The Romanian capital Bucharest is inescapably tied to communism and the revolution of ’89. Few other places offer views of such sprawling, uniform greyness, and in no other city will you find a monument to personal self-glorification quite like the People’s Palace.

Adrian Schiop

Adrian Schiop



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The day after the revolution of ’89 broke out, Peter Oostveen arrived in Bucharest as an oncologist working for Medecins Sans Frontieres. Oostveen now carries out projects with Asociatia Heritage in healthcare, education and culture.

In asociata heritageNovember 2011, Asociatia Heritage offered shelter to Dutch poet Ester Naomi Perquin. During their stay, they were amazed by both the most and least beautiful aspects of the city. The project’s local authors were also keen to oblige: screenwriter Răzvan Radulescu and PhD student and author Adrian Schiop enthusiastically showed their favourite sides of the city, as did semi-local author Jaap Faber, who then worked for the University of Bucharest.

Of course, you’ll also find beauty, ugliness and revolution in the work of Christian Binder, the citybooks Bucharest photographer. The City One Minutes were made by several Romanian video makers.

Read an interview (in Romanian) with Ester Naomi Perquin about her residency in Bucharest here and with Anna Luyten here. The authors were interviewed by Ana Chiriţoiu for România Literară.



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