1989. The Diary of a Revolution

16 December 2020
On the most fervent December day, “1989. The Diary of a Revolution” is broadcast on Romanian Television 22 December 2020
On Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020, 31 years since the day that changed Romania, the Romanian Television will present the latest production dedicated to the event of that time, the documentary 1989. The Diary of a Revolution, recently created by Carmen Lidia Vidu and produced by the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest. This film will be broadcast on the TVR3 channel, starting 9.00 p.m. The National Theatre of Bucharest keeps in touch with the audience, adapts, finds solutions, and honours the event that changed the recent history of Romania. Although more than three decades have elapsed since the 1989 Revolution, many questions remain to be answered. Because there is no absolute truth, only stories that are worth telling. Everyone has a different opinion about how one was during the Revolution, whether one lived it or not. Most of the information that the population has assimilated and repeated is the 'official' information, sometimes forgetting their personal history. After the premiere of the documentary theatre, Romanian Diary. 1989, in the summer of this year, which took place on the theatre building, within the TNB Amphitheatre, director Carmen Lidia Vidu proposes a new project, based on her recent show. This time, we will encounter elements of film, theatre, television, video mapping, aerial filming. As in the documentary theatre show, the film blends the two types of images (official and private) to outline a more nuanced look at the 1989 Revolution. Thus, the documentary aims to be a vehicle of communication, an invitation to dialogue, starting from the idea that one of the moral duties of the theatre is to raise awareness and engage into dialogue. How much does our location influence us and how much do we influence the community we belong to? How is the image of the 1989 Revolution composed of the testimonials of those who lived it? These are just a few questions to which the documentary tries to offer new perspectives, in a problem to which there are no sharp answers. In addition to the testimonies of actors Ion Caramitru, Oana Pellea, Daniel Badale and Florentina Ţilea, the project proposes interviews on topics such as 'Secret Services', 'The Ceausescu Trial', 'Revolution', 'Terrorists', created with Germina Nagâţ, Dan Voinea, Dennis Deletant, Andrei Ursu, Lavinia Betea. "I am nervous - confesses Carmen Lidia Vidu. It is my first online premiere. This pandemic year made me research, stop, overcome, reinvent, balance ... everything. I hope I did not let this year go by in vain. I dedicate this film to those who made the 1989 Revolution possible. I owe my life in a free country to them. Respect '89. It was a Revolution, and I am a free individual, because the Romanian people had the courage and took to the streets. The diaries of these actors open a dialogue about how we relate to history. We were raised with respect for fear and I think we have in us a kind of “my life doesn’t matter”, “who am I to talk”, “why should I talk when I can shut up”, “the revolution was made by others", "I'm just history with a small h." I would be happy to see as many people as possible in this film. Watch, please partake and share", the director urges us. The documentary can still be watched on the NTB YouTube channel (, where the premiere took place on December 16th, 2020, followed by a TV premiere on Digi 24, on the evening of December 19th. We invite you to watch this exciting documentary and not to miss the show when the gates of the theatre will reopen, and we will be able to meet again at the theatre. 1989. Diary of a Revolution Documentary film Directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu Starring Ion Caramitru Oana Pellea Daniel Badale Florentina Ţilea Germina Nagat Dan Voinea, Dennis Deletant Andrei Ursu Lavinia Betea, Mihai Avătămăniței, Constantin Țilea, Carmen Lidia Vidu   Image Director Marius Donici Image Operators Gabriel Stănciuc , Mihail Rădinoiu Drone Operator Florin Boicescu Editing, sound, animation Cristina Baciu Score Ovidiu Zimcea & Constantin Țilea Graphics Gabi Skinder Set Photographer Vlad Lăzărescu   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Innovative exhibition of restored goods from the Collection of the Bucharest National Theatre 08 December 2020
