Mon. 4 Jun, 2018

A Bit of JazzyBIT at Soho’s Pizza Express 

Mon. 4 Jun, 2018 8:00 pm

04/06/2018 @ Pizza Express Live Soho

 

We are thrilled to be part of the the long awaited British debut of one of the most successful Romanian jazz groups, JazzyBIT, in concert at the legendary Soho’s Pizza Express. Don’t miss the chance to discover the “loud jazz” of the Timișoara-based trio,  which fusions jazz, rock and hearty doses of blues and funk. JazzBIT is Teodor Pop – piano, keys, Mihai Moldoveanu – bass and Szabó Csongor-Zsolt – drums.

All About Jazz Magazine writes about JazzyBIT: “they are bringing a bit of rock attitude to catchy tunes adorned with a melodic lilt and they caught the ear with their combination of funky rhythms, tight musicianship and witty arrangements.” After winning the 2013 Newcomer Award by the Muzza Foundation Bucharest, JazzyBIT were finalists in the European Jazz Award competition of the Tuscia in Jazz Festival, in 2014. In 2016, they won the Timișoara Jazz Award for the Group of the Year and in 2017 all members of the group received the Banat Jazz Award for the Musicians of the Year. The band has a flourishing live activity, counting almost 200 concerts in its first 6 years of existence. Until now, JazzyBIT has played in 9 countries, on 2 continents, taking part in some of the world’s biggest jazz festivals and playing in some of the most famous jazz clubs in Europe. Outside the jazz circuit, the band also played at some multi-genre festivals, such as the Sziget Festival in Hungary, the Exit Festival in Serbia or the Untold Festival in Romania. Alongside the contemporary folk group Subcarpați, JazzyBIT launched, in 2017, the Subcarpați x JazzyBIT / SUBJazz project, merging two different, but very successful musical styles.

 

Monday 4  June, Pizza Express Live Soho, 8.30pm (doors 6.30pm)

10 Dean Street, London W1D 3RW

Tickets:  £8  |  0845 6027 017  |  www.pizzaexpresslive.com | Book online

Thu. 7 Jun, 2018

Centenary Celebration: `Scores against the Dictatorship' (1947-1989)

Thu. 7 Jun, 2018 7:00 pm

07/06/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

 

As part of the special programme celebrating the Romanian Centenary (1918-2018), our popular 'Enescu Concerts' Series looks back, after two exceptional soirées covering the interval 1916-1947, to the amazing musical creativity that miraculously managed to flourish despite censorship and repression during the communist regime. Cellist Andrei Kivu and pianist Mara Dobresco, two internationally renowned performers, will present no less than six British premiers by Romanian composers Christian Alexandru Petrescu, Doru Popovici, Dinu Ghezzo, Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru, and Sigismund Toduță. Musicologist Ioan Dobrinescu will explain how great music was still possible in a most difficult time.

 

Programme:

 

Christian Alexandru Petrescu: “Rapsodina”

Doru Popovici: “Colind” (“Carol”)

Dinu Ghezzo: “Alba”

Aurel Stroe: Sonata no. 1 for piano, “Morphogenetics” (2nd part)

Anatol Vieru: “Dar” (“Present”)

Sigismund Toduță: “Adagio”

Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata op. 40 (2nd and 3rd parts)

 

