Highlights of 2018

highlights of 2018 A look back at the most important moments in our show in 2018

The beginning of a year makes the perfect occasion to have a look at the highlights of the year that passed. In 2018 we alternatively covered projects in the artistic field, remarkable achievements of present-day 'heroes' as well as curiosities and interesting facts from various domains.

A project that arrested our attention at the beginning of last year was the first Theatre with assistive listening facilities for hearing impaired people. Gong, a theatre for children and youth based in Sibiu, central Romania became the first such theatre fitted with assistive listening facilities for the hearing impaired. Then we covered the 'Fire Art Days', in an attempt to offer those interested a journey into the extraordinary world of fire arts as portrayed by artists in Bucharest. Last autumn we devoted our programmes to 'Art Selfie' an application that is functioning on Android and iOS. Gabriela Chiorean, Communication Manager CEE Google told us about Art Selfie and its impact in Romania.

"Art Selfie was initially designed as an entertainment app mainly targeting those who dabble with art. It enables users to discover the affinities they may have with various art movements, with fine arts in general. You take a picture and the app finds the correspondent it may have in the galleries of Google Arts and culture. The application was launched in January 2018 in several English-speaking countries but became available to Romanian users last autumn. We've had an extremely positive reaction with 78 million artselfies in the countries where the application was available. We had the same positive reaction in Romania as well, which means that we have a good appetite for art and for learning more about it. Every time we come up with art-related products, we get a very good feedback from Romania, and that's very refreshing."

Another theme we approached in 2018 was that of the present day heroes, people that live among us and are initiators of extraordinary projects. For instance, coach Constantin Voicilas confessed that although he couldn't cut it as a pugilist, he hoped his trainees would fare better and get the desired results. And he indeed had a rags-to-riches story as one of his trainees, Steluta Duta, an orphan who was raised up in foster homes shot to fame as a champion.

Then we would like to mention the 'Nesupusele' (the Relentless), a project through which four writers, Adina Rosetti, Iulia Iordan, Laura Grunberg and Victoria Patrascu managed to publish a book evoking the personalities of 100 remarkable women who made a difference in the past century.

Another interesting issue we dealt with in the past year was the 'National Theatre for Children'. We talked about this project with actor Marian Ralea, a.k.a 'the Magician' as he played that part in a very popular TV series for children.

"These theatre performances come as a sequel to a famous interactive children show entitled Abracadabra, a show that we aired for more than 10 years. I said at that time that a child shouldn't be limited to only watching a TV programme or a theatre performance but participate in it. At the same time we thought that these interactive performances should be done in a playful manner so that the little ones may continue their play on the stage. We kicked off the first season in 2001 on Palm Sunday and I said at that time that we started off on the right foot as this is a major holiday for the Romanians, which announces the beginning of spring and all. Now, 18 years on, I can say it proved to be an inspired project."

And quite a few of the projects we have presented can be labeled as curiosities. Accordingly, Iasi has a Lunatics' Club. Fagaras staged a "Charity Competition for bicycles", a group of architects attended the Venice Biennale, to play as if they were in front of their block of flats, just as we pointed out when we spoke about the Mnemonics project. The Mnemonics Project, which represented Romania at the 16th edition of the International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, is a space of childhood where all middle-aged Romanians can discover themselves. At the National Union Museum in the Alba Carolina fortress in Alba Iulia, the Pantheon 3D Initiative drew our attention. The project uses modern technology to create 3D versions of Roman art works depicting mythological deities and characters, which are part of the museum collection. Through the modern technology, the visually impaired can have access to that kind of heritage, thanks to 3D replicas that were created using a 3D printer.

No less interesting is the discovery, on the Hateg Country Dynosaurs' Geopark UNESCO Site, of a new species of pre-historic mammal, which was contemporary with the small dinosaurs in Transylvania. The name of the species is Litovoi, and it is 68 million years old.

So, if you want to hear about more remarkable initiatives, feel free to accompany us all across the country in 2019 as well.

Publicat: 2019-01-08 13:26:00
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