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The Romanian Cultural Institute
No. 1 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PH

Tuesday 13 May

Festival Launch with

A Private View

"British Painters in Transylvania"

A group of painters travelled to Transylvania last September

to paint a way of life which has been lost elsewhere in Europe.

Exhibiting Artists

Tim Scott Bolton
Patrick Cullen
Tom Hoar
Susanna Lyell
Flappy Lane Fox
Richard Foster
Clare Inskip
Lucy Portman
Paul MacDermot

5.30 - 8pm
Launch Reception

By Invitation Only
Wine & canapés

Tickets £35 SOLD OUT

(Tickets are available for other events where all the paintings can be seen.)


Alexandra Dariescu

Selected as one of Forbes Magazine's '30 under 30' Alexandra Dariescu is an outstanding ambassador for classical music. In 2013 Alexandra gave her debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and won the Women of the Future Award 2013 in the Arts and Culture category. She has released two CDs on Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim.

In the 2013/14 season Alexandra makes her debut with the Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa and returns to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Meklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin in Germany. Last season, Alexandra performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, made her debut at the Royal Festival Hall in London and at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest.

Named BBC Music Magazine ‘Rising Star’, Alexandra Dariescu made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York, where she joined András Schiff during his “Perspectives” residency. Selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2008, Alexandra was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland where she won the Verbier CUBS Prize. She went on to win the Guildhall Wigmore Prize and the Romanian Ambassador‘s award for her outstanding contribution to promoting Romania’s image in the UK, as well as the Prix Maurice Ravel in France. Alexandra is the first pianist to be mentored by Imogen Cooper through the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme.

Alexanadru Tomescu

Alexandru Tomescu studied abroad with Tibor Varga, Eduard Schmieder, Igor Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci and Hermann Krebbers after having graduated from the Romanian Conservatoire where he was taught by Stefan Gheorghiu. He has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, (Los Angeles) Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). He has performed under the baton of conductors Philippe Entremont, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Maxim Vengerov, Eduard Schmieder.

In 2007 Alexandru won the right to play the Stradivarius Elder-Voicu violin for five years and promised that during that time its sound would be heard by all Romanians. The Stradivarius Tour which he helped organize became an annual event and one of the most important on the Romanian musical scene. In the following three years Alexandru performed the three big scores written for solo violin: Niccolò Paganini’s 24 Caprices, Eugène Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for solo violin and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas.

These repertoires were the starting point for three performances that revolutionized the Romanian concert scene through a combination between music and film (Stradivarius-Caprices – 2011), non-verbal theatre (Stradivarius-Obsessions – 2012) and lighting design (Stradivarius-Passions – 2013). In 2011 Alexandru joined the Ad Libitum Quartet as first violinist.

Wednesday 14 May

11.30 - 12:30pm

Tickets £25.00
includes tea/coffee

Light Lunch available
£15.00. Pre-paid lunch tickets only

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Ecological and Cultural Landscapes

Dr John Akeroyd
Leading botanist, author and founder member of ADEPT, John will talk on the intricate relationship between farming and the fauna and flora of Transylvania. Wildflower-rich meadows and pastures remain an essential element of the Transylvanian rural scene. A precious, tangible link with landscapes and ecological processes of the past, they are also a living natural resource of immeasurable cultural, scientific and economic value, and must be at the heart of future development of the countryside.
2.00 - 3.00pm

Tickets £25.00
includes tea/coffee

Light Lunch available
£15.00. Pre-paid lunch tickets only

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Transylvania – ‘Every turn of the Road Offers Fresh Surprises

Lucy Abel Smith
Lucy is an art historian and traveller.  She is co-founder with her husband of the Quenington Sculpture Trust for contemporary art which holds the biennual contemporary sculpture show, Fresh Air, in their Gloucestershire garden. Lucy is founder of the specialist tour company Reality and Beyond  Ltd, and, in 2013, of the Transylvanian Book Festival.  She wrote Prague a Guide published by John Murray in 1991 and is working on a short guide to the Medias Region for Blue Guides. Lucy is presently researching the Life of the First Duchess of Beaufort and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She has a house in Richis, Transylvania and lives in Gloucestershire.

For long the buffer state between Christian and Turk, the Western and Eastern Churches, Transylvania has been the font of inspiration for literature, both foreign and home-grown, music, fine architecture and altarpieces. It is also an extraordinary mixture of communities, making this one of the most interestng countries of Europe in our time.

