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Romanian traditional events on cultural institutes’ night

The first words in Romanian, the musical heaven of the great Viennese classics, rebetiko music, pantomime, short films, images chosen via Facebook and culinary bonuses are on offer on the Cultural Institutes’ Night, running from Friday, June 25, 17:30, to Saturday, June 26, at daybreak, at the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), in 38 Alexandru Alley.


According to the ICR release, the programme starts on Friday, 17:30, with a demonstrative Romanian language class, under the aegis of Romania(n) in a Nutshell – Romanian for foreigners classes in Bucharest. Starting 18:30, in the third meeting in the “Restul e muzica …Comentand istoria muzicii clasice cu Dan Dediu si invitatii sai “ [The rest is music …Commenting on classical music history with Dan Dediu and his guests] series, the Romanian Piano Trio virtuosi, Alexandru Tomescu, Razvan Suma and Horia Mihail, bring along at ICR the Viennese classicism triad – Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn. After spoken and musical phrases, a visual interlude: a selection of photographs with and about the ICR, sent by the institute’s Facebook friends, will be exhibited in the Alexandru Alley garden, and the best will be bestowed awards in the moonlight. The ICR hall will be reopened, then, at 21:30, for a performance which is wordless and soundless, but filled with meanings. The pantomime performance “Romania. Inchis pentru inventar” [Romania. Closed for inventory] was specially created for the ‘89 Generation project and represents the take of young artists Eduard Adam, Dragos Huluba and Violeta Huluba on communist Romania.


At 22:30, the garden is brought to life again, by Foteini Velesiotou and her band (Lakias Chalkias – bouzouki, Makis Pantsios – guitar, vocal, Dimitrios Tsiolchas – accordion, vocal). The concert, offered by the Greek Cultural Foundation, will acquaint us with rebetiko music, a genre which emerged at the beginning of the 2oth century, in the urban area, and was, originally, associated, with the taverne, ouzo house or the prison. Foteini Velesiotou is known for her unmistakable voice and her simple, almost Dorian, singing style, free of “grace-notes”.


From 0:30 to 2:00, three documentaries created during the 2009 Aristoteles Workshop will be screened in the ICR garden: Cautare/ Quest, directed by Ionut Piturescu (film awarded the 2009 ICR Best documentary award in the Aristoteles Workshop and the ex-aequo winner of the SFR Most daring short feature film in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section of the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival); Rebel, rebel, directed by Mihai Bauman and Alexandru Belc (selected in the First Steps section of the Visions du Réel Nyon Documentary Film Festival, Switzerland, April 2010) and Femei pe panza/ Women on canvas, created by director Otilia Babara (selected in the Main section of the CRONOGRAF Chisinau International Documentary Film Festival, May 2010). A second presentation of the “Romania. Inchis pentru inventar” pantomime performance will be running in parallel, from 1:00, in the Grand Hall.


On its fourth edition, the Cultural Institutes’ Night proposes, for this year, around 70 events in 11 venues in Bucharest. The 2010 edition of the Cultural Institutes’ Night is organized by 13 cultural centres and institutes, 12 of which are assembled under the EUNIC Bucharest aegis.

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