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24 Aug 16

‘Game of Thrones’ Star to Visit Romania

Tom Wlaschiha, who plays Jaqen H’ghar in the television series ‘Game of Thrones’, will visit Bucharest in November for the East European Comic Con event.

12 Aug 16

Romanian Directors Compete at New York Film Fest

Two Romanian films have been selected for the 2016 New York Film Festival’s Main Slate, set to begin for the 54th time next month.

27 May 16

Romanian Film Festival Honours Sophia Loren

Italian film legend Sophia Loren will be the special guest at the largest international feature film festival in Cluj, Romania, to pick up the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award.

23 May 16

Romanians Query Drive to Buy Brancusi Sculpture

The sculpture at the heart of Romanian identity faces an uncertain fate, as some people question whether spending so much public money on one artwork is a good idea.

11 May 16

Two Romanian Movies Bid for Top Cannes Prize

Romanian film-making is represented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 by five movies, two of which have been selected for the main competition.

19 Apr 16

Romania Faces Eurovision Exit over €10m Debt

Romania could be excluded from this year’s Eurovision song contest because its cash-strapped public TV channel owes the European Broadcasting Union over 10 million euros.

15 Apr 16

Feud Over Foreigners Splits Romanian Opera

Squabbles over artistic direction - and over the high-profile role of foreigners in the company - have left the Romanian National Opera in disarray.

18 Mar 16

Romania Battles to Buy Back Brancusi Sculpture

Romania say it is willing to pay 11 million euro to buy a sculpture by the famous Romanian-born artist Constantin Brancusi, which has been the subject of a long legal battle.

11 Mar 16

Romanians Get to See Ceausescu’s Luxury Pad

The vast private residence of Romania's late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu is opening up to the public for the first time.

24 Feb 16

Collapsing Churches Cause Dismay in Romania

The collapse of two Medieval church towers in Transylvania has put the spotlight on the parlous state of the country's ancient heritage.

08 Feb 16

Romanian City Makes Most of Tarzan Link

The Romanian city of Timisoara is boosting its profile by popularising the connection to local boy Johnny Weissmuller - who starred in the famous Tarzan movies of the 1930s.

05 Feb 16

Ceausescu’s Palace Opens up to Virtual Tours

Visitors can now enjoy inside tours of Romania's Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building in the world, without having to leave home

31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.

30 Dec 15

Romania's Ice Hotel Opens Despite Winter Warmth

December’s mild weather in Romania has not stopped the country’s only hotel made of ice from opening - and from starting to chill its guests.

08 Dec 15

Romanian Government Urged to Save Cinemas

Renowned Romanian film-maker Cristian Mungiu asked the government to renovate existing movie houses or open new ones to reverse a trend which has seen increasing numbers of cinemas shut.

Politics and Society

26 Oct 16

Cigarette Smuggling Reaches New Peak in Romania

Cigarette smuggling in Romania has reached a new high, with a new report showing that contraband cigarettes now make up 18.3 per cent of the market.

25 Oct 16

Romanian Liberals Back PM for New Term

14 Oct 16

Strike Wave Threatens Romania Ahead of Polls


24 Oct 16

Bulgaria, Romania Still Hope Canada Lifts Visas

While a Belgian region holds up the EU’s CETA deal with Canada, Romanians and Bulgarians hope to end visa requirements with Canada regardless of the outcome.

16 Jun 16

Romania’s Economic Recovery Comes at a Cost