European Day of Languages 2016

At the initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, the European Day of Languages is celebrated every year across the EU, in order to celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe and encourage language learning.

The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:

  • Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
  • Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
  • Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.

On this occasion, the Representation of the European Commission in Romania and EUNIC Romania will organize a Language Fair, which will be held on Saturday, 24th of September 2016, at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant. The public will be invited to pass through the stands and complete the language challenges, in order to win various prizes.

Find out more on the Facebook event :

Noaptea Literaturii Europene la București, ediția a V-a

• 9 septembrie 2016, între orele 19.00 și 23.00 / evenimentul se va încheia cu un after-party la Piua Book Bar
• În avanpremieră: TANDEM – eveniment dedicat traducătorilor și redactorilor, una dintre noutățile ediției 2016 (7 septembrie, Cărturești Verona, ora 18.00)
• Organizatorii Nopții Literaturii Europene la București în parteneriat cu „Carte peste Carte” strâng cărți pentru dotarea bibliotecii orășenești din Târgu Frumos, județul Iași
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Peste exact o săptămână, vineri, 9 septembrie 2016, are loc cea de a V-a ediție a Nopții Literaturii Europene la București, un eveniment al Reţelei Institutelor Culturale Naţionale din Europa (EUNIC), care se desfăşoară anual în mai mult de 70 de orașe din toată lumea.

Iubitorii de literatură din capitală sunt invitați să pornească în căutarea poveștilor în zona centrală a capitalei, cuprinsă între str. Pictor Arthur Verona, Piața Lahovary și str. Vasile Lascăr: lecturi, performance-uri, discuții, expoziții și proiecții.

Astfel, la Librăria Cărturești Verona, Casa „Ion Mincu” (sediul Ordinului Arhitecților din România), Piua Book Bar, Teatrul Țăndărică și Spațiul Public European, organizatorii propun lecturi din autori precum: Svetlana Cârstean (ICR), Claudiu M. Florian, Livia Ștefan, Sorin Gherguț, Radu Nițescu, Andrei Dósa (Spațiul Public European), Orhan Pamuk (Centrul Cultural Turc „Yunus Emre”), György Dragomán (Institutul Maghiar), Szczepan Twardoch, Andrzej Sapkowski (Institutul Polonez), Rui Zink(Institutul Camões/Ambasada Portugaliei), Miguel de Cervantes, Antonio Muñoz Molina (Institutul Cervantes), Cesare Pavese (Institutul Italian de Cultură), Ingeborg Bachmann, Paul Celan (Forumul Cultural Austriac), Wolfgang Herrndorf (Goethe-Institut), Makis Tsitas (Fundația Culturală Greacă), Miloš Urban, Jáchym Topol, Jiří Kratochvil (Centrul Ceh).

Over 50 events at the 10th edition of the Night of Cultural Institutes

Friday, June 24, 2016, 15 cultural institutions in Bucharest will organize under the aegis of EUNIC Bucharest, the 10th edition of the Night of Cultural Institutes. British Council, Czech Centre, Turkish Cultural Center “Yunus Emre”, Delegation Wallonie-Bruxelles, Austrian Cultural Forum, the Greek Cultural Foundation, Goethe-Institut, Balassi Intézet – Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Instituto Camões of Cooperation and Portuguese Language, Instituto Cervantes of Bucarest, Romanian Cultural Institute, French Institute, Italian Cultural Institute, the Polish Institute, joined by European Public Space, propose a dense program that will start at noon and lasts until dawn.

In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, the program includes a theater spectacle of sonnets, screenings, readings and discussion dedicated to the great British playwright, exhibition of comics and illustration from a play written by Cervantes and a performance-based reading excerpts from “entremeses” of the beloved Spanish writer.

With a program of concerts – from violin and flute or oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, percussion, the bandoneon concert in minority languages ​​from the Polish region of Podlasie, Greek music, French music interpreted atop a wedding dress, jazz, jam session live, festa Portuguesa, silent disco and post-techno party, the 10th edition of the Night of Cultural Institutes offers a musical journey for all tastes.

The night of June 24 also brings several exhibition projects: a comic dialogue, based on improvisation, a graffiti performance, a sculpture exhibition, comics and illustration exhibition “En Miguel Cervantes. Panorama wonders” exhibition of gathered objects “B L A N K”, architecture exhibition, product design, fashion and graphic design “Romanian Design Week Classics”, a clothing exhibition named “Traditional Greek Costumes, the exhibition “The most beautiful books“, a photo exhibitions “Azulejo: Story of tiles“, “Romy Schneider” or “Immota Manet” (showing in black and white photographs the consequences of the earthquake in L’Aguila).

