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ECO Stage line-up @Electric Castle 2018

Working the ECO ways can be exhausting… or so we’ve heard, because we’re just getting started.

This year, the ECO Spot at the Electric Castle Festival will have its’ own stage, powered and supported by Lidl Romania. And as you already know, the stage will be 100% friendly to our environment, using the Solar Sound System which runs on solar and kinetic energy. If the sun will shine high and bright and if the festival people don’t stop pedalling, you’re in for a party! But who exactly are we going to fuel?


We present you this one of a kind party mix:

A line-up that combines Romania’s most noticeable rising artists and unique international DJ’s. The result is a perfect synergy of up-beat sounds raging from house, to electro, tribal and groove. They are the ECO fighters that will animate and give more life to the camping area of the festival. The stage will be ready for you on Wednesday, the 18th of July, with its’ first guest Julian M. starting 14:00.  From Tuesday you can see your favourite artists perform here daily starting 12:00.

For more info on the festivals’ line-up, visit this link: https://electriccastle.ro/schedule

Put your dancing shoes on and meet us at the castle. Or in this case your sneakers, you’ll definitely need sneakers for pedalling!

Visiting Author: Flavia M. Mocan (La Résistance)


Oficialii ECO Ambasadori ai Electric Castle 2018

În ultimii 4 ani, nenumărați cicliști curajoși s-au alăturat campaniei ECO Ambasadori de la Electric Castle pentru a promova diverse cauze ECO importante, și implicit, transportul alternativ.

A venit momentul să-i anunțăm sus și tare pe dragii noștri îndrăznețo-aventurieri ce vor pedala anul acesta un minimum de 250 km, din diverse orașe ale țării până la Castelul Banffy.

Un total de 40 de ECO Ambasadori, echipe sau individuali, își vor uni puterile pentru a susține un scop comun: acela de a promova utilizarea bicicletei ca obiectiv de interes național.

*Notă pentru festivalieri: alegeți carpooling-ul, trenul, autobuzul sau călătoriți cât mai multe persoane în mașină pentru a reduce emisiile de carbon din atmosferă.

Fără alte introduceri, haideți să-i cunoaștem pe mentorii ce vor aduce schimbarea la Electric Castle 2018!



Hyper Cycles – ECO Ambasadori ai Electric Castle 2018 

Echipa Hyper Cycles este formată din Zsófia, Andreea, Mátyás și Marinică. Ei vor pedala 330 de km pe drumul Cluj-Beliș-Roșia Montană-Aiud-Colțești-Cluj-Bonțida. Aceștia consideră că folosirea bicicletei ca mijloc de transport ar trebui sa vină natural și zilnic. Vor să evidențieze cât de ușor, cât de ECO, cât de sănătos și mai ales cât de util este transportul pe bicicletă.Continue Reading..


ECO Stage at Electric Castle with SolarSoundSystem

Did you ever find yourself in front of a stage, dancing, singing, enjoying the moment, the DJ, the view, the vibe and the people… when the music suddenly stopped? And did you think that you would do anything to make it start again?

This year the ECO Program ran by MAINOI at the Electric Castle Festival celebrates its 5 years anniversary. In order to properly mark this special year, the ECO Spot will give you the opportunity to keep the party going. All you got to do is… pedal.

The SolarSoundSystem is a concept started by Cédric Carles in 1999 in the Swiss city of Lausanne. The Solar Sound System network and projects traveled from Lausanne to Paris, Berlin, Basque Country, Marseille, even Tel Aviv and now they will join us starting July 18th to the 22nd at Electric Castle. Together with the Solar Sound System brought from Berlin, we will create the unique ECO Stage, powered entirely off-grid by solar panels and bikes linked to generators to pedal your way to the music. It’s simple: if the sun is shy or your pedalling stops, the music stops too. If you move your body to create energy, the show goes on!

This unique concept was created by Cédric Carles, Rubens Ben and Thomas Ortiz in their fight to create awareness and eco-responsibility in a fun and educational way. They’ve created a sound system that works with 100% renewable energy speakers, turntables and sound mixers. And you’ll be able to see solar panels working first hand and to actively participate in building up the joy of naturally-created sounds on the solar dance-floor.

Other notable projects of the SolarSoundSystem include a radio station whose server is powered by solar energy, research into repurposing green technologies of the past and a device for recharging disposable batteries called RegenBox. The RegenBox is completely ecological and works on “non-rechargeable” batteries.

Apart from the fun and interactive part, the Solar Sound System is a conversation starter. It points out that creativity can solve our modern days’ problems related to energy efficiency and climate change while engaging people to not wait for issues to be solved, but get involved and do what they can to be part of the change.

