The National Culture Day of Romania will be highlighted by an array of events organized in Bucharest by the Romanian Academy, the Ministry of Culture, and also by museums, religious institutions, and publishing houses.
The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) President Lilian Zamfiroiu says the Romanian Culture Day represents the celebration of a cause to which the institution he heads devotes its daily endeavours.
‘January 15 is the Romanian Culture Day. Mihai Eminescu, the one whose birthday is linked to this celebration, used to say: <<There undoubtedly are individual talents, but they must drive their roots into the land and way of being of their people, in order to produce something permanent>>. At the same time, the aspiration of any act of culture is to be shared, to be made known and to thus be able to nurture new creation acts. The chief mission of the Romanian Cultural Institute is to build bridges by which the cultural values in Romania should communicate with the world and enjoy the international recognition they deserve,’ the Institute chief told, quoted by Agerpres.
Zamfiroiu announced that the network of the Romanian cultural institutes based abroad prepared a range of shows, exhibitions, lectures and readings so as to properly mark the National Culture Day, which is celebrated on the same day in which the great poet Mihai Eminescu was born (1850-1889). According to him, Eminescu will be celebrated in Rome by a lecture and bilingual reading hosted by Accademia di Romania and in New York by lectures, readings and a theme exhibition. Similar programmes will unfurl in Prague, Venice, Tel Aviv as well as in Paris, where there will be a music recital besides reading.
The Romanian Cultural Institute based in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova, organize a ‘substantial’ range of events including a concert, exhibitions and readings both in Chisinau and Cahul, he added. Furthermore, the local-based Institutes organize theater performances in Berlin and Brussels as well as in London, while in Budapest, Istanbul, Lisbon and Warsaw painting exhibitions was opened.
The Stockholm-based ICR marked the celebration by an event attended by author Gabriela Melinescu and pan-flute player Dana Dragomir, two remarkable Romanian cultural figures having settled in Sweden. The Madrid-based Institute celebrate the Day by an event dedicated to children – a dramatized reading of Eminescu’s fairy tale ‘Fat Frumos din lacrima’ (Prince Charming of the Tear) translated in Spanish and the fairy tale strip produced at Romanian Animafilm studios will be screened.
The former President of the Romanian Academy Eugen Simion highlighted the importance of national culture, which according to him is the only thing that makes us different in a widely globalizing contemporary world. Among the originators of the promotion of this feature on January 15, on the occasion of the anniversary of the poet Mihai Eminescu, the literary critic estimates that ‘the National Culture Day is nevertheless a plus,’ and ‘our politicians should understand how important culture is.’
Symposiums, concerts, exhibitions…
The Academy’s Aula Magna hall will host the General Assembly of the members dedicated to the National Culture Day, including speeches by the President of the illustrious establishment, Academician Ionel Haiduc, and by Academicians Eugen Simion, Dan Berindei, and Ioan Aurel Pop. With this occasion will be launched the 150th volume of the ‘Fundamental Works’ collection – Mihai Eminescu, Poems, 2013 Perpessicius’ (literary critic expert in Eminescu’s works) edition.
Also today, the Ministry of Culture organizes an event dedicated to the celebration of the National Culture Day, and hosted at the Romanian Athenaeum. The programme includes an extraordinary concert performed by famous artists and young talents of the Romanian lyric stage, accompanied by the George Enescu Philharmonic; also, visits to the exhibition of works signed by famous Romanian painters, rare items of Enescu’s heritage, and costumes worn by great performers in landmark representations on the stage of Bucharest National Opera.