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20 Nov 15

Romania Fair Booms in Tough World For Books

This year's Gaudeamus international book fair in Bucharest looks set to attract huge numbers - in spite of the fact that almost 40 per of Romanians no longer read any books at all.

30 Oct 15

Transylvania's Rise Holds Risks for its Heritage

As Lonely Planet includes Transylvania among its best destinations for next year, local experts say the rushed restoration of its churches is doing more harm than good.

12 Oct 15

UK-Based Romanian Tipped for Literary Stardom

Global fame and fortune await Transylvanian-born Eugen Chirovici as top-name publishers compete for his latest novel.

04 Sep 15

Rattle, Mehta, Star at Romanian Music Festival

This year's George Enescu Festival in Romania is bringing some world famous music stars to Bucharest, including the composers Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta and the pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja and Yuja Wang.

17 Jul 15

Romanian Music Festival Trades Tickets For Blood

Music fans are being encouraged to donate blood in exchange for cheaper tickets to a festival in the Transylvanian city of Cluj.

03 Jul 15

Corvinus Castle Hosts Opera Festival in Romania

The former home of the great warrior king Matthias Corvinus in Hunedoara in southern Transylvania is hosting one of the largest open-air opera festivals in Europe.

19 Jun 15

Theatre Festival Turns Romanian City Into Stage

The Sibiu Theatre Festival, which ends on Monday, has been luring tens of thousands daily to performances from 70 countries all over the world.

11 Jun 15

Dinosaur Park Opens in Transylvania, Romania

The largest dinosaur park in southeastern Europe is to open in the former medieval citadel of Rasnov in Romania.

21 May 15

Czech Theme at This Year's Bucharest Book Fair

Bookfest, Romania’s largest book fair, has opened in Bucharest with a Czech flavour this year - but the fair takes place in a country where interest in reading seems to be fading.

19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.

14 May 15

VAT Cut Helps Romanian Publishers Turn a Page

Buying - and reading - books is on a sharp decline in Romania - where the government now plans to reverse the trend by lowering VAT on the publishing industry.

17 Apr 15

Romanian Films Selected for Cannes Festival

Two Romanian movies have been selected this year for the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the Cannes film festival dedicated to innovative work.

16 Feb 15

Romanian Director Wins Berlin Film Prize

Romanian film director Radu Jude won the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin Film Festival with his historical drama about prejudice against Roma people.

28 Nov 14

Transylvania Named as Essential Tourist Destination

National Geographic Traveler magazine has included the Maramures area of northern Transylvania in its list of the best 20 travel destinations in the world for 2015.

20 Nov 14

Iohannis's Life Story Proves a Hit in Romania

At Bucharest's main book fair there was rush on copies of the autobiogaphy of the man who - very unexpectedly - has just won the presidential election.

Politics and Society

30 Nov 15

Romanian Interior Minister Faces Plagiarism Probe

An Education Ministry panel is to rule on whether Interior Minister Petre Toba copied some of his doctoral thesis from papers posted on the internet by others.


19 Oct 15

Romania to Build Reactors With Chinese Money

Romania is to sign an agreement with a Chinese company to construct two new nuclear reactors as the country seeks to boost its energy security.