PLAI Festival

Photos courtesy of PLAI Festival: Ara Dinkjian; PLAI Festival poster (with women); Misia; Al di Meola; Christoph Pepe Auer; Cultural Partners Exhibits; Esma, poster; Hotel Palindrone; Mariza
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Country and Region RomaniaTimiș
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Timisoara, Timiș, Romania
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Cultural Activities Coordinator - PLAI
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Festival Description

PLAI means music, it means art and many cultures! It is diversity lived in every possible way, learning from the ones around and each experience. We are happy to let you know that the 5th edition of the PLAI Festival is going to take place in Timisoara, Romania, 10-12 of September 2010. This special event makes it possible for people from all over the world to embrace diversity, in all it’s forms and celebrate music, arts and multiculturalism.

From Al di Meola [in 2006], Paco de Lucia, Jean Luc Ponty and Yungchen Lhamo [in 2007], Mariza, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra, Al Jawala, Tarhana, Alvik, Hotel Palindrone [in 2008], Dobet Gnahore, Esma Redzepova, Farfarello, The Shin, Kaloome, Sainkho Namtchylak, Cristoph Auer Group, Tomasz Bednardczyk [in 2009], to this extraordinary 5th edition! Trilok Gurtu (India), Misia (Portugal), Ara Dinkjian (Armenia), Cristoph Pepe Auer Group (Austria) and all others are set to create the special vibe, at PLAI Festival 2010. Come to see them and breath the air that makes your heart sing!

45 Cultural Partners [NGOs, Cultural Institutes and Embassies] will offer special activities that will get you involved in the most interesting workshops. Come and paint, watch movies from Israel and Peru, juggle, learn Portuguese, plant a tree, read, sculpt, make pottery, yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, learn about ancient instruments, dance and so much more! You will start appreciating the small yet very important things in life and enjoy the diversity that lies around us.

It’s a place you must take the time to discover, with music that will really make you listen and leave you wanting for more, with people that love diversity and culture and with activities that will help you discover new hobbies.

Enjoy the world of PLAI, the world music, the organizations, the different cultures, the people you meet, the things your learn, the trees, the air and the vibe you create with the one next to you! Warm toughts from PLAI! we hope to meet you there!

Festival Dates September 13 - 15, 2013
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Festival Story:

PLAI started in 2006 from the crazy dream of two young people that gathered their friends and wished for a festival that would celebrate diversity in all its forms, believing that people can better themselves by learning from each other, by living diversity and enjoying it! It’s a Festival organized by a group of young volunteers that came together in an NGO (Asociatia Culturala Sunet Ambianta Timisoara) who year after year try to keep this dream alive.

If we were to only have a look in Romania, we would find different kinds of music, something for everyone’s fancy. If we are to broaden our horizon and take an interest in the furthest parts of the globe, we would see that each nation has its own specific music and musicality, that there are so many artists, so many instruments with very special sonorities, so many ways to make and feel music, that it feels like a pity not to try at least to bring some of it here. Year after year, we have tried to bring on stage at PLAI just a part of the music of some nations, artists that feel sound and make it touch the audience. Al di Meola or Paco de Lucia, with their guitars, Yungchen Lhamo, with the sound of Tibet, Mariza, with Portuguese fado, Esma Redzepova (Macedonia), Sainkho Namtchylak (Tuva), Dobet Gnahore (Côte d’Ivoire), Fanfare Ciocârlia and Grigore Leşe from Romania, Jean-Luc Ponty (France), Ternipe (Hungary) are just some of the artists that performed at PLAI, our guests, that came and brought with them music from all over the world. From the beginning we have considered that art cannot be absent from a place or event that has been thought out to bring joy and beauty. That’s why art is such a big part of PLAI. We have theater, painting, books, photography, film, workshops, and various art forms, more or less conventional. Traditional art, represented by pottery, folk costumes, embroideries, blended together with ceramics painting, contemporary theater or circus art. Because each is, in its own way an art form, either by being a simple reminder of tradition, and traditional customs, either as an expression of new, of diversity or a blend between the two. We try to offer a little bit of everything, so that each one of you finds something that brings joy to the soul at PLAI.

Promoting the multiculturality of this area is, knowing the history of this place, almost an obligation. Because when you say Timişoara or Banat you think about all the ethnicities and cultures that have lived here together, and this place is the result of this cohabitation, not of some with some, but of all of them together. Therefore it was absolutely natural to have Hungarian, Serbian, German, Czech or French cultures present. We went further than that and brought cultures that weren’t so known in our country or at least they weren’t that promoted here: Peruvian, Portuguese, Dutch, Israeli and other cultures came to PLAI. Consulates, Embassies, Cultural Institutes come here every year, each of them bringing what they consider that should be known about their people and culture.


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  • Banat Village Museum
    Aleea CFR no. 1,
    Timisoara, Timis County


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