Mara Dobresco graduated from the George Enescu Music Academy in Bucharest, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and the Geneva Conservatory and was invited to play with most of the Philharmonic Orchestras in Romania but also in Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and the United States. Mara Dobresco played in venues such as Salle Cortot, Théâtre Mogador, Cité de la Musique (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), La Monnaie and Bozart (Bruxelles), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Théâtre de Vevey, Am Stram Gram (Genève) and was invited to numerous prestigious festivals such as Festival d’Aix en Provence, Festival Chopin, Lille Piano(s) Festival or Festival de Nohant. Throughout her career she worked with leading musical figures such as Martha Argerich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Dominique Merlet, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Theodor Paraskivesco and was supported by the Yamaha, Meyer, Tarazzi as well as Nadia and Lili Boulanger Foundations. The pianist is the recipient of important international awards such as those of the Sydney International Piano Competition, Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, Concours International d’Epinal, Cantù International Competition and  S. Rachmaninov International Competition. Mara Dobresco is also an active chamber music player and has a special interest in interdisciplinary projects. Mara Dobresco is also a champion of new music, composer Oscar Strasnoy dedicated her one of his Piano pieces (Piano 4) and she collaborated with composers such as Philippe Hersant, Luciano Berio, György Kurtág, Philippe Leroux and Frank Villard. Her CD recordings received unanimous praises and she worked with Radio France, Radio Suisse Romande and the Romanian National Radio and Television.

 

Andrei Kivu studied cello with Anca Vartolomei in Bucharest, musical analysis with Aurel Stroe, phenomenology with Iancu Dumitrescu, improvisation and electronic music with George Lewis (professor at the Columbia University) and harmonic singing with David Hykes. He performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Orchestre Royal de Wallonie (Mons, Belgium), New York University Orchestra, Romanian Radio Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Philarmonia Orchestra, New European Philharmonic Orchestra and Silvestri Orchestra and played in prestigious concert halls such as Royal Festival Hall (London), Lincoln Center - Merkin Hall (New York), Wiener Konzerthaus or the Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens). His concerts were broadcast live on various radio and TV stations. Andrei Kivu has been several times a guest lecturer at the New York University, “Givat Ram” Academy of Music in Jerusalem, the University of Minnesota and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. He has also been invited to teach at the Cal Arts (California, U.S.A., 2014) and at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Throughout his career he received numerous prizes and distinctions such as the "2003 International New Music Consortium Award for Outstanding Activities as a Performer, Teacher and Researcher on New Music”, the 2002 UNESCO “Uchimura Prize” and the “Excellency Award” by the Romanian Composers’ Association in 2003. Andrei Kivu is the first Romanian cellist to play all the 6 Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello in one concert as well as the first Romanian cellist to make and play transcriptions from Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin.

 

When: Thursday, 7 June 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. 

Fri. 8 Jun, 2018

The Flavours of Poetry: Flamboyant Mircea Dinescu in 1 Belgrave Square

Fri. 8 Jun, 2018 7:00 pm

08/06/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

 

Renowned poet, star chef and TV personality Mircea Dinescu is our guest at 1 Belgrave Square for the launch of his most recent poetry collection in English, “The Barbarians’ Return”, published by the prestigious Bloodaxe Books.

 

The famous author, admired for his brilliant poetry as well as his corrosive wit, will be joined by editor and writer Neil Astley, in a conversation about words, flavours and passions. The discussion will be illustrated by readings and sung recitations offered in Romanian by the great man himself and echoed in English by actress Cristina Catalina. The spirits will be lifted by some of Dinescu’s trademark dishes, washed down with his equally tasty wines.

 

Mircea Dinescu (b. 1950) is a poet, journalist, TV personality, restaurateur and entrepreneur. He first published at the age of 16, and by 21 he won the Romanian Writers’ Union Debut Prize. He soon became the “enfant terrible of Romanian literature”. By the late 1980s, his activism brought him on a collision course with the communist authorities and in the spring of 1989 he was placed under house arrest for denouncing, in the French newspaper Libération, the horrors of Ceaușescu’s Romania. He was the first man who, in December 1989, announced the fall of communism on the Romanian Television. In the aftermath of the Romanian Revolution, Dinescu published his most important work, “O beție cu Marx” [A Drink with Marx], translated into several languages. In 1991, he founded the satirical review “Academia Cațavencu” [Catavencu Academy], followed by the monthly magazine “Plai cu boi” [Land of Bulls] and the satirical weekly “Aspirina Săracului” [The Poor Man’s Aspirin]. In May 2005, he founded the newspaper “Gândul” [Pensiero]. His literary work is acclaimed both at home and abroad, and in 1991 he became an honorary member of the University of Augusta. In 1999, he is awarded the Herder prize for his literary works by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and in 2003 Time magazine nominated him “hero of the year” in the Hate Busters category. In Britain, Forest Books published “Exile on a Peppercorn” (translated by Andrea Deletant and Brenda Walker) in 1985. Further publications include Brendan Kennelly’s translation in John Fairleigh’s anthology “When the Tunnels Meet: Contemporary Romanian Poetry” (Bloodaxe Books, 1996) and “The Barbarian’s Return: Selected Poems”, translated by Adam J. Sorkin and Lidia Vianu (Bloodaxe, 2018).

