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Sat. 1 Dec, 2018

A Century for Romania on its National Day: talk, screenings, exhibition

Sat. 1 Dec, 2018 2:00 pm

01/12/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

 

The 1st of December, the day Greater Romania was born a century ago, is evoked in a revealing tour de force at 1 Belgrave Square. To mark the occasion and to celebrate Romania’s National Day, Dr Marius Turda of Oxford Brookes University will be honouring the most important event in Romanian history in a talk entitled ‘Greater Romania 1918: Some Historical Reflections’, outlining lesser-known aspects regarding the union of the principalities, while at the same time dispelling the misconceptions surrounding it. The talk will be accompanied by an on-screen presentation of the ‘Science and Ethnicity: Anthropological Research in Romania during the 1930s’ exhibition, an illustrative foray into the ethnic specificity of the Romanian nation, presented to the public for the first time by researcher and curator Marius Turda.  

Earlier in the day, the event will kick off with the screening of ‘Untamed Romania’, a spellbinding documentary that reveals the beauty and diversity of Romania’s nature and wildlife. Throughout the whole day, the ground floor lobby of our newly clad premises will host a book stand welcoming all those with the most bookish of tastes to take part in a Romanian book exchange. Just bring your own copy and you can pick any of the volumes in Romanian available at the stand!

 

 

Programme:

14:00 - 15:30: Screening of ‘Untamed Romania’, narrated in Romanian by actor Victor Rebengiuc

16:00 - 17:00: ‘Greater Romania 1918: Some Historical Reflections’ lecture by Marius Turda. In English. 

17:00 - 18:00: Wine reception

18:00 - 19:30: Screening of ‘Untamed Romania’, narrated in English by actor Mark Strong

 

Please note that the Romanian book exchange, an initiative of the Romanians Love Books group of volunteers, will take place between 14:00 - 18:00.

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“In my lecture, I start by discussing some of the important episodes which shaped the narrative about a cultural heritage common to all Romanians during the late nineteenth century, such as the meeting that the student organisation 'Romania Juna' held at Putna in 1871, occasioned by the 400th anniversary of the monastery or the debates on national identity sparked by Transylvanian Romanians living in Bucharest after 1900 such as O. Goga, O. Tăslăuanu and A. C. Popovici. Secondly, I highlight the importance of World War I, which fuelled international support for the Wilsonian idea of self-determination whilst at the same time creating a regional context in East-Central Europe following the defeat of the German and the Austro-Hungarian empires which opened the possibility for Romania to complete its 'national dream' of uniting all Romanians into one state.” – Marius Turda, about his lecture entitled ‘Greater Romania 1918: Some Historical Reflections’

“Anthropology was foremost amongst the emerging disciplines that readily contributed to the creation of a scientific narrative about the Romanian nation. It was believed that through its scientific methodology anthropology could help identify, with precision, the common characteristics of the Romanians and thus define their ethnic specificity. The practical corollary of all this anthropological research could be seen in its incipient form during the late 1930s when national politics in Romania took on a new complexity, and when Romanian politicians experimented with more radical forms of national identification. It is important to bring to light these anthropological debates, in order to illustrate the diversity of views about the nation expressed during the interwar period but also to open up new vistas of interpretation of the national past.” - Marius Turda, about the ‘Science and Ethnicity: Anthropological Research in Romania during the 1930s’ exhibition

 

Untamed Romania / România neîmblânzită (2018, dir. Tom Barton-Humphreys)

Produced by Off the Fence and supported by Auchan Retail Romania and The European Nature Trust. Narrated by Romanian actor Victor Rebengiuc and British actor Mark Strong.

From the high Carpathian peaks to the snaky shores of the Black Sea, ‘Untamed Romania’ offers a glimpse into one of the last untouched gems of Europe through man’s humble view upon the sublime. Rather than unveiling the mysteries and legends of the region, the film invites the viewer to experience the visual poetry of the landscape and the carnivorous struggle for survival, highlighting the environmental fragility and the urgent need for conservation for generations to come.

 

 

For more information about the Making of United Romania, please visit www.romaniancentenary.org

 

When: Saturday 1 December 2018, 14:00 - 19:30

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

 

Free entry. Limited seats for the talk at 16:00, please confirm your attendance on EVENTBRITE.

PLEASE NOTE: It is not required to book your seats for the film screening, everyone is welcome to attend.

