Wednesday 15 January 19:00 - 21:00

Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square


A Celebration of the Romanian Artistic Community in the UK on the National Culture Day (Panel and Exhibition)

Community & Culture

We mark Romania's National Culture Day with a special event that celebrates the vibrant Romanian artistic community in the UK. Come and meet the artists featured in RCI's "Twelve Months, Twelve Creators" programme, discover the fascinating stories of much-admired UK-based Romanian creators in a panel discussion moderated by award-winning broadcaster Tessa Dunlop and indulge in the chromatic feast of "The need for belonging?" exhibition by Oxford-based Anca Stefanescu.

Romanian artists have often found in the UK a welcoming home and the nurturing environment where their work has flourished, forged in the highly competitive British cultural scene. Throughout 2019, the Romanian Cultural Institute in London celebrated accomplished artists living and working in the UK, recognized for their originality and the exquisite mastery of their craft.

On 15 January, Romania's National Culture Day, we meet the artists, writers and professionals part of the "Twelve Months, Twelve Creators" series: painter Mircea Teleagă, designer Gabriela Popa, curator and poet Simona Nastac, actress Olivia Negrean, musician Bogdan Văcărescu, architect Doina Petrescu, photographer Paul Arion, violinist Maria Gîlicel, architects Anca Mihalache and Anastasia Stan, translator Gabi Reigh, pianist Anda Anastasescu and filmmaker Laurentiu Calciu.

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Historian Tessa Dunlop has a long association with Romania - she worked in one of its infamous orphanages just after the revolution, taught in the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi, and has presented numerous investigative reports into Romania for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. She speaks Romanian and has been studying the country’s identity and connections with Britain for both her Masters and PhD at Sheffield Hallam University with a particular focus on Queen Marie and World War One. She is the author of two history books ‘The Bletchley Girls’ and Sunday Times Best Seller ‘The Century Girls.’ She is best known for her work on BBC2’s Coast and is the historian on Channel 4’s pending new genealogy show ”My Family Secrets Revealed”.

Born in 1974, Anca Stefanescu began studying painting at the age of 12. Since then arts has always been her passion, and in 1999 she graduated with Master of Fine Arts degree, majoring in painting, the National University of Arts Bucharest. She made a detour as a DI Colorist and Graphic Designer, working for major production and post-production companies in Romania.

Always in search for new aesthetically ways of expressing joy and love Anca Stefanescu's works reflect her intention and devotion to capturing the refined beauty of biological and geological forms and the pulsation of our true nature while revealing the essence of consciousness. The artist brings a great mastery of colour theory, outstanding sense of rhythm and compositional elements. At the same time, each painting reflects in a sophisticated yet sensitive and creative way a unique individual expression of oneness.

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Introduced in 2010, Romania's National Culture Day is celebrated on 15 January. This is the birth date of Romanian poet and novelist Mihai Eminescu, a canonical figure of Romanian literature and a representative of the local Romanticism. Romanians celebrate National Culture Day in praise of imagination and creativity that dwell all artistic achievements.

When: Wednesday 15 January 2020 (doors open 18.30)
             Panel: 19.15
             Exhibition Private View and Reception: 20.15-21.00

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London

Free entry.


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