Romania and European Identity

Symposium “Exile and Loneliness: Ovid – Romania – European Identity – The Homeland of the Word” celebrated this year 2000 years from Ovid’s death

January 03rd, 2018
Victoria Covalciuc, Berlin Global

As Germany’s main city and tourist desination, with a world-reknowned nightlife, we should not be surprised that Berlin is the perfect city to celebrate New Year’s Eve. A lot of events have been organized for this special evening with their only purpose to offer a unique experience to those who will spend the evening in the city.

The Romanian Embassy managed to unite for the event eminent personalities of the German culture, historians and writers: Michael Wolffsohn, Peter Steinbach, Ulrich Schmitzer, Rolf Hosfeld, György Dalos, Ingeborg Fialová-Fürst, Peter Steinbach. The cultural event was moderated by Matthias Buth, a German poet and writer.

A light note of the evening was created by the music of pianist and violinist Kolja Lessing. Musical areas interpreted by Mr. Lessing were written by Romanian and German composers, whose cultural activities reflect the motif of exile: Sergiu Natra, Leon Klepper, Bertold Goldschmidt, Franz Schreker. During the event, guests discussed about the life and creation of Ovid, highlighting notions of exile.

Cultural Romanian Institute “Titu Maiorescu” in Berlin offered essential support in the organization of the event, providing accommodation for the guests. Deutschlandfunk Kultur was media partner of the symposium and broadcasted on its cannel, on 20th of September the interview “Questions of our time”. (


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