 

 

Șezătoare Românească: HAI SĂ DĂM MÂNA CU MÂNA ÎN BISERICA ROMÂNĂ

Sat. 1 Dec, 2018 5:00 pm

 

 

În data de 1 Decembrie 2018 la biserica românească din Fleet Street, nr. 186, EC4A 2HR,  va avea loc evenimentul “Șezătoare românească – Hai să dăm mâna cu mâna în Biserica română” organizat de către Parohia “Sfântul Gheorghe” din Londra. 

Organizatorii își propun să celebreze cei 100 de ani de la Marea Unire și să readucă atmosfera tradițională de iarnă în mijlocul Londrei, să promoveze astfel momente importante ale istoriei naționale precum și tradițiile și obiceiurile românești în rândul generației tinere din diaspora românească.

Evenimentul va cuprinde un recital de colinde susținut de corul parohiei, poezii și momente cu participarea publicului precum și un spectacol al copiilor care vor cânta cântece patriotice, vor spune poezii, vor împodobi bradul, vor lucra ateliere de lucru manual și decorațiuni naționale de Crăciun.

Totodată, organizatorii își doresc să promoveze proiectul FII CTITOR inițiat în cadrul parohiei pentru construcția unei biserici și a unui centru comunitar românesc care să permită dezvoltarea activităților misionare și cultural-educative dedicate membrilor comunităților românești din Londra.

 

Mai multe detalii despre eveniment se găsesc în pliantul atașat și vor fi postate pe site-ul parohiei:  http://www.sfgheorghelondra.org.uk/acasa precum și pe pagina de Facebook.

 

Intrarea este liberă.

 

Pr. Constantin Popescu

Parohia “Sf. Gheorghe”, Londra

 

Wed. 5 Dec, 2018

Eugen Chirovici & Narcisa Suciu: An Evening of Chart-topping Fiction and Music

Wed. 5 Dec, 2018 7:00 pm

05/12/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

 

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Internationally bestselling author Eugen Chirovici and legendary folk musician Nicu Alifantis invite you to an evening of music and gripping conversations in Belgravia. The acclaimed author will be joined by writer, editor and arts critic Lucy Popescu, in a discussion about his page-turning thrillers ‘The Book of Mirrors’ (Century, 2017), one of the most translated literary works worldwide, and newly released ‘Bad Blood’ (Serpent’s Tail, 2018). The evening will continue with a recital in the company of Nicu Alifantis, Romania’s beloved folk musician, who on this occasion will be launching his latest CD & book set dedicated to the Great Union Centenary. Entitled ‘The Country Where I Come From’.

The event is part of the ‘Writers about Romania in the Centenary Year’ project, funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity. Organised by the Freedom Smile Association with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.

Eugen Chirovici was born to a family of Romanian, Hungarian, and German descent and grew up in Southern Transylvania, Romania. He graduated from Bucharest’s Academy of Economic Studies in 1988 and three years later joined the press as a financial reporter for The National Courier, a daily newspaper created immediately after the huge changes brought about by the Romanian Revolution against the communist regime. In the 1990s, he was a contributor to BBC Romania and Radio Free Europe, an adviser to the Prime Minister of Romania for a year in the early 2000s, and then an adviser to the Governor of the National Bank of Romania for another three years. As a writer, he published ten novels and five non-fiction books in Romania before moving to the UK in 2012, where he published two novels in English - ‘The Book of Mirrors’, a psychological thriller that aroused great interest around the world, being translated into thirty-nine languages, and ‘Bad Blood, released in July this year. At present, Eugen Chirovici currently resides in Belgium.

Narcisa Suciu was born in Baia Mare, Northern Romania. Between 1992-1995, she attended the courses of the Music Hall Faculty at the Ecological University in Bucharest and later, between 2005-2007, she studied Communication and Public Relations at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Known as "the golden voice of the Maramureș", Narcisa Suciu has embraced a diversity of styles and genres from folk to pop-rock. She is the winner of numerous awards and trophies including: The Golden Stag Award in Braşov (1997), the 2nd Prize at the Zrenjanin Festival in Yugoslavia (2001), The Best Female Voice in the Balkans at the Festival of the Three Seas in Varna (2003). In 1997, she sang in the opening of the extraordinary concert held by Joan Baez in Romania. 


Lucy Popescu is a writer, editor and arts critic with a background in human rights. She worked with the English Centre of PEN, the international association of writers for over 20 years and was Director of its Writers in Prison Committee from 1991 to 2006. Lucy reviews books for various publications including The Independent, The Financial Times, The TLS, Literary Review, New Humanist and Huffington Post. She has a particular interest in literary fiction in translation and free expression. She is a member of the Authors’ Club and on the judging panel for The Best First Novel Award. 'A Country of Refuge', an anthology of writing about asylum seekers compiled and edited by Lucy, is to be published in June 2016.

