Today, on January 15, the National Culture Day is celebrated, as well as the anniversary of 165 years since the birth of national poet Mihai Eminescu (1850 – 1889). On this occasion, various institutions all over the country and abroad are organizing cultural events dedicated to Romania and the Morning Star of Romanian poetry
Klaus Iohannis will attend the Romanian Academy festive meeting
A festive meeting dedicated to the National Culture Day will be hosted by the Auditorium of the Romanian Academy. Organised by the Romanian Academy and the National Science and Art Foundation, the festivity will open at 10 am, EET, with the speeches of the President of the Romanian Academy, Academician Ionel-Valentin Vlad, and the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Daniel, who is an honorary member of the Romanian Academy, to be followed by the message of President Klaus Iohannis. They are also going to hold speeches Academicians Eugen Simion, Dan Berindei, Razvan Theodorescu, Ioan-Aurel Pop, Marius Sala, Solomon Marcus and Mihai Cimpoi. Besides the members of the Romanian Academy, expected to participate in this event are also Prime Minister Victor Ponta, Minister of Education and Scientific Research, Sorin Mihai Cimpeanu, Minister of Culture, Ioan Vulpescu, representatives of the Parliament, of the state institutions, as well as important personalities of the public and cultural life. According to the abovementioned source, invited at the event were also the former President of Romania Emil Constantinescu and the Romanian-Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest, Ioan Robu, also a honorary member of the Romanian Academy.
On this occasion, at 12:30 pm, the Theodor Pallady Hall of the Romanian Academy Library will host the varnishing of the exhibition “Mihai Eminescu – Integral Expression of the Romanian Soul.”
Young Writers Gala at the Central University Library
The “Carol I” Central University Library Hall in Bucharest will host the fifth edition of the “Young Writers Gala / Best Poetry Book of 2014”.
The Stoicescu Hall of the University Hall will host, starting at 7 pm, the conference “The philosophic personality of Mihai Eminescu”, held by Tudor Petcu, essayist and publicist.
At the Humanitas book store on 4 Universitatii street, starting at 5 pm, readers may attend the launch of the book “Poetry” by Mihai Eminescu. The evening will continue with a poetry recital by students of the Emil Racovita National High School.
The Tea House Carturesti Verona in Bucharest will provide a special broadcast of Tudor Vianu and a debate about the influence of the great critic in Romanian culture, based on the double CD of Tudor Vianu, “How to write a book: Radio conferences”, recently launched by the Casa Radio publishing House. Among the writers analysed in these conferences, one must mention Mihai Eminescu, George Cosbuc, Tudor Arghezi, Nicolae Labis, Cervantes, Goethe, Victor Hugo, Shakespeare, and the audio book also reveals a different, lesser known aspect of Vianu’s personality, that of a poet.
In the same day, starting at 8.30 pm, the audience is invited to the Romanian Athenaeum Foyer to attend the launch of the first compact-disc recorded by the Romanian Youth Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Mandeal.
“Eternally Young – Eminescu 165” in Iasi
At Timisoara, at the “Sf. Antim Ivireanul” Gymnasium, the second edition of the Mihai Eminescu Literary Circle will be organized starting at 4 pm., celebrating the National Culture Day. Eminescu’s creations will generate new echoes, both in music and literature, as performed by the students. The event will take place at the school headquarters, on 35 Liviu Rebreanu Boulevard.
At the Central University Library in Iasi, there will be the exhibition entitled “Forever Young – Eminescu 165″, opened to viewers until February 11, 2015. “The exhibition, organized at the first floor, includes archive documents revealing Eminescu’s two periods in Iasi, when he worked for the Iasi Library, he wrote poetry, he published and was involved in the Romanian culture and education system.”
At Alba Iulia, at the “Mihai Eminescu” Gymnasium, the National Culture Day and the anniversary of Romania’s greatest poet Mihai Eminescu will be celebrated once again at the “Augustin Bena” Culture Centre of Alba. The event will be located at the Festive Hall of the Centre, starting at 1 pm, and will include an artistic program performed by the attendants of the Arts and Crafts Service School, together with the students of the “D. P. Martian” Economic High School in Alba Iulia.
