The Foundation offers up to 100 annual grants worth GBP 200,000, principally for projects, postgraduate courses, conference participations, travel grants, and other short term courses including academic research. The Ratiu Grants are awarded to Romanian students to study a wide range of subjects in the UK. They enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills, which they can adapt and apply in Romania. The Ratiu Foundation has to date supported Romanian students in a range of subjects including architecture, music, theatre, business, theology, philosophy, town planning, political studies, law, art, design, fashion design, archaeology, and ethnomusicology.
The Ratiu Foundation also offers annual seed funding for innovative projects, principally in Romania, which foster Romanian arts and civilization, heritage, civil society, democracy, and environmental protection.
The projects supported by the Foundation are numerous, and they range from the prevention of human trafficking to the promotion of Romanian fashion in London, via the support for old artists with problems of existence, art curators on voyages of cultural discovery, day centers for the old and disadvantaged, photographic odysseys around unseen Romania, theatre shows in Romania and abroad, specialists in optics attending conferences, English choristers touring Romania, and Welsh writers making research in Transylvania.
Ratiu Foundation/Romanian Cultural Centre in London supported several arts projects in UK:
Dan Perjovschi’s residency at the Collective Gallery in 2004.
Lia Perjovschi’s show at the Yujiro Gallery in London.
Matei Bejenaru’s commission for Tate Modern in 2007.
Mircea Cantor’s shows for Modern Art Oxford (2008), Arnolfini in Bristol (2008) and Camden Arts Centre in London (2009).
It all started in 2002 with screenings of Romanian films in a small art-house cinema, for an audience formed for its greater part of Romanians. Little by little, by publicizing these as much as we could through our channels, and offering briefings both to the public and to specialists, we transformed a film club into a festival with a broad scope, and a very visible presence in the local media. We have a mixed audience of Romanian and British people, with both film amateurs and specialists in attendance.
Heart of the Tornado, a documentary film about artist Paul Neagu (1938 – 2004), made by Laurentiu and Agnieszka Garofeanu, was also supported.
In 2008 the Foundation was also involved in the Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the most important international documentary film festivals, by supporting the Romanian presence there.
The Ratiu Foundation Award at Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, was first awarded to ‘A Balkan Champion’ by Reka Kincses, in 2006. In 2007, the Award went to Petr Lom, for his documentary ‘On a Tightrope’
The Foundation supported, through the RCC the London International Film Festival (March 2006). Through the Romanian Cultural Centre in London, the Foundation also supported the launch of Tony Gatlif’s film ‘Transylvania’.
The STEPdoc Mobility Grant encourages Romanian documentary film production. First STEPdoc Grants were awarded in Autumn 2007 to film makers Adina Pintilie and Corina Radu, both of whom have already taken advantage of the grant in order to visit the UK for the benefit of their current and future projects.
The Ratiu Foundation runs several drama and poetry projects – such as encouraging new Romanian playwrights to publish:
The Ratiu Foundation is funding a number of young Romanian musicians in institutions of higher education in England:
- The Royal College of Music
- The Royal Academy of Music
- The Royal Northern College of Music
- The Guildhall School of Music.
These musicians are appreciated there and many of them have already started to perform with success on stages throughout the UK.
Romanian Connections program took place in Liverpool, under the patronage of Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, when the ‘Radu Stanca’ National Theatre of Sibiu performed the “new –classic” Waiting for Godot and brand new The Ball . The Romanian Connections program also included connected events, which gave an extra flavor of Romanian culture.
Culture Power Presentations
Culture Power’ is a program initiated by the Ratiu Foundation, consisting of a number of seminars and constructive dialogue with an invited audience.
The Ratiu Foundation in the United Kingdom supports and collaborates with The Ratiu Center for Democracy, Turda.
The Ratiu Foundation supports The Romanian Cultural Centre (RCC) in London. RCC is an independent, non-governmental organization promoting Romanian culture in the UK, celebrating this year its 15th anniversary. RCC activity includes organizing, supporting and advertising an entire range of Romanian and Romania-related events. Most of the cultural projects initiated and funded by the Ratiu Foundation are put into practice through The Romanian Cultural Centre (RCC) in London.
In recent years, The Ratiu Foundation UK has been able to make a substantial contribution to its present vitality and future viability by providing support to the following NGOs and projects developed in Romania:
Alburnus Maior Roșia Montană
FânFest is the largest cultural event activist from Romania, started from the desire of a community to protect their natural and cultural heritage. Everything started to fight against the largest surface gold mine in Europe and was transformed into one of the most important social and environmental movements in Eastern Europe.
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Rozalb de Mura
Asociatia de Tineret Add in Bucuresti (Dragos Olea) – library of arts management books, support for up-and-coming fashion designer Rozalb de Mura.
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Fundatia "Democrație prin Cultură"
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, a festival which presents shows by Romanian and foreign companies and also organizes lectures and workshops for artists, managers, and young people. The Ratiu Foundation UK has funded a program for children – ‘education through theatre’.
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Cassandra Cristiana Ignat
Bachelor of Science
Cassandra Cristiana Ignat with a Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics from the University of Warwick has received two offers from University of Cambridge and London School of Economics to continue her studies full time. The Grant will support her tuition fees.
Astra Documentary Film Festival
AFF is focused on documentary cinema and facilitates the use of documentary films as a means to educate people towards a broader understanding of contemporary society.
(Raluca Voinea) – Marcel Iancu architectural heritage map, Romanian curators’ visit in the UK.
(Uniunea Oamenilor de Teatru) – Artistii pentru Artisti – The Ratiu Foundation UK supports the UNITER “Artists for Artists” program. This project is about solidarity with older, retired artists who have difficulties in earning a living. All proceeds from the shows organised within this program will be given to the charity, Theatre Solidarity Fund.
DramAcum platform for new Romanian playwrights – This program encourages young authors in the Romanian language to write and to realize their ideas. It also encourages the translation of foreign plays into Romanian and Romanian plays into other languages.
Roxana Talida Roman
full time counsellor of the County Council of Maramures, Romania is in the process of obtaining a PhD in History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, part of a Distance Learning Programme. The Grant will support her tuition fee.
Jeunesse Musicale Romania
We are particularly commited to the young Romanian contemporary art. Therefore, many of our initiatives and projects are geared towards stimulating young people’s creativity and supporting their artistic career development.
Romanian Crafts Foundation
(Romanian Crafts Foundation in Bucharest) – setting up the organisation; preserving traditional crafts.
Fundatia Teatru Fara Frontiere in Bucuresti (masterclasses for young actors)
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New Romanian Playwrights
The Ratiu Foundation is encouraging new Romanian playwrights to publish, supporting residencies for playwrights at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
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a project in the field of sustainable forestry, raised awareness on the topic of illegal logging and brought it to political attention. The Grant helped the start up of this project.
A freelance journalist, succeeded in publishing her first book “Survivors. Testimonies of Romania’s Communist Prisons” and continues her work for a second volume. The Grant will help her carry out interviews, photographs and video material to finalise the project.