Blog: The Moldovan season of festivals

Blog: The Moldovan season of festivals

July 23, 2022

A country where good weather, cheerful people and delicious wine are in abundance sounds like the perfect place to feel the summer festival flow, doesn’t it? 

Moldova offers multiple occasions to have fun in summer, while discovering its rich culture and local communities. Find out more about some of them: 

IA MANIA

A celebration of hospitality? In Moldova, they say IA MANIA. 

Once again, the village of Holercani recently hosted the IA MANIA festival, which organisers say is a salute to Moldovan hospitality, and a feast for the eyes, with the opportunity to admire Moldovans of all ages wearing traditional hand-embroidered shirts.  

The festival’s atmosphere also includes unique handicraft and food fairs (what could be better than freshly fried Plăcintă and a glass of Moldovan wine?), exhibitions and activities for the whole family, not to mention the most important – live concerts for lovers of folklore and contemporary music.

Bonus: during the concerts, Moldovans dance the traditional Hora dance in front of the stage. Even if you don’t know the steps, you can boldly join in – the steps are simple and the people are understanding even to people who have two left feet

Are you ready to burn up the dance floor?  Save the date for next July.

IA MANIA FESTIVAL 2022

Blog: The Moldovan season of festivals
Photos taken at the Festival by the author.

Seară de Muzică Clasică la Butuceni

For fans of classical music and beautiful sights, here is a festival that at the same time is an act of international solidarity. 

Within the framework of the project “United Orchestra: Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Europe”, 110 young musicians from seven countries performed under the baton of conductor Cristian Spătar on July 23, 2022. The project was created in response to the desire to support solidarity with Ukraine and promote the Year of Youth in Europe. The highlight of the musical programme was Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony from the New World. 

And after the musical delight, a stroll through one of Moldova’s tourist highlights, Orheiul Vechi with its monasteries carved into the rocks awaits you. 

Seară de Muzică Clasică la Butuceni

Spic Folk Fest

The end of the month will bring attractions for lovers of folklore and the tranquillity of small towns on the outskirts of Elizaveta village in Bălți municipality, where the end of the wheat harvest season will be celebrated on July 31, together with popular bands from Biel and the surrounding area. Needless to say, traditional food, live music and local artisans will be a key highlight here as well.

Spic Folk Fest

Festivalul Lupilor — Camping „Fiu de dac și de zeiță  (Festival of Wolves – Camping “Son of a Dacian and a Goddess) 

Finally, a proposal of a different kind for those who want to unleash the energy of nature. 

Organisers of the festival describe it this way: beneath the roar of Codra and the roar of the shoe, the Festival of Wolves takes you from the origins to the present, from antiquity to modernity, from one world to another, where the legends of the nation come together. Leave your routine and worries at home and escape from the city noise to the heart of nature.

Wake up with a wild heart and unleash your wolf spirit to the frenetic rhythms of rap and hip-hop. Under the roar of the forest and howling of wolves, control your emotions and feel freer than ever!

But no worries – a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing is not a Moldovan thing, you can enjoy the festival atmosphere without fear! 

 Festivalul Lupilor — Camping „Fiu de dac și de zeiță  

So, are we seeing you in Moldova this summer?  

Blog: The Moldovan season of festivals
YEA Bagadzińska J. at the IA MANIA Festival



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