 When: Wednesday 5 December 2018, 7pm

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

 

PLEASE NOTE: the conversation between Eugen Chirovici and Lucy Popescu will be in English, while Narcisa Suciu will perform a medley of songs in Romanian.

 

Free entry. Please confirm your attendance on EVENTBRITE.

 

 

 

Tue. 11 Dec, 2018

Berthelot: A French General for Romania

Tue. 11 Dec, 2018 6:00 pm

 

11/12/2018 @ Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

 

Henri Mathias Berthelot (1861–1931), often referred to as the French general with a Romanian heart, is remembered this December at London’s Institut français, as part of the Ciné Lumière programme. Join us for the UK premiere of the “General Henri Mathias Berthelot. The Battle for Romania” documentary, a film that speaks about Romania’s national hero during World War I!

 

“General Henri Mathias Berthelot. The Battle for Romania”

With an introduction on the French-Romanian relations during WWI by historian Marius Turda (Oxford Brookes University)

Followed by Q&A with director Mihaela Natalia Poenaru and producer Petru Mihalea

Romania | 2018 | 68 mins | in Romanian & French with English subtitles

 

Berthelot arrived in Bucharest in the midst of a demoralizing defeat at the hands of the Central Powers in 1916. The World War I general’s invincible will to resist energized the Romanian political and military leadership and, with his assistance, the Romanian army was rebuilt. Berthelot was one of the most consistent supporters of Greater Romania and, when King Ferdinand, Queen Marie and Crown Prince Carol II entered Bucharest on 1 December 1918, he was the only military to accompany them.

 

The documentary, produced by Trinitas TV with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute, sheds light on the life of Romania’s friend, an important actor of the post-war European reconstruction. The film features interviews by Prof. Ioan Aurel-Pop - President of the Romanian Academy, Prof. Adrian Cioroianu - historian and UNESCO Ambassador, prestigious historians and authors from Romania and abroad, as well as an exclusive interview with Berthelot’s nephew Jean Claude Dubois, who speaks about his life outside the battlefields.

 

“My being among the Romanians across the mountains (in Transylvania) convinced me that their soul is the same as that of the Romanians in Bucharest and Iași. I was, at the same time, moved by the unanimous manifestations of love and respect for France, by the sincerity and delicacy of their expression.” – H. M. Berthelot, Commander of the Allied Armies of the Danube, in a letter to Iuliu Maniu, President of the Governing Council of Transylvania, Banat and the Romanian territories in Hungary (31 Dec 1918 /13 Jan 1919)

 

The event marks Romania’s Great Union Centenary (1918-2018) and is organised in partnership with the Institut français in London and the Embassy of Romania.

 

When: Tuesday 11 December 2018, 18:30

Where: Ciné Lumière, Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

 

Tickets: https://www.institut-francais.org.uk/cine-lumiere/whats-on/special-screenings/general-henri-mathias-berthelot-the-battle-for-romania/

Wed. 12 Dec, 2018

O statuie memorială a Reginei Maria, ridicată la Ashford, Kent, cu ocazia Centenarului Marii Uniri

Wed. 12 Dec, 2018 10:00 pm

12/12/2018 @ Elwick Place, Ashford, Kent

 

As a legacy for generations to come and an ongoing effort to promote the most important bridge-personality between Romania and the UK, the Romanian Cultural Institute, on behalf of the Romanian Government, unveils in Ashford, Kent, a statue of the exceptional Princess Marie of Edinburgh, Queen Marie of Romania (29 October 1875 – 18 July 1938). The monument will be erected in Ashford, as Queen Marie was born in Eastwell Park, a former stately home in the immediate vicinity of the town. Following a public contest in Romania, the statue is created in bronze by young sculptor Valentin Duicu, a graduate of the National University of Arts Bucharest. 

 

This project was made possible through the joint effort of the Romanian Cultural Institute, with a grant by the Government’s Centenary Funding Scheme, and the Ashford Borough Council. 

 

The statue will be unveiled in a ceremony at Elwick Place, Ashford, on 12 December 2018, and it represents the highlight of the Romanian Cultural Institute’s programme dedicated to the Great Union Centenary in the UK. 

