Romania’s cultural infrastructure is fragile, President Klaus Iohannis asserted on Friday, the National Culture Day.
“We have a fragile cultural infrastructure; we failed to take care of it timely, and we allowed the cultural acts to unfold in improper venues, with ever smaller and poorly motivated staff, in inadequate conditions, on an ‘let it be’ principle. It is time to change the situation, as it does not honour the Romanian culture. This involves firstly the will to promote and support culture in all its expressions, a long-term projection aiming equally at the human and material resources, a strategy marked both by responsible decision and by overall system continuity and cohesion,” the President told the Romanian Academy on the celebration.
He pointed out Romanian culture’s paradoxes and contrasts: “On one hand, we have films awarded internationally and a record that should really make us proud; on the other hand, a network of public cinemas unable to take over their release. We find the same contrast between the international prestige of playwriting and the theatres hosted in buildings at earthquake risk, between the exceptional heritage and the museums closing because the lack of premises or staff, between the remarkable historical monuments and the insufficient budgets allocated to their maintenance or restoration.”
The head of state consequently called for adequate measures to address these issues.
Min Stoenescu: Culture – identity contact of Romanians everywhere, means to liven up interethnic dialogue
Culture is the permanent identity contact of the Romanians everywhere, but also a means to liven up interethnic dialogue, it transcends borders and language barriers, joins and brings people closer, Dan Stoenescu, Minister-delegate for the Relation with Romanians everywhere, said in a message on the occasion of the National Culture Day.
“The National Culture Day, set to mark the Romanian cultural heritage, is marking 166 years since the birth of Mihai Eminescu, our national poet and one of the main promoters of the Romanian identity. Mihai Eminescu recognized Romania’s cultural potential, asserting strongly the linguistic, spiritual and cultural unity of all Romanians,” Stoenescu pointed out in a Friday release sent to Agerpres.
He mentioned that Romania, through the numerous Romanian communities abroad, participates actively in the construction of the European and global multicultural landscape.
“The duty of every Romanian towards the national culture is to convey the values that have shaped our spirituality to future generations, and not let this rich legacy of our predecessors get lost. I want to thank all Romanians who promote and back our culture, within the country but also abroad,” he said.
Culture Day, celebrated in Lisbon and in London
The Romanian Cultural Institute will present on Friday, January 15, on Romanian Culture Day, in live broadcast, the concert dedicated to Romania as part of the project “Season Europe”, performed by the Oltenia Philharmonic of Craiova.
Special guests of the event are conductor Mihnea Ignat and violinist Liviu Prunaru, as the programme includes works by George Enescu: Prelude in Unison from Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, Op. 9, Doina Rotaru: “Clocks III” for Orchestra; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concert in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425, “Linz”.
The event is part of the ample music project “Season Europe”, held in Craiova during October 23, 2015 – May 20, 2016, as the stage of the “Oltenia” Philharmonic hosts 28 concerts dedicated to member states of the European Union, having as guests 28 conductors and 31 soloists.
In the break of the live broadcast of the concert, ICR Lisbon offers the attending audience a “Mihai Eminescu” moment represented by the reading of some of his poems in Portuguese by actress Ines Faria and the screening of a few songs performed by Grigore Lese.
The Romanian Cultural Institute in London celebrates National Culture Day by a series of events dedicated to cultural, ethnic and language diversity of Romania.
The programme, that includes guests such as actors Levente Molnar and Cristina Catalina, as well as filmmakers Anda Teglas and Dragoș Teglas, hosts events of several artistic fields: film, poetry and visual arts. Besides these, there is also a component of live streaming, a practice of increasingly frequented cultural diplomacy, that is often included in the programme of ICR London.
By the end of the afternoon, the audience may watch, broadcast live from the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the traditional music and poetry performance “Gates of Heaven”, starring Grigore Lese and his guests.
“The evening will continue with the British premiere of the documentary ’13 Shades of Romanian’, a balanced and realistic view on the Romanian community of the UK, signed by Romanian filmmakers Anda and Dragos Teglas besides British journalist Richard Green, produced by the company “This Is Insomnia”, the press release announces.