The French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, and the Romanian Ambassador in France, Luca Niculescu, launched yesterday the game “ROMANICA”. The event, which had two phases, started with a press conference at the headquarter of the French Ministry of Culture, followed by the presentation of the game and a concert of the famous Romanian artist Keo, at the Byzantine Hall of the Embassy of Romania in Paris.
The event was also assisted by the President of the Romanian Cultural Institute, Liliana Turoiu, by the President of the French Institute, Pierre Buhler, by the French General Commissioner of the Romania-France 2019 Season, Jean-Jacques Garnier, francophone ambassadors, representatives of the leadership of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), teachers, researchers, members of the Romanian community from France.
Minister Riester saluted the realization of this project under the Romania-France 2019 Season and during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, appreciating that the game is a reflection of the creative dynamism and the synergies between the two countries.
In his turn, Ambassador Luca Niculescu expressed his satisfaction for the success of the Romania-France 2019 Season and stressed that “ROMANICA” is an example of ideas that make the mutual interest for knowledge increase, ideas that highlight the common points and create new connections. He gave the example of the writer of Romanian origin Tristan Tzara, who is also one of the founders of the Dada movement and of the Occitan Studies Institute, founded in 1945. At the same time, in the context of celebrating the International Francophonie Day, he stressed that Romania’s association in making this game is even more natural as this initiative is meant to highlight the diversity and richness of the Francophone languages and cultures. He also reminded of the privileged statute of our country, namely a “lighthouse state” of the Francophonie in the Central and Eastern Europe, reaffirmed by the visit paid by the new Secretary General of Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, in Bucharest, which is his first visit in an OIF member state.
The game “ROMANICA” is a digital video project made at the initiative of the General Delegation for the French Language and the Languages in France (operating under the French Minister of Culture), in partnership with the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Association for Promoting Remote Inter-comprehension (APICAD). The goal of the game is to promote Latin languages and the inter-comprehension concept, a form of plurilingual communication in which everyone understands the language of the others, expressing in his own language, thus generating the improvement of the knowledge of both parties.
Made with a French specialized studio, the game is a free app for mobile phones and tablets, to which a pedagogical APICAD team has worked, being coordinated by the renowned University Professor Doina Spita from Iasi. The digital platform “ROMANICA” is a premiere in its field, including eight Latin languages: Romanian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan and Corsican. Users are invited to get acquainted with terms in these languages, through a methodology that reflects the similarities between words. Also, the game provides users with information on the culture, geography, history, culinary art and traditions of the relevant states.
The video game can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play platforms.