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THE FOUNDATION AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY “ORIENT-OCCIDENT”, CURTEA DE ARGEŞ

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
“CURTEA DE ARGEŞ POETRY NIGHTS” – ROMANIA
(Short history)

The International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights”, Romania was set up in 1997, belonging to the annual programs of the Foundation and Cultural Organization International Academy Orient-Occident (Curtea de Argeş, Romania). This cultural institution has a private character, its initiators being the poet Dumitru M. Ion (President) and the poetess Carolina Ilica (Artistic Director).
The International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights”, unique of its kind within the Central European countries has aimed and succeeded from the very beginning to become part of the international circuit of big festivals such as Struga (R. Macedonia), Las Palmas (Spain), Medellin (Colombia), Trois Rivières (Canada), etc.
The International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” is conceived as an encomium to the world poetry nowadays, as a ceaseless poetical performance (by the Romanian traditional music, art exhibition and book releases, Romanian folk dances, visits to the fortresses and castles of Vlad Ţepeş (Dracula), trips in the Carpathian Mountains, etc.). The festival lasts 7 days and 6 nights.
On the occasion of the first edition (18th-22nd of September 1977) participated 40 poets of almost 15 countries; they were organized 4 poetry performances, over 50 recitals of poetry, 10 book releases, Romanian folklore performances, engraving exhibition of the master Marcel Chirnoagă, visits to the historical and cultural monuments from Argeş County, etc.
The following prizes were awarded: 1. Balkan Grand Prize (for poetry): Georges Astalos (France) – for poetry work written in Romanian; 2. Orient-Occident Grand Prize (for arts): Nikolai Stoianov (Bulgaria) – for his whole prose writings; 3. International Grand Prize for Poetry: Mihail Rengiov (Republic of Macedonia) – for his whole poetical work.

At the second edition of the Festival (17th-21st of September 1998) participated 100 writers and men of letters from 24 countries from all over the world.
With this occasion there were organized 4 poetry performances, the sculpture and engraving exhibition of the great Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Iliescu- Călineşti, the book exhibition of the Orient-Occident Publishing House; during the Festival there were also held
7 poetry book releases, 4 Romanian folklore performances, as well as visits to historical and cultural monuments from the old capital city Curtea de Argeş, trips in the Carpathians.
At this edition the jury of the International Academy Orient-Occident awarded the following prizes: 1. Wallachia Prize (for the work of translation from Romanian literature): Petru Kârdu (Serbia – Republic of Yugoslavia); 2. Balkan Grand Prize (for poetry) : Nikola Ţinţar-Poposki (Serbia – Republic of Yugoslavia) – for his whole poetical work; 3. Orient-Occident Grand Prize (for arts): Marcel Chirnoagă (Romania) – for his whole sculpture and engraving work; Geladin Asani (Member of Albanian minority in Republic of Macedonia) – for preservation of filigree in the Balkans and his creation in jewellery; 4. International Grand Prize for Poetry: Acad. Manuel Diaz Martinez (Cuba, resident of Spain) – for his whole poetical work.

At the third edition of the Festival (8th-13th of July 1999) participated 75 writers and men of culture of 25 countries from all over the world, among which there were writers such as Mrs. Rosemary P. C. Wilkinson, S.U.A., President of the World Congress of Poets and President of the World Academy of Art and Poetry.
On this occasion, there were organized 7 poetry performances, 3 poetical microrecitals, the exhibition of silver filigree work of the jewel master Geladin Asani (Republic of Macedonia), the exhibition of sculpture of the master Traian Duţă (Romania), exhibitions of artists from Curtea de Argeş (sculpture, decorative arts), the book exhibition of Orient-Occident Publishing House; 10 volumes of poetry were launched; there were offered 3 folk performances and a great show of music and poetry performed by Tatiana Pavlova (Russian Federation) and Claudia Lamas Gerleine (Colombia); there were also organized visits to the historical and cultural monuments from Curtea de Argeş and a trip in the Carpathian Mountains.
The jury of the International Academy „Orient- Occident” awarded the following prizes: 1. Balkan Grand Prize for Poetry: Suat Engülü (Turkey); 2. Orient-Occident Grand Prize for Arts: Gheorghe Iliescu-Călineşti (Romania); 3. International Grand Priye for Poetry: Acad. Alberto Estima de Oliveira (Macao).

