Romania’s National Day on December 1 – celebrated worldwide: Concerts, exhibitions and photos


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Romania’s National Day is to be celebrated in major cities of the world with concerts, exhibitions and presentation of a fashion collection inspired by Romanian traditional women’s shirt called ‘Ie’, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) informs.

The Romanian Cultural Institute ‘Dimitrie Cantemir’ in Istanbul marks the National Day of Romania by organizing a series of concerts by ‘Cununa Carpatilor’ Ensemble in Edirne, Ankara and Istanbul. A show will be held on December 1 in the great hall of Cemal Resit Rey Centre in Istanbul. The show of music and folk dances from various regions will be performed by the orchestra made up of musicians of traditional folk instruments led by conductor Dumitru Ionescu.

In Vienna, the artist and conductor Nicolae Voiculet (pan-flute) together with Klaus Untch (organ) and the Romanian Orchestra will perform a concert on December 1. The concert is part of the tour named ‘D.O.R.’, a concept developed by Nicolae Voiculet, ambassador for Romanian tourism.

In Lisbon, Romania’s National Day is marked by the presentation of the collection “The Dowry by Liliana Turoiu”. The event will feature the presentation of part of the collection at the reception organized by the Romanian Embassy in Portugal, on November 30 at the Thalia Theatre in Lisbon and on December 2 an exhibition will start, open until December 12. “The Dowry” is a cultural project to promote the national identity and includes a collection inspired by the traditional Romanian costumes. The Portuguese capital will also host a series of concerts of the group Vivarte, among them a carols concert part of the programme Natal em Lisboa/Christmas in Lisbon, organized by the City of Lisbon. The Romanian group Vivarte will open the event with a carols concert on December 3 at the Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora. The Concert for Romania’s National Day will take place on December 4 at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Lisbon.

In Brussels, Romania’s National Day will be marked during December 2-4 by the tour of the ‘Symbol’ Children and Youth Choir of the Romanian Patriarchy in Brussels and Anvers. The Choir will undertake a tour of four concerts in Brussels and Anvers.

Also on December 2, the opening of the “Glass Art Biennial 2016” exhibition in Haacht (Belgium) will take place, with the participation of artists and Ioan Nemtoi and Mihai Topescu. The exhibition will be open until December 11.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv organizes, on November 30, a Romanian folk music concert, in collaboration with the Romanian Embassy in Israel, at the Tel Aviv Art Museum.

In Madrid, violinist Clara Cernat will perform on November 30 at the Palace of Santona. The programme will include music by George Enescu, Astor Piazzola, Thierry Huillet, Ciprian Porumbescu, and Romania’s and Spain’s anthems. The reception will be opened by a speech delivered by Gabriela Dancau, the Romanian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain.

The exhibition ‘Winter snapshot. Masks and traditional costumes, photos by Florin Andreescu’ will be on display at the ‘El Cerro’ Civic Centre in Coslada until December 20. The event aims to mark the National Day of Romania and includes an exhibition of photographs of winter traditional masks in various regions of Romania, made by photographer Florin Andreescu and handmade masks by Paic Sebastian.

Romania’s National Day will be also marked in Venice with the exhibition ‘Abel’ by George Mircea in the New Gallery. The exhibition, open during December 1-21, includes about 20 paintings made by the artist during 2006-2015.

In Beijing, on the occasion of Romania’s National Day, several events meant to mark the moment will be organised. Among them, the exhibition ‘Romania in images’ which includes 70 colour and black and white photographs taken by Claudiu Szabo, Gabriel Boholt, Cosmina Muntean, Arpad Zoltan Balla, Felicia Sateanu, Laszlo Deszo, Ovi D. Pop, Istvan Magdo, Mihaly Moldovan, Adrian Markus, Gheorghe Talpos, Nicoleta Paunas, Ovidiu Gabor, Istvan Plajas, Ioan Ciobotariu. On December 2 and 5 two recitals of piano and bassoon will be held by Romanian musicians Ilinca Dumitrescu and Vasile Macovei. The two concerts will take place at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, namely the University of Foreign Studies in Beijing. The two artists will have a series of meetings with teachers of the Conservatory in Beijing on December 3, at the ICR Beijing offices.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Prague organizes on December 4 a concert by Nicolae Voiculet on the stage of the Astronomical Clock Square (Staromestske Namesti) in Prague.

Romania’s National Day will be celebrated with concerts of the ‘Violin Duel’, performed by Liviu Prunaru and Gabriel Croitoru, accompanied by pianist Horia Mihail, on December 2 at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York, and on December 5 at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington D.C.

In the “Enescu Concerts Series” the Romanian Cultural Institute in London will organize an extraordinary recital of soprano Valentina Nafornita dedicated to Romania’s National Day. The recital, performed by the soprano and by pianist Sergiu Tuhutiu, will be held at the ICR London building on December 2 and will include songs by Romanian composers, but also famous arias from operas.

Accademia di Romania in Rome will organise on December 2 the traditional carols concert “Christmas Harmonies”, supported by the vocal group Arpeggio&Roua and its guests in the concert hall of the institute.

An event dedicated to the 98th Anniversary of the Great Union will take place on December 5 at ICR Chisinau – the concert “Under the Sign of Mary”. The poetry and folk music concert will be held at the National Theatre “Satiricus. I. L. Caragiale” and will be performed by Maria Gheorghiu (Gorghiu) – vocals, Adriana Trandafir – recital of poems and Radu Gratianu – piano.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris will organize a concert by Maxim Quartet. The event will take place on December 8 at the Byzantine Hall of Béhague Palace, the residence of the Romanian Ambassador in France. The quartet will bring together Horia Maxim (piano), Mihaela Anica (flute), Fernando Mihalache (accordion) and Sandel Smarandescu (bass).

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