The photo exhibition called “Apertures of a Revolution. Photos from December 1989,” organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in London in partnership with AGERPRES National News Agency opened on Thursday in the UK capital by the Prince of Wales, alongside Romania’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Dan Mihalache, an ICR release informed.
The exhibition visually depicts the story of the Romanian Revolution using photographs taken 30 years ago in Timisoara and Bucharest. Ambassador Dan Mihalache thanked the Prince of Wales for the high honor to celebrate together with the Romanian people the exceptional moments of courage in search of freedom from December 1989.
“My involvement with your country has meant a great deal to me and it’s been wonderful for me to see the difference in the last 30 years, what has happened there, through so many people’s hard work efforts. And if I may say so, what is also wonderful is to see the immense contribution of the Romanian community here in the United Kingdom. Just to see so many of you gathered in this room, from every kind of walk of life, contributing in so many special ways to this country is, ever again, it makes me immensely proud. So I just wanted to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate what you do, the role you play and what an important part of the diversity of this country you represent. So thank you and nothing could give me greater pleasure than to have joined you on this special occasion and I can only wish Romania every possible success in the future,” His Royal Highness stated at the event.
On this occasion, activity coordinator of the ICR London Magda Stroe presented Prince Charles the Romanian the artists who are visiting schools in the UK, within the “Legacies of Courage” educational project, dedicated to the Romanian Revolution. The event was attended by members of the Romanian community in London, AGERPRES photojournalist Sorin Lupsa, one of the authors of the photos which were on display, as well as British partners of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London and Romania’s Embassy.
At the end of the visit, Ambassador Dan Mihalache and AGERPRES Director General Claudia Nicolae offered the Prince of Wales a photography from the exhibition, displaying the message “Our children will be free.”
The event continued with the screening of the documentary called “After the Revolution,” a witness of the Romanian society immediately after the fall of the communist regime, followed by a series of Q&A with film director Laurentiu Calciu and producer Rupert Wolfe Murray.