This Lecture replaces 'Where Mihai Eminescu Led' by Jessica Douglas-Home's
6.00 - 7.15pm

By Invitation Only
Wine & canapés


Interval with wine

Tickets £60

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An Evening Concert

Two of Romania’s Outstanding Musicians - international Pianist Alexandra Dariescu & Romania's Premier Violinist Alexandru Tomescu - will be performing
Niccolo Paganini 24 Caprices Op. 1 (9, 13, 14, 16, 20 & 24) (violin solo)
Chopin 12 Preludes op 28 (piano solo)

Interval (with wine)
Dinu Lipatti- Sonatina violin and piano
Tiberiu Olah- Sonata violin and piano
Bela Bartok- Romanian Dances (violin and piano)
In 2013 Alexandra Dariescu was nominated Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category and gave her debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
» Read more on Alexandra Dariescu

Alexandru Tomescu is a brilliant Romanian violinist hailed by the Berlin Morning Post as the "Romanian violin superstar", is playing on the 1702 Stradivari Elder-Voicu violin. He is a graduate of the famed Bucharest Conservatory of Music.
» Read more on Alexandru Tomescu

Auction of Promises
Thursday 15th May 2014

Auction led by Henry Bowring formerly of Christies and admired wit and raconteur.
Lot 1
18 carat white gold earrings
Donated by John Lloyd Morgan are a pair of 18 carat white gold earrings. With faceteted green amethgyst drops, the guide value of these beautiful earrings is £420.
Lot 2
A weekend at Count Tibor Kalnoky’s ancestral home
A weekend at Count Tibor Kalnoky’s ancestral home in Transylvania which has been turned into a luxurious and characterful guesthouse in remote countryside. Judged as one of the 10 best private paradises by Vanity fair 2012. On offer is 3 nights stay including all meals and two guided tours for two persons at Count Tibor Kalnoky's estate. Valid until the end of 2014 except Christmas and New Year.
Lot 3
Alexandra Dariescu Concert
An outstanding pianist of our time and one of today's ambassadors of classical music, Alexandra Dariescu has kindly donated a concert at a convenient venue with a suitable grand piano on an agreed date. The Romanian cultural Institute has offered free their fine piano and concert hall if the successful bidder wishes to use this wonderful space.
Lot 4
Artist/Photographer Residency, Văleni, North East Romania
Set in rolling countryside of open fields and forests and close to the world heritage sites of the Painted Monasteries of the Bucovina and sites of the Cucuteni culture, this residency is based in Michael de Styrcea’s former family estate. Two to four weeks accommodation by agreement includes a small apartment comprising studio, sitting room, bedroom with en-suite bathroom and kitchen and is the perfect place to paint, draw or photograph with the underlying intention of celebrating the beauty, history and way of life of the surrounding area. More information on residencies is available by downloading the PDF or from Michael de Styrcea on destyrcea AT btinternet .com or 07810 575490
Lot 5
Lady Katherine Pages Organic Beef
Lady Katherine Pages organic beef, from stock on their Wiltshire Farm originally from Transylvania, is on offer. A minimum of 8kg of the best cuts will be provided.
Lot 6
A luxurious retreat at Satul Prunilor
An elegant and luxurious retreat, graced by the very best of personal service, blending with the beautiful natural landscape, the villa (sleeps 6) in Satul Prunilor is in a setting of over 6 hectares of woodland in the commune of Pietrosita. A range of outdoor activities are available and local sites include Chindiei Tower, an emblematic monument of the city of Targoviste and one of the finest examples of a castle in Europe today, Peles Castle.

On offer is a voucher which can be used for either 4 nights accommodation weekdays (Mon – Thurs) in one Villa at Satul Prunilor Complex 3* OR 2 nights accommodation weekend (Fri/Sat) in one Villa at Satul Prunilor Complex 3*. The offer also includes bed &breakfast. The voucher can be used from 1st June 2014 until 1st December 2014. Further information from or download the PDF.
Lot 7
Summerleaze Shoot
A days shooting is on offer at the Summerleaze shoot in Wiltshire for one gun with a guest. A variety of dates are available and an excellent lunch is included.
Lot 8
Delta Nature Resort
The Delta Nature Resort is located on the rolling banks of Lake Somova - part of Danube Delta. It is an elegant and luxurious retreat, graced by the very best of personal service, within a spectacular wetland that is home to hundreds of species of birds, plants, fish and animals… where bliss is timeless