At Electric Castle, come to join the conversation at the ECO Stage located in the camping and to dance to the solar sounds.

The two DJs that will own the stage representing the SolarSoundSystem are Ben Ur and Niki Baida. Their beats are sure to energize you to the bones. Until the time comes, check out their mixes and get familiar to their sound here:

Ben Ur | www.mixcloud.com/Ben_Ur/

Niki Baida | www.soundcloud.com/nikibaida

Until the full ECO Stage line-up is announced, keep a close eye on this space and tune-in to the up-beat Radio 3S – SolarSoundSystem to set your mood for the festival. Groove on!


Article by visiting author: Flavia Mocan (La Résistance)



Lead the Scene, Go Green @ Electric Castle 2018

Summer has already made its full presence since about a month now. We can stay out late and we constantly feel the need to eat ice cream.

But most importantly, our minds wander more. We think about dancing our shoes off while our faces are covered in sunshine. Thinking about those blissful moments which we’re gonna experience at Electric Castle 2018.

Of course, we’re all preparing our festival outfits in advance. We’re also thinking ahead of what artists we’re gonna see and making fun “to do” lists.

However, the mindset we bring to Bonțida is most decisive when it comes to the amount of fulfillment we’re gonna get at the end. It’s dandier than any brand new shoes we’re gonna wear. Why?

‘Cause taking care of the Banffy castle and its surroundings is important. Supporting the ECO cause which affects all of us is crucial. Basically, treating the dance-floor with respect and driving eco-responsibility through music is uber cool.

The ECO Program @ Electric Castle 2018

In 2018, MAINOI‘s ECO Program of Electric Castle proudly celebrates 5 years of sustained progress towards implementing sustainability standards at the festival.

We’re still riding along the journey towards creating the most ECO-friendly festival in Romania. Together with Lidl, we are continuing the #ZeroWaste mission, our long-term objective to reduce, reuse and recycle all the waste generated during the festival.

Last year, when we launched the #ZeroWaste mission, we managed to recycle 65% of the waste produced. This year we are raising the bar to 75-80% recycling rate.

But, there is a catch: we can only do it with all of you onboard!

Here’s how you can get involved:

Keep the Castle Clean

Everywhere in the festival, you will find recycling stations for recyclables (aluminum, plastic, cardboard, paper) and general trash. Thus, recyclable materials are not being discarded together with the other garbage but will get a chance to a second life.


If you camp, you will receive a disposable green bag for your recyclables and a black bag for your trash; please use the bags accordingly and bring the green bags, full with recyclables, at the ECO Spot, near the Lidl store, to get cool incentives in return.

In addition, as of this year, we will be running the awesome NO STRAW policy, therefore you won’t receive plastic straws with your drink. However, if you insist, biodegradable straws made from 100% compostable materials, will be available for you, at the bars, upon request.  

Eco Creators: Showcase the green and win  

We have a contest that might really spark your interest!

Help us raise awareness on our eco activities by showing the whole wide online world your perspective about the ECO program. Use either your lens or your writing skills in the most unique and surprising way, and get the chance to win great eco prizes!

We’re expecting images, videos or articles that showcase the sustainability practices you observe at the festival, but we don’t mind if your imagination goes further than that!  

You only have to post your creative content on your social network (Facebook, Instagram, blog, etc.) with #ecoec and #zerowaste hashtags, send us the link at electriccastle@mainoi.ro, until 24th of July, and you can win a bicycle, a solar backpack, and other nice props to help you become a legendary EcoCitizen.


This year you’re going to simultaneously pedal and dance at our ECO Spot, as we are going to set-up the first solar stage ever at a Romanian music festival, by bringing the unique Solar Sound System to the Banffy Castle for your musical delight.

We are welcoming everyone in the camping to enjoy the sounds of our lovely innovative solar stage, located near the Lidl store. The stage runs daily 12h00-20h00 and entirely on solar and kinetic energy produced by you, wonderful electric people, at the bikes installation. Check-out the line-up here: https://electriccastle.ro/schedule

ECO Ambassadors by Ciuc Radler 0,0%

One of the most engaging alternative transportation with zero carbon footprint awareness campaign is the ECO Ambassadors, now at its forth edition. 40 cyclists who will hop on their saddles and pedal for more than 250 km to get to the Electric Banffy Castle to promote the idea that cycling should be considered a national objective, being a zero carbon footprint means of transportation.. Greet them at arrival, on Wednesday, at 18h00, at the festival’s entry gate and celebrate together afterwards at the Beer Garden.


