Sunday, April 25, 2010

Celebrated Women in Romania

The well-known Romanian business woman and teacher Monica Tatoiu has initiated a most inspiring project around the country - to bring to light the voices of many women who are not so famous on TV but who do make a huge difference in their own communities through the way they lead their lives with a great impact on the people around.
The natural result of this was the book titled "The Four Dimensions of Romanian Femininity" - a moving book containing texts written by more than 70 women whose lives are not so ordinary after all.
I personally find this book amazing regarding the multitude of things we can learn from life experiences which, despite being perfect, are so beautiful in revealing realities of life itself.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

One Man Show 5th: 281, by Radu Largeanu

I was pleasantly surprised by the great number of people who came to see the performance under the title 281, by the young artist Radu Largeanu on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Actually, there were not many things to see - but to feel. The audience was invited on stage through the back door. In silence, under a dim light, on stage and in the middle of his audience, the actor Radu Largeanu started his monologue with a list of the names of the people who died in Communist political prisons, while inviting us further into the backstage - the 'prison cell'. Largeanu's monologue was based on the renowned texts written in prisons by Paul Goma and Radu Gyr.
Despite the most effective start of the play, the actor's focus was rather on the postmodern schizophrenia than the salvation through faith, missing thus, too much of the original text message.
Overall, I truly believe that the stage directions were worthy of an Edinburgh Festival presence, as well as the performance taken as a whole. The chemistry among the people in the audience was authentic and remarkably powerful.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Poenari Pen - Your Story Alive

In various forms, pens have withstood the test of time and they continue to do so, despite the plastic age we're going through. So, if you want a pen with a story - your story - a custom-made personalized pen, then the best choice is a Poenari pen. Crafted in a unique way, going back into deep history, pens created by Lucian Poenari are pieces of art themselves - in fact, the natural result of art meeting cutting-edge technology. And when you read the story of the Poenari inventor and his great character and contribution to people one is bound to experince pure authenticity...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Custom-Made "Maftei" Shoes

Alexandru Maftei keeps the family shoe-making tradition alive going back as far as the 19th century, when the Maftei family owned a 40-apprentice workshop in Moldova, Romania.
Alexandru Maftei left Romania in 1988 asking for political asylum and, since 1994, he and his wife Lucia, their 2 sons and daughter have worked in Vienna where they started out making footwear for the best custom shoemakers in the city. Now, their reputation for high quality shoe making and individual customer service has grown around Europe and the USA...