Bilateral relations

25 years of diplomatic relations Romania - Republic of Korea

 

Activities dedicated to the special anniversary of 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between ROMANIA and the REPUBLIC of KOREA

 

"Perichoresis" - Anniversary concert (June 11th 2015)

 On June 11th 2015, Yongsan Art Hall hosted the anniversary concert „Perichoresis”, organized by Hadar Contemporary Music Theater, under the patronage of the Embassy of Romania to the Republic of Korea and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea. The event was coordinated by Hadar Contemporary Music Theater founder, Mrs. Park Eun Hye, professor at Ehwa Women’s University. Mrs. Park has made an active contribution to cultural exchanges between Romania and the Republic of Korea, organizing recitals, concerts and other exchanges with philharmonics from Timișoara, Craiova, Calafat and the Chamber Orchestra from Pitești.

On this occasion, the concert “Perichoresis” celebrates the bridge formed between the two states through artistic performance and through music for over a quarter of a century. During his congratulatory speech, H.E. Mr. Călin Fabian, ambassador of Romania, underlined the importance of such cultural exchanges in the development of bilateral relations and complimented the organizers on all the efforts made to familiarize themselves with Romanian folklore and promoting this art to the Korean public.

The event was attended by representatives of the central public administration of the Republic of Korea, members of the diplomatic community accredited in Seoul, as well as members of the Honorary Consuls Corps in the Republic of Korea.

 

Wine Tasting hosted by the Embassy of Romania to the Republic of Korea - April 3rd 2015 

The Embassy of Romania to the Republic of Korea, together with Murfatlar Wines has hosted a wine tasting and presentation event at Capital Hotel in Seoul on April 3, 2015.

Murfatlar is a town famous for wine growing located on the Black Sea coast within Romania. The famed Murfatlar Vineyard is situated nearby.

With moderate temperature off the sea the region enjoys plentiful sunshines, over 300 days sunny days per year.

Murfatlar produces dry wines from such brands as from Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and the local Feteasca Negra makes red wines.

White wines are from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling Italico, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat Ottinel with the grapes reaped from the region.

However, what makes Murfatlar more famous is the sweet wines made with grapes harvested late from the vines to develop concentrated sugars.

 

9 Romanian artists in an exclusive exhibition in Seoul - April 2nd 2015

Nine Romanian contemporary artists are showcased in the exclusive exhibition Pocket Revolutions, opening April 2nd 2015 at the Korea Foundation Gallery in the historical city center of Seoul. The project, initiated by curator Simona Nastac and the Cultural Association Artfest, won a proposal contest launched by Korea Foundation and is taking place with the support of the Embassy of Romania to the Republic of Korea and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

 

Pocket Revolutions proposes a reflection on the consequences and tensions generated by the Cold War, 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, in the context of political, economic and social revolutions which have radically transformed Romania, as well as the rest of the Eastern European countries. The Cold War and repressive systems are concepts of great impact for the Republic of Korea as well, a country marked by division between North and South, the Korean War and successive dictatorships which ended in 1987.

 

The cultural event coincides with the celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries – marked with a reception offered by the Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Korea, Dr. Călin Fabian, in the presence of Korean officials, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Seoul and representatives of the academic community in Korea.

 

The exhibition presents paintings, fotography, video, installations and poetry signed by contemporary Romanian artists, renowned worldwide for the quality of their creations: Matei Bejenaru, Anca Benera și Arnold Estefan, Irina Botea, Radu Cioca, Ștefan Constantinescu, Dana Popa, Florin Dan Prodan and Șerban Savu.