 

Neil Astley is editor of Bloodaxe Books, which he founded in 1978. His books include novels, poetry collections and anthologies, most notably the Bloodaxe “Staying Alive” trilogy: “Staying Alive” (2002), “Being Alive” (2004) and “Being Human” (2011), which were followed by “Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy” (2012). He has published two novels, “The End of My Tether” (Flambard, 2002; Scribner, 2003), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and “The Sheep Who Changed the World” (Flambard, 2005). In 2012 Candlestick Press published his selection of “Ten Poems About Sheep” in its renowned pamphlet series. He received an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry and was given a D.Litt from Newcastle University for his work with Bloodaxe Books. He serves on the board of Ledbury Poetry Festival as a trustee. He was formerly an organiser of Newcastle Literary Festival, and as a director for three years of the Poetry Book Society he was responsible for the addition of poetry in translation to the book club's remit; he was also a member of the development committee of Cúirt International Literature Festival in Galway, Ireland. Most recently, he guest-edited the Spring 2015 issue of the American literary journal Ploughshares, the first all-poetry issue in its 44-year history.

 

When: Friday 8 June 2018, 7pm

Where: RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square. Free entry, please book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Wed. 13 Jun, 2018

A Century of Romanian Architecture 

Wed. 13 Jun, 2018 7:00 am

 

13/06/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

 

“Architecture is inhabited sculpture.” – Constantin Brâncuși

What are the forms, highlights, influences and doctrines that have shaped Romanian architecture in the 20th century? Urbanist Radu Pervolovici (Meta Cultural Foundation, Bucharest) and Dr. Shona McArthur Kallestrup (University of St Andrews) join London-based architect Adrian Petrenco for an overview of 100 years of architectural creativity, starting with 1918 - the year of Romanian unification - to the present day. The conversation is complemented by an exhibition of photography illustrating the stylistic diversity of Romania’s built patrimony and the political, cultural and social contexts that have influenced it during a troubled century.

The event is organised with the support of the Romanian Architects' and Urbanists' Forum in the UK. Part of the London Festival of Architecture and of RCI London’s programme celebrating the Centenary of united Romania (1918-2018).

Dr Shona Kallestrup is Associate Lecturer in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews and has also taught at the Universities of Aberdeen, Copenhagen and Edinburgh. She is a specialist in East European and Scandinavian art and architecture, with a particular interest in late 19th- and early 20th-century Romanian art and design. She has researched widely in archives and royal collections in Romania and published a range of related scholarly articles, as well as one of the leading books on the period, Art and Design in Romania 1866-1927. Local and international aspects of the search for national expression (2006).

With a BA in Urban Studies and an MA in Urban Planning at the Ion Mincu University in Bucharest, Radu Pervolovici carries out projects in various fields: cultural management, design and architecture, interior and landscape design, photo editing, photography and urbanism. While, in the three-dimensional visual sphere, his main preoccupations are centred on minimalism, in the field of cultural management his portfolio includes complex projects that involve the management of mixed multidisciplinary teams. Similar projects he has worked on include: 'A Century of Romanian sculpture' (2013-2014) and 'A century of Romanian architecture' (2015).

