Romanian Cultural Festival

Romanian Cultural Festival
Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate the centennial of Romania’s Great Union, the 1918 unification of Transylvania, and the provinces of Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom. We will commemorate key historical events that reshaped Romanian identity, focusing on Maryhill co-founder Queen Marie’s contribution to the outcome of World War I and the ensuing period of unequaled cultural effervescence in the region.


Sample Romania Fare | noon to 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy tastes of traditional Romanian foods. Cannon Power Plaza. Hosted by members of the Romanian community in Portland.

Music and Dance | noon to 2:30 p.m.
Watch folk dance and music performances by Seattle’s Romanian Folkloric Ensemble, Datina, St. Mary’s Youth Group from Portland and singer Romeo Cristea on the Cannon Power Plaza. Emcee will be Michael Oros, president of the Romanian American Society and member of Maryhill’s board of trustees.

Hands on Art | noon to 2:30 p.m.
Cut and decorate your own version of Queen Marie’s crown, design a dress inspired by objects in the museum’s Queen Marie Gallery, or try your hand at embroidery using traditional Romanian patterns.  You can also make a Romanian flag to show your love of Romania! Outside on the Cannon Power Plaza. (Indoors if weather is problematic.)

Lectures in the M. J. Murdock Charitable Education Center:

Pelișor Castle and Queen Marie | 2:45 p.m.
Learn more about Queen Marie’s ties to one of Romania’s most stunning castles. Daniela Voitescu Head of Public Relations, Marketing and Cultural Projects, Peleş Castle Museum.

Revisiting Romanian Identity from Afar | 3 p.m.
Hear from Augustin Ioan and Anca Mizumschi’s, author of the essay collection “My Suspended Land” (2018).

Queen Mary in Romanian History | 3:30 p.m.
Beatrice Todireanu, coordinator of “The Queen and the Front” (2018), who will talk about talk about the Queen’s contribution to the 1918 unification of Romanian provinces. Presentation and Q & A.

Romanian Royalty’s Impact on Architecture | 4 p.m.
Architects Augustin Ioan and Marius Marcu Lăpădat in dialogue about Royalty and Architecture and the impact of the monarchy on Romanian Architecture, with a focus on Queen Mary’s contribution.

The festival is sponsored and presented by the Romanian American Society, the American Romanian Cultural Society, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Northwest Romanian Community.