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A “Poem” for the Romanian Verse: an inspiring introduction to 1980s Romanian poetry

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‘It is always inspiring to look at a single decade of a single country and realize how absolutely varied it is’ – Sean Shibe, guitarist A panel discussion was held at the Romanian Cultural Institute regarding the new edition of ‘Poem’ magazine that consists of translated Romanian poetry. The magazine’s prolific founder, Fiona Sampson, was…

Andreea Scridon | December 5, 2016
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘AutopsiA – Thanatopolis’ at the Horse Hospital

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Exhibition AutopsiA – Thanatopolis takes place at The Horse Hospital and briefly presents the aesthetics of mysterious AutopsiA – a group founded in the late 1970s in London by an anonymous band of artists and musicians who later brought its activities to a small town in Serbia, before relocating to Prague during the break-up and…

Denis Stolyarov | November 22, 2016
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MADE IN PRAGUE PREVIEW: ‘Family Film’ (Omerzu, 2015) – perhaps best kept in the family

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Described as ‘a fusion between black comedy and drama’, Olmo Omerzu’s Family Film (2015) slowly unravels the superficial layers of a near-perfect wealthy family living in Prague, which falls apart as the parents go sailing in Asia with dog Otto, leaving behind their two children, grown-up Anna and her 15-year-old brother Erik. Moving from everyday…

Julia Secklehner | November 22, 2016
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BONE MUSIC: Recording Communism at the ICA

Resistance to dominant political forces can come in many forms. A small audience at the ICA on Sunday was treated to two excellent discussions about two forms of resistance in the former Soviet bloc and Romania. At the heart of both stories are illegal bootlegging and the remarkable ingenuity people find when faced with censorship…

Jo Varney | November 20, 2016
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PLAY POLAND PREVIEW: ‘Demon’ (Wrona, 2015) – an exotic allegory of politics today

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Marcin Wrona was a rising star of Polish cinema before his untimely death in 2015 and Demon, his final and most ambitious work, would have been his breakthrough had he lived. It’s a curious, unsettling film, made more so by parallels between the life of its director and protagonist, which will no doubt earn it…

Natasha Berger | November 19, 2016
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Once upon a time…’ – Children’s book illustrators from Hungary

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“And what is the use of a book, – thought Alice – without pictures and conversations? ” (Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) Most children would presumably agree with Alice here. Our first encounters with pictures often happen on our parents’ laps while we’re looking at books. Colourful drawings illuminate stories and feed our imagination.…

Anett Gecov | November 18, 2016