Mons, European cultural capital in 2015, will host a Romanian cultural weekend during July 10 – 12, at Maison Folie, according to a press release issued to Mediafax by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in Brussels. Jazz of traditional inspiration, installations, visual arts workshops, wooden jewels, lights and 3D mapping, open air cinema, traditional cuisine and Romanian wines will be some of the elements of the Romanian cultural patrimony presented in premiere to the public in Europe’s cultural capital.
Visual artist Doru Dumitrescu, musicians Catalin Milea and Ioana Mihai, architects Alexandra Suciu and Virgiliu Guraliuc (Visual Skin), Marinela Vasilica Ardelean – wine and gastronomy specialist, will join other Belgian artists as lead characters, for three days, at Maison Folie in Mons. This location will be turned, with the help of Belgian artist Anne Desclee, into a Romanian touristic and cultural destination, animated by Romanian artists attending the events.
“We are honoured and delighted that Romanian artists, with the support of ICR Brussels, gave a positive answer to the invitation to join this great adventure: Mons European Cultural Capital 2015 – and I am convinced that by such initiatives we can show the diversity of European culture”, Caroline Kadziola, manager of the International Relations Department of Mons Foundation 2015 declared.
The city Mons, located in Southern Belgium, overtook at the end of January the role of “European cultural capital” for a year, besides the locality Plzen in the Czech Republic, with the ambition to pour new energy into a region that was strongly affected by economical recession, just like its predecessors, Lille and Liverpool.
The program “European Cultural Capital” was initiated by the Culture Ministers’ Council in the European Union in 1985, with the purpose to help Europe’s nations get better acquainted and to celebrate the contribution of cities to the development of culture. So far, over 40 cities have owned this title. In 2007, the city Sibiu had shared this title with Luxembourg.