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January 23, 2022
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Romania, in 18 London Olympics cultural projects

Romania will present 18 projects at the cultural Olympics to animate London in the run-up to the Summer Olympic Games July 27-August 12 this year, part of a program coordinated by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR). The event “Poetry and Sports: great sports people reading great poets”, June 11 will have Olympians Nadia Comaneci, Tanni Gray-Thompson, Edwin Moses and Steve Williams read poetry. The theatre performance “20/20, director Gianina Carbunariu, will be staged at the London International Festival of Theatre, at the Riverside Studios, June 12 –July15. Poetess Doina Ioanid will be featured at the Poetry Parnassus Festival, June 26 – July 2, 2012, Southbank, Centre. Ion Caramitru and Michael Pennington will perform in a William Shakespeare poetry show, at Kings Place, July 2, and artists Dan and Lia Perjovschi, a masterclass at Hayward Gallery. The sculpture “EdgeRunner” by Paul Neagu will be set up in Islington, in the London Borough of Islington, the first work by a Romanian artist on permanent display in the London public space.Ioana Marinescu and Tapio Snellman’s “Flux”, a project involving video projections on buildings, can be viewed by Londoners throughout July and August in Southbank Centre and the East End. The installation “Cultural Stations” by Minodora Cerin and Mircea Margarit, can be admired at Tower Bridge abs Trinity Square Gardens in July-August. “PlayPoint Puzzle” is a Miruna Amza public space installation to be set up in Victoria Park/Mile End Park, July-August.“Nature in the City” is a project presenting large size (5m high x 2.5 wide) hay sculptures by Erno Bartha, with subjects inspired by the history and symbolism of the Olympic Games. The exhibition “Romania at Olympics”, is a display of original pictures, texts, objects and documents (clothes, equipment, medals and documents), films depicting Romanians’ winning moments at Olympic Games, interviews with great sports people, as well as event accounts by great sports journalists The event will be hosted by the Institute of Romanian Culture in London, July thru September. Choreographer Arcadie Rusu will participate in the Big Dance Festival, July 7-15, Holland Park Opera, with a contemporary dance show inspired from the Holland Park repertoire.“Brancusi’s Roots – Hobita” – an authentic house from the 19th century Gorj area, will be reconstructed in London by experts at the Village Museum in Bucharest and British experts from the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism using traditional building methods. “Minimal Complexities”, an architectural installation created by Vlad Tenu, will be featured at the New London Architecture Festival, June 23 – July 8.Saxophonist Lucian Nagy will be among the performers at the River of Music Festival, on the banks of the Thames, July 21-22, an international ethnic and disco music event. A Romanian weekend will be among the attractions of the Thames Festival, Potters Fields Park, The Scoop, Sept 8-9), a display of gastronomic delights, pop, rock and country music concerts, masterly demonstrations and cinematic projections.

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