The international symposium ”Art and Civilization in Monastic Places”, Xth edition
Article published on 22-11-2018
This year, the international symposium "Art and Civilization in Monastic Places" turned 10 years old. The Xth edition was organized by the National Commission of Romania for UNESCO, the Holy Metropolis of Kyrenia, the Archbishopric of Râmnic and the Cygnus Scientific Society - Center for UNESCO.
The 2018 edition covered several stages. The first one, with the kindness of His Eminence, the Metropolitan Bishop of Kyrenia, Chrysostomos, took place in Cyprus in September. In the cultural exchange, there were visited monasteries included in the UNESCO World Heritage and the jewel monastery of Cyprus, Monastery of Kykkos. The symposium in Nicosia brought to the same table specialists from Romania and Cyprus.
The next stage of the symposium, under the theme "Monasteries during the First World War and after the Great Union", took place at NCR UNESCO headquarters, during which UNESCO Cultural Center "Ionel Perlea" opened the plastic art exhibition "Centenary of the Great Union under the sign of the artists from Bărăgan" and launched the brochure "Slobozia - the land of heroes everywhere". There were presented 40 significant works for the time of December 1, 1918 in Alba Iulia, with representative figures of the Union: Queen Maria and King Ferdinand, photographer Emanoil Mârza, I.C Bratianu, as well as representations of national and traditional symbols. They took the floor: Mr. Ani Matei - Secretary General NCR UNESCO, His Eminence, the Metropolitan Bishop of Kyrenia, Chrysostomos, Ms. Daniela Popescu - UNESCO NCR expert, Ms. Virginia Meheş - President of the Romanian Federation of Associations, Clubs and Centers for UNESCO, Ms. Clementina Tudor - Director of the Cultural Center for UNESCO "Ionel Perlea", Mr. Vitalie Buzu - director of the "Mihai Viteazul" National College Slobozia, author of the brochure, and Mr. Gheorghe Petre - president of the Artists Union, Ialomița branch.
Further, the Archbishopric of Râmnic, through His Eminence Varsanufie, was the host of the symposium for 4 days. The events dedicated to the Romanian monastic places will end at Putna monastery, Suceava county, where a session with experts from Romania, Moldova and Ukraine will be held from 23 to 25 November.