Adrian Petrenco is a Romanian-born British architect with an impressive career built around his special interest in historic buildings, conservation, green design, painting and sculpture. In 1969, he received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Ion Mincu University in Bucharest and, three years later, he moved to London, where he worked as an architect in various conversion and refurbishment projects for some important historic buildings and also for the development of new edifices. During the past ten years, Adrian Petrenco has worked as a consultant for protected historic buildings in London and across the UK.

When: Exhibition Preview & Talk: Wednesday 13 June, 7pm. The exhibition is open until 26 June, Monday to Friday between 10 am – 5 pm

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

Free entry. Please confirm your attendance on Eventbrite.

Fri. 15 Jun, 2018

'Romanians in the Great War' at the National Army Museum in Chelsea

Fri. 15 Jun, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

15/06 - 15/07/2018 @ National Army Museum, London

Our Centenary Programme, commemorating the end of the Great War and the unification of all Romanian provinces in 1918, reaches a new peak with a series of events evoking the heroism, dedication and endurance of Romanians in the decisive battles of the Eastern Front and beyond. The exhibition, talk and performance which make up the series are hosted by the prestigious National Army Museum in Chelsea.

The programme is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute in partnership with the National Army Museum, with the support of the National History Museum of Romania, the Embassy of Romania, the Immersive Theatre London, and the Romanian Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché Office. 

 

PROGRAMME:

15 June 2018, 11.30am - 12.30am. Free. Book here.

TALK: Major General Mihail E Ionescu discusses the British-Romanian alliance during the First World War.

Major General Dr Mihail E Ionescu, one of the most prominent Romanian military historians, explains the political and strategic implications of the close British-Romanian alliance during the First World War as one of the sources of victory on the Eastern Front.

Major General Dr Mihail E. Ionescu is the Director of the Institute for Political Studies of Defence and Military  History of the Romanian Ministry of National Defence, Director of the ‘Elie Wiesel’ National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania and Professor at the Department of International Relations at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. He is a member of the International Military History Commission, as well as other international academic forums. He was the Vice President of the International Commission for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania. Among his publications and scientific studies are: Romanians in the Great War. 1915; Black Sea. From the Byzantine lake to the challenges of the XX Century, Security and Stability in the Black Sea basin in the post-Cold War Era.

 

Sat. 16 Jun, 2018

Fratii Grime + Argatu & Mos Martin

Sat. 16 Jun, 2018 7:00 pm

 

Fratii Grime + Argatu & Mos Martin
Tickets on Sale via Ticketweb https://goo.gl/ZFSh2X 
No Credit card ? No problem Tickets can be purchased in person from Stargreen Box Office 20/21A Argyll Street London W1F 7TT Monday to Friday from 10.15am – 7pm, Saturday 10.15 – 6pm . 
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FRATII GRIME

Fratii Grime started out in 2012 and since then has progressed to one of the most energic projects in the roster, performing on some of the biggest local scenes and at international fests and venues. 

VICE.com called it “a breath of fresh air that gives hope for the future” Performing a complex sound, generally around 140 beats per minute. Their lyrics and music merge futuristic electronic elements and dark, deep bass lines, delivering strong messages and punchy bars. The group was born out of love for the legendary Grime freestyle cyphers. In time, it has progressed to a mature formula which now includes but is not limited to: Power pe Vinil, Bean MC, Fanescu and Psihotrop.

https://www.facebook.com/FratiiGrime/ 

Put simply, the name of ARGATU, meaning a sort of farming servant from a time gone by, reminds us of rural Romania, echoing tradition and folklore. 
Argatu is a young and enthusiastic artist and music producer who worked his way up from Romania’s north eastern region of Bucovina. 

His debut collection “ Culese din cartier” successfully combined original sampling, with hip hop , rap, instrumental, dub & dance hall. 

In a nutshell, the Argatu' sound is best summed up as the past and the present brought together.


