Romania, invited to participate
in London Book Fair
Romania will attend the London Book Fair, an international event staged on April 19-21, where it will have a national stand organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) for the third consecutive time. Romania’s stand put up under the slogan ROOMania WITH A VIEW will exhibit 700 titles published by 29 Romanian publishing houses and more than 100 translations issued abroad with ICR support, the Institute’s Press Service said in a release. The visitors will be handed in Romanian literature promoting materials (catalogues, CDs) and brochures presenting the ICR programmes. The University of Plymouth Press publishers, who are the special guests of the Romania stand, will present the series Twenty Romanian Authors launched in last November and backed by the ICR under the same-name programme. On the first day of the fair the stand will host the debate called Text-Door Neighbours, starting from the series launched at University of Plymouth Press (UPP), in which taking part will be Stelian Tanase, whose volume Aunt Varvara’s Clients is to be published by the UPP later this year and UPP director Paul Honeywill. Peninsula Arts designer Sarah Chapman will unveil the programme developed at the University of Plymouth, that includes Romanian music and theatre shows. Actress Cristina Catalina will read excerpts from the published translations. On Tuesday, April 20 the Romanian stand will host the debate on Crime and Reason: The Romanian Crime Writers Club Enters the (Crime) Scene to be attended by authors George Arion and Oana Stoica Mujea.
Hamlet – main focus
in Shakespeare Fest
The International Shakespeare Festival, reaching its seventh edition, will take place between April 23 and May 9, 2010, in Craiova and Bucharest. The theme of this edition is The Hamlet Constellation. Two major creations of contemporary theatre will be played on the stages of Bucharest theatres: performances of Hamlet directed by Thomas Ostermeier (Germany), presented by the actors of the Berlin Schaubühne Theatre, and Elizabeth LeCompte (USA), played by The New York Wooster Group. The two representations by the Berlin Schaubühne Theatre will be presented on the opening of the event, at the Great Hall of the Bucharest National Theatre, on April 24 and 25, while the four representations by The New York Wooster Group will take place on May 6, 7, 8 and 9, at the Bulandra Theatre, “Toma Caragiu” Hall. Two Romanian productions will also be present in the festival. Hamlet directed by Laszlo Bocsardi will be presented by the Metropolis Theatre, on May 8. On May 9, at the closing of the festival and as an anticipation of the 2012 edition – “All the world’s a stage, and we mere players” – the play “Pyramus & Thisbe 4You”, directed by Alexandru Dabija, will be shown at the Odeon Theatre.
26 movies lined up for NexT trophy
Competition in the NexT International Film Festival appears to be stronger than ever this year. Of the 950 short and medium length features that applied for the selection, the artistic director Andrei Gorzo chose, after three months of viewings, 26 “noteworthy” titles, coming from 19 countries on five continents. This year, too, the NexT competition couldn’t do without multi-awarded short feature films: be it Diploma (d. Yaelle Kayam, Israel, 2009), awarded in the Cinéfondation section of the Cannes festival; How I Met Your Father (d. Alex Montoya, Spain, 2008), winner of the short feature trophy at Sundance, or Derby (Romania, 2010), Paul Negoescu’s short feature film, selected in the Berlin Festival competition and to première in Romania at NexT.
Ionel Haiduc, re-elected chairman of the Romanian Academy
Ionel Haiduc was re-elected chairman of the Romanian Academy, in the General Assembly, that took place on Thursday, at the seat of the Romanian cultural and scientific organization. Ionel Haiduc’s opponents were art historian Razvan Theodorescu, physician Victor Voicu and mathematician Viorel Barbu, Mediafax informs. 190 full-members, correspondents and honorary members of the Academy from across the country attended this Thursday’s General Assembly. The election of the new chairman was made behind closed doors, by secret vote, on bulletins. Another General Assembly will be summoned on April 22, to elect the four vice-presidents and the secretary general. Those who wish to occupy one of these positions may apply until April 12, at 16:00.
Romania, invited to participate