Writer Marin Mincu dies at 65

Writer and critic Marin Mincu died on Friday, aged 65, at the Elias Hospital in Bucharest, following a brain aneurism. According to Mincu’s wife, writer Stefania Mincu, he had a stroke last Monday, following his presence in a TV show on TVR Cultural. The body will be laid to rest in Bellu Cemetery, on Tuesday, after on Monday admirers and fellow writers can bid their final goodbyes from the writer, at the Writers Union headquarters. Poet, critic and literary historian, Marin Mincu was born on August 28, 1944 and signed several poetry volumes, semiotics studies dedicated to Romanian folklore. He was chief of Pontica Publishing House, where he took care to publish the Romanian version of Umberto Eco’s work. The writer spent a lot of time in Italy, as a teacher in Turin and Florence. He signed 40 volumes of work and in 1996 he received the Herder Award, one of the most prestigious European literary accolades.

“Wedding in Basarabia” receives
accolades at Tallin Festival

“Wedding in Basarabia,” the second feature film of the director Nap Toader (Napoleon Helmis), a Romania/Republic of Moldova/Luxembourg co-production, obtained the special award of the jury at “Black Nights” Festival from Tallinn, Estonia (November 12 – December 6), according to a press release.

The second feature film signed by Napoleon Helmis (Nap Toader), a Romania/Republic of Moldova/Luxembourg co-production, was presented in the official EurAsia competition of the International Festival ”Black Nights” from Tallinn. “Wedding in Basarabia,” the story of two youths – he from Bucharest, she from Chisinau – recently married, who decide to make a wedding hoping to obtain from the guests the money necessary for the first payment for a dwelling, impressed the selection committee of “Black Nights” Film Festival, which considered the film “very human and emotional” through the message that it promotes. The chairman of EurAsia jury, a known Russian producer Alexander Rodniansky, declared at the award gala of the festival, which took place on Friday evening, that “Wedding in Basarabia” is “a film which conveys a strong message of tolerance and hope” and which helped to understand the reality of a little known region, Basarabia, “a universe which celebrates the joy to live and humanity.” The film was exclusively shot at Chisinau, during July 7-30, 2008. “Black Nights” Festival from Tallinn is a unique event which combines the full length film competition with several programmes dedicated to the animation films, the students’ films and the children’s films.

Concerts this month

Nightlosers at Art Jazz Club

December 9, 8 PM

Alexandrina Hristov & Silent Strike at the The Silver Church Club

December 10, 9 PM

Iris Christmas Concert- at National Theatre

December 14, 8 PM

Damian Draghici & Brothers, Last Concert- at Palace Hall

December 17, 7 PM

Carol Concert with Stefan Hrusca at Polivalenta

December 19, 7 PM


Harlem Gospel Choir at Palace Hall; December 21, 7 PM

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir is the most famous gospel choir in America today. It travels the globe, sharing its joy of faith through its music, & raising funds for children’s charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir presents the finest singers & musicians from Harlem’s Black Churches and the New York/Tri-State area. After performing for Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II, the group recently sang in tribute to Michael Jackson in Times Square, on the day of his funeral.

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