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From the Oscars to our Cinematheque

Luni, Martie 19, 2018 7:00 pm
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19/03/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH


We are pleased to be hosting, at the Romanian Cinematheque, Adrian Sitaru’s powerful and unsettling “The Fixer”, a neo-realist tragedy for the modern world. The film, depicting the sordid realities of journalism, represents Romania at the Oscars and was included in the selection of several festivals like “Film Fest Gent”, “Cairo International Film Festival”, “D'A Film Festival Barcelona”, “goEast Festival” and Torino Film Festival. Followed by a Q&A with actor Tudor Aaron Istodor.

“The Fixer” follows the story of Radu (Tudor Aaron Istodor), an aspiring journalist at a French press agency in Bucharest. When Radu finds out about Anca (Diana Spatarescu), a 14 years old prostitute who has been repatriated from France, he is driven by ambition to prove himself as a reporter. But the further he follows the story, the more he begins to question the moral boundaries of journalism.


“...an arresting drama...an emotionally potent treatment of larger issues...coolly observational...first-rate” - Variety

“well observed…scenes are incisive as they are unforced…reaches a quiet but powerful crescendo” - Hollywood Reporter


Director: Adrian Sitaru

Stars: Tudor Aaron Istodor, Diana Spatarescu, Mehdi Nebbou, Nicolas Wanczycki.

Running time: 100 minutes

When:  19 March, 7pm


Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH.


In Romanian with English subtitles.


Admission is free and the seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please confirm your attendance on Eventbrite.

Writing Fashion: an encounter with fashion guru Sanda Miller

Joi, Martie 22, 2018 7:00 pm
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22/03/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH


Join us for the launch of Sanda Miller and Peter McNeil’s “Fashion Journalism: History, Theory, and Practice”, a ground-breaking history of fashion writing and a fascinating exploration of the impact of ideology and technology on the way we think and conceptualize our sartorial tastes.  Author and art historian Sanda Miller will be joined by Bloomsbury's Frances Arnold, the book editor, in a conversation complemented by musical interventions provided by Lady Rose Cholmondeley, president of The Chopin Society UK.

“Fashion Journalism: History, Theory, and Practice”, recently published by Bloomsbury, is an accessible, comprehensive guide to writing about fashion in any form, whether in style blogging, magazine interviews, news reportage or art reviews. Exploring what sets fashion journalism apart from other forms of journalistic writing, the book features a wide range of global fashion case studies, from Carmel Snow's reporting on Dior's 'New Look' to 1970s responses to Yves Saint Laurent, and Diana Vreeland's role as a fashion editor.

Sanda Miller is currently Research Fellow at Southampton Solent University and Visiting Lecturer since 2011 at Istituto Marangoni, as part of the Fashion Design and Fashion Styling courses and Visiting Lecturer since 2014 at MFI (Milan Fashion Institue) where she teaches 'History of Fashion' on an International M.A. degree in Fashion Communication. She started her writing career in the early 1980's with an article on Constantin Brâncuși's 'Tirgu Jiu Complex', commissioned by the Burlington Magazine (regarded as the best specialized art history magazine in the UK, for which she continues to write at present) and has since continued to write, both single-authored and co-authored books, as well as chapters in books, whilst pursuing her journalistic career by contributing articles, reviews of books and exhibitions, for the national press and specialized magazines in the UK, Europe and the US. At present, she completed three proposals for three books: 'Beautiful Clothes: A Cultural History', 'Pietro Aretino: A Renaissance Man of Our Times' and 'Images on the Page: A Fashion Iconography', the latter submitted to Bloomsbury for consideration.

Frances Arnold is a publisher with over twenty-five years’ experience. She worked with Macmillan Press and Palgrave Macmillan until 2006 and, between 2012 and 2016, she has been a publisher at Bloomsbury Academic, dealing with both print and digital products. Currently she is Editorial Director at Bloomsbury, with overall responsibility for their imprint, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, and their publishing in visual arts fields (including fashion, photography, design, architecture and art and visual culture).   


Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH

When: Thursday 22 March 2018, 7 pm


Free entry. Please reserve your seat on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-fashion-an-encounter-with-fashion-guru-sanda-miller-tickets-43594915566


War, Feminine: Women and the Great War

Miercuri, Martie 28, 2018 7:00 pm
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28/03/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH


Our Centenary Celebration of the making of Greater Romania (1918-2018) continues with an evocation of heroism and dedication of women on and behind the Western and Romanian fronts of the First World War. BBC journalist Kate Adie and professors Lucy Noakes (Essex University), professors Alin Ciupală (University of Bucharest) and Ecaterina Lung (University of Bucharest) will examine, in a talk moderated by RCI Director Dorian Branea, the multi-faceted impact made by women during the war and the way it forever changed the societies engaged in the greatest bloodbath Europe had known. Private view of documentary exhibition “Their battle: Women in the First World War”. With introductory remarks by Ambassador Dan Mihalache.


Professor Alin Ciupală’s latest book, “Romania during World War I. Allies, Opponents and Propaganda. An Illustrated History”, will also be launched as part of the event. Kate Adie, bestselling author and award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent, will offer autographs on her much-praised “Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One”.


The exhibition “Their battle: Women in the First World War” features documentary photography of British and Romanian women who contributed to the war effort both at home and on the front with a special focus on Queen Marie of Romania and the members of Scottish Women’s Hospitals (”The Grey Partridges”) who established a record number of hospitals on the Eastern front, including Romania. Photographic materials courtesy of Imperial War Museum, Scottish Women’s Hospitals, the National Archives of Romania, Peleş National Museum, Gorj County Museum and the private collection of prof. Alin Ciupală. Exhibition design by Radu Manelici.


When: 28 March, 7 pm

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH


Free entry. Please book your seat HERE

The Centenary Celebration at the Enescu Series continues with “Music in Greater Romania (1918-1945)”

Joi, Aprile 05, 2018 7:00 pm
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05/04/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH


As part of our special programme celebrating the Romanian Centenary (1918-2018), our popular Enescu Concert Series looks back, after a soirée dedicated to compositions of the First World War, to the amazing musical tradition of interwar Romania, a cultural “Golden Age” in many respects. Violinist Simina Croitoru and pianist Alexandru Burcă, two performers of amazing ability, will present an (almost) all-Romanian  programme full of musical gems, some of them UK premieres, by Constantin C. Nottara, Mircea Chiriac, Paul Constantinescu, Mihail Jora, Bela Bartok and, of course, George Enescu. Musicologist Oltea Şerban-Pârâu contributes with a talk about the epoch and its music.


Violinist Simina Croitoru played her first concerto at the prestigious stage of the Romanian Radio Hall when she was 8 years old under the baton of Mădălin Voicu. Since her debut, in 1998, she has played numerous concertos and chamber music concerts. She has appeared on stage for more than 200 times in Romania, Germany, Italy, France, China and South America. Simina Croitoru already won many accolades at important national and international competitions such as “George Georgescu” International Contest, “Remember Enescu” and “Paul Constantinescu” National Competitions or “Citta di Stresa” and “Jeunesses Musicales” International Competitions. Currently, in addition to her busy concerts schedule, Simina is a Ph.D. student at the National University of Music Bucharest where she is also a assistant lecturer.


Young pianist Alexandru Burcă graduated from the National University of Music Bucharest where he studied with renowned professors Viniciu Moroianu, Șeluța Radu, Verona Maier and Galina Petrenky. He collaborated with prestigious conductors like Cristian Brâncuși, Daniel Jinga, Tamás Bolba, Ciprian Teodoraşcu or Martin Bredin and played with Romanian Radio Orchestra and the “George Enescu” Philharmonic in Bucharest. Together with tenor Vlad Miriţă, Alexandru Burcă runs a very successful project dedicated to interwar pop music.


When: Thursday, 5 April 2018, 19:00

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH


Entrance is free but we kindly request you to book your ticket HERE

Please note that seating is unreserved.