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DOORS OPEN DAY is back this year, on March 27th, when we also celebrate World Theatre Day!

We guarantee you will enjoy many special moments, which will take place in various locations at the National Theatre, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Entrance is free of charge, subject to availability.

More details soon!



7 December 2019



6.00 p.m.-7.50 p.m.


Dance Workshop held by Dina Pop (Napoca Westies)

This pair dance workshop will lead you to your first steps in Argentinian Tango, Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing (Modern Swing). You will learn to connect with your dance partner, you will learn another way to communicate with people around you, and to convey your emotions by means other than words. At the same time, you will get to know the creative part of pair dancing, and find a new way to enjoy the music and the movement.

The workshop will be held by Dina Pop, the first person to teach at West Coast Swing in Romania. Dina has learned the language of dance since she was 8, and she has improved it with many styles, among which the Argentinian Tango and the Swing.


Dina is currently working as a coach/choreographer at the Napoca Westies Dance School, and she is the organizer of the international festival of modern swing held in Cluj Napoca, Napoca Swing Festival, to which renowned Transylvanian choreographers are taking part.


8.00 p.m.-8.40 p.m.


Tudor Giurgiu is a member of the European Film Academy, an Eisenhower Fellow, founder and president of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) and of the "Fool Moon" Horror & Fantasy Film Festival. He lives in Cluj, he has always been in love with and inspired by theatre, he graduated the Faculty of Theatre and Film of the "I.L. Caragiale" University of Theatre and Cinema Art from Bucharest.


He directed four feature films, and his short film Superman, Spiderman or Batman gathered a considerable sum of awards, among which the Award of the European Film Academy for Best Short Film.


On the centenary of the National Theatre, Tudor Giurgiu is our guest at the GATES OPEN NIGHT, where he will have an onstage dialogue with Andreea Iacob, the artistic consultant of the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca, about his first encounters with theatre and about the importance of these experiences in his later cinema career. 


8.50 p.m.-9.20 p.m.


The screening of the film made during the 2019 Gates Open Day

We are looking forward to welcoming our spectators at the screening of a film also made with spectators! The theatre-goers who entered the film booth set up during the Gates Open Day from 27 March 2019 answered a set of questions, were caught on camera, and the product of our project now reaching its fifth edition will be screened during the Gates Open Night. 


9.30 p.m.-10.20 p.m.


WITH Ada Milea, Bobo Burlăcianu, Anca Hanu and Cristian Rigman


10.30 p.m.-11.20 p.m.


A Q&A session with the actors of the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca:

Adrian Cucu, Cătălin Herlo, Radu Lărgeanu, Miron Maxim

Host: Dragoș Pop

The Q&A session with actors of the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca has already become a traditional moment within our event. This year's edition opts for the novel format of Questioning Actors. What does it actually mean? Besides leading a dialogue with the public, actors Adrian Cucu, Cătălin Herlo, Radu Lărgeanu and Miron Maxim will also answer challenging questions from their company colleagues, through the help of our wonderful host and colleague Dragoș Pop. 


11.30 p.m.-0.40 p.m.


Concert-performance by Ada Milea



6.00 p.m.-0.40 p.m.

The Christmas Campaign - OSUBB


THE CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN is a project of OSUBB. The students are trying to collect as many gifts as possible for underprivileged children, in order to help them experience the Christmas that every child deserves. The National Theatre is one of the sites that host boxes where people can leave toys and clothes for children, during the Gates Open Night.

We strongly encourage you to take part in this activity and become an elf that makes the Christmas magic possible!


6.00 p.m.-10.00 p.m.

The Book Corner LIBRARIUM Bookstore


7.00 p.m.-7.50 p.m.


Guest Florica Ichim, the president of the "Camil Petrescu" Cultural Foundation


We are looking forward to welcoming you at a meeting with Florica Ichim, the president of the "Camil Petrescu" Cultural Foundation. We are going to talk about the prominent personalities of the Cluj theatre, people who made history and to whom several articles, studies, but also books and albums were dedicated: Anton Tauf, Vlad Mugur, Ștefan Braborescu, Ileana Ploscaru, Liviu Ciulei, and many others. Within the same meeting, the newest issue of the journal Theatre today will be launched, with its substantial 100 pages section about the centenary of our institution. The journal can be bought from the Librarium bookstore stand, from the foyer of the Theatre. 



