Renowned author and critic Simona Popescu, the founder of Gellu Naum Foundation and one of the great poet’s closest confidants, discusses Naum’s fascinating persona and enduring literary appeal in the company of poet, translator and cultural animator Stephen Watts.
The second edition of the loud and adrenaline-fuelled fEAST, the only showcase of Romanian alternative music in Britain, kicks off in October with a line-up of the most charismatic Romanian rock and electro groups. Bounce along with Gojira, Robin and The Backstabbers, Shadowbox, Moon Museum, Åžuie Paparude, Coma, Byron, Phoenix, E.M.I.L., and The Blue Nipple Boy.
Stage grande dame Oana Pellea, one of Romania’s most beloved actresses, stars together with Cristina Casian in N(AUM), the eerie, hypnotic adaption of the work of Europe’s last surrealist master, Gellu Naum. The show is a haunting incursion into the great writer’s fascinating universe, which through fragments of poetry, prose, interviews, recollections of friends render a dreamlike, prophetic and colossally humorous vision.
Visionary artist Paul Neagu (1938-2004), the greatest Romanian sculptor of the post-Brancusi era who numbered among his disciples international stars like Anish Kapoor, is celebrated at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds with a major retrospective presenting over 120 works, from drawings to sculptures and from poetry to film.
A week-long foray into some of the most spectacular facets of contemporary Romanian culture through a kaleidoscopic programme of classical & electronic music, film, theatre, literature, traditional culture, food & wine. Featuring: Remus AzoiÈ›ei, Amalia Ciolan, Mark Cousins, Richard Demarco, Peggy Hughes, Radu Jude, Dan Lungu, James Meek, Dan PiÈ›a, Eduard Stan.