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Blouses in Bloom in the Open House

Sat. 16 Sep, 2017 4:00 pm


16 - 17/09/2017 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH


For our 7th participation at the Open House Weekend, we blend classical architecture with traditional textile design and photography as we ornate the majestic interiors of our Belgravian palace with the 'Blouses in Bloom'/'Flori de ie' exhibition, an amazing display of old Romanian traditional costumes accompanied by photograph Alexandru Emanuel Zainea and actress Laura Cosoi's ingenious take on this fabulous adornments. Guest speakers: Cristina Chiriac, the 'Blouses in Bloom' exhibition creator and actor Kamil Lemieszewski. In the presence of photographer Alexandru Zainea and film-maker Chriss Casper.

The exhibition is part of the “Centennial Romania” project, initiated by Flori de IE/ Blouses in Bloom and Alexandru Zainea, in partnership with the Centenary Department at the Romanian Ministry of Culture.

Guided tours provided. 


With a PhD in Economics, Cristina Chiriac was the general director of World Trade Center Bucharest as well as the president of the Romanian Association of Entrepreneurs. In 2010, the European Commission awarded her the title of Ambassador of the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her support for entrepreneurship in Romania. She is currently supporting several charity projects and, in 2014, she founded “Flori de ie/Blouses in Bloom”, a brand that promotes Romanian textile traditions.

Alexandru Emanuel Zainea is a Romanian photographer based in London. His photographies have featured in famous magazines like  “Vogue”, “Harper's Bazaar”, “Powerful USA”, “FabUK, Shape Mag”, “Cosmopolitan”, “NewYorkMagazine” . Emanuel Zainea is member of “New York Institute of Photography”.

Kamil Lemieszewski is a Polish actor and model currently based in London. He studied acting at the Polish Film School. He has been working on a number of media projects around the world from Finland and Poland to Russia, Mongolia, Arabia, New Israel and the UK. Kamil  is attached to various international festivals in Poland as well as the “Incubator of Art”.

“Flori de ie/Blouses in Bloom” is a Romanian brand which promotes Romanian traditional  textile craftsmanship. All vintage and new pieces are made exclusively by hand, in communities where the old techniques and aesthetics are still alive. The brand encourages entrepreneurship in rural villages and is active in all regions of Romania. 

Chriss Casper is an independent music & video producer born in Bucharest. From fashion to commercials and music videos, he has worked on various projects and promotes Romania's image through his work. The latest song promoting Bucharest, which made it in the USA on the Angels Baseball Stadium, is Lil'Paris. Chriss is also the producer of the promo film for the “Centennial Romania” project.



Our building at 1 Belgrave Square


Built in the 1820’s by Thomas Cubitt, Belgravia is one of the most beautiful areas of Central London. Our house has a rich history, and it was acquired by the Romanian government before WWII, functioning as embassy, ambassadorial residence or cultural institute ever since.

Grade I listed by the English Heritage for its exceptional architecture, the building’s elegant halls, old furniture and paintings by great Romanian artists have been of great interest for tourists and for those who want to learn more about the insights of the British capital’s architecture.


When: 16 & 17 September 2017, 11am-6pm. Exhibition guided tours at 12.00, 14.00 & 16.00

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


Free entry.

Herta Müller: An Afternoon with a Nobel Laureate

Sun. 17 Sep, 2017 3:00 pm



17/09/2017 @ British Library (Knowledge Centre), 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB


Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller, the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, meets her London readers for an afternoon of great literature and fiery conversation. The iconoclast author, equally famous for her brilliant prose and intransigent public advocacy, will be joined by translator Phillip Boehm.

The Romanian-German author who, “with the concentrate on of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed’” (Nobel Committee), makes her first London appearance in an event organised by the University of Sheffield, in partnership with the German Embassy, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the University of Swansea, Portobello Books and the Institute of Modern Languages Research, with the support of the Goethe Institut in London.

Herta Müller is a Romanian-born German writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009 for her works revealing the harshness of life in Romania under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceauşescu. The award cited Müller for depicting “the landscape of the dispossessed” with “the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose.” Müller, of German Swabian descent, grew up in Banat, a German-speaking region of totalitarian Romania. She attended the University of Timişoara and, as a student, became involved with Aktionsgruppe Banat, a group of writers fighting for the freedom of speech. After graduating, she worked from 1977 to 1979 as a translator at a machine factory, a job from which she was fired for refusing to cooperate with the Securitate, the notoriously vast and ruthless Romanian secret police. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled ‘Niederungen’ (1982; ‘Nadirs’), was censored by the Romanian government, but she won a following in Germany when the complete version of the book was smuggled out of the country. After publishing a second book of stories, ‘Drückender Tango’ (1984; ‘Oppressive Tango’)—which, like her first collection, depicted the general misery of life in a small Romanian village similar to her own German-speaking hometown—she was forbidden to publish again in Romania, and in 1987 she emigrated with her husband, author Richard Wagner, and moved to Germany. Her first novel, ‘Der Mensch ist ein grosser Fasan auf der Welt’ (‘The Passport’), was published in Germany in 1986. Although her circumstances had changed, her work continued to present and examine the formative experiences of her life: themes such as totalitarianism and exile pervade her work. Her style was described by Romanian journalist Emil Hurezeanu as “lively, poetic, [and] corrosive.” Among Müller’s later novels were ‘Reisende auf einem Bein’ (1989; ‘Traveling on One Leg’), ‘Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger’ (1992; ‘The Fox Was Ever the Hunter’), ‘[Herztier’ (1994; T’he Land of Green Plums’), and ‘Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet’ (1997; ‘The Appointment’). In 1998, Müller received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (the world’s richest literary prize) for ‘The Land of Green Plums’. The novel ‘Atemschaukel’ (‘The Hunger Angel’) was published in 2009. In addition to fiction, she published volumes of poetry and essays, including in the latter category ‘Hunger und Seide’ (1995; ‘Hunger and Silk’), ‘Der König verneigt sich und tötet’ (2003; ‘The King Bows and Kills’), and ‘Immer derselbe Schnee und immer derselbe Onkel’ (2011; ‘Always the Same Snow and Always the Same Uncle’).

Where: British Library (Knowledge Centre), 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

When: Sunday 17 September 2017, 3:30pm

Tickets: https://www.bl.uk/events/herta-m%C3%BCller-an-afternoon-with-the-nobel-prize-winner