 

The future Queen was born on the 19th of October 1875 at her family estate in Kent, as the daughter of Alfred Ernest Albert de Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Victoria’s second son. Her mother, Maria Alexandrovna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia, was the only surviving daughter of Tsar Alexander II and Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse. On the 15th of December 1875, in the presence of her royal grandmother, Marie was baptised in the Anglican Church at Windsor Castle.  In 1889, after three years spent in Malta, Marie’s father became the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and moved with his entire family to Coburg. A projected marriage between Marie and her cousin, George of York, the future George V, encouraged by Queen Victoria and supported by their fathers, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales, failed because of the opposition of the young heirs’ mothers, the Duchess of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Wales. Instead, on the 10th of January 1893 at Sigmaringen, after a brief engagement, Marie married Ferdinand of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, the heir to the Romanian throne. In 1914, after the death of King Carol I, Ferdinand and Marie became Romania’s monarchs. In the summer of 1916, Romania entered the First World War as part of the Entente. 

 

From the first day of the war, Queen Marie undertook an active role that would soon transform her into a role model. Beautiful, full of wit and intelligent, cultivated and possessing a strong personality, the queen caught the imagination of her contemporaries, Romanian and foreign alike. The Queen devoted all her indefatigable energy to the war effort. She tirelessly visited the camp hospitals, set up relief schemes, managed the medical support, attended military and civilian ceremonies, raised money for the wounded, the war prisoners and the widows, and kept the British and French allies closer. She later became a central character at the Paris Peace Conference, which recognized the unification of all Romanian provinces in one, democratic state, where the Queen used her brilliant diplomatic skills and her vast array of connections to secure a favourable outcome. “From My Heart to Theirs”, an article published during the war, summoned an entire way of life, dominated by the unconditional love for her adoptive country. And her Romanian subjects reciprocated with equal passion. After her son, King Carol II, succeeded to the throne of Romania in 1930, Queen Marie’s role in the public realm slowly faded although her popularity at home and abroad remained very high. Endowed with a great artistic flair, she devoted her time to writing, architecture design as well as various social and cultural causes, which made her one of the most admired royalties of her time. She died at the 18th of July 1938 at Pelișor, Sinaia, her beloved mountain retreat, built under her guidance. 

Thu. 13 Dec, 2018

In George Enescu's World - An Alexandru Tomescu Concert in aid of Pro Patrimonio

Thu. 13 Dec, 2018 6:30 am - 7:30 am

 

 

An Alexandru Tomescu Concert in aid of Pro Patrimonio with the kind support of the Embassy of Romania and the Romanian Cultural Insitute.

„Alexandru Tomescu makes uncommon music out of Paganini’s Caprices, playing up contrasts, letting each phrase live and breathe. I expected an evening of champagne bubbles. Tomescu serves up whiskey.” (David Larsen – Metro Magazine, New Zealand).


The Violinist is not just playing before his public, but cultivates an intense dialog with it, whether on stage, TV or the Radio, he talks about the music and explains what being an artist in XXIst century Romania is, what nurtures his inspiration and why classical music deserves a chance.

Of major interest to Alexandru Tomescu is Romania’s built and natural heritage which unfortunately is so much neglected and generally in desperate need of restoration. Alexandru joined the Board of Pro Patrimonio, the Romanian National Trust, three years ago to assist in Pro Patrimonio’s mission of returning to active life beautiful and important heritage buildings all over Romania. He is most passionate about this aim and generously gives of his time, his Stradivarius and his unique talent whenever possible in his very full international concert schedule, dedicating all proceeds of ticket sales and funds raised to support the work of Pro Patrimonio. He does so knowing that the very existence of Pro Patrimonio and the work it undertakes is in severe jeopardy due to lack of funding. Probably the leading violin soloist of Romania today Alexandru Tomescu’s concerts are not to be missed – simply ask anyone who has experienced one!

Join us on 13th of December from 18:30 at the Romanian Cultural Institute, No 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1 where Alexandru Tomescu will perform compositions from Bach, Enescu, Filip and Porumbescu.

