Dozens of embassies, on six continents, have opened the gates for the public last week, in a unique event promoting culture and art of the countries they represent, transforming the Romanian’s capital in a destination of the international culture.
Exhibitions, shows, films, workshops and gastronomy from worldwide were presented in Bucharest for one week, between August 29 and September 4, within the second edition of the Embassies Festival “Open your Culture”.
Being an event of excellence, produced by the ESCU Association, it was organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Bucharest City Hall, by ARCUB, and received co-financing from the National Cultural Fund Administration.
Embassies Festival was held during last week in three important locations in Bucharest, namely the National Theatre of Bucharest, where exhibitions of art, traditional culture and ceremonies and customs of the world took place, National Museum of the Romanian Peasant Cinema – “Horia Bernea” Studio – film screenings with international themes, and ROMEXPO Exhibitions Center – music and dance shows from worldwide, presentation stands of the participating embassies and tasting international cuisine. More than 30 countries and diplomatic missions revealed their secrets in the weekend, through opened presentation stands at Romexpo, and the access was free.
“As it shows and as the basic concept of its restoration was designed, the theatre is ready to host top events, and this is a top event where so many cultures are present, so many images of each country, each of them coming here with the most specific and sensitive things”, stated Ion Caramitru, the Manager of the National Theater of Bucharest, on last Monday, in the presence of the high diplomatic officials, the representatives of the public institutions and the public.
The World ART indoor area in the National Theater included a traditional and contemporary art exhibition highlighting the cultural fragments specific to the diversity of the participant countries: heritage objects, photography, illustrations, theater, crafts, ethnography and ceremonies and cultural and traditional workshops.
Countries bringing public attention to the representative traditional exhibits and to the demonstrations of the specific cultural customs, were: South Africa, Algeria, Republic of Moldova, China, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and the Pusat Budaya Indonesian Cultural Center, India, Russia and the Russian Center of Science and Culture, Congo, Turkmenistan, Malaysia, Syria, Italy and the “Vito Grasso” Italian Cultural Institute, Turkey, Jordan and Uruguay. Two more exhibits of photography were held, namely Vlad Eftenie’s exhibition and the one belonging to Dan Draghicescu, as well as a painting and sculpture exhibition hosted by the Romanian – Pan Arabian European Cultural Center from the geographical area which it represents. The public also could enjoy a mini-exhibition of Lana’s fashion, under the aegis of Ladies First, Love & Lobby.
A World Cinema program was hosted by the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, with screenings from countries like Republic of Moldova, Russia, Indonesia, Cyprus, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, India, Syria, and of course, Romania, who presented the film called “King’s War”, a documentary about the King Mihai I of Romania, based on the interview offered by His Majesty to John Florescu, as well as a mosaic of short films presented by Cannes Lion Romania – The Alternative School, with the most rewarded creative ideas for promoting cities, communities and countries in the last 10 years.
At the ROMEXPO Exhibition Center – the World Bazaar outdoor area, several embassies, cultural institutes and organizations were present, such as: South Africa, Algeria, Argentina, the European Parliament Information Bureau in Romania, the Romanian – Pan Arabian European Cultural Center, China and the Confucius Institute, Congo, South Korea and the Sarang Hanguk Cultural Association, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, India and Rabindranath Tagore Cultural institute, Indonesia and the Indonesian Cultural Institute, Jordan, the “Angela Hondru” Romanian – Japanese Surveys Center, Lithuania, Malaysia, The International Organization for Migration, Palestine, Peru, The European Commission Representation in Romania, Russia and the Russian Center of Science and Culture, Syria, Spain, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Hungary, Uruguay, Yemen, the Ellas Ensemble – Greece, Asia Fest, etc.
They provided the public with various surprises, inviting visitors to a multi-cultural dialogue and to a journey through the world cultures with music and dance shows, gastronomy, exhibitions, workshops and crafts from different cultures, interactive games for children with foreign languages workshops, creative workshops for knowing the customs and traditions of the participating countries, as well as many other cultural and touristic discoveries.
Romania presented a series of moments, out of which the most representative was the storytelling demonstration workshop, based on ancient stories and legends from Transylvania. Thus, public was invited to visit the presentation stands of the embassies having exhibitions of handicrafts, art and traditional culture, heritage objects, representative crafts of each country, and to attend culinary arts shows, different specific restaurants, to provide them with demonstrations that will promote the global gastronomic diversity.
The maximum attraction point undoubtedly represented the scene on which the artists of the world performed, presenting great moments of theater, music and dance, starting from the Argentinean tango, Greek dances, rhythms of South African drums, original sounds of Asian instruments, martial arts, oriental dancing, to the Romanian popular music and even modern electronic rhythms with multicultural influences.
The Embassies Festival is included in the events promoting Bucharest for the candidacy for title of European Capital of Culture in 2021, and was addressed to the general public who had free access to all of the moments within the festival.
The EMBASSIES FESTIVAL debuted in 2015 with the theme “Around the world in one city” and is an event with a unique concept in the Romanian cultural landscape, which contributes to enhancing the prestige and attractiveness of the Romanian Capital City, promoting the cultural diversity and the global art on a unique stage.