Representatives of Romanian communities abroad, MPs from Romania and Moldova, as well as lecturers from major Romanian and international academic centers will take part in the 13th edition of the Summer University of Izvorul Muresului, between 10-16 August.
According to a statement by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) remitted to Agerpres, one of the sponsors of the event, the participants to this year’s edition include the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Victor Ponta, as well as representatives of parliamentary commissions in charge of issues regarding Romanian communities abroad, ministers, analysts, journalists and students.
“ICR, via its Romanians Abroad and Romanian Language Directorate, supports the participation to this event of 80 leaders of Romanian associations, leading figures from Romanian communities in bordering countries and abroad, as well as the programme offered by a number of Romanian artists. Tenor Vlad Mirita, alongside Sebastian Stan and his folk music band, will perform traditional Romanian music from several ethnographic regions such as Transylvania, Oltenia, Wallachia, Basarabia, Timoc, Bucovina and so on. A folklore ensemble from the region of Timoc (north-eastern Serbia) will also be present and will hold a performance featuring Romanian folk songs and dances characteristic to their region” the ICR press release informs.
This year’s edition, whose theme is ‘Romania and Romanians at the border of EU and NATO’, will tackle topics such as the issue of the rights of Romanian minorities around the borders and in the Balkans; the rapprochement between Romania and Basarabia (a historic province of Romania, now split between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – editor’s note); the situation of Romanians in the Harghita, Covasna and Mures counties (where there are regions with ethnic Hungarian majority – editor’s note).
The event is organized with the support of the Toplita Cultural Centre, in partnership with the National Foundation for Romanians Abroad, the European Centre for Studies Covasna-Harghita, with support from the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Policies for Liaison with Romanians Worldwide, of the ICR and of the the Orthodox Diocese of Covasna and Harghita.
According to ICR, the Summer University of Izvorul Muresului started off over a decade ago as a local initiative of the local community, as a means to raise the public awareness on the danger of denationalization among Romanians.