FILM REVIEW: Licu, a Romanian story (Dumitrescu, 2018) – ‘a rainy afternoon film with glimpses of truth-telling’


Licu, a Romanian story is a sufficiently encompassing title: personal and national anecdotes line up like neat little toy soldiers in Ana Dumitrescu’s 2018 documentary. Licu, a 92-year-old man, muses on his life in the past near-century in Romania and the memories that have come to be his primary companions. Licu’s a fine and subtle narrator:…

Andreea Scridon | 01/09/2018
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BOOK REVIEW: Varujan Vosganian’s ‘The Book of Whispers’ (Yale University Press, 2017) – ‘this book will one day have its place among the ranks of the classics’


Varujan Vosganian is an Armenian-Romanian poet, essayist, and politician. His The Book of Whispers, or Cartea şoaptelor, sold in over 60,000 copies in Romanian, was originally published in 2009. In 2017, Yale University Press published the book in Alistair Ian Blyth’s lauded translation: it was longlisted for the 2018 PEN Translation Prize. The Armenian genocide…

Andreea Scridon | 21/07/2018

Screening + Q&A: ’13 Shades Of Romanian ‘ (Teglas & Teglas, 2015)

13 Shades of Romanian is a 3 episode documentary portraying the experience of 13 Romanians living in Britain. Constructed through their eyes, and brought to you by a group of Romanian filmmakers in London, together with travel journalist Richard Green, the film reveals the stories of migrants coming to terms with British culture. Watch the…

Julia Secklehner | 28/06/2018

The Vagabond and the Princess: Patrick Leigh Fermor in Romania by Alan Ogden

Join celebrated author Alan Ogden for an evening of anecdotes, humour and epic storytelling as he shares new insights about the legendary Paddy Leigh Fermor and his travels in Romania. Starting with the ‘great trudge’ on foot through Romania in 1934 and ending in 1990 with his assignment for The Daily Telegraph following the fall of Ceausescu, The Vagabond and…

Julia Secklehner | 26/06/2018

BOOK REVIEW: Mircea Eliade ‘Gaudeamus’ (Istros Books, 2018) – ‘an imperfect but enjoyable, atmospheric book’


Mircea Eliade’s Gaudeamus, written in 1928, is loosely a sequel to the successful Diary of a Short-Sighted Adolescent, whose title speaks sufficiently for itself. The story’s continuation’s also a journal presented as a novel, this time a constellation of moral struggles and desires during the protagonist’s three university years as a philosophy student in interwar…

Andreea Scridon | 02/06/2018

Puppet Show: ‘Hansel and Gretel’

The Romanian Cultural Institute and the Romanian Embassy warmly invite you to celebrate The International Children’s Day with an all-time favourite, ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Enjoy an original take on the Grimm Brothers’ classic, made with impressive artistic ability by the ‘Luceafărul’ Theatre of Iaşi. Prepare yourself to live or relive a time where the boundaries…

Julia Secklehner | 19/05/2018

Exhibition: Almost News| George Rosu

‘While in Germany for the opening of an exhibition, I was invited to speak about my country in front of a person who knew nothing about it. I found myself in a great dilemma: either PR for Romania, while looking a bit naive and idealistic or be very critic, and risk seeming a hater. Whilst…

Julia Secklehner | 18/05/2018

Romanian Art Books at Tate Modern

The Romanian Cultural Institute is proud to support, for the third year in a row, Romania’s participation at Offprint London (18-20 May), one of Britain’s largest art publishing fairs, which brings together at Tate Modern artists and publishers from all over the globe. The Romanian display of art books, curated by art historian Alina Șerban,…

Julia Secklehner | 18/05/2018

Theatre/Performance: Queen Marie of Romania: the Theatrical Biography of a Wartime Queen

‘We continue our Centenary celebrations with ‘The Qeen’s Wars’, a compelling new show inspired by famous Queen Marie of Romania’s Wartime Diaries. Starring versatile Anca Doczi as the passionate and restless monarch who made a decisive contribution to the Romanian victory in the First World War and the subsequent creation of United Romania, the performance…

Julia Secklehner | 11/05/2018

Talk: Eliade, Back in Belgravia

Following the enthusiastic reception in Britain of Mircea Eliade’s first novel, “Diary of a Short-Sighted Adolescent”, Istros Books continue their incursion into the renowned philosopher and author’s creative universe with an equally enthralling autobiographical novel. “Gaudeamus” is in fact “Diary’s” sequel, following Eliade’s ambitious alter ego during the university years. Professors Sorin Alexandrescuand Amanda Hopkinson…

Julia Secklehner | 08/05/2018