OPUS Association (Cătălin Creţu – Chairman) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 2000 by a number of alumni of the National University of Music in Bucharest. Its members – composers and musicologists – have been an outstanding group of undergraduate students with numerous initiatives in the field of music. Publishing a musicology journal (a premiere for the National University of Music), as well as other music publications (dictionaries, textbooks, programme notes), organizing concerts for students and for teachers, and the members’ own professional interests, prompted the idea of creating an organized structure, focused on implementing these activities. Over the years, the members of the organization gained experience through doctoral programmes, master-classes, grants (in Romania, Germany, France, Finland). This contributed to the desire to extend their range of activities (and, implicitly, that of OPUS Association), by means of interdisciplinary programmes encompassing music, dance, visual arts, puppet theatre, and literature, and by collaborating with external partners.

Since 2012 OPUS Association is the main organizer of InnerSound International New Arts Festival.

The purpose of the organisation:

Supporting and encouraging Romanian musicians – performers, composers, musicologists, conductors, teachers, students – in order to promote Romanian culture, as well as new art, on a national, European, and international scale.

Cooperating with other Romanian and European institutions, associations, and organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, from all artistic and cultural sectors.

Issuing specialized publications and promotional material, organizing meetings, symposia, workshops, master-classes, participating in radio and TV broadcasts, as well as in any activity that would help disseminate new art.

Studying the specific realities of the music sector and offering viable solutions to its problems.

Elaborating and endorsing proposals of cultural politics in the new arts and supporting new legislation in order to improve the musician’s status.

Building a material base and a database necessary for the Association’s optimal performance.

Executing promotional tasks, undertaking artist management functions, networking with similar organizations from Romania and abroad.

Organizing workshops, summer schools, seminars, student exchanges, know-how transfers, concerts, festivals, and musical competitions.

Sâmbăta Sonoră

SAMBATA SONORA is a program aimed at developing local appreciation for music research and performance in the fields of contemporary music, free improvisation, sound experiment, radio art and sound poetry.
SAMBATA SONORA consists of public events organized by Jumatatea plina (“Half Full”) cultural association with the support of diverse institutional partners. Since 2009, more than 40 live performances, listening sessions, conferences and workshops have been presented for venues like the Music Academy, Enescu Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, the National Dance Center, but also a park and a bar. Their events attract a dedicated public (100+ in average), enjoy media coverage, and often provide the first chance for foreign artists to meet a Romanian public.

Partnering organizations for past events include: l’Institut Francais de Bucarest, Goethe Institute, Czech Centre, Arte, Romanian Broadcasting Corporation.

For more info, please see the official blog (in Romanian).