The film offer is also interesting: Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, one of three finalist in competition for the LUX Prize 2015 awarded by the European Parliament; Prospero’s Books directed by Peter Greenaway; Romanian Short Waves 9: Romanian short films presented at Cannes 2016; Short from Spain, short films selected by the Institute of Cinematography and Visual Arts in Spain; Ernst Marishka’s Sissi I (with Romy Schneider in the role of Empress Elisabeth of Austria); La Passante du Sans-Souci by Jacques Rouffio in a recent cinematic interpretation of the famous Franco-German actresses, or Whisper me if I forget by Cagan Irmak.

Language courses, games and debates intercultural on diversity and stereotypes, theater performances and workshops for children and adults – including the traditional Turkish art of drawing on water, ebru, or the one where children learn to build their little house for birds using papier-mâché technique – will complete the multidisciplinary range on June 24. And we also have culinar surprises at the Night of Cultural Institutes, the cultural marathon participants are invited to taste Turkish and Polish dishes and try the famous Hungarian goulash or traditional spaghetti, prepared live.

The program will take place between the hours 12 00–02: 30 in 12 cultural spaces in Bucharest: ARCUB – Gabroveni, British Council, Czech Centre, Turkish Cultural Center “Yunus Emre”, Green Hours, Goethe-Institut, Balassi Institute – Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Cervantes Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, French Institute, Italian Institute of Culture and European Public Space, which will host over 50 events proposed by 15 cultural institutions.

A project organized by EUNIC Bucharest, with the support of the European Commission Representation in Romania.

Public access is free.

Find the full program and map the spaces that host events in the leaflet attached. NIC10 application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Ukraine and Moldova – Neighbours in Focus (European Film Festival 2015)

During the European Film Festival 2015, the EUNIC Bucharest Cluster has supported a special two-day focus on the filmmaking from the Ukraine and Republic of Moldova. With the contribution of several cultural institutes (the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Czech Center, the French Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Polish Institute) and with the support of the UNDP regional office for Europe and Central Asia, 7 productions were screened at Cinema Elvire Popesco.

This event aimed to improve the presence of the Ukrainian and Moldavian film industry on the international stage, but also to reinforce the EU cultural initiatives in these the non-EU member countries, in order to offer best practices to the EUNIC Cluster in Ukraine and to support the creation of a new EUNIC Cluster in the Republic of Moldova. Indeed, their strategical position represents a major issue within the European Neighborhood Policy.

The focus was targeted towards a large audience in Bucharest, from young people to elder movie fans. With a number of almost 250 spectators in total, the goal was reached (as it also was during the Cronograf festival in Republic of Moldova and the Molodist international festival in Ukraine). This was achieved thanks to a good communication strategy, achieved both internally, externally, among the media partners but also nearby the general public, though printed and electronic materials, but also posts and updates on the social media sites. Furthermore, most of the movies were accompanied by Q&A sessions, with the presence of the following producers:

  • The Gipsy Baron: producers Michaela Ronzoni, Antony Jacobson, Oleg Diordiev
  • Chisinau and Kiev: producers and directors: Miroslaw Dembinski and Miroslawa Dembinska
  • Arrivederci: director and producer: Valeriu Jereghi

On the 11th of May, a discussion panel on film production took place in collaboration with UNATC and the internet platform All About Romanian Cinema. Around 50 persons participated at the panel, along the guests: Michaela Ronzoni, Antony Jacobson, Oleg Diordiev, Olga Zhurzhenko, Miroslaw Dembinski, Miroslawa Dembinska, Valeriu Jereghi, Cristina Flutur, Alex Traila and Ada Solomon.

Through this special focus, we haven’t only accentuated the presence of EU cultural initiatives in the Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova by offering a common platform of communication on filmmaking through the European Film Festival, but we also gave them the opportunity to present some of the best productions made in these countries situated at the borders of the European Union.

European Film Festival 2016, the 20th edition

European Film Festival takes place between 5-29 of May 2016. The Festival is organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute, with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, under EUNIC Bucharest’s aegis.

The screenings is hosted by six cities in Romania. Four of them are competing for the title of 2021 European Cultural Capital: Bucharest, Baia Mare, Cluj, Timisoara. Other two cities, Hunedoara and Tîrgu Mureș, are traditional partners of the Festival.

