The second edition of Embargo Fest organized by the Embargo Cultural Association will be held on May 16 – 19, 2019 in Dudeştii Vechi locality. Just 10 kilometers from the Serbian border and 15 kilometers from the Hungarian border lives the largest community of Bulgarians in Romania. This is where Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Serbian artists will perform during this event. The musical festivities will be supplemented by a culinary experience, in which selected traders will prepare traditional Romanian, Serbian, Hungarian and Bulgarian dishes. Embargo Fest’s activities also include: film screenings, theater performances, traditional dance group performances, painting workshops, sports activities, live concerts, electronic music parties, and an amusement park. A small fair with traditional products from local producers will be organized on the main road of the festival.
The next year’s edition brings an extraordinary new development, with the involvement of the Hungarian minority; adding an extra day to Embargo Fest. Thus, the program starts on Thursday, May 16, at 17:00 and ends on Monday, May 20, at 9:00. There will be 3 stages: Main Stage, Green Stage, and Electric Base, with 2 camping areas, with parking. The first edition of the festival was a success and in May 2018 a number of approximately 8,000 participants gathered in three days. Bajaga i Instruktori, Cargo, Mihai Mărgineanu, Spitalul de Urgenţă and Amaro Del were special guests at the first edition while Mr. Goju (MNE) and K-lu mixed at the Green Stage.
Embargo Fest is organized in remembrance and recognition of the 90’s period, when no more than a month after the date when the embargo was imposed, tens of thousands of canisters filled with gasoline and diesel fuel came from Romanians to the Serbians. The community on the border with Serbia lived out of the small-scale cross-border traffic while the Serbian music and products from the former Yugoslavia were introduced into Romania. We want to remember those times, the good music of the 90’s, and to promote multiculturalism and the minorities living in the western part of the country. Our message at Embargo Fest (beside our promotion of multiculturalism) is an ecological message; a cultural and artistic protest against the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the western part of Romania.
We believe that the future belongs to agriculture and bio products, not to oil wells!