The 2019 France-Romania Season
Renew the image and reputation of both populations, to strengthen the economic, scientific, cultural and societal ties that unite us historically, to demonstrate the dynamism and imagination of the creators and businesses of the two countries, to reaffirm their commitment to a Europe of peace, ideas and cooperation.
The two General Commissioners hope to build the Season around 4 themes:
- Two countries with diverse cultures and a shared Latin history
- A century of exchanges, sharing and intimacy
- Frequent periods of mirrored transformation over a century (1918-2018)
- The cities of tomorrow and new rural territories: what is the role of culture, science and civil society in this new context and in the face of these challenges?
These themes must serve to guide the development of a programme that will be structured, for the sake of consistency and clarity, around 3 chapters:
1 / West-East: following in the footsteps of our shared stories and French language
2 / Mutation(S): a path towards a new ecology of ideas and life for Europe
3 / Augmented Season: between virtual and real innovation in service of renewed intimacy
The 2019 France-Romania Season must resolutely look to the future and be a broad space of expression and visibility for the emerging creators of the two countries. It must also play with stereotypes, be bold, anchored in the 21st century and accessible to as many people as possible.
At the same time it is impossible not to look back, to acknowledge a past so rich in terms of cultural and historical relations. That is why this Season will also be an opportunity to build a dialogue between heritage and the present, testifying to a common history and a future to be built together.
In addition, priority will be given to the collaborations that we hope to encourage between Romanian and French institutions, schools, universities and creators, thus retaining the crucial spirit of sharing, travel and friendship.
Finally, the Season will have an important impact outside the capitals, thus creating an event which takes place not only in the main regional hubs of the two countries:
- Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara (European Capital of Culture in 2021), Sibiu, Constanta, Iasi, Galati, Brasov, Suceava as priorities in Romania,
- Marseille, Lyon, Nantes, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Rennes, Toulouse, Brest, Lille-Roubaix (World Design Capital in 2020) and Bordeaux in France,
- but also across the more than 120 existing twinned cities in the two countries.
- 27th - 30th November 2018: Official and formal opening of the France-Romania 2019 Season in Paris
- 1st December 2018 – 15th April 2019: 2019 France-Romania season in France
- 18th-21st April 2019: Official launch of the 2019 France-Romania Season in Bucharest
- 22st April - 14th July 2019: 2019 France-Romania Season in Romania
Jean-Jacques Garnier, General Commissioner for the French side
Andrei Tarnea, General Commissioner for the Romanian side