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June 2015
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MUSIC

1 June, 1pm
SMITF London
Free
SCORES FOR SUMMERY AFTERNOONS: DELIA NOBLE & ALEXANDRU LAZAR AT ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS

We welcome the very first day of summer with a melodic celebration as warm and luminous as the much-awaited solstice. Acclaimed soprano Delia Noble, who is set to appear alongside legendary Placido Domingo as Musetta in a new production of ‘La Bohème’, and young pianist Alexandru Lazar team up for a feast of operatic evergreens and Romanian songs on one of the most beautiful musical stages in London. MORE

MUSIC

4 June, 7pm
RCI London
Free
THE GLORY OF THE GOLDEN CENTURY: ANCA IAROSEVICI & BOGDAN MIHAILESCU IN THE ‘ENESCU CONCERTS’ SERIES

The June recital of our ever-popular ‘Enescu Concerts’ Series, featuring viola da gamba player Anca Iarosevici and classic guitarist Bogdan Mihailescu, exalts the marvellous baroque tradition of the 17th and 18th centuries. The event offers, alongside works by Vivaldi, Purcell and Handel, a double premiere: the first-time performance in London of Enescu’s ‘Andante Religioso’ and the mysterious ‘Codex Cajoni’ by Ioan Caianu (1629-1687), a Transylvanian monk born in Wallachia. MORE

THE MOROMETES 60

10 June, 7pm
RCI London
Free
PREDA ON SCREEN: ‘THE MOROMETES’ + Q&A WITH DIRECTOR STERE GULEA

The ‘Marin Preda Season’ of the Romanian Cinematheque at RCI London revisits some of the best screen adaptations of the great writer’s works culminating with an evening of superlative cinema with director Stere Gulea, the author of the unsurpassed film adaptation of ‘The Morometes’ (1987), and the opening of the photographic exhibition, ‘Marin Preda: A life in pictures and books’, a revealing incursion into the creative process of both a literary masterpiece and a great film.MORE

THE MOROMETES 60

17 June, 7pm
RCI London
Free
THE MOROMETES GO DIGITAL

Unanimously considered an instant classic from the very beginning, the saga of the Morometes has enjoyed a wide international circulation thanks to its numerous translations. To mark the jubilee, the Romanian Cultural Institute is proud to bring some of the its memorable scenes to the digital age as an invitation to discover the whole version of the 1957 English translation, hosted in the vaults of the British Library. The event will be accompanied by a conversation on Marin Preda’s legacy in Romania and Britain, featuring writer and academic Caius Dobrescu and renowned thespian Jack Klaff. MORE

THE MOROMETES 60

20 June, 3pm
Leicester Square Theatre
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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MOROMETE

In a tour de force of dramatic flair and supreme acting skills, legendary stage and film actors Marcel Iures (‘Mission: Impossible’, BBC’s ‘The Game’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) and George Mihaita (‘Reconstruction’, ‘The Silent Wedding’), under the direction of stage virtuoso Alexandru Dabija, revive the colourful world of the Morometes in a production imbibed in the ancestral wit, mischievous humour and ultimately tragic outlook of the archetypal Romanian peasant. An ACT Theatre production; written by Catalin Stefanescu. MORE

FILM

20 June, 8.15pm
Bertha DocHouse
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‘TOTO AND HIS SISTERS’ BY ALEXANDER NANAU PREMIERES AT THE  OPEN CITY DOC FESTIVALOne of the most talked about Romanian documentaries of recent years has its UK premiere at the 2015 edition of the Open City Documentary Festival in London. We are pleased to support the screening of ‘Toto and His Sisters’, Alexander Nanau’s touching observational film already awarded at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Leipzig DOK Festival and Zurich Film Festival. MORE

FILM

24 & 25 June
Edinburgh
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CINEMA AS REDEMPTION: ‘CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM’ AT EIFF 2015

The 2015 edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival, the world’s oldest continually running film festival, features the European premiere of ‘Chuck Norris vs Communism’, a documentary about the redemptive power of film in times of political and social distress. With the support of the RCI, the event is attended by director Ilinca Calugareanu together with translator and film critic Irina Nistor, whose voice, which dubbed innumerable foreign films during the harsh Romanian 80’s, became a herald of emancipation. MORE

FILM

25 June, 7pm
RCI London
Free
PREDA ON SCREEN: ‘THE MOST BELOVED OF EARTHLINGS’The ‘Marin Preda Season’ of our Romanian Cinematheque continues with ‘The Most Beloved of Earthlings’ (1993) by Serban Marinescu. A grueling story of survival and salvation, the film revolves around the confession of a promising intellectual and lecturer in philosophy, Victor Petrini, whose life is crushed after he is arrested on false accusations of espionage by the repressive secret police of the communist regime. MORE
Ongoing:
TRADITIONAL CULTURE

until 6 Sept 2015
Horniman Museum and Gardens, London

Free
REVISITING ROMANIA: DRESS AND IDENTITYHorniman Museum with the support of RCI presents the biggest exhibition in Britain devoted to Romanian traditional crafts and folk costumes in living memory, a fascinating celebration of our ancient, sophisticated art of making outwear and fabrics. MORE
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ALSO ON THE RADAR:
4 June, 9pm |  Komedia, Brighton: Muzica Without Frontiers
7 June, 5pm |  Leicester Square Theatre: Concert’n Londra: Ada Milea & Bobo Burlacianu
18 June, 7pm |  Romanian Cultural Centre London: Artist Talk: Apparatus 22
19 June | East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London: Teach for Romania Charity Ball

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