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Interview with Constantin Chiriac - 10 June 2013

We are happy to present the English version of very special interview with Constantin Chiriac, Director of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival:

Magdalena Popa Buluc - in dialogue with Constantin Chiriac, Director of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival: “I shall continue to believe people need soothing, dialogue, and stories

Happy reading!

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Interview with Ramona Mitrica on Ziare.com News Portal - 05 June 2013



Ramona Mitrica, director of Profusion Publishers and Consultancy, talked recently to Romanian news portal Ziare.com about the challenges and opportunities of promoting culture from Eastern Euroope in the UK.

Click here to read the full interview (Romanian ONLY)

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Literature, and the transcultural forum in Europe - 24 May 2013

Saturday 15 June 2013

Special Conference: Literature, and the transcultural forum in Europe

11.30 am, Habitus Cultural Centre, Sibiu
within SIBIU INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Literature, and the transcultural forum in Europe
Popular genres have always been an effective strategy in describing and disseminating arguments, conflicts and issues in any given society. Crime fiction is associated with the exploration of the rise of industrialised infrastructures, and the genre described the perils and mysteries of the newly invented urban life. Similarly, the science fiction genre debated the effects of space exploration, nuclear energy and computer science, as they happened. In a sense, the literature of these periods and events became methods of communication, unlike anything which had gone before.

Read the full details here.


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Ramona Mitrica at the RBC-LSRS Speed-Networking Event - 24 May 2013

Ramona Mitrica, director of Profusion International, acts as a mentor in the Speed-Networking Event organised by the Romanian Business Club and the League of Romanian Students Abroad, on Saturday 25 May 2013.

The event takes place at the University of East London, University Way, London E16 2RD.

Registration necessary, see http://uk.lsrs.ro/2013/04/05/rbc-lsrs-speed-networking-event for details.

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Profusion News Issue No. 5, Out Now! - 17 May 2013

Profusion News No. 5, Out Now!

Distributed, free of charge, via e-mail. If interested, drop us an e-mail at ramonamitrica@gmail.com

Contents:

- In the News
- Top Tips
- Portrait of the Month: Ion Caramitru
- Cultural Diary
- Pencil in

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Happy (Romanian) Easter! - 03 May 2013

Happy Easter!

Romanian Orthodox Easter
Paște fericit! Happy (Orthodox) Easter to all our friends!

In 2013, Orthodox Easter falls on Sunday 5 May - Easter generally doesn’t fall on the same day for Orthodox Christians and for Catholics and Protestants. More about the reason why – click here.

Easter, or Paște, as it is called in Romanian, is arguably the most important holy day in the calendar. Proper religious observance demands 40 days of Lent, and some people go the full length of the Lent without touching meat or other products of animal origin. Most people fast only on Wednesdays and Fridays, some try to fast only during the week before Easter. Easter day arrives with an impressive feast, and tradition dictates some foods are absolutely mandatory. First of all – Easter eggs. These are hard-boiled eggs which are painted one or two days before Easter Sunday in vivid colours, or with striking traditional patterns. As a reminder of Christ’s blood, eggs are generally painted red, but other colours are also very common. The most spectacular ones are the so-called “written eggs” (ouă încondeiate), which are painted following a complicated ancient technique involving hot wax and natural dyes. Sadly, this folk art is known only to a few people nowadays, and hollowed-out “written eggs” are now kept as decorative objects.

Another traditional food is lamb, which many Romanians eat only for Easter, but in a variety of dishes. For an entree, we have the coarse lamb pâté called drob, then there is borș de miel, a sour soup with white borscht and freshly chopped leaves of lovage (Levisticum officinale); then you might try roast lamb, lamb casserole, and lamb in garlic sauce. Pasca, a type of baked cheesecake made only for Easter, comes as the required traditional dessert, accompanied by cozonac, a brioche loaf with walnut or poppy seed filling, sultanas and pieces of Turkish delight.

Normally, the Easter Feast starts when the family come home after the Resurrection Mass at midnight. The meal starts with knocking and breaking the painted eggs, shouting Cristos a înviat, adevărat a înviat! (Christ is risen, truly he is risen). Traditionally, the person breaking the most eggs would have kept them and eaten them all. Only after this the feast can really start. Some people prefer to go only for the eggs and abstain from the other dainties. The reason for this? On Easter Sunday, after the main mass, there will be another, bigger banquet.

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Readers of the World, Unite! - 01 May 2013


Start reading crime fiction from Eastern Europe NOW! Readers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your boredom.

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Profusion News No. 4 is out now! - 22 April 2013

Profusion News No. 4 Out Now!

Profusion News No. 4 is out now!

Distributed, free of charge, via e-mail. If interested, drop us an e-mail at ramonamitrica@gmail.com

Contents:

- Romanian Orthodox Easter: 5 May 2013
- Portrait of the Month: Constantin Chiriac
- Profusion Contest – Win a Book
- In the News
- Top Tips
- Cultural Diary
- Pencil in

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Profusion Editors Mike Phillips and Ramona Mitrica at Belgravia Books - 18 April 2013

 

Tuesday 30 April 2013: TALK

CRIME FICTION SERIES: ROMANIAN NOIR

with Profusion editors, Ramona Mitrica and Mike Phillips
18:30, Belgravia Books, 59 Ebury Street, London SW1W 0NZ (map here)
Tel. 020 7259 9336; E-mail: jimena@belgraviabooks.com
Free entry. Book early. Limited space.

EVERYTHING YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ROMANIAN CRIME FICTION...

Q: Is there such a thing as Romanian crime fiction?
A: Yes, and Profusion is here to prove it.

Q: Romania – it’s in Eastern Europe, right?
A: It used to be behind the Iron Curtain. Cue one bloody revolution. Cue one long transition to a market-economy. Now it's a vital European partner.

Q: Can you see something of this in your books?
A: Certainly. Attack in the Library by George Arion, one of the classic narratives of Romanian popular fiction, was written during the dictatorship of the 1980s in the finest Noir tradition. Kill the General by Bogdan Hrib, an exciting and suspenseful thriller, takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the last decades in Romanian history. Anatomical Clues by Oana Stoica-Mujea features Iolanda, a crime-fighting heroine unique in the landscape of Romanian literature: mad, bad and dangerous to know. Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru is a social review of Romania in the ‘70s, with a serial killer’s story as a central focus.

Q: That sounds serious.
A: It is. But the stories are also full of insights into the life of ordinary Romanians. This is a different society under different conditions, but Romanians are subject to the same existential problems as any other human beings, and they react in similar ways – both in ordinary and extraordinary situations. The books also contain a strong dose of black humour of the type recently explored in the films of the Romanian New Wave.

Q: So I guess I’ll see you there?

A: By all means. The books will be available for a special price on the evening. There’s going to be a wine reception, too, sponsored by the Romanian online food-store www.albinuta.co.uk

Q: Aha! Is the event free?
A: Yes, it is. But you have to book your place in advance. Call 020 7259 9336 or e-mail: jimena@belgraviabooks.com.
Other details on www.facebook.com/events/439513022792251/?ref=22 and www.belgraviabooks.com
You can read more about the books on www.profusion.org.uk. You can also watch a video trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDRIpj3kKyw

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Profusion News Issue No. 3, Out Now! - 30 March 2013

Read All About It! Profusion News Issue No. 3 is out now!

Cultural news and events, some very handy tips, a diary of Romania-related cultural events in the UK, and an interview with prominent dissident writer Augustin Buzura, a true master of Romanian prose.

Profusion News is distributed, free of charge, via e-mail. Interested in reading it? Drop us an e-mail at ramonamitrica@gmail.com

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