On January 15 of every year, starting with the year 2011, Romania marks the birthday of poet Mihai Eminescu as the National Culture Day.
A festive session organised at the Romanian Athenaeum in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis, exhibition mountings, concerts, film screenings, workshops dedicated to children or guided tours are only a few of the events dedicated to the National Culture Day, as scheduled to unfold on Tuesday in Bucharest.
* President Klaus Iohannis attended the festive session “National Culture Day” organised by the Romanian Academy at the Romanian Athenaeum. He delivered a speech at the event chaired by the President of the Romanian Academy, Ioan-Aurel Pop, then lectures were delivered by academician Eugen Simion, academician Razvan Theodorescu, the Romanian Orthodox Church Patriarch Daniel, academician Mihai Cimpoi, the National Education Minister Ecaterina Andronescu and the National Identity Culture Minister Valer Daniel Breaz.
The festive session was followed by a poetry recital performed by actor Dorel Visan, and a concert by the “Royal Camerata”, and the lobby of the Romanian Athenaeum will be the host of a photo-documentary exhibition carried out by the Romanian Academy Library partnered by the National History of Romania Museum (MNIR).
The Romanian Academy will launch on Tuesday the digital application “Mihai Eminescu, complete works” making available the works of the national poet, free of charge and in a smart-phone compatible format in the App Store and Google Play stores.
* The Bucharest Metropolitan Library will celebrate the National Culture Day through a series of events in its outlets throughout the Capital City.
* On this very day, the National Museum of Romania’s History (MNIR) will be opened according to its usual schedule, from 09:00 to 17:00, with free access to the museum’s exhibitions. Also at the MNIR from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00 will be screened the “Golden book of the Greater Union’s Centennial” documentary film, that is the screening of the homonym volume edited by historian Bogdan Bucur, a best-seller dedicated to the Greater Union’s Centennial, published by the RAO Publishing House.
* Exceptional names of the Romanian painting gather on 15 January at the “Romanian painters in France” exhibition whose mounting will take place in the Great Hall of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) starting with 18:00 hrs. The opening of the exhibition will take place in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Romania, Michele Ramis, along with the ICR head and some of the exhibiting artists.
* A classical music concert dedicated to the National Culture Day will be staged from 18:00 to 19:00 in the Victor Ion Popa Hall of the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, performed by the Canticum Choir conducted by Razvan Rados. The concert pays a music tribute to the national poet Mihai Eminescu at 169 years from his birth, and to noted Romanian creations as well.
* The I. L. Caragiale National Theatre organizes from 13:00 and 17:00 two free of charge guided tours in the lobby of the Great Hall, accompanied by the unmistakable voice of late actor Gheorghe Cozurici reciting from Eminescu. Moreover, at the Media Hall from 11:00 to 18:00 special screenings with the “Trecut-au anii” recital, a TNB record of 15 January 2008, starring actors Valeria Seciu, Ovidiu Iuliu Moldovan, Ion Caramitru and Aurelian Octav Popa, will take place.
* A religious service will take place at the Bellu Cemetery in Bucharest.
* As is customary every year, the Writers Union in Romania (USR) will mark the birthday of poet Mihai Eminescu – National Culture Day – with a series of activities and projects, most of which countrywide.
ICR’s Liliana Turoiu: National Culture Day – a celebration that is still young
The National Culture Day is a celebration that is still young, says the President of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), Liliana Turoiu.
“The National Culture Day, which we are marking today, is a celebration that is still young. It is, if I counted that correctly, less than a decade since the day of January 15 gained this status. What I would like us to remember, however, is that January 15 has been, for more than a century and a half, a birthday – the birthday of a poet without whom maybe the language that I am using now to speak to you would have been different. Not much different, but almost for sure different,” Liliana Turoiu said in her message on the Culture Day.
This day is marked at the ICR headquarters through the exhibition “Romanian Painters in France,” organised in cooperation with the “Soleil d’Est” Association, with Ambassador Michele Ramis in attendance.