 

The selection includes: the documentary Fight with inertia (Lupta cu inerția) by Matei Bejenaru – about the intellectual tradition and resistance through culture in the city Iași where before 1989 there existed diverse literary circles despite the massive industrialization of the city; the publication Matter and History (Materie și istorie) by – a guide for historical monuments disappeared from Bucharest, with archive photographs, specialized texts and a photo-montage created by Arnold Estefan after the memoirs of sculptor Dimitrie Demu described by the book Le Sourire de Staline (1977); the movie Auditions for a Revolution (Audiții pentru o revoluție) by Irina Botea, recomposing the Romanian 1989 revolution as shown on national television with a group of young people in Chicago; a relief by Radu Cioca about the concept of the “new man” and its diverse presentations and aesthetic programs; pop-up book The Golden Age for Children (Epoca de Aur pentru copii) by Ștefan Constantinescu; a series of 50 photographs of the generation born after 1989, illustrated by Dana Popa in diverse urban situations; the installation Six Portraits and a Sweater (Șase portrete și un pulover) by Florin Dan Prodan about the victims of anti-communist rezistance, inspired from his poetry book Informative Notes about Heroes and Graves (Note informative despre eroi și morminte); as well as two paintings by Șerban Savu illustrating the dynamics of modern life in the cities of post-communist Romania.

 

 At the opening reception, Florin Dan Prodan will hold a recital of travel poems and, on April 3rd 2015, the curator of the exhibition will moderate a dialogue between the public and artists Matei Bejenaru together with Florin Dan Prodan.

 

The exhibition Pocket Revolutions will remain open untill April 18th 2015.

 

Founded in 2003 by poet Florin Dan Prodan, the Cultural Association Artfest, headquartered in Suceava, organizes diverse artistic and literary events, such as the International Poetry and Visual Arts Festival Inside Zone, the 7 Nights in Asia Festival or the Romanian-German Literary Festival Lectora. Among its partners are: Bucovina Museum, University “Ștefan cel Mare”, Pro-Helvetia Foundation, IFA Stuttgart and the Democratic Forum of Germans in Bucovina. From 2008 the Cultural Association Artfest  coordinates the activity of the literary circle Zidul de Hartie (Paper Wall) and publishes contemporary literature books. It has also organized art exhibitions in the cultural centers in Romania and abroad.

 

Simona Nastac is curator and art critic, living currently in London. She has organized the exhibitions Romanian Pavilion, Under the Radar și Extravaganza at the Hotshoe galleries, Pitzhanger Manor and Oxo & Bargehouse in London; the Romanian exhibit at the International Art Biennale in Prague; the exhibition Paul Neagu. Muchii infinite at the Art Museum in Cluj and an chinese video art exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, among others. Between 2006-2013 she coordinated the visual art, literature, architecture and design programs for the London branch of the Romanian Cultural Institute.

 

Romanian Tourism presentation and wine tasting - January 28th 2015

The Embassy of Romania to the Republic of Korea hosted, on January 28th 2015, a tourism presentation and a wine tasting to introduce Romanian history and culture to the Korean public. Among the guests were representatives of major tour operators in Korea, journalists and other representatives from related fields.

The meeting has as main focus the projection of a short documentary about Romania, featured on the KBS2 show “The Mountain”, made with the support of the embassy in November 2014 and broadcasted on December 7th 2014. The documentary featured a few key historic and cultural sites for tourists who wish to visit Romania. The Bran Castle, recognized by fans of the book by Bram Stoker “Dracula” as being the castle which is described in the pages of the books as belonging to the elusive count, draws hundreds of visitors yearly and especially around Halloween when the administration of the castle hosts a costume party and a special night to recount de legend of Dracula. The legend of the character of Bram Stoker’s book is said to be based on one very important Romanian prince: Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) the ruler of Walachia. He does, indeed, have an association with Bran Castle. Vlad was involved in several campaigns to punish the German merchants of Brasov who failed to abide by his commands as regards their trade in his Walachian markets. Passage to Wallachia was through Bran, the closest gorge to Brasov, which connects with Targoviste, Vlad Tepes’ capital. The original customs houses at which taxes were collected from merchants entering Transylvania are still at the base of Bran Castle. The relationships with the Bran lords were not very cordial, as they were representatives of the Citadel of Brasov, which were hostile to Vlad the Impaler. It is not known if Vlad Tepes captured Bran Castle.