Argatu: 
https://subcarpati.com/culesedincartier/argatu/
https://www.facebook.com/culesedincartierprezintaargatu/

Wed. 20 Jun, 2018

'Romanians in the Great War' at the National Army Museum in Chelsea

Wed. 20 Jun, 2018 6:00 pm

 

15/06 - 15/07/2018 @ National Army Museum, London

 'Romanians in the Great War' at the National Army Museum in Chelsea

Our Centenary Programme, commemorating the end of the Great War and the unification of all Romanian provinces in 1918, reaches a new peak with a series of events evoking the heroism, dedication and endurance of Romanians in the decisive battles of the Eastern Front and beyond. The exhibition, talk and performance which make up the series are hosted by the prestigious National Army Museum in Chelsea.

The programme is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute in partnership with the National Army Museum, with the support of the National History Museum of Romania, the Embassy of Romania, the Immersive Theatre London, and the Romanian Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché Office.

 

EXHIBITION: ‘Romanians in the Great War’ Private View

The exhibition follows Romania’s participation in the First World War, from the eager years of neutrality (1914-1916), through the fierce battles of 1916 on the Entente side, the painful retreat to Moldavia, the striking victories of 1917 to the momentous victory of 1918, which offered a strategic foundation to the political unification of all Romanian provinces and the creation of a modern, democratic state. A time of hope, heroism and tragedy, vividly depicted by photos, maps, uniforms, and objects, including original WWI medals and brevets. Texts by Dr Cristina Păiuşan-Nuică. Exhibition design by Radu Manelici.

With introductory remarks by Ambassador Dan Mihalache, Ian Maine, Deputy Director at National Army Museum, RCI Director Dorian Branea, and Dr. Cristina Păiuşan-Nuică, Research Scientist at National History Museum of Romania.  

The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the National History Museum of Romania, the National Archives of Romania, Peleş National Museum, Gorj County Museum, Scottish Women’s Hospitals, and the private collection of prof. Alin Ciupală. 

 

The exhibition can be visited from 15th June to 15th July 2018.  

 

20 June 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, part of LATE at NAM; Opening remarks at 6.30 pm. Free. Book here.

'Romanians in the Great War' at the National Army Museum in Chelsea

Wed. 20 Jun, 2018 7:00 pm

15/06 - 15/07/2018 @ National Army Museum, London

20 June 2018, 7 pm, part of LATE at NAM. Free. Book here.

 

PERFORMANCE: 'The Queen's Wars'

We complement the private view of the exhibition with a revealing new show inspired by famous Queen Marie of Romania’s wartime diaries, starring versatile Anca Doczi as the passionate and restless monarch who made a decisive contribution to the Romanian victory in the First World War and the subsequent creation of united Romania. Directed by Cristian Luchian. A revealing character study, faithfully portraying the great woman in a time of distress and eventual redemption. A Romanian Cultural Institute and Immersive Theatre co-production.

Join us after the show for a reception featuring some Romanian culinary and wine delights.

All events take place at the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HT.

Thu. 21 Jun, 2018

FAREWELL RECEPTION for Mr Dorian Branea Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London (2010-2018)

Thu. 21 Jun, 2018 7:00 pm

FAREWELL RECEPTION for Mr Dorian Branea Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London (2010-2018)

 

Mon. 25 Jun, 2018

Shapes and Signs: the Secret Language of the Blouse 

Mon. 25 Jun, 2018 7:00 pm

25/06/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH

With its beautiful colours and intricate adornments, the famous traditional blouse (in Romanian, ie) is by no means one of the most famous Romanian artefacts. Yet more than a sartorial marvel, the blouse, which has entered the mainstream of international couture, is a language. The forms, the colours, the stitching – all these signs are part of a subtle, hidden discourse. The secret meaning of the Romanian blouse is a focus of a new exhibition, curated by architect Ioana Corduneanu, the initiator of `Sewing Signs` project, and set up with the support of RCI London and the Romanian Embassy in the UK. The event marks the Day of the Romanian Blouse, internationally celebrated on the 24th of June.     

