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April 11, 2021

Romanian Culture Days in Edinburgh

After Reykjavik in 2013 and Dublin in 2014, this year, it is the turn of Scotland’s capital to host a new edition of the Romanian Culture Days – a kaleidoscopic program that relies on the diversity and vitality of contemporary Romanian culture.

Thus, during October 10 – 17, during a week full of events, the Scottish audience, as well as the Icelandic and Irish ones in previous years, will be granted privileged access to Romanian culture, by a classical music gala concert, an exhibition dedicated to Romanian art in the last few decades, film screenings, theatre and literature nights and culinary demonstrations. Among the protagonists of the program, the first of this amplitude organized by the Romanian Culture Institute in Scotland, there are highly valuable artists and intellectuals, acknowledged internationally: musicians Remus Azoitei and Eduard Stan, directors Radu Jude and Dan Piţa (photo), actress Amalia Ciolan and writer Dan Lungu, accompanied by prestigious British partners, such as film director and critic Mark Cousins, curator Richard Demarco, prose writer and journalist James Meek and writer and cultural animator Peggy Hughes.

The events will be held in the best known cultural locations of the Scottish capital, such as the concert hall in Playfair Library, part of the venerable University of Edinburgh, Filmhouse Art Cinema, The Scottish Centre for Literature, a preferred space of meetings with writers, the Summerhall Cultural Centre, that has become in the last few years an epicentre of innovative cultural projects and Pleasance Theatre, one of the referential locations of the prestigious Edinburgh Theatre Festival.

The program offers a great variety. On October 10, during 2.30 – 5.00 PM, Summerhall hosts the opening of the exhibition “Romanian Artists in the Demarco Collection”.
On October 12, at 7 PM, Playfair Library will host a gala concert with Remus Azoitei and Eduard Stan.

A meeting with writers Dan Lungu and James Meek will take place at Scottish Storytelling Centre, on October 13, at 7 PM, on the topic “History and the Rewriting of History”.
Obviously, the program had to include Romanian films. On October 14 and 15, at Filmhouse and Summerhall, with his well-known flair, writer and director Mark Cousins inaugurates, on Romanian Cultural Days, a season of Romanian films selected personally, including hypnotic creations of poetic realism, comedies brimming with sarcasm and more recent films, of the “miserable” series, of an originality that had brought them the most desired international awards. The season will continue throughout November and December, at Edinburgh’s most visited art cinema, Filmhouse.

The Romanian Culture Days will include screenings of the films “Aferim!” by Radu Jude, winner of the Silver Bear at the 2015 edition of the Berlin Film Festival; followed by a Q & A session via Skype with director Radu Jude, on October 14, at 8:30, at Filmhouse; “The Stone Wedding” by Dan Pita and Mircea Veroiu, a film selected for the Cannes Film Festival in the year 1973, followed by a Q & A session via Skype with director Dan Pita, on October 15, at 7 pm, at Summerhall.

On October 16, at 8 pm, there will be a Romanian party organized at Summerhall with the topic “Vampirology: An Evening With Fangs”.
On October 17, at 7 pm, Pleasance One will host the performance “Twenty Years in Siberia”, a production of the National Theatre of Bucharest.

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