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An exhibition of orthodox icons made of glass, theatre, poetry, a talk-workshop about the tradition of painting the Easter eggs, a folk show and the premiere of a documentary about migration. The University Venue in Alicante receives from Friday, November 13, the Second Romanian Cultural Week of Alicante (II Semana Cultural Rumana de Alicante), which has a complete program offering different activities until December 1. The ceremonies will take place at 8:15pm. The entrance is free and limited due to room capacity.

As a preliminary, on November 11 and 12 it was held at the university the first Symposium on Translation, Identity and Diaspora, which brought together the most important figures of the Romanian culture, academicians specialized in romance languages and representatives of the embassy.

However, the first activity scheduled will take place on Friday, November 13. It is a talk and a poetry reading in charge of Dinu Flamand, a Romanian author who lived exiled in Paris and who is working currently as a journalist in the Radio France Internacionale. Moreover, Flamand has translated into Romanian the work of some of the most important French and English poets. During the poetry reading, the poet will be accompanied by Juan Taracón on the guitar. Catalina Iliescu, who is the Academic Director of the University Venue in Alicante, the President of the ARIPI (Association of Friends of the Rumanian people) of Alicante and the ceremony coordinator, will be responsible for the presentation and the translations.

According to Iliescu, "the aim of this conference is to show the essential aspects of the Romanian culture in its most varied cultural expressions. It is worth noting that, according to recent figures published by the INE (National Statistics Institute), the Romanian population of the Alicante province has now reached 30 000 people.


The official opening of the Week will coincide with the exhibition "Icons made of glass from Transylvania" by Gheorghe Stanciu. The icons in Romania have achieved cult status and are essential in orthodox churches and rural houses. The exhibition will be in the Sala Miguel Hernández of the University Venue from November 23 to November 29.

On Tuesday 24 November, the documentary "La cometa de Andrei" (Andrei's Kite) will be screened. It is a play by Vicente Pascual and Luis G. Verdú, producers of the "Image Workshop" of the University of Alicante. The documentary is about the feelings that rouse the phenomenon of the Romanian migration.

Bukovina is one of the Romanian provinces that best preserves the oldest traditions of the country. Among them, the tradition of painting (and writing) the Easter eggs has a privileged position in the folk life. In order to talk about this art in which the main character is the countrywoman, on Thursday, 26, the plastic artist Letitia Orsivschi will give a Talk-workshop about the painted Easter eggs.

On Friday, 27, the University Venue will fill with traditional Romanian dances and music performed by the group Codrisorul, which is related to the Association ARIPI of Alicante.

The Second Romanian Cultural Week will close on December 1 with the play "Stop the tempo" in the Auditorium (Paraninfo) of the UA. The play will be performed by the group "Por qué no", directed by Valentín Potrivtu. "Stop the tempo", a play by the Romanian Gianina Carbunariu, has been translated for this occasion by the students of Translation and Interpretation of the university. The show will start at 8pm.

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