Bucharest Don’t Forget Me! Safe Spaces for the Queer Community
I often think about the safe spaces for the LGBTQAI+ community in my city. In a society where tensions towards my community are manifested locally and globally, I write about building bridges of dialogue and cooperation.
Words & Photos: Lavinia Ionescu | November 2023
The Danube Delta: Healing the Scars of Romania’s Greatest Natural Resource
The Danube is where millions of birds from Europe, Asia, and Africa come to nest – a paradise for birdwatchers. It is home to 360 bird species. People have inhabited it since ancient times without their footprints to matter. Yet today, we are in danger of destroying it in a fraction of a second.
Words: Catalin Gruia | Photos: Dan Dinu | October 2023
I’ll Have Some Cornbread, Please!
Like a warm hug, bread symbolizes comfort and connection. When it comes to corn-based Romanian dishes, cornbread is the underdog. And Lucreția and Ludovica are excited to prepare it – from scratch.
Words: Andrea Dimofte | Photos: Lucía Blasco | August 2023
SanThé, an Inclusive Teahouse by Olympic Champions
On my first visit to SanThé, my waitress is Mădălina. She is one of many people with Down syndrome that work here, Romania’s first teahouse where people with this disability serve – more than a half of whom are Olympic champions.
Words: Ina Țăranu-Hofnăr | Photos: Silviu Paun | August 2023
Making Art from Waste: A Conversation with Alina Teodorescu, from InContext
A forgotten town, Slanic Moldova has become a host to one of the country’s most innovative artistic initiatives. Alina talks about her contemporary art residency program and the importance of upcycling.
Words & Photos: Andrea Dimofte | August 2023
How Do You Like Your Coffee? A Taste of Romania’s Coffee Culture
Coffee culture has quickly evolved. This is an article on how coffee is consumed by the people around me, like my mother, and the specialty coffee my friends and I drink today.
Words: Maria Raicu | Photo: Bogdan Balaceanu | Illustration: Doina Titanu | August 2023
Electronic Music under Communist Romania: The Sound of Resistance
While the communist government sought to control artistic expression, musicians found creative ways to express their dissent. Some musicians established themselves in the scene, making immense contributions.
Words: Dragoș Rusu | Illustration: Sorina Vazelina | August 2023
Burning Man’s Principles in Romania: A Conversation with Gabriel Muscalu
Burning Man: a music festival? No. A party in a desert? Maybe. A temporary city? Yes. Gabriel was struck by its power to change his perspective on life. Everything inspired him to bring its principles to Romania.
Words & Photo: Andrea Dimofte | August 2023
Conservation Carpathia: Bringing Us to the Wild Side
We talk to Christoph and Barbara Promberger about how they built Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC), one of Europe’s largest conservation projects, to protect and allow biodiversity to thrive.
Words: Lavinia Gogu & Andrea Dimofte | Photos: Bogdan Balaceanu | August 2023
Reinvention & Slow Living: A Conversation with Yuki Ichiro
Yuki is a small, family-run restaurant offering the most genuine Japanese experience in the capital; a relaxed setting with authentic Japanese flavors where everything is created with care and attention to detail.
Words: Lavinia Gogu | Photo: Bogdan Balaceanu | August 2023
“Wild Romania”: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Documentary
Dan Dinu, the director of Romania’s most famous wildlife documentary film “Wild Romania,” offers special images from spectacular regions, and singular stories about the country’s biodiversity.
Words: Catalin Gruia | Photos: Dan Dinu | August 2023
Connecting Forests with Music: a Conversation with Nico de Transilvania
For music producer Nico de Transilvania, the forest is a source of creative inspiration and a space to develop a noble mission: the reforestation of degraded landscapes.
Words: Lavinia Gogu | Photos: Marius Sumlea | August 2023
Vama Veche, a Journey Within
On a blistering hot mid-summer afternoon in 1999, I was dropped off by the side of a road. For the first time in my life, I was unknowingly entering the realm of Vama Veche, an enchanting journey into the deeper questions of life.
Words & Photo: Mihnea Turcu | August 2023