Over the past five years, the Romanian Cultural Institute (RCI) has become an important force in global cultural exchanges, promoting writers, artists and especially the critically acclaimed cinema movement known as the Romanian New Wave. “Our strategy since I took over the presidency in 2005, has been that we should open to the outside world,” said Horia Roman Patapievici, president of the RCI. “Our aim is to re-link the Romanian cultural market, cut off from the West, with the western cultural market, and in New York, you saw the result. We have been very present even though our material means are limited.” Now, According to the RCI, change may be on the horizon.

For their full examination into the recent changes in Romanian government and laws, see RCI’s website here. See also The New York Times for more information.

The primary mission of RCINY is to connect Romanian and American culture and to encourage dynamic interactions between creative individuals, organizations and ideas by supporting young Romanian artists and producers to present new work in the New York scene and to collaborate with US based cultural organizations; supporting outstanding figures of Romanian culture to remain perennial symbols of European and national identity as well as internationally acclaimed and recognized personalities of universal value; and supporting American organizations inspired to host, curate and engage with new or existing collaborations with Romanian artists and academics.