Romanian culture showcased in Tower Hamlets

The largest programme of Romanian arts and culture to be unveiled in London culminated in a celebratory event in Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets.

The Romanian Cultural Institute London with support from Tower Hamlets Council put together ROlympics - an ambitious series of 17 cultural events and installations across London inviting visitors to enjoy the work of contemporary Romanian artists.

As a gift to Tower Hamlets, the institute commissioned artists Ernö Bartha, Miruna Amza and architect Liviu Zagan to create two striking sculptures which have been installed in Victoria Park.

Three pieces of urban furniture conceived by architects Minodora Cerin and Mircea Margarit have been unveiled in Trinity Square Gardens.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “Tower Hamlets prides itself on being a borough of many different people and as an Olympic host borough we fully support the ethos of the Games which embraces cultures the world over.

“I am pleased to welcome the Romanian Culture Institute to our borough on behalf of the people of Tower Hamlets thank them for these wonderful works of art and design.”

Cllr Rania Khan who co-hosted the reception for the institute on August 9 added: “Tower Hamlets is buzzing with creativity and we want to see more young people seeing the creative sector as a route to employment.

“The wonderful pieces that you have donated to the borough will interest and inspire all that see them and I hope we can work together on projects in the future.”

Dignitaries present at the reception included Carmen Podgorean, Romania's deputy Ambassador, and Jean Lambert MEP.

Mr Dorian Branea, Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute London said: “Tower Hamlets is known for its dynamic art scene and what attracted us to the borough was that dynamism and diversity. We wanted to be a part of the Olympic buzz and showcase our best artists and be a part of the lasting cultural legacy.”

For more details about The ROlympics programme of events and installations visit

August 8, 2012