“The exhibition is one of a series of events carried out by the ICR on the National Culture Day and also a natural continuation of our institution’s involvement in the organisation of landmark cultural events during the Romanian-France Season. It is very important for the Romanian public to know that the works of these true ambassadors of the Romanian painting school were equally appreciated by the French public. The artists we have the honour to host at the ICR, through the exhibition “Romanian Painters in France” are representative of our authentic cultural values. And we are also paying an homage, on the same occasion, to Dan Hatmanu and Marian Condruz, who left this world in the past few months of 2018,” said the ICR head.
Liliana Turoiu also reminded that the ICR ended the Greater Centennial Year with more than 1,500 projects, materialized in almost 3,000 events, 18 of which took place at the abroad offices of this institution.
She also mentioned that, in full Romania-France Season, ICR prepares “Romania’s presence as a guest country at the important Europalia Festival in Brussels.”
“Not last, we are contributing to the cultural programme associated with the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union. These are things that are worth mentioning, for the year 2019 is the year of Romania in Europe,” added Liliana Turoiu.
PM Dancila: National Culture Day calls for reflection on Romania, Romanianism
The National Culture Day calls for reflection on Romania and Romanianism, on our traditions and beliefs we are proud of, we have the duty to respect, defend and make known worldwide, says Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, as quoted by a Gov’t’s release.
“We are celebrating today the National Culture Day and marking 169 years since the birth of the “complete man of the Romanian culture” as Constantin Noica used to say about Mihai Eminescu, in the works of whom the Romanians identify one of their most valuable legacies, shared by all generations. The National Culture Day calls for reflection on Romania and Romanianism, on our traditions and beliefs we are proud of, we have the duty to respect, defend and make known worldwide. It is also an opportunity to meditate on the fundamental role of culture in the Romanian nation’s unity, in the development of the society and of each of us,” the prime minister says in a message she sent on the National Culture Day, according to the above-mentioned source.
The premier stresses that the Romanian cultural identity has got new valences once with the country’s European integration and adds that at the helm of the presidency of the EU Council, “we shall promote the cultural and intellectual wealth of Romania, of the Romanians, a true national treasure and never-ending source of inspiration for the next generations.”
In the end of her message, the premier on behalf of the government addresses thanks to the “Romanians everywhere for their daily contribution to the preservation and affirmation of the Romanian cultural heritage, values and traditions.”
Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt recites poem by Eminescu, in German and Romanian, on National Culture Day
German Ambassador in Bucharest Cord Meier-Klodt has recited Mihai Eminescu’s poem “Revedere” (Reunion), on Romania’s National Culture Day, and also inaugurated on the same occasion, in the courtyard of the embassy, a mural painting showing the long road traveled by the Danube – from its spring in the Black Forest mountains to the Danube Delta.
In a video posted on Tuesday on Facebook, the diplomat said that the National Culture Day is also a very good day to celebrate the Romanian-German relations in the cultural field.
“I am inviting you all to inaugurate together, in the courtyard of our embassy, a contemporary work of art, a mural painting symbolizing the profound relation existing between our countries. The work was created by two young architects from Bucharest. It shows the Black Forest mountains, in the southern part of Germany, and the pelicans here, in the Danube Delta. Between this two points, as a bridge linking our countries, also through time – there is the Danube,” said Cord Meier-Klodt in the said video, while presenting the work of art.
PSD Chairman Dragnea: Culture is a proof of the Romanian spirit, values and traditions
Culture is a proof of the Romanian spirit, values and traditions, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea says in a message sent on the National Culture Day.
“Culture is a proof of the Romanian spirit, values and traditions; it enriches with each voice that finds its echo in our souls and in the generations after us. Today, we celebrate the National Culture Day, it’s not by chance that [it’s celebrated] on the date of the 169th anniversary since the birth of national poet Mihai Eminescu, who left us an priceless cultural heritage,” Liviu Dragnea wrote on Tuesday on his Facebook page.
The PSD Chairman also added a photo depicting a quote of Mircea Eliade: “When re-reading Eminescu, we return to our homes from a sweet sleep.”