Evenimentele acestei saptamani

Tue. 3 Jul, 2018

The Folkloric Inspiration: A Musical Experience

Tue. 3 Jul, 2018 7:00 pm

03/07/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH


As part of our special programme dedicated to the Romanian Centenary (1918-2018), we conclude the first half of our 2018 musical programme with an exploration of Romanian folklore as the most important source of inspiration in the Romanian classical music tradition. Folk singer Ioana Maria Ardelean and tenor Daniel Magdal accompanied by pianists Diana Spânu and Aurel Mustăţea exemplify this crucial connection with a  programme of traditional songs and related works by George Enescu, Tiberiu Brediceanu and Achim Stoia, many of which performed in Britain for the first time.

Folk singer and cultural entrepreneur Ioana Maria Ardelean comes from Bistrița-Năsăud, a scenic area in northern Transylvania. She studied canto in Bucharest and is a UNESCO specialist in inter-cultural communication. Alongside her successful singing career, Ioana Maria Ardelean is a tireless promoter of Romanian traditional music and a supporter of young and talented singers. She is also the Artistic Director of the popular “Golden Grape” Folk Festival in Alba Iulia. In 2012, Ioana Maria Ardelean launched her first CD entitled “I Sing for my Heart” and comprising songs from her native region, discovered and adapted together with prof. Aurel Mustăţea.

Tenor Daniel Magdal graduated the Jași Conservatoire and was a soloist at the National Opera in Jassy until 1992 when he moved to Germany. He was a frequent star on opera stages in Magdeburg, Lübeck, Kaiserslautern, Münster, Saarbrücken, Hannover or Halle and took part in numerous prestigious opera festivals. Starting with 2004, he has been a constant presence on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera where he featured in “Aida”, “Manon Lescaut” or “Samson and Dalila”. In April 2011, he debuted in New York with a Beethoven lieder recital which he subsequently presented in Berlin and Bucharest. 

With over 50 years of teaching experience, professor Aurel Mustăţea is a graduate of the National University of Music Bucharest where he studied musical theory, conducting and orchestra. Throughout his career he has collaborated with numerous radio and television stations and cultural institutions and became specialised in folklore. He has conducted many folklore masterclasses both in Romania and abroad. Aurel Mustăţea is currently a folk canto professor at the Bucharest Art School. 

Pianist Diana Spânu is a musicology graduate of the Jași Conservatoire. Between 1990 and 1997 she was a répétiteur for the “Gavriil Musicescu” Choir of the Jassy Philharmonic and between 1997 and 2001 she occupied the same position at the “Ion Dacian” Musical and Operetta Theatre in Bucharest. Since 2001 she has been an accompaniment teacher at the “George Enescu” Music Highschool in Bucharest.   



When: Tuesday 3 July 2018 

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


Entrance is free but it is required to book your ticket on Eventbrite - HERE 

Please note that the seating is unreserved.

Thu. 12 Jul, 2018

Romanian Photographer Oana Stoian Captures ‘Another Europe’

Thu. 12 Jul, 2018 4:00 pm


12/07 - 09/08/2018 @ King’s Cross area – along King’s Boulevard and Pancras Square, London.


We are delighted to be part of EUNIC London’s ‘Another Europe’, an engaging open-air photographic exhibition reflecting on aspects of culture that are slowly disappearing. The project brings together 28 photographers from each EU member state, including Romanian Oana Stoian, who were commissioned to capture these aspects of life before they are lost forever. Their work, mounted on specially designed concrete benches dispersed around London’s King’s Cross area, voices various social aspects: childhood, fairy tales, theatre, landscape, conflict, music, work, celebration, family, memories, literature and traditions.

‘Another Europe’ has been curated by UK artist Hamish Park and the exhibiting artists are: Oana Stoian (Romania), Jean Back (Luxembourg), Gerry Balfe Smith (Ireland), Jelena Blagović (Croatia), Paulo Catrica (Portugal) Emil Danailov (Bulgaria), Joanna Demarco (Malta), Alvaro Deprit (Spain), Tamas Dezso (Hungary), Jeanette Hagglund (Sweden), Nina Korhonen (Finland), Astrid Kruse Jensen (Denmark), Petra Lajdova (Slovakia), Marketa Luskacova (Czech Republic), Marlot & Chopard (France), Adam Panczuk (Poland), Klaus Pichler (Austria), Romualdas Požerskis (Lithuania), Birgit Püve (Estonia), Simon Roberts (UK), George Tatakis (Greece), Andrej Tarfila (Slovenia), Andreas Trogisch (Germany), Thodoris Tzalavras (Cyprus), Iveta Vaivode (Latvia), Els van den Meersch (Belgium), Massimo Vitali (Italy) and Henk Wildschut (Netherlands).

The project is organised in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum, EUNIC London (European Union National Institutes for Culture) and the Representation of the European Commission in the UK.

Oana Stoian was born in Lugoj in 1993. Her passion for art distinguished itself since childhood, when she started to express her creativity - first through painting and then, during her adolescence, through the discovery of photography as her medium of choice. Her work shows an abstraction of reality, a loss of identity in the context of mysterious scenes. In 2015, she received her Bachelor's degree from the Department of Photography-Videography at the Art and Design College, West University of Timisoara and, in 2017, her Master's degree in Publicity Graphics. In December 2015, she had her first personal photography exhibition in Timisoara, followed in 2017 & 2018 by several personal and group exhibitions. In 2016, Oana was selected for the Professional shortlist in the Staged category of the Sony World Photography Awards.

