Many cultural institutions in Bucharest, alongside TV and radio stations, announced changes to their schedule to follow the national mourning days following the fire in Bucharest’s Colectiv nightclub on the evening of October 30th. The fire left 30 dead and over 180 injured.
The country declared October 31st to November 2nd national mourning days.
The Colectiv Club was a venue for many concerts, and among the most popular nightclubs in Bucharest. The band Goodbye to Gravity was playing in the club at the launch of their newest album. There was free entry to the party starting 20:30, and there were about 400 people in the club when the fire started. Colectiv is located in the basement of Pionierul, a former Communist factory on Tabacari street, close to downtown Bucharest.
A silent walk was organized downtown Bucharest on Sunday afternoon, November 1st, in the memory of those who died, and in support of those struggling for their lives in hospitals. Some 7,000 people attended. Meanwhile, people also lit candles and brought flowers in front of the club, including foreign ambassadors and politicians.
Public cultural institutions, TV and radio stations are compelled to adapt their schedule during national mourning days. Among the cultural institutions that suspended their usual schedule over the weekend where the Bucharest Opera House, the Ion Dacian Operetta Theater, the National Theater, the Small Theater, the Masca Theater, the Comedy Theater and the Constantin Tanase Theater. The ongoing National Theater Festival also announced it was postponing some of the representations scheduled for the weekend of October 30th.
Many of the clubs in Bucharest were closed over the weekend following the Colectiv Club tragedy and the scheduled Halloween parties were canceled to show respect and solidarity with the victims of the fire. More recently, the owner of the Expirat Club in the capital announced it was closing the venue because he was no longer able to take responsibility for the lives of the people coming there. Expirat has another location in Vama Veche.
Several other cities in Romania suspended events in solidarity with the victims of the Bucharest fire. It is the case of Cluj-Napoca or Timisoara.
More updates on the Colectiv Club situation can be read here.