CINEMATHEQUE REVIEW: ‘The Fixer’ (2016) – a transformative experience not to be missed!


Romania’s foreign-language submission for the 2018 Academy Awards, The Fixer had its British premiere this month at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London as part of Cinematheque, a monthly programme that focuses on promoting Romanian cinema. The movie comes out of the Romanian neo-realist cinema tradition that recently claimed prizes at Cannes and Berlin (Cristi…

Camelia Ciobanu | 27/03/2018

The Annual Salon of UK-based Romanian Artists


The Romanian Cultural Institute in London is hosting, for the second consecutive year, The Annual Salon of UK-based Romanian Artists. The theme is the celebration of Shakespeare’s life and work, 400 years after his death. This year’s artists are different from last year’s but the format stays the same: an exhibition-cum-sale. The artists – Anna…

Camelia Ciobanu | 30/09/2016

Eliade on Film: ‘The Bengali Night’ (Katz, 1988) at the Romanian Cultural Institute

It’s now exactly 30 years since the death of Mircea Eliade (1907-1986), the world-renowned Romanian philosopher, religious historian and writer. This year also marks the ground-breaking publication in English of one of his first novels, The Diary of a Shortsighted Adolescent, by Istros Books. The Romanian Institute in London do a great job at marking…

Camelia Ciobanu | 12/05/2016
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Saviana Stanescu: ‘Aliens with Extraordinary Skills’, by Tales Told in Romanian


The first 100% Romanian play in London – created by Romanians for the  Romanian community – had its West End premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre. Suggestively called Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, it’s the product of determination and enthusiasm both on and off the stage.The artists involved have succeeded in bringing it to life through sheer self-belief, along…

Camelia Ciobanu | 30/03/2016
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A Romanian Christmas, by Camelia Ciobanu

I’ll tell you who you are if you tell me what you do for Christmas. If, among family gatherings and presents, you happen to be a “sinner” and “a saint”, and feast on a multitude of pork dishes, chances are you could be Romanian… The Romanian Orthodox Church, St Gheorghe, in the City of London,…

Camelia Ciobanu | 24/12/2015
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Romanian Surrealist Gellu Naum – Centenary Celebrations, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

It’s one hundred years since the birth of Gellu Naum, Romania’s greatest Surrealist poet. Two recent London events notably marked this centenary: N(aum), a play brought from the Romanian stage to the Leicester Square Theatre, and Gellu Naum: The Incendiary Wanderer, an evening of readings and discussions at the Romanian Cultural Institute. Gellu Naum, born in…

Camelia Ciobanu | 05/11/2015
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The London Salon of Romanian Art, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

This September, the ICR is hosting ‘The London Salon of Romanian Art’, as part of a new permanent programme. It’s different from previous art displays:  the five names on show –  Florin Ungureanu, Cristian Luchian, Monica Madas, Ioana Pioaru and Viniciu Les – are young Romanians coming not from Romania but living and working in…

Camelia Ciobanu | 25/09/2015
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Anthony Michineau’s ‘Let Me In!’ (‘Fa-mi loc!’) reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu


The ever-growing Romanian community in London has created a demand for entertainment, and at the Leicester Square Theatre, Tales Told in Romanian meet this hunger by organising regular performances of well-known Romanian artists. One of the latest was the Romantic Comedy Let Me In! (Fa-mi loc!) by Anthony Michineau, starring Medeea Marinescu and Marius Manole, and…

Camelia Ciobanu | 22/05/2015
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Romanian Poet Ana Blandiana at the RCI, by Camelia Ciobanu

Ana Blandiana,the greatest Romanian living poet, is both of yesterday and today. To many she’s known as a dissident poet. Born in 1942 in Timisoara, she had her first poem published at the age of 17.With her father a priest and political prisoner, Ana Blandiana started her career as an ‘enemy of the people’ and…

Camelia Ciobanu | 04/05/2015

‘Paris of the East: An Evening of French and Romanian Songs’, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

The Romanian Cultural Institute London  has just celebrated the International Week of the Francophonie, an organization that recognizes 57 countries affiliated with French culture, either through having French as mother tongue or through cultural and historical ties. Together with the newly born Rimbaud &Verlaine Foundation  in London, the ICR  put together an evening of poetry…

Camelia Ciobanu | 31/03/2015