Mrs. Rosa MORO DE ANDRÉS, Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Bucharest: Instituto Cervantes-Promoting a language and a culture

The Instituto Cervantes, the official Spanish Government Language and Cultural Centre, was founded as the only public institution that promotes Spanish language teaching and knowledge of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world. It offers a comprehensive programme of cultural and arts activities showcasing the best in film, music, literature, dance, theatre, visual arts, gastronomy and critical thinking from Spain and Latin America. Since then, in its central head office located in Madrid and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, as well as in its network of 90 centres in 43 countries worldwide, the Instituto Cervantes has been promoting international co-operation by organising and collaborating in a variety of events to present historic and contemporary Spanish and Latin American culture. The Cervantes Institute works in close association with a network of international, Spanish and Latin American institutions and in partnership with other worldwide institutions.

The Instituto Cervantes in Bucharest  offers a comprehensive programme of cultural and arts activities showcasing the most representative in literature, film, performing arts, visual arts and thought from Spain and Latin America. It promotes international cultural co-operation by organising and collaborating in a variety of events to present historic and contemporary Spanish and Latin American film, music, literature, dance, theatre, visual arts and gastronomy.

In Bucharest, the Instituto Cervantes offers Spanish courses for all levels, from complete beginners to proficiency, aimed at developing the students’ ability to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish. Our native teachers are university qualified and have trained specifically to teach Spanish as a foreign language using the most up-to-date teaching methods. In addition to our general Spanish courses, we offer a wide range of more specific ones such as Spanish online courses, courses to prepare for the DELE Spanish official exams, general business Spanish, conversation courses, Spanish for children, and teacher training courses.

Complementing the academic and cultural activities, a third and equally important department is our Library. The “Luis Rosales Library” was officially opened in 1995. It has access to more than 25,000 items with clearly differentiated sections: a resource centre for learning Spanish, sections for DVDs, CDs, History, biographies, Spanish and Latin American Literature, a children’s corner, etc. Users can connect their laptops to our WI-FI or use our computer and tablets to access the online catalogue (OPAC) and search for information on specific topics, do research or simply use it for entertainment. We invite you to visit and explore our library, browse through our shelves, search through our online catalogue and enjoy all the materials and online resources we have to offer, including e-books, audio-books and multi-disciplinary content databases.

Instituto Cervantes in Bucharest organized during the past year an important number of conferences, round tables, concerts, movie screenings, workshops, exhibitions and even other varied formats related, for instance, to UNESCO heritage in Spain, as revealed by the excellent photography exhibition “Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad en España”, or to the cultures of the Amazonian Peru, as in the beautiful exhibition – courtesy of the Peruvian Embassy in Romania – signed by the most renowned Peruvian artists. For the first time in Romania, the Instituto Cervantes organized a session of Olive Oil Tasting, a workshop conducted by two Spanish specialists and aimed at the specialized public. As for music, the presence of La Purissima Trio at the Radio Hall was highly appreciated by the audience, as the Spanish musicians played a jazz fusioned with Spanish “copla”, a sort of neo-realism expression of the madrilène music a genre rediscovered and recreated by the attractive soloist Julia Castro, that enchanted also the public of the International Jazz Festival in Sibiu. The cooperation with Romanian musicians continued also through the concert “Yo soy locura”, with the soprano Angela Sindeli and Tudor Niculescu as guitarist, a recital organized in partnership with University of Music in Bucharest.

This last quarter of 2017, the Instituto Cervantes is offering its visitors the personal exhibition “Towards the Sea”, by Clara Durán, a Spanish artist living and working in Bucharest. We have just enjoyed the presence of the writer Francesc Miralles in both Bucharest and Iasi, where he took part in the International Festival of Literature. To commemorate the Spanish National Day, the Embassy and the Instituto Cervantes recently co-organized a flamenco show by Compañía Leonor Leal at the National Theatre. More concerts are on their way: a series of Spanish Quartets recitals (October 15th and 23rd, and November 21st) in collaboration with Filarmonica George Enescu and Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical of Spain. In November, films and theatre will be the protagonists: “Opera Prima”, a meeting with the most recent and debut long feature films in Spain, as well as a dialogue between Romanian theatre director Cristian Teodor Popescu and Spanish playwright Antonio Tabares.

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