Since January 15, chosen to be the National Culture Day, is the birthday of the Romanians’ national poet Mihai Eminescu, this year, a number of inedited events have been organized in Prahova to mark this day.
In parallel to a number of events organized in museums, cultural centers, as well as at the “Toma Caragiu” Theater in Ploiesti, in order to celebrate the poet of genius Mihai Eminescu’s life and work, a series of unique activities have also been organized in Prahova this year. Specifically, the Eminescu’s genius has been highlighted through both an exhibition organized at the Clock Museum in Ploiesti, the only one in Romania, as well as in… the salt palace from Slanic Salina. Thus, on the occasion of the “National Culture Day”, the 7th edition, the Temporary Exhibition “Contemporary Personalities with Mihai Eminescu” was held on Sunday, January 15, at the “Nicolae Simache” Clock Museum in Ploiesti. The exhibition presented commemorative medals, poetry volumes, as well as clocks that belonged to great personalities of the second half of the 19th century, and the first two decades of the 20th century: Mihai Eminescu,Vasile Alecsandri, Ion Creanga, Mihail Kogalniceanu, Nicolae Iorga, Queen Elisabeth of Romania, Constantin Istrati. But the most admired objects by those who entered into the museum were by far those related to the unique poet, including the commemorative medal of 20 years since his death, made in 1909 from ormolu.
The second inedited cultural moment organized in Prahova on the occasion of the National Culture Day was at the Slanic Salina, more specifically at the bust of the poet from the Slanic Salina. Specifically, the Chorale of the Culture Hose “Ion Luca Caragiale” of the Ploiesti Municipality prepared several songs that have been played: “Desteapta-te romane” – Romania’s anthem, whose music was written by Anton Pann; “Prayer”, a text signed by Mihai Eminescu, music by Teodor Teodorescu; “Concerto no.1” (second part) – written by Gavriil Musicescu; “Carols of Bells”, written by Valentin Teodorian; “We hymn Thee”, music by Ioan D. Chirescu.
The event in Slanic was part of the educational project “Close to Eminescu”, initiated by the Culture House “Ion Luca Caragiale” of the Ploiesti Municipality, and simultaneously held in schools of the county or across the country. The project was addressed particularly to the students, teachers of Romanian language and literature and primary school teachers who wished to mark this way 167 years since the birth of the national poet. At the same time, on January 16, 2017, from 9.00 to 12.00 (for those learning in the morning), namely from 14.00 to 17.00 (for students learning in the afternoon), 15 minutes have been dedicated to activities such as reading various types of texts from Eminescu’s opera, reciting poems of fragments from the creation of the Romanian poet of genius, case studies, debates on Mihai Eminescu’s work, organizing and presenting drawing and/or painting exhibitions inspired from the Eminescu’s work.