Exploring the Multiple Identities of Cluj

Cluj-Napoca, Romania has a strong theatrical heritage through its prestigious public institutions and theatre faculty, but it is also home to a nationally relevant independent scene, which is already in its second wave of makers. This city series explores Cluj's strong history, diversity, and theatrical heritage through the lens of theatremakers who know it best. 

Miki Braniște
The Evolving Cultural Ecosystem of Cluj
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The Evolving Cultural Ecosystem of Cluj

13 February 2020

Széker Jetta sits down with Miki Braniște to talk about Cluj’s arts and culture policies, how they have changed over time, and how they have affected the city’s independent artistic scene.

several people seated on a stage
How Ambiguity Sustains Artistic Purpose
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How Ambiguity Sustains Artistic Purpose

What It Means to Be an Independent Theatremaker in Cluj

6 February 2020

Panna Adorjáni talks about what it means to be an independent theatremaker in Cluj, including having to work part-time jobs, finding community in your collaborators and audiences, and wanting to prove the world wrong.

four actors with hand puppets onstage
The City and Its Off Stages
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The City and Its Off Stages

Independent Theatres of Cluj

5 February 2020

István Sebesi looks at Cluj-Napoca’s independent theatre scene, focusing on two theatre companies: Waiting Room Project and Reactor.

nine people standing in a large space
My Cultural Cluj
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My Cultural Cluj

Building Community in Post-Communist Romania

4 February 2020

Mihai Mateiu discusses his trajectory as an arts organizer in Cluj, from open-air music festivals to running a bookshop and cultural venue, to working to build arts audiences by partnering with businesses.

black and white drawing of a large interior
The Theatrical Heritage of the City of Cluj
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The Theatrical Heritage of the City of Cluj

3 February 2020

Anca Hațiegan looks at the history of theatre in Cluj-Napoca, from the first production in the 1600s, to the power dynamics between the Romanian and Hungarian companies, to what transpired after the communist era, and beyond.

daytime rooftop view of the city of cluj, romania
The Cities We Live In
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The Cities We Live In

Exploring the Multiple Identities of Cluj

2 February 2020

Zenkő Bogdán and Viktória Barazsuly introduce the Cluj-Napoca series, speaking to the history, diversity, and theatrical heritage of this Romanian city.

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