Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Parliament Week 2014 Youth in Democracy-20th November 2014-House of Parliament, London


 20th  November 2014

  Jubilee Room

  House of Parliament

  Westminster SW1A 0AA

  12 - 2 pm




This is a joint debate and audio/visual presentation dedicated to Youth in Democracy, organised by Pro Art & Co and the World Peace and Prosperity Foundation, at the House of Commons. It will discuss social, cultural and political aspects of young people's involvement as active citizens in local communities and wider into British society. The audience will contribute with their views on relevant issues of importance and their proactive participation may influence creation of policies and the results in election of representatives through firm and resolute voting.


Cultural democracy is a concept, which concerns all people and structures their proactive commitment to recognise all people's basic human rights to participate, create and enjoy cultural diversity around the world. It also enhances access to multicultural sphere of activities.


This free dialogue will explore what is closest to young people's hearts, their cultural individuality and their role in active cultural affairs and politics on both local and governmental levels, or their European and International presence and the impact of their involvement in diverse cultural projects.


We invite all interested young people and other citizens to join in this free event and to contribute their ideas and opinions to the debate. The event will include a short cultural programme and refreshments after the debate.


The debating panel will include:

Welcome by Grace Rowley – Parliament Week

Mr Greg Hands MP (Conservative) for Fulham and Chelsea, our host

Mr Ray Keene OBE, Chess Grandmaster and the Chairman of the Brain Trust

David Wardrop, United Nations Association Westminster Branch

Bashan Rafique, Chairman of UK-Pakistan Women's Association

Leisha Beardmore – Young Professional UN/EU Adviser and UK Government representative

Rosalie Rivett, CEO Women Diplomatic Service

Barry Martin, Artist and Former Vice Chairman of Chelsea Art Club



Tickets are available  through Pro Art & CO –


Vesna Petkovic
Pro Art & Co


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Study visit to Romania October 2014 - Bucharest Day 2

First day of the study visit in Romania of the delegation of NHHG offered general views of Bucharest Town Hall about the strategies used in Social Services presented  by  Cosmina Simean ,Director of Social Services Bucharest City Hall , giving to the guests a taster of the next stage of the visit: Palace of Parliament of Romania and   Sector 2 Bucharest City Hall.

The visit at Romanian Parliament confirmed once again the quality of skills of Romanian builders, contrasting with the need of balance in society development ,at the time that it  was built , remaining testimony for future generations to learn from history.

Sector 2 Bucharest City Hall was a welcoming surprise of the team of the Mayor Neculai Ontanu, offering a dynamic debate about social housing models in both countries. All the participants agreed to cooperate in the future and share experiences and understanding for future development . The debate was facilitated with generosity by Director of International Relationships, Mariana Georgescu and her colleagues .

The visits to the Leisure Centre  St Pantelimon,  was by far a success story of good management and fundraising, offering free access to the residents of the sector to a structured choice of activities, for all ages, being presented with professionalism  by Dr Isabela Hurjui, Director of Social Services Sector2. 

Kate Davies the Chief Executive at NHHG was touched by the progress and quality of services offered by local authority  to Bucharest residents, comparing with her last visit in Romania a decade ago.

To add a traditional  element to the tour  we agree to have lunch at  Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum in Bucharest  . The guests understand  that  they need to have at least a day to visit all 300 houses of the museum, encapsulating the history of Romanian traditional architecture.

A friendly dinner with Ioan de Hondol from Romanian Leagues of Expats concluded a rich learning and cultural experience in Bucharest.

Dr Ionela Flood
Romanca Society

Monday, 3 November 2014

Fwd: Study visit to Romania October 2014 - Bucharest Day1

Recently  NHHG visited Romania,  answering to an invite from Slatina Town Hall launched last year at The Romanian Tradition in Motion Festival organised by Romanca Society in London.
The delegation members are part of the Executive Board and staff at NHHG aiming to learn about housing, health and education, local authority, central government, integration into Europe, social challenges, and issues for Romanians in the UK.
The programme of the visit included social housing  objectives in  Bucharest being introdused by the Bucharest Director of Social Services, Cosmina Simean presenting the Kindergarden Alex and the Caritas Hospital transformed in a extracare unit called Acad. Nicolae Cajal.
Learning of the day included:
> how the social care in Romania  is piloting for first time social entreprise in Bucharest
> what is the impact of the legislation for the third sector on private and local authority initiatives, what possible improvements can be useful for the community development
>how a more progresive model of third sector can promote succesful social care and social housing initiatives in Romania 
>how the UK model for social care and housing it is beneficial to local authority and third sector in UK
>the progess that Bucharest City Hall is presenting to the eyes of the guests, is evidenced by Kate Davies, NHHG Chief Executive , that visited Romania 14 years ago
 >how old town of Bucharest  known as Lipscani area is regenerating by a divers SME initiatives offering  new refurbished restaurants and pubs, colouring the cultural life of the town.
>how the cultural shock was well processed by the members of the delegation, absorbing  the details of the visit, opening new perspectives for the perception of Romania's place in Europe
After a short visit to the Curtea Veche, Vlad the Impaler, alias Dracula, old palace,  established in 14 century as  Romanian capital  Bucharest ,  we indulge in a warming dinner at Carul cu bere restaurant.
 We enjoyed the first day of the visit, curtesy of Bucharest  Mayor, Sorin Oprescu , being welcomed by a young but professional team from Bucharest Town Hall.
The cross cultural experience is always offering so much to see on the progress of Romanian society any time I visit Romania.
This time the visit was multiplyed by the surprise of the guests discovering Romania to its core, looking into the eyes of children or elderly, looking to old crafted architecture or grey communist blocks, discussing strategic plans or just see the beauty of progress in contradictory stages.
 This time , this visit  was just  finding  the same common ground: humanity looking for solutions on daily challenges.
Dr Ionela Flood
Romanca Society

Monday, 27 October 2014

"Capturing Carpathia" by George Butler Monday 27 October 2014, London

Global Heritage Fund UK with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London opened today the exhibition 
"Capturing Carpathia" by George Butler. 

