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London Launch: the Romanian community GUIDE

Adi Cherciu
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On 11 June 2014, the Romanian Guide was officially launched at the Embassy of Romania in London, in the presence of His Excellency Dr Ion Jinga, Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St James’s.

The Romanian Guide, a new project initiated by ROMANi ONLiNE, is a publication dedicated to the Romanian community from Great Britain. It contains 60 pages of useful, up to date information about the services made available to the Romanians all over Britain. The Guide is distributed free of charge, both in printed version and electronic version: http://ghid.uk. This project was supported by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – The Department for the Romanians Abroad and the Embassy of Romania in London.

The Ambassador opened the evening by addressing the more than 150 guests, saluting the publication of the Guide and congratulating the project organisers. “The Romanian Guide is a most welcome and timely publication, an instrument which encourages the so much needed communication within the community,” the Ambassador said.

Brief interventions were then delivered by two representatives of the Romanian community: cultural manager Ramona Mitrica, director of the Romanian Film Festival, and entrepreneur Adrian Cherciu, director of ROMANi ONLiNE and coordinator of the Romanian Guide.

Ramona Mitrica described the Guide which contains the details of 52 Romanian shops in the UK, 22 restaurants, 38 Romanian churches, 103 authorised translators, 31 transport companies for persons and parcels, 7 diaspora publications, 15 web sites, 14 beauty salons as well as of numerous other Romanian businesses from all over Britain. The publication also contains information about Romanian weekend schools, students’ associations, professional networks, community organisations, consular services, work rights, recognition of overseas qualifications/diplomas and their comparable level in the UK. Entries in the Guide are free of charge and all those interested are invited to write to ghid@romani-online.co.uk about the businesses or services they make available to the Romanian community.

Adrian Cherciu spoke about how the idea of making a community Guide came up, as an X-ray of the Romanian community in Britain. The project started in 2013 under the umbrella of ROMANi ONLiNE in order to take advantage of the already existing resources: data bases, work team, distribution network. “Starting from next year, the Romanian Guide will become a completely independent project, with its own registered domain for the online version, with its own team. It will be an annual printed publication, and the online version will be updated regularly,” Adrian Cherciu emphasised.

Among the guests at the event  were pianist Alexandra Dariescu, soprano Ruxandra Donose, barrister Flavia Kenyon, architect Iolanda Costide, professors Yossi Balanescu and Alex Drace-Francis, author Mike Phillips, consultant David Webster, director of The Romanian Cultural Institute in London Dorian Branea, The Consul of Romania in London Oana Gheorghiu, members of the Embassy of Romania team, business people, doctors, journalists, students, and representatives of several Romanian community organisations: Romanca Society, Ro Events, Tales told in Romanian, 28films, Diaspora Romaneasca, Gazeta de Romania, Romania in Contact and Gazeta Romaneasca publications.

The photo gallery of the event can be found here:
http://www.romani-online.co.uk/album/evenimente-oficiale/2014-06-11-lansarea-publicatiei-ghidul-romanesc

This project was supported by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – The Department for the Romanians Abroad, Embassy of Romania in London, O2, EuroTop, MoneyGram, Levenes, DNS Associates, AutoBoca, EastLines, Albinuta.co.uk, Ileana’s Food Boutique, Lara’s Cakes, The Romanian Film Festival in London, Convorbiri Romanesti magazine, Authorised Translations – London

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