Art and Regeneration in the European Capital of Culture - Sibiu, 2007

3rd July 2007

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a lunch time talk hosted by Mike Phillips Mike’s special guest this time comes all the way from Romania: Constantin Chiriac - actor, director and cultural manager. Tuesday 3 July 2007 13.00 – 15.00, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG (Manton Studio) See map here. For full details on how to get to Tate Britain, please click here. Followed by an informal reception. Entrance is free, but seating is limited. Please book your seat in advance by sending an e-mail at or by calling Tel. 020 7439 4052, ext 102 Romanian actor, director, and cultural manager extraordinaire Constantin Chiriac, director of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival and member of the board of Sibiu - European Capital of Culture 2007, will be in London on 3 July for a special presentation and meeting with lovers of culture. Constantin will come to London directly from the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, one of the European cultural hotspots of the moment, a city which has worked very hard to deserve the accolade of European Capital of Culture. Being part of the organising team of the Capital of Culture events, and having worked recently with the greatest Romanian theatre directors and with many Romanian and international theatre companies, in the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Constantin has a treasure trove of memories, stories, and plans for the future. He would like you to embark with him on the quest to witness culture in the making, and to take part, in an informal and friendly atmosphere, in a discussion on the future of cultural cooperation.

Constantin Chiriac

Born in 1957 in Romania. He was educated at the Theatre and Cinematography University, Bucharest. After graduating, he started a very successful career as a stage and film actor, having, up to this day, a repertory of more than 45 theatre characters and acting in 17 films. Constantin has also acted in 23 one-man shows, presented in more than 56 countries. Was awarded a Master Degree in Cultural Management from Hull University (1999) and a PhD in Theatre Arts from ‘Lucian Blaga’ University, Sibiu, Romania. Since 2000 he is the director of the ‘Radu Stanca’ Sibiu National Theatre. Constantin is also the director of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, a festival which presents shows by Romanian and foreign theatre companies and also organizes lectures and workshops for artists, managers, and young people. Constantin is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes for his capabilities as an actor, director, and cultural manager, including one of the highest distinctions of the Romanian Theatre Union (Uniter).Constantin is also a member of the International Biographical Centre Board, the initiator of the Theatre Department within the Humanities College of ‘Lucian Blaga’ University. Has also published articles in ‘Teatru’ (Theatre) magazine (1981-1999), and is Vice-president of the ‘Sibiu - European Capital of Culture 2007’ Association, as well as Director of ‘Puck’ Theatre Company, which stages children’s shows.

Dr Mike Phillips OBE, FRSL, FRSA

Writer Mike Phillips is best known for his fiction, including four novels featuring black journalist Sam Dean: Blood Rights (1989), which was adapted for BBC television, The Late Candidate (1990), winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger Award, Point of Darkness (1994) and An Image to Die For (1995). The Dancing Face (1998) is a thriller centred on a priceless Benin mask. His most recent novel, A Shadow of Myself (2000), is a thriller about a black documentary filmmaker working in Prague. Mike also co-wrote Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (1998) to accompany a BBC television series telling the story of the Caribbean migrant workers who settled in post-war Britain. His latest book, London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001), is a series of interlinked essays and stories, a portrait of the city seen from locations as diverse as New York and Nairobi, London and Lodz, Washington and Warsaw. Mike writes for the Guardian, is a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Research Fellow at LSBU and Cross Cultural Consultant at Tate, the gallery and museum which houses the United Kingdom’s national collections of modern and contemporary art. The latest work by Mike Phillips is the libretto for the opera ‘Bridgetower - A Fable of 1807’, by composer Julian Joseph, which will have its world premiere on 5 July 2007, at LSO St Luke’s Jerwood Hall. The opera is marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade and tells the remarkable story of George Bridgetower, son of an Abyssinian ex-slave and a violin prodigy who settled in London under the patronage of the Royal Family 200 years ago. Also playing on 6 and 7 July. More details here and here. Organised by The Romanian Cultural Centre London Supported by The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation