General

The gates will open on August 8th morning.

The Main Valley music will start on August 8th 2018 18:00 Romanian time.

The Main Valley music will finish on August 12th between 18:00 and 19:00 Romanian time.

The Ambient Forest music will keep on going then and close during the August 12-13th night.

The gates will close on August 13th evening.

It’s preferable you don’t.

If you already own a ticket and are you’re bound to your plane schedule we won’t force you to camp outside in the town, but please be aware that we might still be building the place then, so for safety reasons you won’t be allowed to wander around.

If you’re in the country in advance, why don’t you spend some time visiting it? The history, and the scenery are incredible. Just to name a few, besides Sibiu, which is nearby, there’s amazing areas like the Carpathes or worldwide known medieval cities like Brașov

 

In the summer, Romania uses EEST (Easter European Summer Time), which is UTC+3 aka GMT+3.

In other words it’s 1 hour extra compared to most European Countries (CET+1),
2 hours extra compared to Portugal or the UK,
and the same time as in Greece or Ukraine.

Definitely.

Basically we’re Suntrip Records, some guys that used to work with Transylvaliens Festival in the past, and the Old Is gold / Fractal Gate party promoter!

  • Remus aka DJ Hase (RO): responsible for the on-site organization, paperwork, logistics, and some bookings.
  • Theo (RO): mainly responsible for the logistics & building team.
  • Jos aka DJ Anoebis (BE) : Suntrip Records founder and long time Goa activist, taking care of a part of some bookings, the lineup and communication/promotion.
  • Fabien aka Mars (FR) : Suntrip Records founder and long time Goa activist, taking care of IT resources, a part of the bookings, and some organization.
  • Chris aka Ouwe Gouwe (BE) : Old Is Gold, Fractal Gate & Suntrip Records, taking care of the structure, accountancy, and some bookings.

We will be accompanied by a set of fantastic workers and volunteers to make this happen.

Euro
and
Romanian Lei

We might.
As of today (April 2018), we’re negotiating with the bank to have some terminals. We need some decent Internet connectivity too, which should be OK.
To Be Continued…

No.

You’re asking that because you noticed we’re reusing the location of Transylvaliens from the previous years, right ? That’s because we partnered with a two guys that used to work with that organization and who are familiar with the authorities there.

As for Transylvaliens, they had confirmed they’re going to use another location and we wish them godspeed!

No.

Pets are not allowed on the festival premises. Animals are always distressed by the sound volume and the amount of people, and end up fighting with one another.

Visitors that have been travelling with their animal and have no other option but to bring it may enter the premises, but are compelled to actively take care of it (as opposed to leaving it wander unattended), to use a leash, and to never approach the main floor with them. Any animal seen on the dancefloor will be removed from the site together with its master.

Music

Yes, the mainfloor will stop between 20h and 22h every day to let the bodies and the machines recover.

No, really, no.

All ages are welcome! When enjoying, everyone is the same age!

Though, because of the sound volume, we don’t recommend bringing kids under 3 years.
If you do, please enforce the use of earmuffs on your kids or young teenagers.

Facilities

It’s preferable you don’t.

If you already own a ticket and are you’re bound to your plane schedule we won’t force you to camp outside in the town, but please be aware that we might still be building the place then, so for safety reasons you won’t be allowed to wander around.

If you’re in the country in advance, why don’t you spend some time visiting it? The history, and the scenery are incredible. Just to name a few, besides Sibiu, which is nearby, there’s amazing areas like the Carpathes or worldwide known medieval cities like Brașov

 

Ludoș is a small town with few shops.

The most convenient is Sibiu (east) or Sebeș (west). Count 30 min by car.

Yes. Not the best but it works!
We advise you to check with your phone operator as for the roaming fees.

…or just shut down your phone and enjoy the full Apsara experience!

In the summer, Romania uses EEST (Easter European Summer Time), which is UTC+3 aka GMT+3.

In other words it’s 1 hour extra compared to most European Countries (CET+1),
2 hours extra compared to Portugal or the UK,
and the same time as in Greece or Ukraine.

There might be one. We’re working on it…no guarantee yet. We will issue a blog post if we manage to make it happen!

Not particularly.