Tickets :  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-george-enescus-world-tickets-52525933481 

 

Sun. 16 Dec, 2018

Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, part of Sir Simon Rattle’s ‘Roots and Origins’ Series at Barbican

Sun. 16 Dec, 2018 7:00 pm

 

16 - 18/12/2018 @ Barbican Centre

 

We are proud to partner up for the first time with internationally-acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra and legendary conductor Sir Simon Rattle to present Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 at the Barbican Centre on 16 and 18 December. For this specific concerts in the ‘Roots and Origins’ Series, Sir Simon Rattle brings together Debussy, Brahms and Enescu – rarely performed jointly but each inspired by the folk tradition. Brahms’ Violin Concerto is one of the most impressive violin concertos and a perfect match for the talents of virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos. Inspired by free-spirited Hungarian playing techniques, it brims with energy – a homage to the Gypsy heritage of Joseph Joachim, the renowned violinist for whom it was created. Alongside Brahms, the programme features Debussy’s evocative travelogue Images, which ventures from English and French folk tunes to the unmistakable dancing rhythms of Spain and the Iberian peninsula, and ends with Enescu’s vivid Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, which draws on Romania’s folk tradition with scurrying violins and triumphant brass fanfares.

 

Programme:

 

BRAHMS - Violin Concerto

 

Interval

 

DEBUSSY - Images

 

ENESCU - Romanian Rhapsody No 1

 

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

 

Leonidas Kavakos violin

 

London Symphony Orchestra

 

The concert on 16 December will be preceded, between 17.00-18.00, by a talk on the life and work of George Enescu in the company of conductor Alexandru Solonaru. This is an invitation-only event, if you wish to attend, please call 020 77520134.

 

Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. For some years Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, in 1980 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, stepping up to Music Director from September 1990 until August 1998.  He is also Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and since the early 1990s, has been a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In September 2002 Sir Simon became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he remained until June 2018. In September 2017, Simon took up the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

 

From its first days the London Symphony Orchestra has been defiantly different and proudly pioneering. It was the first British orchestra owned by its players, and its fiercely independent ethos has never waned. It was one of the first orchestras to make gramophone records and film scores; today it has more recordings to its name than any other orchestra in the world. It was the first to have its own peak-time television series. And more than a century on, the revolution continues. Now in its twelfth decade, the history of the LSO contains many of the important developments of British orchestral life, including premieres of now-popular works and relationships with some of the greatest conductors.

 

When: Sunday 16, 7pm and Tuesday 18 December, 7.30pm

Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

 

Tickets: £ 56 - £ 16 - HERE

Tue. 18 Dec, 2018

Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, part of Sir Simon Rattle’s ‘Roots and Origins’ Series at Barbican

Tue. 18 Dec, 2018 7:00 pm

16 - 18/12/2018 @ Barbican Centre

 

We are proud to partner up for the first time with internationally-acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra and legendary conductor Sir Simon Rattle to present Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 at the Barbican Centre on 16 and 18 December. For this specific concerts in the ‘Roots and Origins’ Series, Sir Simon Rattle brings together Debussy, Brahms and Enescu – rarely performed jointly but each inspired by the folk tradition. Brahms’ Violin Concerto is one of the most impressive violin concertos and a perfect match for the talents of virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos. Inspired by free-spirited Hungarian playing techniques, it brims with energy – a homage to the Gypsy heritage of Joseph Joachim, the renowned violinist for whom it was created. Alongside Brahms, the programme features Debussy’s evocative travelogue Images, which ventures from English and French folk tunes to the unmistakable dancing rhythms of Spain and the Iberian peninsula, and ends with Enescu’s vivid Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, which draws on Romania’s folk tradition with scurrying violins and triumphant brass fanfares.

 

Programme:

 

BRAHMS - Violin Concerto

 

Interval

 

DEBUSSY - Images

 

ENESCU - Romanian Rhapsody No 1

 

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

 

Leonidas Kavakos violin

 

London Symphony Orchestra

 

The concert on 16 December will be preceded, between 17.00-18.00, by a talk on the life and work of George Enescu in the company of conductor Alexandru Solonaru. This is an invitation-only event, if you wish to attend, please call 020 77520134.

 

Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. For some years Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, in 1980 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, stepping up to Music Director from September 1990 until August 1998.  He is also Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and since the early 1990s, has been a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In September 2002 Sir Simon became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he remained until June 2018. In September 2017, Simon took up the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

 

From its first days the London Symphony Orchestra has been defiantly different and proudly pioneering. It was the first British orchestra owned by its players, and its fiercely independent ethos has never waned. It was one of the first orchestras to make gramophone records and film scores; today it has more recordings to its name than any other orchestra in the world. It was the first to have its own peak-time television series. And more than a century on, the revolution continues. Now in its twelfth decade, the history of the LSO contains many of the important developments of British orchestral life, including premieres of now-popular works and relationships with some of the greatest conductors.

 

When: Sunday 16, 7pm and Tuesday 18 December, 7.30pm

Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

 

Tickets: £ 56 - £ 16 - HERE