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Romania/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

Examples of trans-national co-operation between arts and heritage institutions in Romania are:

  • co-operation between the National Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bucharest and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Zagreb, Croatia;
  • co-operation between the National Theatre in Iasi and the National Theatre in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova;
  • the International Congress of Theatre Critics took place, in 2005, in Bucharest;
  • Another example of international related activity is The International "Shakespeare" Film Festival, which has taken place for four consecutive years in the city of Craiova, and also presented a series of shows in Bucharest this year. The festival opened on 25 April, two days after the anniversary of the playwright's birth, with a performance of "Twelfth Night", produced by the International Chekhov Festival, in collaboration with the "Cheek by Jowl" company from London and directed by Declan Donnellan. During the 10 days of the festival, Craiova hosted other important theatre companies: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" directed by Oskaras Korshunovas from the "Oskaras Korshunovas" Theatre in Vilnius; "Hamlet" directed by Omri Nitzan from the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv; and "Troilus and Cresida", directed by Silviu Purcarete, from the Katona Jozsef Theatre in Budapest. The programme in Craiova also included a series of shows produced in Romania, among which are Silviu Purcarete's "As You Like It or the Night at the End of the Fair" and "Romeo and Juliet", directed by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, at the Craiova National. Other shows included two performances of "Cymbeline", one directed by Alexander Hausvater at the German Theatre in Timisoara and another directed by Laszlo Bocsardi at the Odeon Theater in Bucharest;
  • the Romanian Film Week; and
  • as for NGO's, until 2008 ECUMEST ( had participated in various European networks, being an active promoter of networking between cultural operators and artists, both in Romania and Eastern Europe, as well as at international level. It mediated contacts and facilitated international cooperation projects in various artistic fields or cultural sectors (e.g., IETM – Informal European Theatre Meeting, ENCATC - European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres, INCD - International Network on Cultural Diversity, Balkan Express).

Additional resources:

Mobility trends and case studies

Examples of mobility schemes for artists and cultural professionals in Romania

Chapter published: 21-08-2012

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