`Sewing Signs`  is a community of women determined to rediscover, practice and pass further into future the rich heritage of the traditional textiles. They work to preserve and show what they consider universal values. Beyond the textile themselves, the community treasures the know-how, the joy, the stories ant the craft that transform people from consumers to creators of art, changing mentalities, changing lives, changing history, despite all odds.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Romanian Embassy and Romanian Women in UK.

When: Monday, 25 June, 7pm.

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

Please book your free ticket at Eventbrite

Tue. 26 Jun, 2018

The Romanian Cinematheque Takes You 'One Step Behind the Seraphim'

Tue. 26 Jun, 2018 7:00 pm

26/06/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH

 

'One Step Behind the Seraphim', Daniel Sandu’s feature debut, has its UK premiere at the Romanian Cinematheque. The intensity of the performances, with a towering performance by Romanian New Wave star Vlad Ivanov, the documentary-like realism and the controversial subject make the film one of the most striking Romanian productions in years.

After the screening, join us for a Q&A session with Daniel Sandu, the film’s director.

This 90s coming-of-age story tells the experience of Gabriel, a 15-year-old teenager who wants to become a priest. The years he spends at the seminar will shape him as a person as he learns to survive in an often corrupt environment that puts his faith to the test.

One Step Behind the Seraphim stars in the marvellous Vlad Ivanov in one of his best performances in years accompanied by excellent newcomer Ștefan Iancu and Ali Amir, Alfred Wegeman, Ștefan Mihai, Niko Becker, Ilie Dumitrescu Jr., Cristian Bota, Marian Popescu, Radu Botar.

“The film speaks about the courage and the right of young people to take decisions, to oppose a system and, if necessary, to break the rules in order to protect their free will and not allow others to decide for them” - Daniel Sandu.

 

Director: Daniel Sandu

Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Stefan Iancu, Cristian Bota, Toto Dumitrescu, Lucian Pavel

Running time: 150 minutes

When: 26 June, 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

Wed. 27 Jun, 2018

Intalnirea Anuala a Profesionistilor Romani din Londra 2018

Wed. 27 Jun, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dragilor,

Dupa cum v-am obisnuit in fiecare vara, GRASP are placerea de a va invita sa participati la evenimentul anual de networking.

Aflata la cea de-a saptea editie, intalnirea are scopul de a crea coeziune in randul profesionistilor romani si a variilor segmente profesionale romanesti din Londra.

Ca de fiecare data vor participa cateva sute de profesionisti romani din finante, business, law, IT, marketing, media, precum si alte categorii profesionale post-universitare.

Intalnirea are un caracter informal si se desfasoara in barul The Merchant din Canary Wharf incepand cu ora 5:30pm, acolo unde avem rezervata zona de pe malul apei pe numele 'GRASP' pana in jurul orelor 11:00pm.

Va rugam sa dati mai departe aceasta invitatie si altor persoane interesate sa participe care se incadreaza in aceste segmente profesionale.

Pentru a estima capacitatea va rugam sa confirmati prezenta prin RSVP la eveniment - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Va asteptam,

Echipa GRASP Londra

'Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă' la Festivalul Internațional de Film de la Edinburgh 

Wed. 27 Jun, 2018 6:00 pm

27 - 30/06/2018 @ Edinburgh Cinemas

 

We are pleased to support the international premiere of 'Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl' (Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă) at Edinburgh International Film Festival, the world's longest continually-running film festival. Director Bogdan Theodor Olteanu will be present for Q&As at both screenings.