FOYER, 2nd floor


EXHIBITION Walking through one Century of Cluj Theatre

The exhibition displays photos and documents from the archive of the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca, as well as drawings made by school children from Cluj, which were inspired by our theatre and by the celebration of its 100 years in Romanian language.





Garments, home clothes and handmade gifts


wool accessories and decorative objects


paper jewels

VIVI Contemporary Jewelry

original silver jewels

DEVLA Accessories  

Accessories made from computer keys, floppy disks and other electronic devices


the taste artisan


notebooks, address books, greeting cards and stuffed toys


wooden ornaments


objects made by disabled children


FOYER, 2nd floor, right


6.30 p.m.-7.30 p.m.


Reading Workshop with Bianca Mereuță

This interactive narrative workshop will enable us talk about the role played by stories and books in the lives of our children since their very birth, as well as in our own lives, the lives of the adults who shape the children's characters. We are going to read stories wonderfully illustrated for children over 3 (The Gardener's Surprise and Hot and Cold around the World), and for children over 7 - The Gift of the Wise Men.


For those who still do not know her yet, Bianca Mereuță is a brand strategist and copywriter, and expert in visual discourse analysis, and a book lover. Her goal is to actively engage in the development and the implementation of a strategy meant to educate through reading both children and adults, and increase the actual number of readers.


FOYER, 2nd floor, left


6.30 p.m.-7.30 p.m.


Creative Workshop for children (MiniReactor)

This workshop is meant to help the little ones create with their own hands a cartoon theatre character (a doll). 

We are going to rely mainly on the key element of imagination! 

Once our characters are given a body, we will learn together how to breathe life into them in 5 simple steps.

This workshop is aimed at children over 7, lasts for 60 minutes, and can host 10 participants, without prior registration.


Trainer Andreea Ajtai is looking forward to welcoming you at Gates Open Night!


FOYER, 3rd floor


6.00 p.m.-9.00 p.m.


Globe painting with Ilinca and Dora Baba

Drawing Workshop

Stone painting Workshop with Iulia Huiculescu

Prior registration is not required for the three workshops, they allow free entrance within available seats, and will take place simultaneously





EUROPEANA - a short history of the 20th century

Within the France-Romania Season, the Company Rêvages and the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca, with the support of the French Institute of Cluj, are presenting on the 28 of May, from 8 p.m., the production EUROPEANA, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY, written by Patrik Ourednik and directed by Sarah Lecarpentier.

A thirty-year old woman and a sixty-year old man appear on the stage. They represent two generations, one that saw, the other that wants to see (or not). They are hunters. Butchers, salesmen. Memories, dreams, images. This couple travels through Europe, from town to town, from hotel to hotel, telling the public about the great events of the 20th century: from technical inventions to the disillusionments of ideology. They are the two faces of the same person.


 "I discovered «Europeana» in 2014. Back then, I was researching the history and the memory of Europe. This interest led me toward the "Short history of the 20th century".

Ourednik chose the form of a "text". He explains that himself, discouraging the idea that this simple text would be regarded as some sort of an essay or a novel. However, this text does take the form of an essay, half pamphlet, half prophecy. It is meant to explain to an "idiot" reader, in the sense of Dostoyevsky's innocent, what happened in Europe throughout the 20th century. With this view, the text has the minute, finely-tuned works of a clockwork which builds a sort of literary machine. This machine tells the story of the previous century through the various languages of numbers, data, detailed examples. At the same time, it employs an entirely theatrical tone: the examples are put on the stage, they are rendered with a detached cynicism, historical and sociological facts are directly connected with advertisements or urban myths. Correlating several perspectives, summarizing the ideologies and the great events of the century as short newspaper reports, the text toys with the concept of historical truth."

Sarah Lecarpentier


The production is in French, and has Romanian subtitles. Not recommended under the age of 15.

Tickets can be purchased from the Tickets Agency of the National Theatre of Cluj, and online at


The Europeana project of the French company is meant to raise awareness among European citizens on the connection between the common European memory and their personal opinions. Within the France-Romania season, the project includes a theatre performance, a conference and a photo exhibition.