On offer is 3 nights’ accommodation in the double occupancy, lake view Premium Villa, with bed & breakfast and free use of the Swimming Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Tennis Court and Gym. The Voucher can be used from 15th May 2014 until 15th May 2015. The villa is open seasonally, from 1st April until 31st October every year. Further information from or download the PDF.
Lot 9
Susanna Lyell Painting Course
Susanna Lyell is offering a half day painting course, morning or afternoon, at her London studio for up to 4 people. All levels are welcome to attend and a light lunch will be included.
Thank You
Thank you to those who have given so generously for the Auction of Promises and to Henry Bowring, Auctioneer
  • Dinesh Dhamija for a house in the Delta Nature Resort
  • Count Tibor Kalnoky for a weekend at one of the World’s 10 best private paradises’ Vanity Fair 2012
  • Lady Katherine Page for 8 kilos of Organic Beef
  • Michael de Styrcea for an Artist’s/Photographer’s/Writer’s Retreat
  • Nicolae Ratiu for a holiday villa in Satul Prunilor
  • John Lloyd-Morgan Jewellery Designer
  • Tim Scott Bolton for a days shooting
  • Alexandra Dariescu for donating a concert
  • All the artists who are giving 30% of their sales in support!

Prince Stirbey

Prince Stirbey wines are not just royal by name: this fantastic range of Romanian wines is produced by Princess Ileana – granddaughter of Princess Maria Stirbey – and her husband, Baron Jakob Kripp. They began winemaking in 1999 after reclaiming and reviving the historical family property, the winery of which had been designed in a Tuscan style by Princess Ileana’s grandfather, Prince Barbu Alexandru Stirbey.

The completely family-run winery is set in the foothills of the Transylvanian Alps near Dragasani, where the family has owned vineyards for around 300 years. Prince Barbu Alexandru actually left an admirable legacy to the winemaking world: after phylloxera ravaged vineyards in the early 20th century, he owned one of the largest nurseries in Romania, which helped to graft local varieties.

Although the Kripps’ philosophy is obviously to pay respect to the royal ancestors that founded the winery, their winemaking ambition is even greater than that: they are so passionate about achieving the local grapes’ full potential, they only produce single-varietal wines to give each variety an opportunity to shine.

They have as much respect for the grapes as they do for the terroir: they believe in genius loci – ‘the spirit of the place’ – and therefore feel that nature can make a better wine than any technical intervention. To this end, they use minimal chemicals in the vineyard, and only harvest and treat the vines by hand.

The red novac grape – first grown here – works well on the region’s loamy soil, and Prince Stirbey grows it on east-facing slopes to benefit from the freshness of the morning sun. It isn’t easy to grow even here, and it is equally demanding in the winery, but Stirbey has worked hard with German winemaker Oliver Bauer to bring out its best elements. They’ve found success ageing it for around a year in large non- new oak barrels, which retains the grape’s tannins and helps the complex characters develop gently.

The family’s most successful white grape is the native tamâioasa româneasca – a relative of muscat – which makes both dry and sweet wines. Ileana and Jakob have found it grows best on the dark red cool loam and limestone soils on their south-facing vineyards, which enhances the grape’s natural floral, aromatic spiciness and refreshing acidity.

Although the cellar dates back to the early 1900s, it has very much been brought into the 21st century: Stirbey now uses stainless-steel tanks, has a collection of oak barrels of various sizes with which to age its wines, uses a sterile bottling line, and benefits from a gentle pneumatic press which helps retain the grapes’ natural aromas

Thursday 15 May

11.30 - 12:30pm

Tickets £25.00
includes tea/coffee

Light Lunch available. £15.00. Pre-paid lunch tickets only

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Soil, Soul and Society

Satish Kumar
Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi's vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. Satish is editor of Resurgence magazine and the Ecologist, and the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally-respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College in South Devon where he is still a Visiting Fellow.
2.00 - 3.00pm

Tickets £25.00
includes tea/coffee

Light Lunch available. £15.00. Pre-paid lunch tickets only

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Patrick Leigh Fermor: The Gift and the Giver

Artemis Cooper
Artemis Cooper's biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, came out in 2012. The following year, with the travel writer Colin Thubron, she edited The Broken Road, the last volume of Fermor's trilogy about his walk to Constantinople in the mid 1930s. This talk will range over Leigh Fermor's life and work, including the pre-war years which he spent in Romania with the first great love of his life, Princess Balasha Cantacuzene.
8pm - Midnight

Dinner  Party

Dress Festive
Music & Song by Monooka's Caravan
Auction of Promises

Tickets £85


Gerda's Transylvanian Feast &      
Auction of Promises

We are delighted that Gerda is coming from her village Viscri, with local produce and her expert cooking skills to mastermind this wonderful dinner and  evening. Gerda is the inspiration for the International Slow Food in Romania and considered one of the most skillful cooks in the area.
» To view the auction lots please click here

