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Thu, 08 Feb


Romanian Cultural Institute

British Love Affair with Romania

Join us to discover famous as well as virtually unknown British-Romanian love stories!

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British Love Affair with Romania
British Love Affair with Romania

Time & Location

08 Feb 2024, 19:00 – 20:30

Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH, UK

About the event

As Valentine's Day approaches, we are busy preparing a very special event about the British Love Affair with Romania. Writer Bronwen Riley and art historian Lucy Abel Smith have unearthed some joyous examples of the British falling in love with Romania. Their sometimes surprising, often moving, and little-known stories span the course of history, from the time of the ancient Dacian king Decebal to the current King of the UK, Charles III. 

This event celebrates love and also supports the Transylvanian Book Festival, which Lucy and Bronwen will be organising in Richis from 12-15 September.

Bronwen Riley is a writer and historian with a special interest in the Classical world and Romania, both lifelong passions. She is the author of "Transylvania" and is presently working on a creative project looking at the lives of the Dacian soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall in parallel with the lives of Romanians living and working in the North West today. She helps Lucy run the Transylvanian Book Festival.

Art historian and ‘cultural dynamo’ Lucy Abel Smith founded the Transylvanian Book Festival in 2013 to help bring back cultural life to the Saxon villages, centred around Richis. Her deep knowledge and love of Transylvania led her to rescue an 18th-century Saxon house there, write a Blue Guide to the area, "Travels in Transylvania" and to found the Transylvanian Book Festival in 2013.

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