red|guide Tipps: Bucharest
EAT in Bucharest: Biutiful
What did Twins Studio think of when designing Biutiful? Candlesticks covered with wax, dimly lit corners and loads of bricks? For some reason you cannot stop guessing that the Romanian company has hid gloomy creatures in the pub in Bucharest. But no, instead a colourful elk head peeps from the wall and observes the guests having their drinks. The English pub in the historic district is not a ghost parlour but a smorgasbord of interior objects that provide for a very peculiar mood. There you have the old wooden tables, the heave sofas and the delicate chandelier above them. The latter match the spotlights that give the venue an industrial touch. The brick wall is very effective in terms of ambiance, is partially filled with mortar and on top of it red fans are buzzing.
SHOP in Bucharest: Rozalb de Mura
The Rozalb de Mura label was launched in 2006 and ever since customers have wondered about the name that combines the words for ?rose' and ?blackberry'. That is meant to signal an scintillating and creative mix. Designer Olah Gyarfas is himself a mix of equal parts Hungarian and Romanian. He takes an interest not only in fashion but promotes an exchange between artists, musicians, and other creative people from all over the world. The concept works: Rozalb de Mura is a lively showcase with a wealth of fresh, imaginative creativity that you will try hard to find elsewhere. Shop, showroom, and exhibition space all rolled into one?no limits here as long as the line is aesthetically pure and the artistic claim ambitious. The outfits are made for today's yuppy. And especially if you are among those who absolutely reject this distinction, then you should have a look inside. Here you find fashion of the day after tomorrow. Just the thing for exhibition openings, graphic artists, writers, artists, club nights-out, or DJs. Most of it is in black and?at last!?there is men's wear too.
STAY in Bucharest: El Greco
You may feel as though you are in an antiques shop. But here you actually get to use the creaky chests, sleep in the romantic old-fashioned beds, and wander at will through the historic halls. After all, it's still a hotel, even though quite a historic one.The EL Greco is a dream that dates back to the 19th century?both the façade and the lovingly restored lounges and staircases. True, the rooms can seem somewhat full and the décor a bit overladen unless you have a special penchant for heavy, burgundy-coloured curtains, gold braid, stucco, and patterned carpets. If your eyes need a rest, then repair to the garden and terrace in the hotel's interior courtyard. Here you can also savour Greek and international cuisine. One night's accommodations in a double room start at 110 euro.
SEE in Bucharest: Kinofestred|guide Bucharest
At Bucharest's Kinofest the focus is on fascinating animated films and exciting shorts. Anyone can participate, whether professional director, or hobby cineaste. Romanian and international film-makers have the chance over five days to screen their latest works. The organisers' goal is to create a stage for young cinema-makers' films. The also aim to stimulate interest in media arts and showcase new forms of creativity. This formula seems to be a success, with the festival taking place this year for the fourth time. At Kinofest the best films in the categories animation, fiction, and micromovie will be awarded prizes. You want to get a taste of the festival in advance? Log on to the festival website, where entries of past years can be viewed.