Join the Facebook event here


Join the ECO Team of Electric Castle 2018

Electric Castle 2018 is incredibly close and the time to kick off the recruitment for the ECO Team has come!

L.E: Deadline extended on some roles, check below! You will join the waiting list & if you are the kind of people with flexible schedule there are many chances you’ll get a call.

Every year, wonderful people have joined our team with the belief that Electric Castle is the place where their contribution to change is guaranteed.

For the anniversary edition – 5 years of our ECO Program – we now have available dozens of volunteer, promoter, recycler and photographer roles to support the main common goal: creating the most ECO-festival in Romania! >> mai jos articolul în limba română <<

This summer we continue the #ZeroWaste campaign, which is our long-term goal of reducing, reusing and recycling all the waste generated at the festival. Last year we recycled, with the efforts and enthusiasm of the entire team, 60% of the waste created during the festival.

In 2018 we want to aim even higher, who’s with us?

Available roles:

ECO-Volunteers for Electric Castle

Volunteers Electric Castle

/ open position for any gender;

/ free entrance to the festival, camping, water & a sandwich/shift;

/ work takes place on the ECO Spots from camping;

/ 6 hour shift/day;

Every year there is always a positive energy around the ECO Spots. Here only good music is playing and anyone’s welcome to join!

A volunteer must:

  • arrive on-site for training on Tuesday, July 17th, 14:00;
  • be available to work both day and night;
  • wear the ECO uniform (t-shirt, bandana);
  • inform and educate about the ECO Program’s campaigns
  • help the ECO Team in various ways and for different tasks, specific for outdoor events;

Main skills:

  • spontaneity and openness to speaking with people;
  • knowledge of waste management and recycling or, at least, the ability to learn super fast;
  • coherence and expressiveness in speaking Romanian and English (advanced level).

>>>APPLY HERE<<< until Friday, June 22nd.


ECO-Promoters for Electric Castle

Volunteers for Electric Castle

/ position for girls;

/ free entrance to the festival, camping, water & a sandwich/shift;

/ paid role (details on the interview);

/ 8 hour shift during the day.

A promoter must:

  • be on-site for training, Tuesday, July 17th, 14:00;
  • wear the specific ECO uniform (t-shirt, skirt, leggings, bandana, accessories);
  • inform and educate about the Zero Waste campaign of the festival and the sustainability policy of Lidl, the sponsor of the ECO program;
  • explain the mechanisms and persuade people in joining ECO competitions;
  • be creative in convincing people to throw the waste they generate into the right bins;
  • involve festival goers in an ECO questionnaire about their recycling habits and their level of satisfaction for the program.

Main skills:

  • spontaneity and openness to talking with people;
  • knowledge of waste management and recycling or, at the very least, the ability to learn super fast;
  • coherence and expressiveness in speaking Romanian and English (advanced level).

>>>APPLY HERE<<< until Friday, June 22nd.


ECO-Recyclers for Electric Castle

Recyclers for Electric Castle

/ open position for any gender;

/ free entrance to the festival, camping, water & a sandwich/shift;

/ paid role (details on the interview);

/ 6 hour shift, 16:00-22:00 and 22:00-04:00.

A recycler must:

  • be on-site for training, Tuesday, July 17, 14:00;
  • gather recyclable waste and better the recycling process;
  • mentor the cleaning team to ease up the selective sorting;
  • wear the ECO team uniform (overalls, t-shirt – don’t be afraid, it will be very cool 🙂 ).

>>>APPLY HERE<<< until Friday, June 22nd.


ECO-Photographer for Electric Castle

Photographers for Electric Castle

/ open position for any gender;

/ free entrance to festival, camping, water & a sandwich/shift;

/ paid role (details on the interview);

/ 8 hour shift during the day;

A photographer must:

  • be on-site Tuesday, July 17th, 14:00;
  • collaborate and work with the ECO Promoters;
  • capture the ECO Program activities in a most expressive and natural way;
  • own advanced equipment and a portfolio;
  • have experience in photography at outdoor events.

>>>APPLY HERE<<< until Friday, June 15th.

More details on our page‘s Facebook Messenger or by e-mail: contact (at) mainoi (dot) ro





Electric Castle 2018 este incredibil de aproape și a venit momentul să dăm START-ul recrutărilor pentru echipa ECO!

În fiecare an, oameni minunați s-au alăturat echipei Mainoi din convingerea că Electric Castle este locul în care au garanția că pot contribui la schimbare.

Pentru ediția aniversară – 5 ani de program ECO – punem la bătaie zeci de roluri de voluntari, promoteri, reciclatori și fotografi, pentru a susține principalul scop comun: crearea celui mai ECO festival din România!

