Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Romanian Carnival in Venice

Romania will participate for the first time officially, as guest of honor, in the traditional Venice Carnival between January 25th - February 6th 2008. The event will be marked by large-scale cultural manifestations showcasing Romanian culture.

Some of the artists who will represent Romania at the shows in Venice are actor Dan Puric, Olt county folk dancers, the Sukar Collective Gypsy musicians, the Masca theatre group, the Philarmonia chamber orchestra, the bands Nightlosers, Marius Mihalache, Amadeus and Nicolas Simion. Inside the traditional space of the Venice Biennale, the Venice City Hall offered Romania Italy's Pavilion.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Wave on the Black Sea

Read here the most interesting 6-page article by A. O. Scott, film critic at The Times, published on January 20th 2008 at The New York Times - one of the best analysis of today's Romanian cinema written by a foreign critic, who came to Bucharest and talked personally with the country's main film directors.

How do you say "Oscar Scandal" in Romanian?

Have a look here at the film critic Scott Foundas' article from January 15th 2008 published at L.A. Weekly about the absence of the Romanian movie "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" by Cristian Mungiu among the shortlisted films for this year's Foreign Language Oscar. This is one of numerous recent critics to the selection criteria used by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

EU: promise, demands - and anxiety

On January 7th 2007 an interesting and still up-to-date article dedicated to Romania, named "In a new light - Joining the European Union brings with it promise, demands - and anxiety" and signed by Tom Haines, who spent New Year in a traditional small village in Southern Bukovina, was published by The Boston Globe. You may have access to the text clicking here. And watch the video here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

NATO Summit Bucharest 2008

Since yesterday, all information regarding the NATO Summit which shall be held between April 2nd and 4th 2008 in Bucharest can be accessed through this official site. It is still under construction, so that more information will appear in the near future. The website contains a detailed presentation of Romania and also a brief description of Bucharest, currently the sixth biggest capital in the European Union.