History of The Golden Stag Festival

The Golden Stag

Standing behind all the singing stars, in the shade of colorful changing light beams, they, The Golden Stag Festival’s organizers, are meticulously weaving the sound carpets for all the big and small musical performances.

Despite popular belief, to create such an event in a big city it takes more than just picking singers from different countries, even if they are good. The most important thing is that all competitors and their musical managers should understand and ”feel” the idea of an International Musical Festival. They should have a sincere passion for music and exuberance. Since each rehearsal should be like a happy gathering, each performance seems to be a test, or more accurately speaking, a competition involving the spirit. Singing professional music is a very difficult task, yet how to do it well is even more difficult. For creating a good musical festival you are in need of two things: the competitors’ personal interest and effort, and good captains. Perhaps due to so many requirements, there are not so many festivals so popular as The Golden Stag Festival.

Here is the story of this festival held in an ex-communist country, of the few artists who made their first appearance here, and a public who’s breath was taken away by their voices and their performance.

First organized at the beginning of March 1968 at the request of the Romanian Government, The Golden Stag Festival was and still is famous since it helped the public to realize that all musical programs are not the same, and with a good opportunity a no-name artist can became a star. The idea of organizing the Festival belongs to the ex-dictator Nicoale Ceausescu, who was eager to show the Western world that Romania was a free country. He created The Golden Stag Festival as a copy of San Remo Festival, and decided to locate the event in the most important tourist town in Romania, Brasov.

Four years later, Nicolae Ceausescu decided to end the Festival since he feared it might give the Romanian people too much of a taste for freedom. However, during the four editions big names of the international music scene appeared in show hors-concurs. Let’s remember: Connie Francis, Cliff Richard, Josephine Backer or Dalida.

After the Revolution of ’89, the Romanian Television did its best to bring the festival back to life, and succeeded in 1992.

This is what I remember about the autumn of 1992, when I had the chance to experience what my parents told me about The Golden Stag Festival. It was a lovely night in Brasov, filled with great music and beautiful people; quite a special, spectacular and magical occasion. It was great to see everyone dancing, singing and having a good time while some no-name artists, and later on Patricia Kass, was performing. As a fan said: “It was a stunning performance!”

All tickets were sold out! Patricia Kass, who, by the way, was looking absolutely gorgeous, started the night in a romantic mood…

As we relive the memories of this festival, I hope we can continue to spread the word about The Golden Stag. I gathered some info to distribute to those who would be interested to come in Romania in Brasov for the next editions. Everything you need to know is written in this site.