Vara aceasta continuăm campania #ZeroWaste, care constituie obiectivul nostru pe termen lung de reducere, reutilizare și reciclare a tuturor deșeurilor generate în cadrul festivalului. Anul trecut am reciclat, cu eforturile și entuziasmul întregii echipe, 60% din deșeurile create pe parcursul festivalului.

În 2018 vrem să țintim și mai sus, cine e cu noi?

Roluri disponibile:

ECO-Voluntar la Electric Castle

/ post disponibil atât pentru fete, cât și pentru băieți;

/ intrare gratuită la festival, camping, apă & un sandwich/tură;

/ lucrează la ECO Spot și în campinguri;

/ tură de 6 ore/zi;

În jurul ECO Spot-urilor din fiecare an se adună mereu o energie pozitivă aparte, se leagă constant prietenii, se ascultă muzică bună și oricine e bine-venit.

Un voluntar trebuie să:

  • fie la fața locului pentru instruire, marți, 17 iulie, orele 14:00;
  • fie disponibil pentru a face schimburi atât pe zi, cât și pe noapte;
  • poarte uniforma ECO (tricou, bandană);
  • informeze și să educe în legătură cu campaniile Programului ECO;
  • ajute echipa ECO la orice este necesar si tine de specificul organizarii unui eveniment de outdoor.

Aptitudini principale:

  • spontaneitate și deschidere către a vorbi cu oamenii;
  • cunoștințe în domeniul gestiunii și a reciclării deșeurilor sau, cel puțin, capacitatea de a învăța super-rapid;
  • coerență și expresivitate în vorbirea limbii române și a limbii engleze (nivel avansat).

>>>APLICĂ AICI<<< până vineri, 15 iunie.


ECO-Promoter la Electric Castle

/ rol disponibil doar pentru fete;

/ intrare liberă la festival, camping, apă & un sandwich/shift;

/ rol plătit (detalii la interviu);

/ tură de 8 ore pe timpul zilei.

Un promoter trebuie să:

  • fie la fața locului pentru instruire, marți, 17 iulie, orele 14:00;
  • poarte uniforma ECO specifică (tricou, fustă, jambiere, bandană, accesorii);
  • informeze și să educe despre campania Zero Waste a festivalului și politica de sustenabilitate a Lidl, sponsorul programului ECO;
  • explice mecanismele concursurilor ECO și să convingă oamenii să se implice în activitățile eco propuse;
  • fie creativ în a convinge oamenii să arunce deșeurile pe care le generează în coșurile potrivite;
  • implice oamenii din festival într-un chestionar ECO despre obiceiurile lor de reciclare și nivelul de satisfacție față de program;

Aptitudini principale:

  • spontaneitate și deschidere către a vorbi cu oamenii;
  • cunoașterea gestiunii și a reciclării deșeurilor sau, cel puțin, capacitatea de a învăța super-rapid;
  • coerență și expresivitate în vorbirea limbii române și a limbii engleze (nivel avansat).

>>>APLICĂ AICI<<< până vineri, 22 iunie.


ECO-Reciclator la Electric Castle

/ post disponibil atât pentru fete, cât și pentru băieți;

/ intrare gratuită la festival, camping, apă & un sandwich/tură;

/ rol plătit (detalii la interviu);

/ tură de 6 ore, în intervalele orare 16:00-22:00 și 22:00-04:00.

Un reciclator trebuie să:

  • fie la fața locului pentru instruire, marți, 17 iulie, orele 14:00;
  • adune deșeurile reciclabile și să ranforseze procesul de reciclare;
  • mentoreze echipa de curățenie pentru eficientizarea colectării selective;
  • poarte echipamentul de echipă (salopetă, tricou – nu vă fie teamă, vor fi unele foarte cool 🙂 ).

>>>APLICĂ AICI<<< până vineri, 22 iunie.


ECO-Fotograf la Electric Castle

/ post disponibil atât pentru fete, cât și pentru băieți;

/ intrare liberă la festival, camping, apă & un sandwich/shift;

/ rol plătit (detalii la interviu);

/ tură de 8 ore pe timpul zilei;

Un fotograf trebuie să:

  • fie la fața locului marti, 17 iulie, orele 14:00;
  • colaboreze și lucreze cu promoterii;
  • surprindă activitatea Programului ECO într-o manieră cât mai expresivă și naturală;
  • dețină echipament performant, portofoliu și experiență ca fotograf la evenimente outdoor;

>>>APLICĂ AICI<<< până vineri, 22 iunie.

