Embarking on a writing journey: Bucharest celebrates Romanian Language Day with a massive dictation event

Oana Vasiliu 30/08/2023 | 09:46

On September 2, residents of Bucharest are invited to a one-of-a-kind event set to take place on Kiseleff Boulevard: a dictation. This occasion marks the celebration of Romanian Language Day – held on August 31 and bears resemblance to the event organized a few months ago by the French on Champs Elysées.


Commencing at 6:00 PM on September 2, all residents of Bucharest are encouraged to gather at the roundabout on Kiseleff Boulevard for a distinctive celebration of the Romanian Language. The focal point of this celebration will be a captivating dictation exercise, an initiative announced by the Bucharest Cultural Centre (ARCUB).

Adding a literary flair to the event, author Doina Ruști will recite an exclusive literary piece crafted expressly for this occasion. Thus, participants who will occupy the seats placed along Kiseleff Boulevard in the heart of the capital will have the opportunity to transcribe onto paper literary texts recited by the writer Doina Ruști. Distinguished with the Prize for Prose from the Writers’ Union of Romania and the “Ion Creangă” Award from the Romanian Academy, Doina Ruști, a prose writer with over 40 titles translated into more than 15 languages, will convey a literary piece specially composed for this event.

“I have written a short story specifically for this gathering, a brief tale set in the miraculous time of Bucharest midday, and I would like us to read it together and then keep it, among other pages, as evidence of the autumn’s delights, like a love letter,” said the author.

Conceived as a means of raising awareness and promoting the Romanian language through a collective urban exercise, the event “Romanian Language Day” thus proposes a journey into the universe of words, wherein participants will have the opportunity not only to test their linguistic skills but also to be rewarded with the dictated and authored text by Doina Ruști.

According to the organizers, the event seeks to introduce a collective urban endeavor aimed at fostering awareness and advancing the cause of the Romanian language. Participants are invited on a linguistic journey into the enchanting realm of words and expression.

This gathering extends an open invitation to participants spanning all age groups, beckoning them to take part in this linguistically event. To secure a spot, interested individuals can promptly register here or access the form through the official websites: www.arcub.ro, www.bibmet.ro, and www.mnlr.ro.

Drawing a parallel, a similar event held on the famed Champs Elysées in Paris to celebrate the French language witnessed participation from an approximate 5,000 individuals during the month of June. The event serves as a testament to the power of language and the unifying force it embodies.

The event stands as a collaborative effort between the Bucharest City Hall, ARCUB, the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest, and the National Museum of Romanian Literature. It forms a notable component of the larger program titled “Open Streets – Bucharest, Urban Promenade.”

About Romanian Language Day

Romanian Language Day is celebrated nationally on August 31, starting from the year 2013 when the law establishing this holiday was enacted. The programs and cultural-educational events, with evocative or scientific characteristics, dedicated to this day emphasize the importance of the Romanian language not only as a means of communication but also as a repository of history, culture, and national identity.

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