Two young women start to chat about another woman, a former lover of both. As they grow closer and begin a tentative affair, the gap between them widens. One looks for answers and love while safely closeted away in her home, while the other is more confident and willing to take risks. What if going out equated to coming out? How can you defeat the suffocating prejudices pervading contemporary Romania? A fresh gem of a film, hailed as Romania's La vie d'Adèle. (Edinburgh International Film Festival)

Director of Photography: Mihai Marius Apopei

Editor: Tudor D Popescu

Produced by: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, Gabriela Suciu

Music: Ana Popescu

Screenplay by: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, Ana Ivan, Denisa Niţă

Production Designer: Alexandra Panaite

Sound Production: Mihnea Bogos

When & Where:

27 June, 18:15, Odeon Cinema 4

30 June, 18:20, Vue Omni Centre

Book tickets .here

Thu. 28 Jun, 2018

13 Shades Of Romanian | Screening + Q&A

Thu. 28 Jun, 2018 11:00 am

DATE AND TIME

Thu 28 June 2018

17:30 – 21:30 BST

 

LOCATION

Romanian Cultural Centre

18 Fitzhardinge Street

London

W1H 6EQ

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13 Shades of Romanian is a 3 episode documentary portraying the experience of 13 Romanians living in Britain. Constructed through their eyes, and brought to you by a group of Romanian filmmakers in London, together with travel journalist Richard Green, the film reveals the stories of migrants coming to terms with British culture.

Watch the trailer here.

Episode one (starting at 18.00 sharp) introduces us to a chef, a scientist, a businessman and Anton, a grandfather figure passing on his wisdom. In episode two (19.00 start) we meet a Formula One engineer, a community activist, an artist, a Roma woman and a young couple setting up home in London. The screening concludes with episode 3 (19.45) showing us the lives of a footballer, an IT student, a DJ and a free runner.

We end the evening over drinks and a Q&A with Anda & Dragos Teglas from This is Insomnia, the production company behind 13 SOR.

About the film-makers

Dragos Teglas

With over a decade’s experience in TV, advertising and feature film, Dragos Teglas has worked on numerous memorable productions in the UK and across Europe. He brings not only a unique style of editing, but also the creative vision, flair and input necessary to produce outstanding films.

Dragos’ professional journey took him from local TV studios in Brasov to national TV in Bucharest, Romania and eventually here in London, where at the end of 2013 he co-founded This Is Insomnia where he acts as Director and Senior Editor. 

 

 

 


 

Anda Teglas

Anda joined This Is Insomnia as Co-Founder and Creative Director after more than 10 years producing and directing award-winning TV, online advertising and films.

Starting in front of the camera with her own weekly local TV show at the age of seven, she since switched to off-screen roles and at This is Insomnia oversees every creative aspect of the development, production and post-production stages of films produced in-house.

Anda moved to London in 2010 and worked for two London based film production companies before co-founding This is Insomnia in 2013 with brother, and work partner, Dragos.

 BOOK HERE.

Mirroring Discoveries: 100 years of Romanian-British Travelogues

Thu. 28 Jun, 2018 11:00 am

 

 

28/06/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

 

Throughout the years, travel books have recorded memorable encounters between Romania and the UK. We conjure up 100 years of cross-border revelations and celebrate this great patrimony of ideas, images and perceptions through a one-day event of intellectual exchanges, crowned by an exhibition of rare books and a panel conversation. The event brings together Romanian and international specialists and travelogue authors and is chaired by Professor Tim Youngs, the world renowned authority in travel literature. Organised in partnership with the reputed Centre for Travel Writing Studies at Nottingham Trent University. 

 

The exhibition, "Romania in English" is based on the private collection of old books and periodicals of Lia and Mircea Chisacof, is curated by Lia Chisacof and will be opened in the Brancusi Gallery. With additional works from the private collection of Loredana Olarean. The list of exhibits will include publications such as: Sidney Whitman, Reminiscences of the King of Roumania (1899), James Samuelson, Romania: Past and Present (1882), Grenville Murray, The national songs and legends of Roumania (1859) and Michael Quin, Steam Voyage down the Danube (1835).