Detalii suplimentare pe mesageria Facebook a paginii noastre sau pe mail la contact (at) mainoi (punct) ro


Vino așa cum ești 😉




Electric Castle: the 2017 ECO Ambassadors on bicycles

We are happy to announce our heroes on bikes for Electric Castle 2017! Our fiery and strong-minded cyclists, the official Eco Ambassadors .  They are ready to pedal more than 250 km to the castle, rooting for the causes they care most about.

Atelier Pinion – Electric Castle 2017 ECO Ambassadors

Alex, Matei and Bogdan are three passionate bikers from Bucharest. They are are going to pedal 620 km from the capital to Bonțida, Cluj. Their team is wearing the name of an independent bike and coffee shop which they’re representing during their journey.Continue Reading..


Call for ECO Promoters and Volunteers at Electric Castle

It’s that time of the year when we call those who want to be part of the Electric Castle magic to join the ECO Crew. Choose a promoter or volunteer role to put your charm and energy into creating the most ECO music festival in Romania!

This edition, we are kicking-off the EC #ZeroWaste campaign, which we embrace as a long-term goal to reduce, reuse and recycle all the waste generated at the festival. We also continue our awareness program (#EcoCitizen) on reducing the carbon footprint by acting on energy and water consumption, transportation alternatives and social engagement.Continue Reading..


Cyclists Around the World Called to Be ECO-Ambassadors for Electric Castle

If you and your friends are cycling enthusiasts and got the rhythm in your veins, hop on your bike and have a blast at Electric Castle Festival. It’s on us! Free full pass, camping & other goodies await you at the gate of the Banffy Castle (Bonțida, Cluj).

Radu, a 2016’s ECO Ambassador, arrived at the Electric Castle after travelling 500 km by bicycle.

What do you have to do to become an ECO-Ambassador?

  • Choose an eco cause to promote before, during and after the festival. Any cause from deforestation to ecological education. Are you already working for a cause and you’re motivated to support it in the long run? Even better, your chances of being selected increase.
  • Pedal to the Banffy Castle from a distance greater than 250km.
  • Be visible online, a good communicator and active on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). The stronger your ability to reach people, the greater the chance of being selected.
  • Own a smartphone/tablet with mobile data. It is very important to have a device with Internet connection to share media content (photos, videos, live streaming) during your journey.
  • Have a public Strava account / other biking app. It is useful for proving your experience in pedalling on long distances. You will have to use this account to track your journey by bicycle towards Electric Castle.
  • Have the determination to convince as many festival participants as possible to join the ECO program at Electric Castle.
  • Own suitable cycling equipments and bicycle for this kind of journey.
  • Be experienced and physically capable to complete this kind of journey in safe conditions.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Plan your journey ahead. We need you to be in Cluj-Napoca in the morning on the 12th of July (place and time TBA).

We greatly promote team working, but we also accept lone wolfs. Continue Reading..


Change Agents for Electric Castle 2016 Wanted

UPDATE: The application is still open for two roles: Promoter and Social Media Communicator. Read below the description of the roles and APPLY HERE (click to fill in the form).

“We are the people who will green the world”

ECO volunteers wanted! MAINOI and Electric Castle are taking the ECO sustainability program of the festival further this year. After the success of our 2014 and 2015 programmes, we decided making this year’s program, named ECO Challenge, even bigger and bring the ECO site to the camping too, with an ECO cinema. For those of you who don’t know much about it, ECO Challenge is a project designed to raise awareness about climate change and to educate people about the importance of being eco-responsible.

This year we’re looking for a team of dedicated change agents, on both paid and unpaid positions, volunteers who share our vision and who are willing to be an active part of all of our eco-activities at the festival.

When and where?Continue Reading..


(P) Energia vine de unde te aștepți mai puțin

Electric Castle 2015 a fost, fără echivoc, una dintre cele mai stresante și epuizante perioade pentru noi. Am ajuns cu două săptămâni înainte de event și am plecat la cinci zile după terminarea lui, deci peste trei săptămâni de muncă continuă, de dimineața până seara, cu cireașa de pe tort reprezentată de cele patru zile de festival în care nu am dormit mai mult de patru ore pe noapte. Recordul de nedormit a fost stabilit în ultima zi, astfel că am fost treze de duminică de la 09.00 până doua zi, luni, la ora 14.00. Timp în care am muncit, ne-am permis să ne și distrăm puțin, iar apoi am strâns cu lacrimi în ochi tot cortul ECO. Lacrimi de bucurie că ne ducem, în sfârșit, să ne odihnim :), dar și de tristețe că ce a fost frumos s-a terminat.

Proiectul ECO de la această ediție a avut un mare susținătorContinue Reading..