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170 years since the birth of Mihai Eminescu: Romanian Academy holds festive session dedicated to the National Culture Day

Academy President: Let National Culture Day lead community towards universally significant Romanian spiritual values

 National Culture Day must lead our community towards the Romanian spiritual values in line with the values of humanity, president of the Romanian Academy, Ioan-Aurel Pop, said on Wednesday in the opening of the festive session “European Synchronies of Romanian Culture” dedicated to the National Culture Day.

“Entrepreneurial education, health and hygiene education, education on environmental protection, traffic on public roads, gender equality and why not other types of education are attained through the efforts of the family and the school. But being able to perceive [national poet] Eminescu and Goethe, the harmony of a Mozart symphony, of an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, the significance of an Ionic column, or of a Gothic ogival arch, correctly writing and speaking the language of Creanga, Voltaire, or Shakespeare is impossible without personal perseverance within the great strategy for mastering what we proudly call general culture,” Pop told the event organized by the Romanian Academy in the Great Hall of the Athenaeum.

The president of the Academy pointed out that school and organized education play a fundamental role, because they provide the general culture required in order to accede to freedom.

“It’s becoming increasingly clearer that the Europe of the future cannot be built by forced homogenization or by the destruction of nations, as aspired the communist ideology ever since the Communist Party Manifesto, but by cultivating the virtues of each nation in the context of the aforementioned common pool of knowledge. School and organized education play a fundamental role in this regard, because they provide the general culture needed to accede to freedom. Cultural sensitivity is difficult to acquire, but once attained, it can shield humanity, the communities against great misfortunes, offenses, misconducts, crimes, and even killings,” Ioan-Aurel Pop said, according to Agerpres.

He also remarked that “if we master general culture, we will no longer be governed by basic, gregarious instincts, but by moral values, by the virtues of knowledge, by trust in the good and future of humanity, and deceiving and manipulating the public opinion will become much harder.”

Also addressing the session were president of the Romanian Academy’s Philology and Literature Department, Academician Eugen Simion, who gave the lecture titled “Nationals Facing Universality”, Academician Nicolae Breban – who spoke about “Existence Through Culture”, and Academician and vice-president of the forum, Razvan Theodorescu, who spoke “About a European Synchrony of old Romanian Culture”.

The event ended with a moment of poetry offered by actor Dorel Visan who recited from Mihai Eminescu.

On display in the foyer of the Romanian Athenaeum was the photo-documentary exhibition “Eminescu 170” put together by the National Museum of Romanian Literature; three book collections of the Romanian Academy: “Romanian Civilization”, “Basarabica” and “Sources Regarding the History of Romanians – Hurmuzaki Series” were also presented.

 

Culture Minister Gheorghiu: National Culture Day is a moment of reflection and dialogue to highlight the impact that culture and creative arts have on the daily lives of Romanians and Romania

 

Culture Minister Bogdan Gheorghiu said on Wednesday that the duty of the public institutions and administrations is to make sure that the names of those who made history and sketched up Romania’s national destiny will not be forgotten by children, adding that a Romania of culture is a country of partnerships, increased tolerance and acceptance.

“National Culture Day is a moment of reflection and dialogue to highlight the impact that culture and creative arts have on the daily lives of Romanians and Romania. Today we celebrate the 170th birth anniversary of poet Mihai Eminescu, and it is our duty, of the public institutions and administrations, of the local communities, and of the civil society to make sure that our children do not forget the names of those who made history and sketched up our national destiny,” Gheorghiu told a celebratory session called “European synchronicities of the Romanian culture” dedicated to Culture Day.

He pointed out that “there is a fragile link between the goals of high culture and the reality of urban and rural areas.”

“The way we have chosen to promote culture in recent years does not reach the last Romanian. (…) The figures of the barometer regarding the consumption of culture show that we still have much to do, that we cannot nonchalantly hide under the rug the effects or the absence of concrete actions. That is why I have chosen to get myself actively involved in each county and to have Mihai Eminescu as a guide, a flame for the Romanian culture and a boost, so that everywhere people do not forget what a library means or how a museum can help you understand history. Cities like Suceava, Sibiu, Iasi, Arad, Oradea, Buzau, Severin and many others have chosen to send a strong message in support of culture in unison and I am glad that the move was made possible by the involvement of the Ministry of Culture,” said Gheorghiu.

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