Fashion Road: Dialogue Across Borders

A unique European-Armenian fashion design exhibition was hosted in Bucharest from 7 to 14 June, 2012 in the National Library of Romania. The  exhibition showcased the collaboration between five European designers and five Armenian designers participating in the “Fashion Road: Dialogue across the Borders” project.

The opening of the exhibition took place on June 7th, at 19.00, with the participation of the fashion designers Andra Cliţan (Romania) and Aram Nikolyan (Armenia), the curator Tony Charalambous (Great Britain), Tania Radu, vice-president of the Romanian Cultural Institute, Arevik Saribekyan, director of British Council Armenia.

The exhibition will be opened until June 24th, from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 to 19.00. Free access to the exhibition.
Friday, June 8th, from 10.00, the young fashion designers had the opportunity to learn new things about how to include traditional elements in contemporary fashion design in a master class held by the designers Andra Cliţan and Aram Nikolyan, Ioana Avram (National University of Arts Bucharest), coordinator of the creative activity of the two designers during their residency in Romania (July 2011) and curator Tony Charalambous.

Fashion Road is a unique expression of intercultural dialogue and collaboration, made possible by ten gifted fashion designers: five from Armenia and one from each of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Romania and the United Kingdom. The project celebrates the diversity and harmony of cultures, contextualised in the garments of the designers, and beautifully visualised through textile, colour, cultural elements and the styles of the different countries. (Tony Charalambous, curator)

The „Fashion Road: Dialogue across Borders” collection, including elements of the cultural heritage of Armenia and the European countries, was presented for the first time in Armenia (Yerevan and the other three regions, from February to April 2012), and by the end of 2012 the exhibition will be presented in Germany (July), Denmark (August), UK (September) and the Czech Republic (October).
Launched in 2010, „Fashion Road: Dialogue across Borders” brought together 10 fashion designers from Europe and Armenia:  Andra Cliţan (Romania) – Aram Nikolyan (Armenia),  Pavel Ivancic (Czech Republic) – Kristine Avetisyan (Armenia),  Geannine Pollazzon (United Kingdom) – Lusine Kostanyan  (Armenia),  Melanie Freier (Germany) – Gayane Soghomonyan (Armenia), Ida Gro Christiansen (Denmark) – Ani Iskandaryan (Armenia), which worked in pairs for developing the project collection.

Coordinated locally by the Romanian Cultural Institute, „Fashion Road: Dialogue across Borders” is a EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) project organised by British Council, the Czech Centres, Goethe-Institut, the Danish Cultural Institute and RCI, in partnership with the Armenian Fashion Council. The project received the support of the European Union through the Culture Programme
(2007-2013).

Night of Cultural Institutes in Bucharest

Fifth edition and 50 events stretching over 14 hours for the 2011 Night of the Cultural Institutes in eight different locations in Bucharest, on Friday 24 June. Czech hockey and social advertising for the Czech Centre, fashion, jazz, digital film and silent disco for the joint venture between the Hungarian Cultural Centre and the Polish Institute, short and experimental films for the Austrian Cultural Forum, oriental cuisine and music at the Romanian Cultural Institute, Cioran in books and film at the French Institute, interactive theatre at the Italian Cultural Institute: the menu is gargantuesque.
A special free night shuttle by the city public transportation service will be available from 11 pm to 4 am, as well as 60 bikes from Green Revolution.

Temporary Comics Museum

International comics invest the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest with the exhibition Comics Museum (16 June – 16 October 2011). Curated by Romanian artist Alexandru Ciubotariu, the Comics Museum will have two exhibition spaces, a media library (library of magazines and books, and a place for film screenings), one area for creative workshops and one for conferences.
The Museum hosts a permanent exhibition (“the treasury”), with original comic strip drawings depicting the history of Romanian comics, and four temporary exhibitions with contemporary works. The programme of the Comics Museum also features series of conferences on areas related to comics (cartoons, animation, book illustration), debates with comic book artists and publishers, workshops, live drawing sessions, book launches, film screenings and concerts. After the close, a special publication will be launched in late October.

The project aims to present the great diversity and wealth of comic strip art and to highlight the creativity of established and young comic artists, exploring at the same time the possibility of making this kind of museum permanent.
All along the three months, visitors will have access to an international library. Full programme will be available at www.muzeulbd.ro. EUNIC in Romania will propose film screenings and an exhibition of Portuguese artist Eugenio Silva.

Comics Museum follows the European Comics Festival, a project organised in 2010 by EUNIC in Romania, and precedes the second edition of this festival, that will be held during October-November 2011. Comics Museum is, at the same time, a natural continuation of The History of Romanian Comics – exhibition and book by Alexandru Ciubotariu and Dodo Niţă launched in autumn 2010 at the European Comics Festival.

The project, initiated by the Romanian Cultural Institute and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, is supported by the Association of Comics Fans in Romania, the Belgian Comic Strip Center and the German Book Office.