AWAKE 2019 - What you have to know about this festival?

If you haven’t been to any of the previous editions of AWAKE Festival at Teleki Castle in Gornești, Mureș county, here is a short description of what #AWAKE3 is about and why it was included in the top 20 boutique festivals in Europe by The Guardian. (Interview with the organizers):

VisitMureș - What does a „boutique festival” mean? How is Awake different from the other festivals in Romania? 

Awake - Ever since the first edition, Awake had a different concept than the rest of the festivals on the market, hence the name of boutique festival, which means that Awake is more than just music, it is based on contemporary cultural activities and experiences. The theme of #AWAKE3 is #BohemianBlast,  a manifesto dedicated to free, creative and bohemian minds, which in 2019 runs for 4 days, between August 15 – 18.

VisitMureș - What kind of activities and experiences can one find here for 4 days?

Awake - AWAKE has developed the Feed Your Mind platform, which combines speeches, panels and workshops on the latest and most relevant topics. You can find more details on Feed Your Mind has had a pre-festival tour in 6 cities this year. 
The Festival includes a Cinema and a theatre zone, an open air library, a bazaar for the most modern accessories, a relaxation zone – the Serenity Meadow and 4 music scenes. The participants will be able to try activities such as paintball, lasertag, theatre, hot air balloon, or zorbing. 

VisitMureș - What is new in the festival this year?

Awake - This year we are at the 3rd edition of the festival and we have prepared a lot of surprises. The absolute novelty this year at AWAKE will be the beach on the she shore of Mureș river, which was made in collaboration with Gornești Mayor’s Office. 

VisitMureș - What is this year’s line-up? Who are the headliners?

Awake - The line-up has enriched almost monthly with new local and international names. The headliners this year will be Netsky, Pussy Riot, Enter Shikari, Dirtyphonics, De Staat, AJ Tracey, Triggerfinger etc. In addition to these names, there will be two exclusive events on the Main Stage: Awake F1rst - Tribute to Keith and Bohemian Symphony, a concert that will close the festival this year. 

VisitMureș - How can one get to the festival, considering it is not in a city, and not everyone knows the location?
Awake - Similar to the previous years, Awake offers regular bus transfers from Târgu Mureș (and return),  starting from the Sports Palace (near the Municipality Park). Another way to get to Gornești is by train, the train station being very close to the festival area. There is also  a bicycle road on the bank of Mureș river, that stretches from Tg. Mureș to Gornești. We also have a special project, the Energizing Party BUS, which starts in Bucharest and stops in every major city on the road to the festival: Ploiești, Sibiu, Brașov, Sighișoara, collecting the participants and bringing them to Teleki Castle.
VisitMureș - A few reasons to come to this year’s AWAKE Festival?
Awake - For this extraordinary atmosphere created thanks to the Awake community. An atmosphere of freedom, creation, exchange of ideas and fun. Awake is unique in its own way, it’s a combination of chill and thrill, maximum fun at night and a beautiful and intelligent relaxation during the day. 

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