Polyphonic: Animated Poetry and Music

11/04/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

The culmination of the Romanian programme at the London Book Fair is a multimedia poetry show celebrating the Centenary of Romanian Unification (1918-2018) through poetry, visuals and music. The event features ten of the most talented young Romanian poets of diverse ethnic backgrounds: Michael Astner, Andrei Dósa, Robert Gabriel Elekes, Matei Hutopila, Henriette Kemenes, Claudiu Komartin, Mihók Tamás, Aleksandar Stoicovici, Livia Ștefan, and Victor Țvetov. With 2D animations by visual wizard Raluca Popa and live music by György Ligeti performed by virtuosos Ioana Forna, Adriana Cristea and Nikolay Ginov. The show is curated by Simona Nastac and produced by the National Museum of Romanian Literature in Bucharest. Also part of the European Poetry Festival.

The Brâncuși Gallery will host the "Wounded Words: Romanian Writers and the Great War" exhibition, produced by the National Museum of Romanian Literature in Bucharest. In Romania like elsewhere, the Great War precipitated immense political, social and cultural changes. A time of tragedy and hope, of malaise and aspiration was mirrored throughout Europe by a powerful literature, bursting with innovative energy, authenticity, and radical ambition. The exhibition, opened by literary critic and historian Ion Bogdan Lefter, showcases some of the best works of poetry and prose produced during and after the First World War by one of Romania’s greatest literary generation. The exhibition can be visited until 20 April 2018, Mon-Fri between 10am-5pm. 

Followed by a reception.

When: Wednesday 11 April, 7pm
Where: RCI London, SW1X8PH

Free entry. Please book on Eventbrite if you wish to attend.


Full programme of the Romanian presence at the London Book Fair.

The Romanian participation at the LBF 2018 is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute's National Book Centre and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, with the support of the Romanian Embassy in the UK, Waterstones Gower Street, the London Book Fair’s Literary Translation Centre, the National Museum of Romanian Literature and the Romanian Publishers Association. Editorial partners: Bloomsbury Publishing, New York Review Books, Bloodaxe, Dalkey Archive Press, Shearsman Books and Booklet Fiction. The project is funded by the Romanian Cultural Institute.