Film Orchestra / Cellist Muse Quartet; Patricia Brohanschi – Director and Co-Founder of Classix Festival and Rocanotherworld; Andra Andriucă – Artist & Mentee in the Women in Music Mentorship Program and Iulia Pop – Co-founder of Overground Music / Communication Manager Mastering the Music Business and Women in Music Romania.

The opening of the exhibition „Almost” takes place on February 21, at 14:00, at the Braunstein Palace, in the presence of the Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Andrei Popov. The exhibition can be visited in Iasi between February 21 and March 1, 2024 thanks to the collaboration between the Classix Festival, the Braunstein Palace and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

On February 21, from 8:00 p.m., thanks to the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum, the screening Ars Electronica at Acaju: a selection of award-winning works in the 2023 edition of the Ars Electronica Animation Festival.

On February 22, at 11:00, the panel will take place Classical Inside Out at the Braunstein Palace, and the guests for the discussion are: Răzvan Popovici – violist, Executive Director of SoNoRo; Ioan Dragoș Dimitriu – pianist, Manager of the Brașov Philharmonic; Florin Estefan – baritone, Manager of the Romanian National Opera Cluj-Napoca; Dragoș Cantea – pianist, Artistic Director Classix Festival; Andrei Fermeșanu – tenor, Manager of the Romanian National Opera Iasi and Sabin Penea – violinist, Artistic Director of JazzUP festivals.

Classix in Focus: Concursul Internațional George Enescu takes place on February 22, from 1:00 p.m., at the Braunstein Palace, and the Artexim / Enescu Festival Manager, Cristina Uruc, will give a presentation on the opportunities to participate in prestigious international competitions and their contribution to the personal and professional development of young musicians . The George Enescu International Competition is a catalyst for the development and affirmation of young performers and composers on the international stage of classical music.

The panel will take place on Friday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m Competitions and Commissions at the Braunstein Palace in Iasi. The talk will be held in English and will be streamed live on the Classix Festival Facebook page. Its guests are: the composer Mirsaeed Hosseiny Panah, the flautist Philipp Jundt, the pianist and conductor Bjørk-Guinevere Kinsella Eide, the composer and arranger Robert Cozma, the manager of Artexim and the Enescu Festival – Cristina Uruc. This event includes a micro-recital by Philipp Jundt (CH), Soyoun Kim (KOR), Jie-Youn Lee (KOR), Hyunim Yoon (KOR), Ioana Chiriac (RO): W.A. Mozart: “Ah, vous dirai-je maman”, KV 265, transcribed for 4 flutes and piano by Paul Engel.

Between February 19 and March 4, 2024, the “Architecture of Independence in Central Europe” exhibition will be able to be visited at the Vasile Pogor Museum – Casa Junimii in Iași. The exhibition is organized with the support of the Polish Institute.

On February 24, from 10:00, the Iași.Travel Association organizes a guided tour with the theme “Musical Tradition in Iași”. The tour lasts two hours, and the meeting point is Piața Unirii – the statue of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza.

The concerts will be broadcast live on the Classix Festival Facebook page.

Cultural project co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. 

The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

With its debut in 2020, Classix has become one of the most important international independent festivals in Romania, which gathered in 4 editions over 14,000 spectators in halls and 200,000 online, 200 international artists from 18 countries, 20 cultural and diplomatic partners , in 28 concerts, 14 panels, 2 lectures, 2 openings, a book launch, 8 film screenings, 121 masterclasses and 15 grants for artists worth 15,000 euros.

Tickets and subscriptions are on sale online, and more details about the concert program can be obtained at www.classixfestival.ro

Organisers: Asociația Industrii Creative, Showberry

Cultural partners: Forumul Cultural Austriac, Institutul Francez din România la Iași, Centrul Ceh, Centrul Cultural German Iași, Institutul Polonez, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Bucarest, Swiss-Korean Cultural Association

Diplomatic partners: Ambasada Regatului Danemarcei în România
Institutional partners: Filarmonica de Stat „Moldova” Iași, Complexul Muzeal Național „Moldova” Iași, Episcopia Romano – Catolică Iași, Universitatea Națională de Arte „George Enescu” Iași, Muzeul Municipal „Regina Maria”, Opera Națională Română Iași 

Hospitality partners: Vitamin Aqua, Noir Coffee Roasters, Volvo Nordic Cars, Hotel Unirea, Powers, Iași.Travel, Soft & Grace, Gramma, Oddity 

Promotion partners: Printco

Lifestyle partners: Chotronette, Tudor Tailor, Studio Esthetique

Media partners Radio România Internațional, Radio România Cultural, Radio România Muzical, Radio France International, Radio Iași, Viva FM, Radio HIT, Smart Radio, IQads, Scena9, Cărturești, Dilema Veche, Zile și Nopți, Capital Cultural, Romania Journal, Suplimentul de Cultură, Ziarul de Iași, Observator Cultural, Aici a Stat, Curatorial.ro, Bookhub.ro, LiterNet.ro, News.ro, Infomusic.ro, Fashion Premium Magazine, Like5.ro, Aleph News, Canal 33, Modernism.ro 

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