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Wed, 17 Jan


Romanian Cultural Institute

Life & Love | A Performance by Vlad Ivanov and Lucian Maxim

Romania's National Culture Day Celebration

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Life & Love | A Performance by Vlad Ivanov and Lucian Maxim
Life & Love | A Performance by Vlad Ivanov and Lucian Maxim

Time & Location

17 Jan 2024, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT

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

About the event

Our 2024 programme takes off with panache presenting a brilliant performance by screen star Vlad Ivanov and acclaimed composer and percussionist Lucian Maxim. The performance imaginatively combines poetry and music, woven together by the two amazing performers. The programme presents poems by Romania's national poet, Mihai Eminescu - whose birthday date, January 15, is celebrated as the National Culture Day of Romania -, alongside other famous poets. 

Join us for a glimpse into the most memorable verses of Romanian literature including some unpublished versions of Eminescu's poetry.

Performed in Romanian and English.

The performance will be followed by a wine reception.

Free entrance. 

About the artists

Vlad Ivanov is arguably the best-known and most acclaimed Romanian film actor, whose breakthrough performance as Doctor Bebe in Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d'Or winner "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" got him top prizes both at Cannes Film Festival and from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Gifted with limitless reserves of energy and flair for playing complex characters, he starred in some of the defining films of what came to be known as the "Romanian New Wave" and worked with important directors such as Maren Arde, László Nemes, Alexandros Avranas, Bong Joon-ho, Cristian Mungiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, and Radu Mihăileanu. With over 50 roles in award-winning films in Romania and abroad and over 70 roles on stage as well as with prestigious prizes awarded among others by the Transylvania International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, the American National Society of Film Critics, Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Circle, and Toronto Film Critics Association, Vlad Ivanov has established himself as a prolific, versatile actor, capable to shine in both mainstream productions and the arthouse cinema.

Lucian Maxim is a composer and a percussionist with the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, with an extensive experience in theatre. He worked with Andrei Șerban on his groundbreaking performances with "The Ancient Trilogy" and "The Trojan Women" at the Bucharest National Theater, composed the music of "Năpasta" (directed by Dana Dima) and was the musical coordinator of "Ghetto?" (directed by Victor Frunză). He has collaborated with renowned musicians like Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, and Angela Gheorghiu, among others. He has toured with the National Radio Orchestra of Romania in Europe (Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland) and Asia (Japan, China, Malaysia). Lucian Maxim was a member of the influential Romanian rock band "Sarmalele Reci" and played alongside important Romanian jazz musicians like Johnny Răducanu, Garbis Dedeian, Marius Pop, Puiu Pascu, Alexandru Anastasiu, Marius Mihalache, and Emy Drăgoi.

Photography & filming

The Romanian Cultural Institute will have a professional photographer on site to capture the key moments of the evening. We will share with all participants the link to the photographs, free of charge. The photographs can be used for social media posts. You are welcome to take your own photos before or after the performance only. Please don’t take photos or film without permission during the performance out of respect for the artists and the fellow participants.

Photo by Lucyjo Photograpghy

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