Romania @ The Mayor's Thames Festival

10 - 11/09/2011 @ Southbank Centre, Riverside Walkway, London

For the fourth consecutive Romanian participation, the powerful orchestra Romanian Brass and a traditional potter’s wheel, handled with great skill by two craftsmen from Baia Mare and Vlădeşti, made an impression at the 15th edition of The Mayor's Thames Festival, the most spectacular open-air event that celebrates London and its river. 

The Romanian Cultural Institute together with the prestigious Romanian Peasant Museum presented pottery workshops for all ages and a pottery exhibition with original designs for sale. The guides of the event were ethnographers Oana Halpern, Simona Hobincu and craftsmen Cornel Sitar and Eugen Patru. The craftsmen used the original potter’s wheel, natural colours and unique tools to produce traditional bowls, plates, vases in various and surprising ways. The stand was part of the New European Village section, which highlights cultures from Central and Eastern European countries with rich heritages, defined by centuries of traditions. 

Romanian Stand @ New European Village: Sat 10 & Sun 11 September, 12 noon – 9.30 pm, Southbank Centre, Riverside Walkway.

Romanian Brass delivered a live-performance on the last day of the festival, part of The Scoop at More London section, featuring some of the world's best music. The Brass is composed of the best brass wind musicians from the Symphony Orchestra of the “George Enescu“ Philharmonic in Bucharest, conducted by Adrian Petrescu. Their repertory includes works belonging to the classic and romantic period, as well as contemporary creations and entertainment music. The ensemble have been highly praised in prestigious festivals and stages in Romania and abroad.

Romanian Brass @ The Scoop at More London: Sunday 11 September: 5.30 - 6.30pm, Riverside Walkway, Tower Bridge.

The Romanian participation at the Mayor's Thames Festival was organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London in association with the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest.

When: Sat 10 & Sun 11 September 2011, 12 noon - 10 pm;
Where: South Bank riverside walkway, from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. 
Admission: free.