Prince Stirbey Wines

All wine for the Transylvania Festival have been generously given by Prince Stirbey Wines from their vineyards in the Dragasani wine region, where for 300 years the family of Baroness Ileana Kripp-Costinescu have produced wine. Taste and judge for yourself that their traditionally worked vineyards are producing some of Europe’s most delicious wines. » Read more on Stirbey Wines
The fundraising auction for ADEPT includes art from British painters who travelled to Transylvania last September to paint a way of life that has been lost throughout much of Europe.
» Find out more on the artists exhibiting below


Tim Scott Bolton

The world is Tim’s canvas from Bhutan to Scotland where he is as likely to be holding a rod as he is a brush having illustrated and fished most of the prime salmon and trout rivers in Scotland and Ireland. He undertakes commissioned work in watercolour and oil both here and abroad. He is a Trustee of ADEPT and has taken fellow painters to Transylvania to paint. At home in Wiltshire he and his wife run both an organic farm and a seasonal programme of popular lectures at Summerleaze Gallery.

Richard Foster

Is a portrait and landscape artist, a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and its former Vice President. He exhibits every year with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and most years at the Royal Academy. In 2009 he accompanied HRH The Prince of Wales on his Official Tour of South America as tour artist. Richard Foster was brought up at East Lexham, Norfolk and he always thought that something ought to be painted for the blocked up window in the local church. He first measured it in 1972, thought about it in the Eighties, and finally got started in 2005. His Nativity was finished and hung in 2013. This was his first visit to Romania.

Tom Hoar

Tom works mostly in oils and watercolour and is rapidly making a name for himself. In April 2012 Tom exhibited with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, following a 12 month association accompanying the Regiment on their official ceremonial duties and daily routine at Hyde Park Barracks. More recently Tom has turned his attention to the Circus spending time with Giffords Circus, this culminated in a successful one man exhibition in London in November 2013 with GandyARTS. This was Tom’s first visit to Romania.

Clare Inskip

Clare Inskip lives in Wiltshire and runs Art Courses and a gallery. Taking small groups away to paint , several times a year , she travels to many places including India, Sri Lanka and Italy. She has had 7 one man shows in London and has exhibited widely , including many mixed shows. Inspired by the rural and unspoilt village life of Transylvania Clare is very pleased to be exhibiting and helping Fundatia ADEPT.

Susanna Lyell

This was Susanna's second visit to Romania. Like so many artists, she finds inspiration in the unspoilt landscapes, the wild flowers, and traditional farmsteads. Susanna has painted all her life and is a true water colourist, focusing on colour, tone and light. She often works on thick rough paper, building up layered washes and delighting in unexpected and unplanned combinations of colour, textures and shapes. She also enjoys working in charcoal, oils and experimenting with print making. Over the last twenty years, Susanna has exhibited regularly in London and Hertfordshire.
Susanna teaches and runs popular painting courses at her beautiful 'manoir' in a sleepy, unspoilt part of  Burgundy:

Lucy Portman

This was Lucy’s first visit to Romania and she recorded it in her portraits of the villagers and farmers she met there. An accomplished artist in oils and mixed media she trained at Charles Cecil's Academy in Florence but has since developed a distinctive and spontaneous style.  When painting and travelling in Nepal she had an exhibition in Katmandu and has since exhibited successfully at the Summerleaze Gallery.

Flappy Lane Fox

Flappy Lane Fox turned to botanical painting after the death of her son, Harry Sidebottom, in a car accident in 1999. She attended a year’s botanical painting course at The Chelsea Physic Garden obtaining a Merit for the course, recognition among her peers followed quickly. Her paintings are delicate, combining a whimsical strength, with technical virtuosity. Flappy has contributed four paintings to The Highgrove Florilegium, a two-volume illustrated record of all the plants in the Prince of Wales’s garden at Highgrove. She has painted in Transylvania where botanist John Akeroyd is instructing botanical artists to record the beauty, variety and abundance of the native flora.

Patrick Cullen

Patrick Cullen is most likely to be found in the mountains or hills of Rajasthan, Andalucia or Tuscany. This was his first trip to Romania and it made a sufficiently strong impression that he returned under his own steam to capture more images for the Festival Exhibition. Patrick uses either pastels or oils and showed new work with Ken Howard RA and others in an exhibition of "Paintings of India" at The Tryon Gallery in 2013. This was followed by a solo show of a much wider selection of his Indian paintings representing four trips to India over the past two years and including paintings of Delhi and Amritsar as well as Rajasthan.