Maybe we can arrange a space for disabled people near electric plugs. But please tell us at least 2 months in advance.

Yes, if you get injured or sick, or in case of emergency, you can visit or be taken to the 24-hour medical service (SMURD) whose location will be indicated onto the festival map.

Most accidents can be avoied by respecting a few simple rules: No drugs. Take breaks from the music regularly. Hydrate and eat. Use sunscreen if needed. Do not throw bottles or glasses in the camping area. Use shoes. Use a flashlight at night. Don’t fight!

Note: if you are under any treatment, you should pay attention to bring your own medecine with you. First aid isn’t a pharmacy.

No. Please keep your valuables with you.

You can visit the info desk in the festival whose location will be indicated onto the festival map.

Here’s a list of items you shall bring to the festival. YMMV and it’s not exhaustive, adapt following your needs!

  • Festival ticket or you risk paying the full price at the gate
  • ID and/or Passport
  • Money, both European (EUR) and local Lei (RON), there are not going to be ATMs at the festival site. We recomend picking up enough from the ATMs in Sibiu, Cluj, Tirgu Mures or Bucharest on your way to the festival
  • Camping gear (tent, mat, sleeping bag, pillow, tarp), as there is no accommodation nearby the festival location
  • Reusable water bottle or cup
  • Hat/cap, sunscreen, sunglasses to protect from the sun
  • Dancing shoes, sandals for day time
  • Warm clothing and shoes for night time. Temperatures in Transylvania fluctuate greatly from day to night and it can get as cold as 10°C even in August
  • Toys to play with and share
  • Small first-aid kit and medical info (allergies, medical conditions etc.) + your own medication if any
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper r. The toilets will be refreshed at a regular basis, but it’s best to bring your own just in case
  • Flashlight and a set of reserve batteries
  • Smartphone, camera
  • Battery bank for your smartphone or camera. We will try to provide charging slots compatible with most European devices but they will be limited
  • Bags for garbage and dirty clothes
  • Contraceptives and use of them in a responsible manner!
  • Only food and alcohol meant for personal consumption are allowed on the festival site. However, there will be friendly prices for both food and bevereges, so you won’t really need to bring your own.
  • Drugs. For us at Apsara festival, music is the only drug. We are well aware of the impact of psychedelics on trance music, but we do not encourage the use of drugs of any kind on the festival site. Selling and taking drugs will be punished by the local authorities according to local law.
  • Your own sound system. Please, just don’t.
  • Any kind of glass containers, as people can get badly hurt and ruin their festival experience
    Open fire/cooking equipment. In the forest the use of open fire is, for obvious reasons strictly prohibited
  • Professional audio/video recording devices and drones. Personal cameras for making memories are welcome though
  • Sky lanterns and fireworks
  • Any kind of items that can be used in an illegal, offensive or racist manner will be confiscated and you may be asked to leave the festival site
  • Animals they are distressed by the sound volume, fight, may hurt people, and always defecate in the wrong place…

Volunteering

All help is welcome. You need to speak English (and more) and fill this form first.
There’s a specific Volunteer FAQ too !!

Tickets

All ages are welcome! When enjoying, everyone is the same age!

Though, because of the sound volume, we don’t recommend bringing kids under 3 years.
If you do, please enforce the use of earmuffs on your kids or young teenagers.

On the income side, we forecast a number of attendees based on similar festivals in the area and what we’re expecting from our promotion campaign.

On the spending side, we calculated how much the lineup would cost (fees, planes, hotels, food), how much the stage, sound, lights, generators, fuel, materials would cost, how much the crew and the security would cost, plus the Romanian taxes, accountancy, currency change fees, for the duration of the festival.

We established a list of countries having more financial difficulties than others and made a few adjustments.

No, not at all. Don’t do that: Nothing prevents a crook from selling the same ticket many times. Tickets are electronic, they have a single-use QR code.

So, if you come at the gates with such a ticket after it was already presented by someone else and scanned, you’ll be denied the entrance of the festival or compelled to buy another ticket!

Euro
and
Romanian Lei

We might.
As of today (April 2018), we’re negotiating with the bank to have some terminals. We need some decent Internet connectivity too, which should be OK.
To Be Continued…

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