An exhibition named ‘Ada Kaleh. The island of our soul’ will be organised at the Romanian Peasant Museum (MTR) of Bucharest on August 3-19. The event belongs to a project financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration, and will subsequently itinerate at the National History and Archaeology Museum of Constanta (September 14-28) and the Iron Gates Region Museum of Drobeta-Turnu Severin (October 9 – 31). The exhibition evokes the tragic destiny of the small island of Ada-Kaleh that was located on the Danube, downstream of Orsova Veche, which disappeared – together with this town – under the water of the river when the construction of the ‘Iron Gates 1’ hydropower was completed, in the early 1970s. The story of the island was built step by step, starting from old postcards and maps, along with the photos made available and the sad stories told by its former inhabitants. Also on display will be whatever vintage items could be recovered from the island, and other objects with a symbolic value, which will help visitors draw their own image of the island, based on the disparate and subjective pieces of information available now, after so many years. The varnishing event will be followed by a projection of documentaries made by the ‘Sahia Film’ studios, on the island, during its last years of existence, and by the film ‘Ada Kaleh. Stories,’ made by Ismet Arasan (Turkey, 2009). The exhibition ‘Ada Kaleh, The island of our soul’ will be open to the public in the Foyer of MTR, until August 19, from 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM, Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission is free.
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