At Aiud, as part of the events dedicated to national poet Mihai Eminescu, there will be the opening of the International Winter Salon Inter-Art, which will host works signed by international visual artists. The event starts at 4 pm, and will be organized by the Liviu Rebreanu Cultural Centre in Aiud and by the Inter-Art Foundation in Aiud.
At Deva, the “Ovidiu Densusianu” County Library organizes on January 15 the celebratory event entitled “Eminesciana: Out of the Waves of Time”
At Dej, the local Mayoralty organizes events dedicated to the anniversary of the national poet and the National Culture Day, starting at 11 am, at the statue of poet Mihai Eminescu, located in the May 1 District.
At Galati, starting at 10 am, a festive moment dedicated to the “unequalled poet of Romanian literature” will be held at the statue of great national poet Mihai Eminescu in the Municipal Park of Galati and afterwards, at 11 am, the “Nae Leonard” Musical Theatre will host the homage performance dedicated to National Culture Day: “Eminescu: The Eternity of a Voice”.
Kishinev in festive clothes
In order to celebrate National Culture Day, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), by its network of 17 branches abroad, organizes a series of cultural projects equally destined for the Romanian communities living outside our country’s borders and the local audience.
At Berlin, the ICR headquarters will host the performance “Amalia breathes deeply” by Alina Nelega.
ICR Brussels will launch in Belgium and Holland the anthology of Romanian poetry based in the Republic of Moldova “Een bloem van bloed met besneeuwde blaadjes (Blood Flower with Petals of Snow)”. The event will take place at Poeziecentrum in Gent, in the presence of poet Nicolae Spataru. Moreover, the volume will be presented on January 16, 2015, as well, at the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in the Kingdom of Belgium and on January 17, 2015, at the Romanian Embassy in the Kingdom of Netherlands.
In Budapest, a literary event will be organized, dedicated to the anniversary of 150 years since the foundation of the cultural magazine “Familia” in Oradea, where poet Mihai Eminescu debuted in 1866.
At ICR Kishinev, flower arrangements will be festively placed at Mihai Eminescu’s torso, located on Classics’ Alley in Public Garden Park. It will be followed by a poetry recital organized in collaboration with the Republic of Moldova Writers’ Union. Also, organizers announced the opening of the exhibition “Mihai Eminescu: The Heart of the World Beats Inside Me!”, in the alley behind the statue of Holy Stephen the Great in Kishinev.
ICR “Dimitrie Cantemir” in Istanbul will organize the opening of the photo-documentary exhibition “Adakale is Alive!“.
ICR Lisbon will also organize, in the city Coimbra, a series of events in partnership with two of the referential cultural institutions of the city: the Machado de Castro National Museum in Coimbra and Teatro da Cerca de Sao Bernardo.
ICR London celebrates National Culture Day by a festive evening dedicated to Romanian traditions, still surviving in an age of overwhelming technology. The special guest of today’s event will be Grigore Lese, the most beloved performer of traditional Romanian music, a researcher and keeper of ancient, authentic melodies, defining Romanian identity and spirit.
On the occasion of National Culture Day, ICR Paris hosts the painting and sculpture exhibition of Romanian artist Silvia Radu and presents at the Byzantine Hall of Behague Palace, a piano concert performed by Ana Antonia Tudose.
ICR Stockholm will celebrate this anniversary with a program that includes screenings of the three episodes of the documentary “Wild Carpathia”, a small book exhibition as well as short presentations of Romania.
ICR Warsaw has announced for today an open-air photo exhibition of symbolic images of the Romanian culture. These will cover the outside fence of the Embassy. The “Marian Papahagi” Hall of ICR Venice will host a literary evening featuring the students of the Romanian Language, Literature and Culture Department of the Ca’ Foscari University.
The Romanian Embassy in Vienna and the Romanian Cultural Institute in the same city organize a concert performed by “Vienna String Duo”.