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ICR representations organise exhibitions, concerts and origami and painting workshops, on occasion of Martisor Day


Exhibitions, concerts, evenings of literature and music, workshops of origami technique, painting and martisoare (spring lucky charms made up of a white-and-red braided thread with silk tassels - ed.n.), but also film screenings will take place at the European representations of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) on the occasion of the celebration of the Martisor Days, informs an ICR press release sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday.

* At the Cultural Center - La Ferme rose in Uccle, Brussels, the opening of the exhibition "Martisor: Romanian cultural heritage - UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage" is taking place on Tuesday. The exhibition is curated by the Buzau County Museum in collaboration with the Buzau County Council. The Buzau County Museum owns and manages a rich thematic heritage related to the Romanians' Martisor tradition. Along with objects from the "Ethnography" collection (martisoare, amulets, etc.), there are also a number of objects in the "History" collection (martisoare from the last century, letters/greeting cards on the 1st and 8th of March). The event is organized by ICR Brussels and the Romanian Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium. The exhibition can be visited from March 1-7.

* Szeged Branch of ICR Budapest, in collaboration with the Romanian Embassy in Hungary and the Somogyi Karoly City and County Library, organizes, on Tuesday, the multiethnic and multilingual event "Martisorul and its symbolism" in the Alagsori Klub hall of the Somogyi Karoly City and County Library. At the same time, graphic designer Adela Kiss, originally from Jula, will give a lecture on the tradition, genesis and customs related to this event, illustrating the theoretical concepts with a martisor-making workshop, from traditional to modern ones, informs.

* Starting Tuesday, ICR Istanbul will broadcast on social networks, an original film, "The Martisor, between customs and archetypal myths", with the participation of ethnologist Janeta Ecaterina Ciocan, who will present the martisor custom from the traditional Romanian village, referring to numerous popular legends.

* A series of martisoare created by students of the Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization Course (LCCR) in Portugal, under the coordination of Prof. Elena Covasan, will be posted on Tuesday on the social networks of ICR Lisbon and partner institutions. The event will be organized by the Romanian Embassy in the Portuguese Republic, ICR Lisbon and the Institute of the Romanian Language. Also on the occasion of Martisor, photographs taken by Portuguese Mariana Barbosa and Paulo Torres will be brought to the public's attention.

* The concert "Romanian-Spanish Travels in Three Centuries of Music", performed by violinist Clara Cernat and pianist Thierry Huillet, is taking place on Tuesday on the stage of the emblematic San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. The concert's repertoire includes Spanish and Romanian folk music in a musical journey over three centuries. Romanian music shines through the iconic "Ballad" by Ciprian Porumbescu, through "Airs dans le genre roumain" by George Enescu and through the virtuoso rhapsodies on Romanian themes signed by the French composer. The numerous themes intertwined and harmonized in the two rhapsodies: "Voyage Rhapsody" and "Valahia Rhapsody" belong to the Romanian folklore from the 18th century to the present day. They are attributed to Dimitrie Cantemir, Maria Tanase, Grigoras Dinicu, Costica Pompieru, the last two great Romanian fiddlers. Thierry Huillet orchestrated these works, highly popular with audiences, which tap into the Romanian folklore in the manner of the Hungarian rhapsodies by Franz Liszt.

* At the Accademia di Romania Art Gallery in Rome, there is an exhibition titled "Martisor - Spring Legend". The event is organized by the Romanian Language Institute in Bucharest, Accademia di Romania in Rome and the Romanian Embassy in Italy, in partnership with Romania's Embassy in the Kingdom of Spain, Romania's Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium, Romania's Embassy in France, Romania's Embassy in Portugal, Romania's Embassy in Ireland, the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Italy, Serbia's Embassy in Italy, The Bulgarian Institute of Culture in Rome, the Bulgarian School in Rome, the National Village Museum "Dimitrie Gusti" in Bucharest and the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade. On this occasion, the polyphonic coral group "Arpeggio" will offer the public present to the inauguration a "musical martisor".