The European Film Festival is a project initiated in 1996, by the Delegation of the European Commission in Romania, in order to celebrate Europe’s Day, on 9th of May. After 2007, when Romania joined the European Union, the Festival was taken over by the Romanian Cultural Institute, which organized it every year since then, the 2016 edition of the Festival being a celebratory one, the 20th.

The Festival offers its audience all kind of films, as European Union’s diversity is illustrated at its best by the multicultural, savory and whimsical European cinematography. The selection was performed by the organizers with the assistance of the Embassies of EU Member States, with the Cultural Institutes and Centers, and supplemented with valuable contributions from distributors of European films, Independența Film and Transilvania Film.

This year’s selection is the richest: 85 films, originating from 27 countries. This year’s edition includes also 4 thematic sections: Shakespeare 400 benefited from the support of the British Council. 10 Friends of EFF – a section created with the generous contribution of 10 directors, honorary ambassadors of the Festival in the latest 10 years. LUX Film Prize and Escape in Europe sections were developed with the assistance of the European Parliament Information Office in Romania and the Festival One World Romania.

Partners: the Filmmakers Union of Romania, the Romanian National Film Archive, Elvire Popesco Cinema Partners in local editions: Baia Mare: Baia Mare 2021 Foundation, Baia Mare City Hall Cluj-Napoca: Cluj 2021 Association, Cluj-Napoca City Hall Hunedoara: Corvin Castle Museum, Faculty of Engineering, Hunedoara City Hall Timișoara: Timișoara City Hall, Timișoara Culture Hall, Ambasada – project initiated by CASA PLAI Association Tîrgu Mureș: K’arte Association, ARTA Cinema, Tîrgu-Mureș City Hall.

European Literature Night 2015 by EUNIC Bucharest, 9 october

The European Literature Night initiative is coordinated by EUNIC Bucharest: the mission of this Cluster is to promote European values and to contribute to cultural diversity through collaboration between 14 European cultural institutes in Bucharest.Organized for the first time in 2012, after three successful editions, the 2015’s Literature Night in Bucharest takes place in Parc Carol.It will be and amazing experience when books and readers will meet at the Technic Museum and also at the Astronomic Observatory.The purpose of this event is to offer European countries the opportunity to present their contemporary writing in translation and to promote new voices of the European literature in a creative way.The European Literature Night concept is based on the assumption that literature is a unique and creative tool that reflects the elementary dialogue between single voices and cultures through shared reading experience. Literature is the tool of mutual understanding helping to break communication barriers.Translation and publishing is crucial to literature. European Literature Night celebrates and supports the translation of contemporary writing and works together with publishers to increase the availability of European literature.
The readers are the most prominent Romanian actors, well-known journalists, poets, rappers and among them celebrities.I wish you a wonderful and entertaining European Literature Night in Bucharest!Christophe POMEZPresidentEUNIC BucharestCultural Attaché, Director of the French Institute in Bucharest

6th EU – Chinese Cultural Dialogue

6th EU – Chinese Cultural Dialogue, 16 – 18 October 2014 – Bucharest, Romania

After 5 succesful editions, the EU-Chinese Cultural Dialogue is coming back this year to discuss new interesting issues, thanks to the multilateral cooperation of EUNIC Global, the Romanian Institute and the CNAA.

The general aim of the EU-Chinese Cultural Dialogues is to extend existing cultural relations and bilateral exchange activities into a long-term cultural dialogue on important topics of cultural cooperation between Europe and China.

This year the EUNIC 6D event proposes an opportunity to get an overview on the importance of Public Space from a European and Chinese perspective, examining trends, outlining potential challenges and opportunities in the design, management and the use of public space. An exploration on the value of well designed public spaces and the role of artists in making a good public space in Europe and China and how they can contribute to the well-being in cities.


The four panel discussions will focus on the role of artists and cultural practitioners in the design and place making process:


Panel 1How artists can animate (add new value,  interpretation and engagement of people) public spaces ?


Panel 2 – The value (economic cultural and social) of involving artists /cultural practitioners in  the design and management of public spaces


Panel 3 – How artists can be involved in creating sustainable cities?


Panel 4 – Creative imaginings and visions on the future


This session plans to bring new formats and enable artistic exchanges, as well as facilitating best practice sharing and opportunities to learn from each other’s experiences. The 6D also aims to contextualize with ‘EU-China Partnership on Sustainable Urbanisation’ – the initiative launched by European Commission in 2012.