      On December 8th, 2020, starting with 1:00 p.m., the lobby of the Grand Hall of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, will host the first promotional event of the project Innovative exhibition of restored goods from the collection of the Bucharest National Theatre Museum, a project financed by the EEA Grants 2014-2021 within the RO-CULTURE Program. The opening conference of the project will be attended by representatives of the beneficiary of the funding - the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, as well as project partners: National Art Museum of Romania, National Village Museum "Dimitrie Gusti", National Military Museum King Ferdinand I and the National Library of Romania. The conference will be broadcast live, online, on NTB YouTube channel and on the Project and NTB Facebook pages. The project aims to improve the management of cultural heritage, improve cultural entrepreneurship, develop new skills and create new jobs. The project will lead to the organization of an innovative exhibition that will bring to the public 38 restored movable property, the development of new skills in the workplace for project team members and the creation of 3 new jobs at the NTB Museum. The "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest is, at national level, the only public institution of performances that holds in its patrimony impressive collections of cultural goods, historical mirrors of the evolution of Romanian drama and performing arts. Following the reconstruction and redevelopment of the National Theatre, a generous space (650 sqm) was devoted to the NTB Museum, in which spectators and visitors have access right from the main entrance of the theatre, from the Grand Hall lobby. In recent years, the NTB Museum has undergone an extensive process of reorganizing and reinventing the collections it holds. The data resulting from the inventory show that the collection of the NTB Museum comprises 227 paintings, 213 sculptures, 500 drawings, 157 costumes and accessories, 390 decorations and medals, 150 personal objects of the actors, and in the museum's warehouses there are numerous posters, photos and prints that will enter the collection of the National Theatre Library. The reorganization of the Museum is achieved on modern principles and according to the rigours of the Law on Heritage, Museums and Collections and the rules on inventory, restoration and classification of movable cultural assets, being a real challenge for the NTB team. The project "Innovative exhibition with restored cultural assets" is therefore a welcome support for the performance in the best possible conditions of these activities and a significant step towards the reopening of the Museum to the general public. The project responds to the needs expressed both by the target groups (actors and technical and administrative staff of the Bucharest National Theatre, theatrologists, historians and theatre critics in Bucharest and in the country), and by the NTB audience. According to a market study conducted by NTB in ​​2019, among the population of Bucharest, aged 18-64, NTB attracts the largest audience segment - approximately 45%. The NTB audience is the most culturally active, 6 out of 10 of the NTB spectators have attended more than 6 artistic events in the last year and most of them went, in addition to theatre performances, to museums / exhibitions, cinema, concerts. Taking into account these data, the project aims to increase the number of visitors to the Bucharest National Theatre by at least 30%, targeting especially young audiences, in line with the slogan promoted by the current NTB communication team: "A new theatre for a new audience. ” The project activities will be carried out by the teams of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest in collaboration with the teams of the four partner institutions. The Bucharest National Theatre will ensure the management of the project which involves permanent monitoring of all activities, communication and relations with partners, expertise of cultural assets, preparation of documentation for classification of assets, submission to the National Commission of Museums and Collections, monitoring of acquisitions and financial operations project, communication and promotion of the project, as well as the organization of the innovative exhibition. The project partners, through their own restoration departments and specialized laboratories, will carry out the examination, physical and chemical investigations, treatment, conservation and restoration of the heritage objects that will be entrusted to them. The opening conference of the project will present to the public, through the guests present at the event, details about the objectives, activities, results of the project, as well as team members who will take part in their activities: managers, restorers, experts. The event will also be attended by representatives of the RO-CULTURE Program by which the project was funded. *** EEA grants represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary states in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic States. These funding mechanisms are established on the basis of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, which brings together EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as equal partners in the internal market. In total, the three states contributed 3 3 billion between 1994 and 2014 and 1,55 billion for the funding period 2014 - 2021. More details are available on and The RO-CULTURE program is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and has as general objective the consolidation of economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. More details are available on: Project Facebook page: (still under construction)LinkedIn project page: Translated by Simona Nichiteanu            
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