Concert: Taraf de IMPEX
29 August
Verde Stop Arena
Andrei Dinescu
The son of the poet Mircea Dinescu, Andrei, is thirty-five years old. He is part of the band IMPEX and sings "neomanele". Andrei is a complex musician, he has a formal musical education, he studied the violin since childhood, with the great Ion Voicu. A great supporter of Roma culture, Andrei went to college to learn the Romani language.
Anghel “Caliu” Gheorghe
Almost 30 years after the founding of Taraf de Haidouks, Anghel “Caliu” Gheorghe, the leader of the band from Clejani, started a new project in which he co-opted some of his former colleagues: Taraf de Caliu. The fiddlers from Clejani are probably among the most inspired and ardent fiddlers in Romania, the exuberant musical style of their native southern region certainly stimulating them in this regard. They have performed on almost every continent in the world, in metropolises such as Tokyo, Singapore, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Istanbul and London.
Taraf de IMPEX is the name of the orchestra made up of two musical ensembles: the IMPEX Group and Taraf de Caliu, the founding members of the famous band Taraf de Haidouks.

This event is meant, mainly, to promote the collaboration between musicians of varying ages and, especially, different ethnicities. This is reflected in the music they make together, resulting in a powerful, motley sound, combining White-Western styles with those of the East, the Orient and the Roma tradition. 

Taraf de IMPEX is a musical collaboration between ’lăutari’ (professional Romani musicians) and musicians with classical, rock, electronic backgrounds, or other ‘Western’ styles. Unfortunately, the lack of other such projects shows the ethnic-cultural ‘gap’ between the different cultures and ethnicities of Romania, the Roma and their music being outright shunned, which brings to mind the history of the United States, when African-American music was marginalised on ethnical grounds. 

This project aims to spread a message that is pacifist, ‘anti-discrimination’ and to prove that the collaboration between the East and the West and their cultures is possible, that when they do work together the outcome can be exciting and progressive, with the ability to help heal society. The current context of collaboration and cohabitation between Eastern and Western cultures constitutes one of Europe’s main issues, and in Romania, thanks to its multi-ethnical history, has a lot to offer the world. Taraf de IMPEX is the reflection of this cultural-historical wealth of the Romanian milieu.


The performance will start after the screening of the film „Latcho Drom” and is part of a series of events in which we celebrate the history and culture of Rome people!

The gates will open at 18:00.

* Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the event to avoid queues and congestion.

Main sponsor: Kaufland
Tickets: Eventbook
Mobility Partner: Autonom
Logistic partner: DHL
Digital Partner: Canopy
Monitoring partner: mediaTRUST
The festival was created in 2008 by the: Czech Center Bucharest

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