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Why Go Outside When Everything Happens Inside My Head?

Oh, boy, this theme entirely resonates with my inner voices these days. I’ve just finished the 4th season of Black Mirror and all of those ideas of technology gone wild are getting pretty mixed up with my usual dose of existentialism powered up by gloomy January. Talking about timing! (*insert granny worried tone here* Voices? You hearin’ voices, now?)

“Why go outside when everything happens inside my head” is a graphic illustration of nowadays life. A frame of us stuck in between texting abbreviations of feelings into our blue screens (HAHA, WOW, LOL) and wishing for meaningful interactions. We want everything to happen instantly, but also keep dreaming of the slow pace we will indulge ourselves in at some point.

The game is on. The entire room of the exhibition is filled with crumpled paper with Andreea’s thoughts on it. I took one that appealed to me and left another freshly written behind. It felt right, even if I don’t really know why. This tactile feeling of exchanging thoughts is so cliche for a reason. It works. It makes immaterial material with the help of language.

Andreea Chirică is an artist and graphic novelist. In 2011 she published her first graphic novel: The Year of the Pioneer and she participated at ComicCon New York and Barcelona. She is really special, I need to drink some more coffees with her. The way she manages to put subtlety into drawings many of us can relate to is just remarkable. She also keeps an online drawing diary on Instagram that you should follow.

Photo credit: Paiame

Eugen Rădescu is a cultural manager, curator and theoretician, with background in political science (specialized on moral relativism and political ethics). He wrote for various magazines and newspapers and he’s my amazing friend. One of those vampire-cool looking gods that will stick around forever with his ZEN mode hovering over the world.

Check it out, it’s out there until the 4th of February.
You
have
time.

Ultra Violet 2018

Happy New Year!

Here’s to this absolutely AMAZING purple shade of this year, the one and only: Pantone Ultra Violet (18-3838). Finally! My personal colour obsession will blend in with popular culture.

I know it’s been a while, but boy has it been tough this year?! 2017, I am so glad you’re gone and done. You’ve been bringing me so much pain, I just had to learn to let go. I am thankful for what I’ve gone through, though. It takes a lot of strength and energy to come out of that pit dark low.
I want to thank all of my friends and dear ones for never leaving me behind in all of this mess. For staying there, for taking me out, for having a coffee with me, for hearing me out, for simply … being there.

Hope you had wonderful Winter Holidays and quality time with your dear ones. And if not, cheer up, 2018 will be awesome. I know it. Ollie knows it also.

Bring it on, 2018!
We’re ready.

My Greek Beauties

I find it so hard to describe them in words. They fascinate me. They brighten my days.

Maria

Elena

Besides being gorgeous, they are such warm and kind souls. I met them by chance, but we quickly connected wonderfully. It’s almost impossible to put in words.

Or maybe I should keep it simple.
I love them both.

 

Bucharest Pride 2016

It was so hot this year, the temperatures rising to about 35 degrees Celsius, but that never stopped the people from joining in a record number of 2 500. Bucharest Pride had it all, you name it: music, rainbows, balloons, happy faces, glitter, love signs and banners, young and elder together, solidarity, it was really something beautiful! Amazingly good energy!

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The breakthrough of this year was Andreea Balan, a young pop star whose songs I basically grew up with, that decided to SHOW UP and SUPPORT the movement. You may not understand how powerful that is, but let me put it brief: in the conservative orthodox influenced culture of Romania this has never happened before. Ever. No artist has ever endorsed the event, none has recognized their diverse public or stood up to fight for equal rights for them. Many were escaping to face the crowds of the ‘other Romania’, the ones who consider the parade to be one of ‘sickness’.

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Andreea Balan and her two dancers after a cheerful speech.

But Andreea? Andreea is an amazing human being who decided to use her fame to do good. Her act is a stepping stone in the direction of enabling the LGBT community to speak up and demand equal rights. More than that, she has posted a wonderful message on her Facebook and she is constantly responding to all people out there who are trying to set things ‘straight’. Her follow up comments are disarming with kindness, understanding and sharing of LOVE. She reinforced the idea that all humans should be entitled to having a family and that to love and be loved should be accessible to all. Her gesture should be seen as an example to all other artists and public persons of Romania.
Andreea, chapeau!