The martisoare exhibition, which reached its fifth edition, reunites creations from students and teachers involved in courses of Romanian language, culture and Romanian civilization (LCCR) in Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, with those made by the the Republic of Moldova's Embassy in Italy and the Bulgarian Institute of Culture in Rome and with works made by seven schools in Romania. Apart from the panels with martisoare and greeting cards for March 8, there will be screenings with images from LCCR collaborators from the other participating countries and from Romanian schools, as well as the tradition of martisor in Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Serbia. Access to "Martisor - Spring Legend" is done based on Super Green Pass and by wearing the FPP2 protective mask.

* The Gallery of the Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice hosts the exhibition titled "Life, people and diversity of traditional garb from the Transylvanian Venice". The exhibition contains popular costumes form the village of Venetia de Jos, Brasov County, Romania and photographs from village life. The project is organized by ICCU Venetia and the "Ioan Cavaler de Puscariu" Association, in collaboration with the Ethnographic Museum in Brasov, "Etnotique" and "La Blouse Roumaine".

* An exhibition of martisoare in which artisan works are presented, who promote this Romanian tradition in Austria, can be visited at the headquarters of ICR Vienna. There, knitted or manually embroidered martisoare, various textile martisoare, martisoare made out of modeling paste, from wood and ceramic, as well as floral greeting cards and cabochon type martisoare. The exhibition can be visited on Tuesday until 19:30.

* The New York Romanian Cultural Institute invites the audience on Friday to meet a few of the writers that have emerged in the last 2 years, in the online series "Romanian feminine voices from North America" in a true celebration of feminine literary creativity. Lectures and short performances will be held by writers Raluca Albu, Cristina A. Bejan, Clara Burghelea, Adina Dabija, Mihaela Mosaliuc, Claudia Serea and Adela Sinclair, with musical interventions offered by the original composer and pianist Mischa Blanos. The event is part of the anniversary programs carried out during March in the United States, which is fully dedicated to women.

* At the ICR headquarters in Paris will be, on Sunday, between 11:00-14:00, the "Celebration of Martisor"/"Girls of Martisor", a workshop dedicated to children between 7 and 15. The martisor manufacturing workshop will be supported by Adriana Sirbu and will run during the Romanian language classes for children, organized by the Romanian School in Paris. ICR Paris will accompany the martisoare offered with a flyer presenting the tradition of Martisor, which entered UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017.

* The Romanian Embassy in the Kingdom of Norway, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in Stockholm and DeMit Production organize on March 6 and 13 the "Spring Concerts in Norway", a string of musical events that will see Romanian and Norwegian permanent and guest lyric artists from the Norwegian National Opera House perform in Stavanger on March 6, and in Oslo on March 13, respectively. The venue of the Stavanger concert is the Eikenes Hall, starting at 19:00, while the Oslo event will take place at the Rommen Hall, as of 18:00 hrs. The protagonists of the "Spring Concerts in Norway" are Ioana Carmen Demit (soprano), Kjerstin Lovdal (soprano), Tunde Gaspar (alto), Gabriel Birjovanu (tenor), Florin Demit (baritone) and Natanael Uifalean (bass); accompanied by pianist Gabor Nagy, they will sing famous duets and vocal ensemble moments from the universal lyrical repertoire signed by famous composers: Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vincenzo Bellini, Georges Bizet, Franz Lehar, Luigi Denza, Jacque Offenbach.

The bill of the two events also includes a bloc of four Romanian pieces signed by George Enescu, Tiberiu Brediceanu, Aurel Eliade and George Grigoriu. The encore will consist of famous arias such as "Nessun dorma", "Brindisi" and "O sole mio".

* ICR London organizes on March 8 a children's workshop at the Enescu Hall, combining the origami paper folding technique and the Romanian tradition of spring lucky charms - 'martisor'. The children will craft paper objects to which they will attach the white and red silk thread with tassels, made also by them during the workshop. The ICR London team will deliver a presentation of the origami technique as well as a briefing on the symbolism of the 'martisor'. Painter Bogdan Mihai Radu will teach painting techniques in a workshop dedicated to floral representations.

*** The Romanian 'martisor', the symbol of spring, love and purity, is celebrated on March 1. The delicate lucky charms are made using both modern techniques such as quilling, pouring, modeling, but also traditional ones such as chain stitching, yarn twisting and intertwining, with natural materials such as seeds, dried flowers, fruit shells, but also recycled materials - paper, corks, cloth.

The 'martisor' entered UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017, in a joint file submitted by Bulgaria, North Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova and Romania.


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