GENERATION 2020 on the National Culture Day

15/01/2021 @ online | Website, Facebook page and YouTube channel

In an incredibly challenging year, with significantly fewer concerts, festivals, book fairs, exhibitions or other live events, the Romanian Cultural Institute aims at promoting young Romanian artists who took the cultural world by storm last year.

Generation 2020 is a rich hybrid of artistic perspectives celebrating the National Culture Day: poet Anastasia Gavrilovici, filmmaker Sarra Tsorakidis, actor Bianca Temneanu and food writer Irina Georgescu.

All four names were recognised through awards and visibility - Anastasia Gavrilovici won the prize of the Opus Primum section of the “Mihai Eminescu National Poetry Prize” for her volume “Industria liniștirii adulților” (January 2020),  Sarra Tsorakidis is the winner of the short film section of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF, August 2020), Bianca Temneanu has won the Grand Prize of the HOP Gala (the most important event dedicated to young professional actors, organised by UNITER, The Romanian Association of Theatre Artists) and Irina Georgescu is the author of the book “Carpathia”, which has been very well-received in the UK and the USA.

The event will take place online, via the RCI’s website and Facebook page, as follows:

12.00: Anastasia Gavrilovici reads her poems, in Romanian and English, recorded especially for this occasion
14.00: Performance by Bianca Temneanu: “Two poets, Two poems, One reader”, recorded especially for this occasion
17:00-22:00: Online broadcast of the short film “Ivy”/“Iedera”, directed by Sarra Tsorakidis. Please register here before 16.00 on the day, in order to receive the link. Free.
18:00: Presentation of the book “Carpathia” by Irina Georgescu, with a conversation between the author and Dave Myers (Hairy Bikers), recorded especially for this occasion

Anastasia Gavrilovici (b. 1995) graduated from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest and the master's courses of the Center of Excellence in Image Study. She has published poems and articles in several literary magazines and anthologies and has also contributed to a number of cultural publications. She is a member of the Poesis International editorial board and translates literature from English, French and Spanish. Her first poetry book, The Industry of Comforting Adults (Max Blecher Publishing House, 2019), has won the “Mihai Eminescu” National Poetry Award, the Young Writer of the Year Award in the category of Poetry, and the Observator Cultural Award.

Sarra Tsorakidis (b. 1988) is a Romanian director, screenwriter and actress. She is a graduate of the National University of Theatre and Cinematography "IL Caragiale" and holds a Master Degree in Film Directing, studies completed with the short films “A Thousand Things in Common” (2012) and “Smoke” (2013). After film school, Sarra was an Assistent Director on several Romanian films, such as “Aferim!” (2015) and “Scarred Hearts” (2016), both directed by Radu Jude, who also gave her a small role in each of them. She is well-know for “Kaimos (2020), "Iedera"/"Ivy" (2018) and will soon start preparing her debut in feature film, “Ink Wash”.

Bianca Temneanu (b.1992) graduated from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Theatre and Film, in the acting class of professor Miklos Bacs in 2020. She is the winner of the "Ştefan Iordache" Award, the Grand Prize of the Young Actor Gala – HOP.

Irina Georgescu is a Romanian food writer who has been living in the UK for the past 10 years. Inspired by her mother and grandmother’s recipes, her book Carpathia - food from the heart of Romania is a mouth-watering homage to Romania’s culinary traditions. The book has been praised by Nigella Lawson, The Guardian, LA Times, BBC Good Food Magazine, Forbes, and named one of the best cookery books of 2020 by National Geographic and The Times in the UK, and by the National Post in Canada.

When: 15 January 2021; 12.00, 14.00, 17.00-22.00, 18.00
Where: RCI’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel

Poet Anastasia Gavrilovici:

Actor Bianca Temneanu:

Irina Georgescu in conversation with Dave Myers:

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