Ovidiu Buta, Molecule F, Frank Paul, Carla Antonelli, Joaquin Bonilla

Ovidiu Buta, Molecule F, Frank Paul, Carla Antonelli, Joaquin Bonilla

Other important names that joined the parade this year: Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Carla Antonelli, a noted LGBT rights activist and politician who maintains a large support website for transgender and transsexual people, also the first trans person to serve in a legislature in Spain (she had such a powerful speech and sent a lot of energy to the crowd), Great Britain’s ambassador to Romania, Paul Brummell, Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy of US to Bucharest, Dean Thompson, and last but not least, our very own Minister for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue, Violeta Alexandru.

Happy to see so many people attending the event. Happy to share the joy with so many open-minded countrymen and friends. Happy, happy, happy.

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I can only wish that things will only get better from now on.  Last year I saw the Stockholm Pride in late July and it made me realize how much further we have to walk, so keep it up! I feel we have reached a breaking point on Saturday. Everything was perfectly organized, we all had been given water, the street was full of people, the police supervised from every few meters, the music was energetic and fun, we had a blast!

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Peace. Love wins.

A big round of applause for the organizers ( ACCEPT, MozaiQ, PSI Romania) and everybody involved! Let’s meet again next year. The more the merrier! After all, who doesn’t want to celebrate love?

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My proud and happy gang

Bucharest City App – the online guide we needed!

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Hey, guys!

Let me just quickly inform you about the buzz around town these days, Bucharest City App, the free mobile app that becomes your friendly advisor when around this eastern-european city. Whether you are a tourist or a local, this app can help you with moving around the city.

I mean, better than information booths for tourists ( where exactly are those, anyhow?), with an online connection and a free install for your IOS or Android smart device, you get to answer all those petty questions when in Bucharest: What are the main attractions? Where is the Palace of the Parliament? Where should I eat? Where is the nearest pharmacy? What is going on tonight at the Opera? Where can I get the tickets for that film? 🙂

Most important categories you will find in the app:

  • events & parties
  • cinemas & movies
  • concerts
  • restaurants
  • clubs & pubs
  • coffee places
  • Bucharest attractions
  • medical services
  • different thematic routes in Bucharest
  • transport & travel: subway map, night and airport buses, taxis
  • shops
  • photo of the day
  • offers and promotions
  • playgrounds
  • spa and beauty
  • recommendations: handpicked events, traditional food, #EnjoyBucharest
  • Bucharest City App is an Eventur Group initiative. Alex Filip and Dragos Asaftei, together with their team of other 17 talented people are to congratulate for putting Bucharest on the map of up to date European capitals! Great work, guys! Keep up the wonderful initiatives, we stand by you. 🙂

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With you, any place is home.

Smiles and stolen glances. These are my people. My darling human beings that I adore for merely existing and colliding with my path.

Happy New Year

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Pedro n Tada

Liv

Denisse

Martin

Susanne n Alex

Co

Mariangeles

Virgil

Socrates

Doina

Costa

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Thank you for being here.
You made it home.

Here’s to a new and exciting year full of good people and moments shared together.
2016, i hope you bring more angels to my life.

Bucharest, 7th of January 2016.
I live here. I love it.

Late autumn vibes in Bucharest

I met a friend. We walked around. I met a cat. He owned a bike.

I met some kids doing their homework on the streets.

A lot of ‘I’s were flashed along this journey. Don’t worry, though, my soul was rather stormy.

I met a stranger who kept me well outside of danger.

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Thank you. ♥

Bucharest. I live here. I love it.

A conscious decision to care

That’s what I believe building love means.
Here is an Oscar-nominated stop-motion short film about the struggles of an upside down relationship. Sharing is caring. Thank you for sticking around.

HEAD OVER HEELS from Timothy Reckart on Vimeo.

www.headoverheels.tv

“Of the animated shorts, [Head Over Heels is] the cleverest.”
-Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“The attention to detail is staggering, particularly for a stop-motion animated movie… There may be an impressive crop of animated shorts this year, but Head Over Heels is the most fully realized of the whole bunch. Flawless.”
-William Bibbiani, CraveOnline.com

“This beautifully animated film is also a wonderfully unique story… Both whimsical and deeply felt… Simply extraordinary.”
-Richard Propes, theindependentcritic.com

Enjoy.

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Photo: Stockholm film poster