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Jazz in the Park hosts second show in Cluj landfill

On Tuesday 26 June, Romanian music festival Jazz in the Park hosted, for the second year running, a mini-festival aimed at raising awareness of the plight of people forced to live in a landfill site.

The landfill for the city of Cluj-Napoca, nicknamed ‘Pata Rât’, is home to hundreds of displaced people, most of them gypsies (Roma) who were evicted from a residential area of Cluj in 2010.

Concerts at the Landfill, which featured performances by local acts Taraful lui Siminic, JazzyBit and Marius Mihalache Band, was attended by around 1,000 people, half of them residents of Pata Rât. Many others came from the city centre, on 11 free buses put on by promoter Alin Vaida.

The festival took place on day six of Jazz in the Park proper, which runs until 1 July.

“It was heartwarming to see so many people happy and dancing together”

Vaida says: “This was the second time we went down to do an event at Pata Rât. But this time it was different: The people living there were waiting for us – they knew what to expect. The vibe was incredibly positive.

“There were already a few hundred people gathered when the first concert started and by the time the headliner came on stage, we were over 1,000. At the beginning of the headline act, rain started pouring down which made the experience all the more special. Nobody wanted to leave.

“It was heartwarming to see so many people happy and dancing together. For one hour, the world was perfect in my eyes.”

Jazz in the Park, now in its sixth year, comprises free and ticketed events across Cluj, in Transylvania. This year’s headliners are Nouvelle Vague, Juan de Marcos of Buena Vista Social Club, Nik Bartsch’s Ronin and Richard Bona Group.


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