 

Guest speakers: professors Mihaela Irimia (University of Bucharest), Dana Percec, Andreea Șerban and Codruța Goșa (West University of Timișoara), Carmen Borbely (Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca), Monica Chesnoiu and Virginia Fazakas Petrică (Ovidius University of Constanța), Oana Cogeanu (Alexandru-Ioan Cuza University of Iași), Tim Youngs and John Lucas (Nottingham Trent University), Alex Drace Francis (University of Amsterdam), Vesna Goldsworthy (University of Exeter), Carl Thompson (University of Surrey) and Diana Georgescu (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies), joined by travel writers Alan Ogden (Romania Revisited: On the Trail of English Travellers, 1602-1941, et al.) and Nick Hunt (Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor's footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn). 

 

When: 28 June, 11am – 9pm. Free entry.

The conference will take place between 11am – 6pm (lunch break between 1pm-2pm). Please confirm HERE if you wish to attend. 

The panel discussion will start at 7pm (doors 6:30pm). Please confirm your attendance on Eventbrite

 

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

 

Sat. 30 Jun, 2018

Teatrul 'Masca' în turneu britanic

Sat. 30 Jun, 2018 4:00 pm

 

'Masca', the renowned pantomime company from Bucharest, is taking to the UK for an extensive tour as part of our anniversary programme, celebrating 100 years since the unification of all Romanian provinces. The centrepiece of their performances is a new stunning performance, entitled “Us”, which tells the story of the Great Union through characters taken from popular culture. The tour also features shows based on the company’s trademark `living statues`.

 

Founded and managed by legendary actor-director Mihai Mălaimare, `Masca` is the only Romanian company specialised in mime, gesture and physical theatre. The shows are suitable for family audiences and the characters are presented through powerful masks and costumes, silent comedy and unrivalled theatricality that together make them one of Romania’s finest theatrical exports.

The tour is organised by ArtReach in partnership with the General Council of Bucharest and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

 

Schedule of performances:

 

Winchester Hat Fair

Saturday 30 June at Abbey Gardens, Winchester

4pm-5pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm

Sunday 1 July at North Walls Recreation Ground, Winchester

1pm-2pm and 3.30pm-4.30pm

 

Lincoln Castle

Saturday 14 July at Lincoln Castle

11.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-3pm and 4pm-5pm

Sunday 15 July at Lincoln Castle

12pm-1pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm

 

Leicester Cathedral

Wednesday 18 July at Leicester Cathedral Gardens and Old Town

11.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-3pm and 4pm-5pm

Thursday 19 July at Leicester Cathedral Gardens and Old Town

12pm-1pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm

 

Night of Festivals London

Saturday 21 July at Bernie Spain Gardens, London Southbank

11.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-3pm and 4pm-5pm

Sunday 22 July at Bernie Spain Gardens, London Southbank

12pm-1pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm 

 

FREE EVENTS! NO BOOKING REQUIRED!

'Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă' la Festivalul Internațional de Film de la Edinburgh 

Sat. 30 Jun, 2018 6:00 pm

27 - 30/06/2018 @ Edinburgh Cinemas

 

We are pleased to support the international premiere of 'Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl' (Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă) at Edinburgh International Film Festival, the world's longest continually-running film festival. Director Bogdan Theodor Olteanu will be present for Q&As at both screenings.

Two young women start to chat about another woman, a former lover of both. As they grow closer and begin a tentative affair, the gap between them widens. One looks for answers and love while safely closeted away in her home, while the other is more confident and willing to take risks. What if going out equated to coming out? How can you defeat the suffocating prejudices pervading contemporary Romania? A fresh gem of a film, hailed as Romania's La vie d'Adèle. (Edinburgh International Film Festival)

Director of Photography: Mihai Marius Apopei

Editor: Tudor D Popescu

Produced by: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, Gabriela Suciu

Music: Ana Popescu

Screenplay by: Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, Ana Ivan, Denisa Niţă

Production Designer: Alexandra Panaite

Sound Production: Mihnea Bogos

When & Where:

27 June, 18:15, Odeon Cinema 4

30 June, 18:20, Vue Omni Centre

Book tickets here.

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