On display is an exhibition of drawings that illustrate life in the Carpathian Villages of Transylvania , exploring portraits and scenes of daily life of rural Romania.

"I know all the names of all the people I drew; I know where they live; they know who I am. It's personal and I hope all of those things come across in the images", says the artist George Butler. 
The caracters become animated on incredibile light and details of the artist inspiration. For a moment you expect to hear music of the forest or the cristal wisper of the source going down in the valey. A remarkable deep view , just enough to feel again home. 
To complete the serie of All Romanian events there are 2 more occasion to explore the riche expression of Romanian life :

Dracula Untold Screening 

NBC Universal Private Screening Room
Central Saint Giles
St. Giles High Street
WC2H 8AG London
United Kingdom
Many thanks to the organisers. 

Dr. Ionela Flood
Romanca Society 

Monday, 13 October 2014

SADEEY EU youth exchange project 2014 Turkey - Day 3

*A seminar by the Dean of Education Faculty of Akdeniz University on Education system in Europe
seminer, sharing experience
*Meeting with mayor and local officials visiting officials
PM * Workshop: Young people's labor market by Portugal presentations, role plays
21.00 *Country presentation: Latvia presentations, role plays, learning about national dances

Dr Ionela Flood

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Octobwr 2014 -Dracula comes to Custom House, Canning Town & Beckton Libraries !

One of the dimensions where Romania sometimes suffers from British fantasies and mis-information is the Victorian melodrama by Bram Stoker of "Dracula", which was fictionally linked to Transylvania and extremely loosely based on your medieval warrior king Vlad. So "Dracula" and Gothic melodrama is ever associated with Romania by many British.

In order for you and your families to see for yourselves an example of a modern British theatrical interpretation of "Dracula" which seems to be considered as appropriate for the upcoming Haloween period, I attach details of performances that are being put on in three Newham Libraries ( see attached and below ) during the week before and during half-term coming up.

Let me know if you might be interested in attending with your families and whether you have a firm preference for one date/ venue in particular. As there are not lots of tickets for each performance being held in Libraries, it is probably necessary to book immediately.

In the meantime, I am trying to find out if there are any references to King Vlad, Transylvania or Romania in the play. If so, it might be justified for you to turn up in national dress and throw eggs and tomatoes at the actors in our Shakespearian tradition.

Kind regards,    Martin 

Martin Pinder, Hon. Secretary, Newham Partnership for Complementary Education, Mansfield House, 30 Avenons Road, Plaistow, London E13 8HT Mobile 07951 815621                                                                                                                                   

Subject: Dracula comes to Custom House and Canning Town Library!
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:11:56 +0000



by Bram Stoker

adapted and directed by Kate McGregor



Theatre6 and Open Book proudly present the greatest vampire story ever told; Dracula. This theatrical tour is a new adaptation of the classic Gothic tale of Dracula, in an immersive, site-specific production that remains true to Stoker's terrifying masterpiece. An ensemble cast uses inventive performance and original music to create a haunting theatrical production that will transform some of London's most beautiful libraries this Halloween.


Dracula; the greatest vampire story ever told.


London. 2014. The local council has called a general meeting at the library to address the disappearance of animals and children from the area. As events unfold, local man Jack unveils a collection of letters that may help solve this mystery.  And so begins the terrifying story of Dracula. Dark, twisted and timeless, experience Dracula like never before this Halloween.


Adapted by Kate McGregor, this honest adaptation uses the original story and interweaves a modern tale through the classic Bram Stoker text. It is a scary and inventive piece suitable for adults and young audiences but not for the faint of heart.


Running time: 2hours and 20minutes with an interval

Adult themes and content. Contains scenes of a violent nature

Recommended age 12+

Concession ticket prices available



Box Office Information


Tickets £10/£8 concessions

Online Booking


Wednesday 22nd October, 6.30pm

Canning Town Library

Barking Rd, London E16 4HQ


Tuesday 28th October, 6.30pm

Custom House Library

Prince Regent Ln, London E16 3JJ


Wednesday 29th October, 7pm

Beckton Library

1 Kingsford Way, London E6 5JQ


See the entire tour online at: and




Leila Nicholas I Community Neighbourhood Senior Officer I Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood

Strategic Commissioning & Community Directorate

London Borough of Newham

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SADEEY EU Youth Exchange in Turkey 2014-Day 2

AMWorkshop: "Map of your national education system" *Icebreakers, warm-up activities, energizer games
workshop, creative tasks,
PMPresentation of the workhop and results on project board presentations and board activities, sharing experience, exchanging ideas
20.30*Country presentation: Czech Republic / and Portugal presentations, role plays, learning about national dances

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SADEEY EU Project 2014 -Turkey Youth Exchange day 1

* Introducing the Youth programmes, Youthpass, the project, activities
participants, organizing the international teams
*Icebreakers, warm-up activities, name games, team building games                                                                                                                      
Fears and hopes activity creative tasks, meeting with leaders

*Organizing post boxes / workshop "National education system in your country workshop, exchanging ideas

Country Presentation:Turkey/A real village life and wedding in Kızılkaya village real life activities, learning about Turkish dances

Dr Ionela Flood
Romanca Society

Romanca Society represents UK youth in EU project "Similarities and Differences in Education of European Youth 2014-1-TR01-KA105-002616

The EU project "Similarities and Differences in Education of European Youth" take place in Turkey 11-18 October 2014 .