Paul MacDermot

Paul MacDermot lives in South West Wiltshire. He is primarily a Landscape Painter who enjoys travelling to find new inspiration. He finds painting from life on location not only brings a freshness and certainty to the work, but imprints on the mind the whole scenario and the various events taking place around him. In Biertan, Romania for example , when painting the Fortified Church a group of children came to watch the artist at work. Soon they all quietly disappeared.. and ten minutes later he discovered why.... they had gone off with his only tube of white paint
The artists are exhbiting their work as part of "British Painters in Transylvania", with paintings auctioned at a special evening on Thursday 15th May 2014 in support of ADEPT.  The artists are generously giving a third of all sales from the exhibition to ADEPT.

Fundatia ADEPT

The ADEPT Foundation has been working since 2004 to protect the nature-rich, farmed landscapes of Transylvania, and to support the traditional farming communities who have created them over centuries and who maintain them today.
Its aim is to give these landscapes and communities an economic future and relevance in the 21st century without sacrificing their sustainability and productivity, which are in fact a model of wider significance in Europe.

Some of the most important high nature farmed landscapes in Europe are found in Romania, especially Transylvania. These landscapes are a refuge for many threatened species and habitats, lost in most of Europe. They provide high productivity and high local employment, and also other important benefits to Europe more widely:
  • -  havens for Europe's threatened wild plants and animals
  • -  food security through truly sustainable land use, heathy bee populations for pollination
  • -  healthy populations of natural predators for sustainable pest control
  • -  clean air and water, flood prevention through natural landscape features in catchment areas
  • -  a gene pool of farm animal breeds and plant varieties, enabling improved production under varying conditions.
These landscapes are threatened by lack of economic and social support, especially under the drive for competitiveness in the EU and global markets, which do not place a value on the benefits of these forms of agriculture. It would be a tragedy to lose such landscapes just as we are beginning to appreciate their importance. 
When ADEPT started work in 2004, these kinds of man-made landscapes did not enjoy support, because they fell between two stools. They were not valued for nature conservation, since conservation NGOs and policy-makers emphasized wilderness areas. And they were not valued by development NGOs and policy-makers, because their low-intensity land management was seen as contradictory to the goals of competitiveness, productivity and poverty-reduction.
More recently, it has become increasingly appreciated by policy-makers that
  • -  man-made semi-natural landscapes support higher habitat and wild species diversity than do many wilderness areas
  • -  small-scale farms offer higher productivity per hectare, greater long-term security, and higher local employment, than do industrial farms.
The ADEPT Foundation is proud that it has contributed to this shift in policy at national and European level. 

Since 2004, ADEPT has been carrying out an integrated range of activities which together add up to viability and vitality of the landscape and communities: 
- Policy work with governments
- Farm advisory services
- Model small-scale commercial enterprises which improve local economy at all stages in the supply chain  
- Production, processing, sales and marketing
- Development of other income sources such as agro-tourism and nature guiding, of which its highest-profile success is a network of mountain bike trails.

For its pioneering, joined up and integrated approach to solving the problem of the viability of these high-nature farmed landscapes, the ADEPT Foundation has won awards at national level, in Romania, and at European level.

For more information, see
The inspiring young Romanian team responsible for this achievement over 10 years will come from Transylvania to help with the Festival and to answer any questions you might have about their work:
  • - Cristi Gherghiceanu - manager
  • - Ben Mehedin - farmer training especially food quality, food supply chains, food micro-enterprises
  • - Laura Chirila - marketing and communications
  • - Razvan Popa - farmer training and policy especially in nature friendly farming (agri-environment)
  • - Cornel Stanciu - eco-tourism especially mountain bike trails

Nat Page, who with John Akeroyd was one of the founders of ADEPT, will also be at the Festival.


No 1 Belgrave Square is the residence of The Romanian Cultural Institute who have kindly supported A Transylvania Festival by opening up their house for these events and we would like to thank them for their generous hospitality.

The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation offers 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 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award was established to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy.

The Romanian Cultural Centre in London bridges a gap in the way Romania and Romanians are perceived in Britain. 2014 is a year in which the RCC plans to attract an even greater British audience towards making Romania and Romanian culture better known.

All wine for the Transylvania Festival have been generously given by Prince Stirbey Wines from their vineyards in the Dragasani wine region, where for 300 years the family of Baroness Ileana Kripp-Costinescu have produced wine. Taste and judge for yourself that their traditionally worked vineyards are producing some of Europe's most delicious wines.

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