Another stop on the tour of the KBS team in Romania was the Bucegi Natural Park, a protected natural area located in the south-central mountainous area of Romania which shelters a variety of flora and fauna. The focal point of this natural park is represented by the natural rock formations:  Babele and Sphinx, which can be visited through climbing a series of mountain trails marked only by small signs on trees. The natural park is one of the areas which remain barely touched by human constructions, where the natural habitat of several indigenous species of animals is undisturbed.

The city featured in the documentary was Sibiu, an important city in the center of Romania, former European Cultural Capital in the year 2007. Formerly the centre of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city of Sibiu was ranked as "Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live" by Forbes. The city of Sibiu and its surroundings are one of the most visited areas in Romania. It holds one of the best preserved historical sites in the country, many of its medieval fortifications having been kept in excellent state. Its old center has begun the process for becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Sibiu and its surrounding area have many significant museums, with 12 institutions housing art collections, paintings, and exhibits in decorative arts, archeology, anthropology, history, industrial archeology and history of technology and natural sciences.

The city also lies close to the Făgăraș Mountains - a very popular hiking and trekking destination, where the south Korean broadcasting team walked the somewhat difficult part of the trail "Three steps from the death" running the main ridge by ridge Custura Arpaşului to finally reach the lake (in Romanian Lacul) Capra (2230 m).

The Embassy also invited one of the most important Romanian wine importers in Korea, Wineland, to explain to the audience about the long tradition of wine-making in Romania and the high-quality achieved through the years. Another important guest was Mrs. Jeny Pop, the owner of the only Romanian restaurant in the Republic of Korea, Dracula’s Lounge, located in the Haebangcheon area. She introduced Romanian food as an important part of Romania’s heritage.

Through his speech, Ambassador Calin Fabian underlined the importance of the moment of the meeting, as 2015 marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and the Republic of Korea. The presentation of Romanian tourism and culture is also an opportunity for the development of people-to-people exchanges and should lead to a better mutual understanding of culture and tradition of both countries.

 

Designation of ”Cultural Ambassador” for two Romanian artists - January 14th 2015

Following a complex selection process, begun during the second half of 2014, the cultural association World Masters Committee has decided to award the title of World Masters to two Romanian artists. The World Masters are cultural ambassadors of a country who wish to promote national culture and heritage, being renowned for their talent in their countries as well as worldwide.  World Masters Committee has the self-designated goal of facilitating the cooperation between international world masters and Korean world masters, with a view to develop partnerships and showcase the talented artists for the Korean public.

The Embassy of Romania to the Republic of Korea has been the link between the cultural association and Romanian artists who have consented to receive the title of World Master. Therefore, the president of World Masters Committee, Mr. Kim Min Chan, and Mr. Călin Fabian, Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Korea, have signed the documents designating the renowned artists Alexandru Tomescu and Grigore Leșe as World Masters and cultural ambassadors of Romania. In the coming period the artists will be included in projects developed by the World Masters Committee and will contribute to the promotion of Romanian culture and intangible heritage to the Republic of Korea.  

 

Symposium regarding the Agricultural Cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Korea – Daegu, December 16th 2014

The Symposium regarding Agricultural Cooperation between Romania and the Republic of Korea took place in Daegu on December 16th 2014, occasion for the celebration of 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Romanian side was represented by experts from the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences from Bucharest, the University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca, as well as from the NGO “Open Bridge” in Cluj. The Korea side was represented by experts from the National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology of the Kyungpook University, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Through the keynote speech entitled ”The Republic of Korea – Romania: 25 years of cooperation”, H.E. Mr. Călin Fabian, Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Korea, asserted the importance of people-to-people exchanges in the consolidation of bilateral relation between two countries and congratulated the representatives of both government and academic institutions for their efforts on developing a cooperation which began in 2012.

The year 2014 also marked the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology of the Kyungpook University and the University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca which provides for the periodic exchanges of students and the foundation of joint scientific research projects in the field of agriculture.

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