The Beauty and Simplicity of the Romanian Blouse

14 - 22/07/2022 @ Romanian Cultural Institute in London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH

RCI London is celebrating the beauty and simplicity of the Romanian Blouse, the central piece of our traditional costume with a special exhibition curated by Veta Ghimpu Munteanu and an introduction on the myths and ornaments of this object of universal admiration. Proudly worn and cherished by Royal personalities, majestically depicted in famous paintings, revisited by great fashion designers or even featured in the writings of numerous authors, ,, ia’’  - the Romanian blouse – is a symbol of Romanian identity.

A Tribute to The Romanian Blouse: The Revival of An Outstanding Garment – an Introduction | from 7 PM, RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square | Exhibition: 14- 22 of July 2022 |

Veta Ghimpu Munteanu was born in Paicu village, Cahul district, Republic of Moldova. She is the soloist of the ethno-folk ensemble "Tălăncuţa", a member of the Union of Musicians and she works as an editor at the Radio Music Department and "Teleradio-Moldova". She has collaborated with several magazines and newspapers, such as "Moldova", "Literature and Art", "Capitala", "Musical Universe", “Flux”, “Țara”, “Realități culturale”, “Femeia Moldovei” and "Luceafărul".  As a soloist, she has several international artistic tours and recorded 4 albums: „De cine dorul se leagă” (2001), “Fira-i dorule nebun” (2005), “Mai lin dorule, mai lin” (2005) and „Sus la-naltul cerului” (2005). She has an impressive collection of traditional costumes and ii/traditional blouses. She is the recipient of the first degree diploma at the Second Republican Festival of Family Dynasties "Treasure" (1986), as well as of the Festival "La vatra horelor" (1987). In 1990 she won the "Gheorghe Asachi" Award at the "Art for Children" Festival of the Ministry of Public Education, and in 1993 - the "Dacia" Award of the National Center for Popular Creation for the propagation of folklore on stage and in radio shows. 

In 2009, Veta Ghimpu-Munteanu published the monograph of her native village "Paicu - a village in the meadow of the Lower Prut", and in 2012 - the monograph of the ethno-folk ensemble "Tălăncuța". In 2010, she edited a book about Simion Ghimpu's creation - "Destiny between destinies". Also in 2010, together with her brother and sisters, she donated her parents' house for the first church of the village.

She received the award of the "Art for Children" Festival of the Ministry of Public Education1. In 2007 she was awarded a Diploma from the City Hall of Mestre in Italy for founding the library for the diaspora, with the books of Moldovan writers.  In 2010 she was declared an honorary citizen of Zărnești and Paicu village in Cahul district and also in 2010 she was awarded the title of Master of Arts. On January 15, 2016 , she is awarded the Prize of the Ministry of Culture, "Gheorghe Cincilei" for her remarkable contribution to the development and promotion of authentic folklore and for organizing the "Doina Festival". In 2021 from March 16-18 - Member of the jury of the International Popular Music Recording Competition "Grand Prix Svetozár Stračina", organized by Slovak Radio and Television.

Among her notable intellectual contributions: the anthology “The soul of the violin. Nicolae Botgros ”, 2018 and the anthology “The melancholy of eternal longing. Petre Teodorovici ”, 2020.


When: Thursday, 14 July at 7 PM

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1 8PH    

Entrance is free but we kindly request you to book your ticket on Eventbrite.