Romanian Cultural Days in Edinburgh (10-17 October 2015)

10 - 17/10/2015 @ Edinburgh

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 some of our most internationally recognizable artists, directors, writers and musicians in tandem with important names of contemporary Scottish artistic scene: Remus Azoi­ței, Amalia Ciolan, Mark Cousins, Richard Demarco, Peggy Hughes, Radu Jude, Dan Lungu, James Meek, Dan Pița, Eduard Stan.

The project is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, with support from the Embassy of Romania, the Consular Office of Romania in Edinburgh, the Demarco European Art Foundation, University of Edinburgh, Fimhouse, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Summerhall, the National Theatre in Bucharest and the National Centre of Cinematography. 

Graphic design: Ada Muntean

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VISUAL ARTS: THE DEMARCO EUROPEAN ART FOUNDATION’S ROMANIAN ARTISTS

The legendary curator Richard Demarco, who launched the Western careers of legions of extraordinary Eastern European artists, opens the vaults of his inestimable collection housed at Summerhall for a vivid initiation into modern Romanian visual culture. The showcase represents influential and internationally acclaimed artists such as Paul Neagu, Horia Bernea, Ion Bițan, Ovidiu Maitec, Sultana Maitec, Vladimir Șetran, Pavel Ilie, Sorin Dumitrescu, Peter Jacobi and many more.
Opening: Sat 10 Oct, 14.30-17.00. The exhibition continues until 30 Oct |
Laboratory Gallery, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL | Free.

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GALA CONCERT: CHARISMATIC DUO REMUS AZOIȚEI AND EDUARD STAN AT PLAYFAIR LIBRARY

Violinist Remus Azoi­ței and pianist Eduard Stan, the supreme experts in George Enescu’s chamber work, authors of the award-winning collection of the great composer’s evocative later compositions, offer a regale of virtuosic bravado, technical brilliancy and consummate musical wisdom. In the presence of HE Mr Mihnea Motoc, the Romanian Ambassador to the Court of St James’s.

Programme: Gabriel Fauré - Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major op. 13; George Enescu - Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor op. 25 "dans le caractere populaire roumain".

Mon 12 Oct, 19.00 | Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL |
Free, RSVP essential at
edinburgh@icr-london.co.uk.

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LITERATURE: DAN LUNGU AND JAMES MEEK: CREATING AND RE-CREATING REALITY

Admired Romanian contemporary writer and visionary creator of FILIT, Romania’s most successful international literary festival, Dan Lungu joins writer, journalist, and winner of the 2015 Orwell Prize for political writing James Meek for a conversation about chronicling the complicated passage of a society: from the abyss of the dictatorial decades, to the uncertainties of today. Chaired by Peggy Hughes, Programme Director at the Dundee Literary Festival.

Tue 13 Oct, 19.00 | Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, EH1 1SR | £5. Tickets.

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FILM: MARK COUSINS PRESENTS

With characteristic idiosyncratic flair, acclaimed director and author Mark Cousins curates a series of Romanian film, revisiting 100 years of cinematic haunting eeriness, delicious sarcasm and groundbreaking miserabilism, which have been amassed some of the highest distinctions of the seventh art. The season continues throughout Nov & Dec at Filmhouse.

 

'Aferim!' by Radu Jude

Winner of the 2015 Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival | Followed by Q&A via skype with director Radu Jude.

Wed 14 Oct, 20.30 | Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ | £9 and £7.20 conc. Tickets.

 

'Stone Wedding' by Dan Pița & Mircea Veroiu

Selected at Cannes Film Festival 1973 | Followed by Q&A via skype with director Dan Pi­ța.

“Rigorous, beautifully acted, as bold as Eisenstein, and with a haunting, sung commentary.  One of the world’s great movies.” (Mark Cousins)

Thu 15 Oct, 19.00 | Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL | £5 and £4 conc. Tickets.

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ROMANIAN EVENING: VAMPIROLOGY: AN EVENING WITH TEETH

A quest of immortality in a thematic extravaganza of music, dance and palatal discoveries, inspired by the famous nocturnal Transylvanian entertainment. Fake teeth and flaunting capes welcomed. Featuring DJs brought to you by Balkanarama Kolektiv. Samples of Romanian food and wine. Come dance the night away dressed in your best vampire outfit!

Fri 16 Oct,  20.00 | Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1 PL | £5. Tickets.

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THEATRE: A WOMAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Based on Anita Nandriș’s riveting memoirs of her forced deportation to Siberia during the WWII, this emotionally charged monodrama follows one of the most admired women in Romanian contemporary history from her courageous involvement in the anti-communist resistance movement to the exile in the infamous Soviet Gulag and the subsequent repatriation, after years of struggle and hope. '20 Years in Siberia' is an essential tale of dignity and redemption in the face of the century’s most devastating Evil.

 

In Romanian with English sur-titles.

A production of the National Theatre in Bucharest

Starring: Amalia Ciolan

Directed and adapted by: Sorin Misirianțu

Technical director: Dumitru Scobeniuc

Sound: Octavian Vasile

Lights: Bogdan Gheorghiu, Cristian Simon

Part of the Romanian Cultural Days in Edinburgh and the 'The Trial of Communism through Theatre' Programme

Sat 17 Oct, 19.00 | Pleasance One, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ | £10 and £8 conc. Tickets.

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In the press: 

The Scotsman, Wed 7 Oct 2015

The List, Wed 7 Oct 

The Skinny, Thu 8 Oct

The Edinburgh Reporter, Sun 11 Oct

The Skinny, Thu 15 Oct

The Vile Blog, Sat 17 Oct

 

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