Tourism fair – Romania’s largest tourism fair came to an end in Bucharest on Sunday. 230 travel agencies from 16 countries have attended the fair. The event gathered travel agencies, tour-operators as well as travel associations and county councils representing certain tourist areas. Visitors could choose holidays for the winter of 2019 as well as for the summer of 2020. Travel agencies provided discounts of up to 45% for travel packages, trips paid by holiday vouchers or paid by credit card in installments. The visitors of the fair could choose packages for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays in Romania and abroad, summer packages on the Romanian or Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, in the Danube Delta, in spa resorts and other traditional tourist areas of Romania. Those with bigger budgets allotted for their holidays could choose a trip to Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, and Lapland in Finland, the land associated with Father Christmas.
Gaudeamus – Between November 20-24 Bucharest will host the 26th edition of the Gaudeamus International Book Fair organized by Radio Romania. The event marks the anniversary of 30 years since the December 1989 anti-Communist revolution in Romania. Over 250 publishers that participate in the fair have prepared around 900 events – book launches, screenings, debates and lectures. Initiated by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation some 25 years ago the Gaudeamus project is currently a landmark on the Romanian book market. So far, the Gaudeamus fair has hosted over 100 exhibitions, over 13 thousand events and has been attended by more than 3 million visitors. Radio Romania is the only public radio station of the world that organizes such a book fair.
Film – The Romanian – Serbian coproduction ‘Ivana the Terrible’ directed by Ivana Mladenovic on Saturday evening won the Golden Pram trophy for best feature film, worth 4,000 Euros, at the 17th edition of the Zagreb Film Festival. The film gets inspiration from the life of the director who was born in 1984 in Serbia. After studying law in Belgrade, she moved to Romania where she graduated from the I.L.Caragiale National University of Theater and Film. Ivana Mladenovic has made shorts and documentaries that were selected and received prizes at international festivals. (translation by L. Simion)