“The symbolism of this exhibition will have escaped few. It is an example of one of the many forms of cooperation which has been fostered between the states of the EU over decades. In this European Year of Cultural Heritage, we are bringing to London a showcase of European photographic talent. Many of the artist whose work is exhibited will be well know, others less so however, they have all contributed their interpretation of cultural heritage. This focuses not just on the physical manifestations of cultural heritage but also on the way in which this is transmitted. The work illustrates common themes but also highlights the particularities which make up Europe’s rich cultural heritage.” – curator Hamish Park

Photo credit: Simon Roberts, Broadstairs Dickens Festival, Isle of Thanet from the series Merrie Albion (2007-2017), courtesy Flowers Gallery


When:  Launch event – Thursday 12 July, 4pm. Free admission. The exhibition can be visited until 9 August 2018.


Where: King’s Cross area – along King’s Boulevard and Pancras Square, London.

Sat. 14 Jul, 2018

Plimbare pentru Viata

Sat. 14 Jul, 2018 8:00 am

Sambata, 14 iulie, la Cutty Sark, Greenwich, incepand cu ora 08:30AM, are loc a doua editie a evenimentului Plimbare pentru Viata. 

Evenimentul isi propune sa implice intreaga comunitate romaneasca din Londra, si nu numai, sa contribuie la construirea Primului Spital de Oncologie si Radioterapie Pediatrica din Romania prin participarea la un maraton (mers) pe malul Tamisei. 

Exista o taxa de inscriere recomandata, insa nu obligatorie, de 15 actiuni (echivalentul a 150.00 lei) care se doneaza direct catre Bursa de Fericire - evenimentul poate fi sustinut si fara participare fizica 



Mai multe informatii puteti gasi pe pagina de facebook a evenimentului, Plimbare pentru Viata: https://www.facebook.com/events/203332946966514



Evenimentul vine in sprijinul Asociatiei Daruieste Viata care a demarat proiectul de construire a Primului Spital de Oncologie și Radioterapie pentru copiii diagnosticați cu cancer din România încă din 2015, aceasta fiind pentru prima dată când, în România, un ONG construiește un spital de la zero, exclusiv din donații și sponsorizări, cu o investiție estimată de cca. 8 milioane de euro.


Fri. 20 Jul, 2018

Solution contest for the Queen Marie of Romania statue in Ashford

Fri. 20 Jul, 2018 12:00 am

22/06 - 20/07/2018


We are pleased to announce the launch of the solution contest for the Queen Marie of Romania statue in Ashford, the beloved monarch’s birthplace. We would be happy to receive many interesting proposals so that the statue could best portray this exceptional personality who built bridges between Romania and the UK. Please access the following link to submit your applications: http://sicap-prod.e-licitatie.ro/pub/notices/dc-notice/v2/view/100000120



Scores for a Midsummer Afternoon

Fri. 20 Jul, 2018 1:00 pm

20/07/2018 @ St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London


Tenor Vlad Robu and pianist Iulia Marin, two of the most eulogised performers of the young generation, render a midsummer musical delight to soundtrack the careless adrift of a London July afternoon.


The Romanian duo’s programme features pieces by George Enescu, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Stefano Donaudy, Pietro Mascagni, Jean Sibelius, Diamandi Gheciu and Nicolae Bretan.


The concert is part of the Romanian Cultural Institute Series at St Martin-in-the-Fields.




Verdi – In solitaria stanza

Donaudy – O del mio amato ben

Mascagni – Serenata

Sibelius –  5 Songs Op 37


No 1 Den första kyssen

No 4 Var det en dröm?

Sibelius –  6 Songs Op 36


No 4 Säv, säv susa

Liszt – Selection from Transcendental Études

Tosti – Vorrei morire

Tosti – Tristezza

Tosti – A vucchella

Enescu – Toccata and Bourrée from Suite No 2 for piano, in D major, Op 10 (“Des cloches sonores”)

Gheciu – Eu te-am iubit

Bretan – Și dacă ramuri bat în geam (And if Branches Beat Against the Window)

Bretan – Pe aceiaș ulicioară (On the Same Lane)




Romanian tenor Vlad Alexandru Robu graduated a Bachelor of Music and a Master Degree in Singing with Pedagogy from The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Vlad made his debut in 2013 at The National Operetta and Musical Theater Ion Dacian in Bucharest, Romania, singing Ben in the Musical “Rebecca” by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay. In 2015, Vlad was accepted at the prestigious Accademia del Belcanto Rodolfo Celetti in Martina Franca, Italy, where he participated in the 42 edition of the Festival Della Valle D´Itria in the opera L´incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi.  Vlad sang in many recitals and concert galas in Italy, Denmark and Romania. He toured in Italy from 2009 to 2013 singing in Sicily, Reggio-Calabria, Basilicata, Toscana and Veneto. Vlad is currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark and studying with maestro Sherman Lowe,  and tenor Reinaldo Macias.


Romanian pianist Iulia Marin has appeared as a soloist in the United States, Italy, Holland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria and Romania. Her concerto debut took place in 2007 on Romania’s most prestigious stage: the Bucharest Athenaeum Hall. Ever since, she has performed with the “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra, “Dinu Lipatti” Youth Orchestra, “Sinfonia Bucuresti” Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra and Shumen State Philharmonic Orchestra. In recitals, Iulia has performed at venues such as Weill Hall- Carnegie Hall, The Harvard Club, St Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, Greenfield Hall (New York) and had a Recital Tour in Italy. Recent performances include the Bucharest Philharmonic Atheneum Hall, Museo Diocesano Brescia, Act City Hamamatsu Hall Japan, Arlberg 1800 Concert Hall Austria, the 12th Niestetaler Klavierfestival Kassel and Steve Reich’s “Six Pianos” in Hannover.


When: 20 July, 1PM

Where: St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Free entry.

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