Peninsula / Félsziget Festival
|Peninsula / Félsziget Festival|
|Genre||Rock, pop, electro|
|Location(s)||Târgu Mureș, Romania|
Peninsula / Félsziget is an eclectic festival, with stages for different musical styles: rock, metal, pop, electro, world music, folk, hip-hop, blues and jazz. Today, the festival gathers yearly some 10 to 15 great bands and some 40 to 70 bands coming from most of the Central and Eastern European countries as well, bands which are more or less known outside their countries' borders.
Besides, the festival features a number of other activities: about 30 sports (football, table tennis, badminton, beach volleyball, chess, sumo, paintball, karting, archery, zip-line, kayaking, swimming etc.) including some extreme sport facilities (bungee jumping, climbing, paragliding etc.), movie projections in partnership with the Transilvania International Film Festival, theatre shows and workshops, stand-up comedy shows, graffiti contests and other creative activities, ecological workshops, volunteering workshops and training etc.
Also, volunteering is another important aspect of this festival. Annually, hundreds of youngsters from all over Romania gather at this event and enhance their experience by volunteering activities within the festival.
All these make Peninsula/Félsziget one of Romania's largest music festivals.
For those coming from other regions of the country or from abroad, there are several camping facilities such as special spots for assembling tents and parking RVs, public toilets and showers.
There are many open-air terraces and kiosks from which one can buy refreshments and different types of food, from local to fast food.
The first edition of the festival goes back to 2003. Organised by some members of the team of Sziget Festival, Peninsula (in Romanian) or Félsziget (in Hungarian) has grown steadily in terms of audience (from 20,000 in 2003 to 60,000 in 2009) as in the number, the variety and the quality of the bands: at the first edition there were only Hungarian and Romanian bands, while today there are bands from all over the world.
However, participants experienced a number of loopholes, from smaller location to a smaller number of bands. Initially, the line-up featured well-known bands such as Kaiser Chiefs, who eventually had to cancel.
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