Embassy of Romania – London/ On September 14th, the Romanian Ambassador in London, Mr. Ion Jinga, visited Romania’s stand, as part of the “New European Village” section at the Thames Festival, one of the most significant street events in London.
The Romanian stand, organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute, proudly presented an exhibition containing handicraft wares, wood and clay wind instruments, made by Aurelia Pomponiu, Cristina Calinciuc, George Pomponiu and the expert Marin Paducel, all of them being restorers of antique furniture. In addition to their presence, the folkloric ensemble “Virtuozii Gorjului” attended the event for the entire duration of the Festival, offering an exquisite concert of Romanian folkloric music.
On this occasion, the Romanian Ambassador declared: “The Romanian stand is outstanding thanks to its authenticity. The objects on display were created with love by talented craftspeople, who imbued the handiworks with their own character, making the visitor feel their unique souls, warmth and colour. Due to the fact that we represent a significant element in the European culture and patrimony, Romania’s attendance at the Thames Festival constitutes an important occasion to show the visiting British, as well as foreign tourists our contribution to this patrimony”.
This year, the Festival took place between September 13th and 14th, 2008, and Romania was invited to take part as a member of the “New European Village” section, together with Bulgaria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, The Czech Republic, Estonia and Poland.