Culture is everything

There is plenty to see in Bucharest, whether you’re strolling through the streets, the beautiful and large parks, or walk everywhere in between.

Lots of hidden treasures wait for you in the streets of the old historical neighborhoods, architectural gems can be found at any street corner, next to state-of-the-art buildings, wonderful painted churches catch your eye from among the buildings of flats, secret luxurious gardens hide behind busy street walls.

There is a wide variety of cultural manifestations in Bucharest: films, festivals, literature, music, visual arts events, conferences. There are more than 40 theaters in the city, many of them with plays in English, and more than 50 museums, including an open-air village museum. The Romanian Opera, the Atheneum and the Philharmonic host classical music concerts and festivals the whole year round.

All these institutions offer food for the soul of the culture lovers.

Cultural institutes

Bucharest is host to many cultural international institutes, most of them located in the very heart of the city.


The French Institute is a resource and cultural center in Romania. The French Institute is an instrument of influence, cooperation and promotion of French culture, enabling the affirmation of freedom of expression and diversity.

The activities of the French Institute of Romania are structured in three priority areas: the promotion of the French language in Romanian schools, universities and professionals, the dissemination of the French culture and artistic creation, in partnership with Romanian institutions and cultural actors, but also an active support for Franco-Romanian cooperation in favour of Francophonie.

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The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The British Council Romania is making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries it work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

This institution works with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.

The British Council has been in Romania since 1938.

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With more than 200,000 students a year, Cervantes Institute is the world's largest institution dedicated to teaching Spanish. In 2005 the institute received the Prince of Asturias Award in the category of Communication and Humanities.

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Goethe-Institute is a world-wide active cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and maintains international cultural cooperation.

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A national institute established to support the worldwide community of Hungarian education, the Balassi Institute plays a key role in the professional direction of cultural affairs. The Balassi Institute’s main objective is to project a quality-oriented image of our nation, thereby increasing Hungary’s prestige in the international sphere, while strengthening and preserving all facets of Hungarian culture both within and outside of Hungary’s borders.

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The Czech Center is a governmental organization that promotes the image of the Czech Republic in Romania and supports the development of Czech-Romanian relations in all fields of culture, science, education, trade and tourism. The institution addresses in particular to the younger generation by presenting contemporary Czech art and news from the Czech cultural scene – in the field of film, music, contemporary art, photography and architecture.

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The Polish Institute in Bucharest was founded in 2001. It encourages an exchange between Poland and Romania in the fields of culture, education, and sciences. The institute works towards making sure that Polish culture forms part of the Romanian landscape, and, in order to make this happen, it has got a strong a collaboration with Romanian institutions and NGOs as well as with festivals, not-for-profit organizations.

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RCI was established in 2003. The institute has got over 18 branches located on three continents. Each year, it organizes the European Film Festival, the Summer School of Romanian Language, and among its partners include we mention TIFF, FITS, FNT.

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Yunus Emre institute was founded in 2009 and it has got over 58 branches abroad.

Yunus Emre Institute is a cultural institution of Turkey, which strives to protect the heritage of Anatolia's important civilizations and to promote its cultural values and it assumes an important role in promoting the Turkish language and its historical and cultural heritage.

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The Italian Institute of Culture in Bucharest was founded in 1924 as a private institution created thanks to the commitment of some important Italian and Romanian intellectuals including Nicolae Iorga, Eugen Lovinescu and Ramiro Ortiz.

The Italian Institute of Culture in Bucharest offers the following services to the Romanian public: Italian language courses taught by qualified Romanian and native speakers, two annual exam sessions to obtain the certificate of Italian language proficiency as a foreign language, an Italian library for the consultation and lending of Italian books, magazines and newspapers.

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Cinemas in Bucharest

Bucharest has multiple cinemas, besides the ones that are in mall:

  • Elvire Popesco

  • Cinema MTR

  • Cinemateca Union

  • Cinemateca Eforie

  • Pro Cinema

  • Cinema Europa

Outdoor concerts & theatres in Bucharest

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