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The Romanian Cultural Institute in London Presents

Bega Blues Band – A jazzy celebration

Wednesday 15 June

In a nutshell

An original jazzy celebration with Bega Blues Band, the oldest and most popular blues band in Romania.

Go on…

You’re in for an original jazzy celebration with Bega Blues Band, the oldest and most popular blues band in Romania. Get ready for a vibrant, colourful and inspiring sound and catchy tunes. The longest running group of blues-jazz in Romania comes to London in celebration of Romania’s national football team presence in the EURO 2016. With this concert we’ll be celebrating, hopefully, a great victory against the Swiss team. In any case, the original songs by Johnny Bota and Lucian Nagy will make you want to put your dancing shoes on and totally immerse yourself into the music.

What to expect

This performance will follow a live screening of the Albania v France UEFA EURO 2016 match.

A concert of blues and jazz featuring original compositions.

On the big screen

Russia v Slovakia / Group B / 2pm

Romania v Switzerland / Group A / 5pm

France v Albania / Group A / 8pm

Who’s Involved

Bega Blues Band, the oldest Romanian group of its genre, was born in 1983 after a legendary meeting between the late Bela Kamocsa - the founder and the guitarist of the renowned rock group Phoenix and the bass player Johnny Bota. The band, based in Timisoara, has had an impressive career, being awarded The Popularity Prize, Privas Festival, France (1992); The Best Blues Band, given by the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Romania and The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company (2004). After the death of Bela Kamocsa, Johnny Bota, the founder of the first Jazz Faculty in Timisoara, became the band's frontman.

The Romanian Cultural Institute promotes contemporary and traditional Romanian arts & culture through international partnership programmes and events. It consists of a global network of 19 institutes. The Institute in London is a member of the European Union National Institutes for Culture and the home of the Enescu Society in Great Britain. Since its opening, RCI London has organised hundreds of events in its home in 1 Belgrave Square, throughout the UK and sometimes even in Ireland and Iceland.

What people are saying

‘For more than 33 years, Bega Blues Bands continues its majestic, upward career and enchanting thousands and thousands’ Zoltan Varga,

Why does Rich Mix matter?

‘We are extremely happy to partner up once more with Rich Mix for the Euro 2016 Festival. We appreciate your professionalism, the care you put into the project you undertake and the steady grow of your audiences.'

Find out more


Facebook: /begabluesband

Things you should know

There will be a mixture of unreserved seating and standing space

This event is wheelchair accessible.