Established in 1994, THE ROMANIAN CULTURAL CENTRE IN LONDON (RCC) is an independent association promoting Romanian culture abroad. Throughout the years we have been developing a collaborative network of interests and opportunities for the Romanian community living in the UK, contributing to England’s multicultural milieu. We facilitate cultural exchanges between Britain and Romania, constantly aiming to improve our relationship. RCC also provides an up to date Guide containing information about Romanian institutions, organisations, businesses and services in the UK.
OUR WORK relies on the enthusiasm of our team of volunteers, who get involved in our programmes and help us improve invariably. Moreover, the Centre benefits from a number of voluntary British advisers on dealings with British institutions and audiences. These are friends of Romania, private or public persons from various institutions who have supported the Centre in its endeavours by encouraging us to bring new ideas to life.
Besides the cultural activities implied by the name, RCC also plays an active part in the social life of the Romanian Diaspora in Britain.
POSSIBLE FUTURES | 2015
At the Romanian Cultural Centre in London (RCC) we are planning a year dedicated to unveiling outstanding narratives concerning our history, our culture and, of course, our people. 25 years on since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and Romania’s first democratic elections, we are now facing rapid social changes that imply new possible futures for our country. Therefore, this year we will be promoting events reflecting on the emergeing new forms of social responsibility, civil engagement and the galvanising of truly meaningful actions within the Romanian communities at home and abroad.
Drawing on knowledge, experiences, memories as well as aspirations of some of the most representative contemporary Romanians, our cultural programme for 2015 asserts our persistant belief in the society’s development and progress through arts and culture.
The idea of establishing an organisation to represent Romanians in the UK dates from the ’50s, when ACARDA (Asociatia Culturala a Romanilor din Anglia – The Cultural Association of the Romanians in England) was founded by Ion Ratiu and Horia Georgescu working together with various individuals, notably the ladies of the Romanian community.
In 1984 the UMRL (Uniunea Mondiala a Romanilor Liberi – The World Union of Free Romanians) was launched in Geneva to unite Romanians from all over the world. Ion Ratiu was elected the first President. From that date (1984) UMRL published a monthly newspaper in Romanian and English, ‘Romanul Liber’ (Free Romanian), which flourished until 1997. In 1984 a British branch of UMRL was founded, along with branches in 23 other countries. Sandu Pobereznic was elected as the first British President, and succeeded by Nicolae Ratiu in 1992.
The newspaper was closed and political activity sharply scaled down after the election of 1996, when it was considered that the objective of UMRL, the restoration of freedom and democracy to Romania, had largely been achieved.
In 1994 a group of London based Romanians established The Romanian Cultural Centre, in order to create a new non-political cultural organisation, aimed at satisfying the cultural and community needs of Romanians and Anglo-Romanians in England.
RCC AS INFORMATION WETWORK
The Romanian Cultural Centre in London (RCC) is a well-established information network. Our public announcements go to a large data base of subscribers and friends. The Centre regularly sends information by e-mail shots. All information is also posted on the RCC website and Facebook Page. When requested and if suitable, The Centre associates with other organisations interested in the Romanian community and publicises their information in this segment of the market.
SOURCES OF FINANCE
Ratiu Family Foundation, grants, sponsorship, sales income (publications, tickets etc).
Over the years we have developed a rich network of journalists and media partners. We are open to speak to journalists about our cultural heritage and activities as well as about the Romanian community living in the UK.
OUR SUPPORTERS AND COLLABORATORS
During this time we have also established and continued contacts with British institutions that have kindly supported our programmes and contributed to our projects: British Council, Visiting Arts, UCL - School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Birkbeck College, Byam Shaw School of Arts, International House, Hidden Art/Mazorca Projects, Crafts Council, Coin Street Festival, body>data>space, Ashford Place, Roma Support Group, European Cultural Foundation – Amsterdam, Lee Miller Archives, etc.);
We have also been maintaining links with cultural institutions in Romania (UNITER, The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, ECUMEST, The National Centre of Cinematography, The National University of Theatre and Cinematography, The Romanian Cultural Institute, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Cultural Department, Ministry of Education, University of Architecture ‘Ion Mincu’, Babes Bolyai University, Romanian Television, etc.);