The fourth edition of the International Festival “Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” took place during 6th-10th of July 2000 both at Bucharest and Curtea de Argeş, proceeding under the motto: „1001 Poems of the 2nd Millennium”. On this occasion, 100 poets and men of culture from 28 countries attended. Five main recitals of poetry took place (one in the Mirror Hall at the Writers Union Palace of Bucharest and 4 recitals in the Board Hall of Curtea de Argeş City Hall) and more than 100 microrecitals of poetry. Ten books published by Orient- Occident Publishing House were released, amongst them being the Anthology of the Festival, „POESYS”. A special poetical recital in the honour of our national poet, Mihai Eminescu (the celebration of 150 years from his birthday) was organized and midnight recitals, as well, etc. Two Romanian folk music and dance performances were offered in the honour of guests. Additionally, they got the occasion to enjoy the songs performance of „Orfeu” Chorus, and the extraordinary performance offered by the Greek poet and singer Kostas Papanastasiou (guitar- voice).
On the occasion of the Festival, there was open the book exhibition of Orient-Occident Publishing House and was inaugurated the painting exhibition of the master Dan Bota (Romania), as well as the sculpture exhibition of the popular artist Dan Gherasimescu (Romania). There were visited two of the extraordinary monuments of art and culture from Curtea de Argeş County – the Princely Church (14th century) and the Monastery of Curtea de Argeş (16th century). Two trips in the Carpathians were organized on which occasion were been visited Poenari Fortress (Dracula’s Fortress) and Bran Castle.
On the occasion of the Festival, daily special pages dedicated to this event appeared in the local, regional and national prints, more than 30 direct or recorded broadcastings on the Romanian Radio and Television and special numbers of the Romanian local newspapers Argeşul and Curierul de Argeş.
On 11th of July 2000, in the evening, there were awarded the prizes offered by the International Academy Orient-Occident, the organizer of the Festival, as follows: 1. Wallachia Prize (for translations). They were nominated: Brenda Walker (England), Risto Vasilievski (Republic of Macedonia), Miljurko Vukadinovic (Serbia – Republic of Yugoslavia). Winner: Miljurko Vukadinovic (Serbia – Republic of Yugoslavia); 2. European Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Olav Münzberg (Germany), Kiril Kadiiski (Bulgaria), Serghei Gloviuk (Russia). Winner: Acad. Kiril Kadiiski (Bulgaria); 3. Orient-Occident Prie for Arts. There were nominated: Péter Turcsány (Hungry) – for poetry, Kostas Papanastasiou (Greece) – for the collision of the arts, Ardian Kristian Kuciuk (Albania) – for prose. Winner: Kostas Papanastasiou (Greece). 4. International Grand Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Prakash Bhatambrekar (India), Srisurang Poolthupya (Thailand), John F. Deane (Ireland). Winner: Acad. John F. Deane (Ireland).

The fifth edition, anniversary one, of the Festival took place between 12th-17th of July 2001 under the motto 1001 Love Poems. At this edition participated 127 poets from 30 countries. On this occasion, there were organized over 100 cultural events, amogst them counting 5 poetry performances of 5 hours each (organized in the Mirror Hall of the Writers Union Palace and in the Big Hall of Curtea de Argeş City Hall), 5 folklore performances, 2 art exhibitions (remarkable was the exhibition of the pupils from Albeştii de Argeş Village, CROMO Graphic Circle with more than 100 pictures displayed on the occasion of important graphic exhibitions all over the world); over 100 poetical microrecitals; 15 book releases dedicated to poets from Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ireland, Portugal, Macao, Serbia – Republic of Yugoslavia, Montenegro – Republic of Yugoslavia, Romania, etc. as well as to the Anthology POESYS 2 (Love Poems) of the 5th edition of the Festival (400 pages A4); there were organized visits to the historical and cultural monuments from Curtea de Argeş (the Princely Church and the famous Monastery Curtea de Argeş) as well as Bran Castle (on the occasion of the trip “On Dracula’s Traces”).
On 15th of July 2001 the International Academy Orient-Occident awarded the following prizes: 1. National Grand Prize: Marioara Murărescu, for her work of promotion and preservation the authenticity of Romanian folklore; 2. Wallachia Grand Prize (for the work of translations from Romanian literature). There were nominated: Vitalii Kolodii (Ukraine); George Grigore (Romania); Kamel A-El-Amiri (Iraq). Winners: George Grigore (Romania) and Kamel A-El-Amiri (Iraq); 3. European Grand Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Dražen Katunarić (Croatia); Metin Celal (Turkey); Claude Darbellay (Switzerland). Winner: Claude Darbellay (Switzerland); 4. Orient-Occident Grand Prize for Arts. There were nominated: Vasile Tărâţeanu (Ukraine) for the collision of arts; Vukman Otasević (Montenegro – Republic of Yugoslavia) for poetry; Franca Bacchiega (Italy) for prose. Winner: Vukman Otasević (Montenegro – Republic of Yugoslavia); 5. International Grand Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Erik Stinus (Denmark); Satoko Tamura (Japan); Raul Henáo (Colombia). Winner: Acad. Satoko Tamura (Japan).
Local, regional and national newspapers described this cultural event in over 100 articles, interviews, and pages dedicated to the poetry. The most important local, regional and national radio and TV stations dedicated over 10 hours of direct broadcasting and recordings during the Festival, as well.

The sixth edition of the International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” took place between 11th-17th of July 2002 under the motto 1001Poems. Seasons of Dream. At this edition participated 75 poets from 25 countries. On this occasion, there were organized 5 poetry performances (in the Mirror Hall of the Writers Union Palace and in the Big Hall of Curtea de Argeş City Hall); there was open the book exhibition of Orient-Occident Publishing House being released 33 books and the Anthology POESYS 6 * Seasons of Dream of the 6th edition of the Festival (multilingual, 418 pages A4); there were inaugurated a sacred icon exhibition as well as the sculpture exhibition of the master Traian Duţă and the payting exhibition of the master Aurel Gârjoabă (Romania); there were organized 4 Romanian folk performances, visits to the historical and cultural monuments from Curtea de Argeş, trips to Villa Florica (Piteşti), Goleşti Museum as well as to Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle).
In the evening of July 16, 2002 the International Academy Orient-Occident awarded the following prizes: 1. National Grand Prize for Literature: Ştefan Augustin Doinaş – for his whole work; 2. Wallachia Prieze (for translations). There were nominated: Baki Ymeri (Republic of Macedonia), Jon Milos (Sweden), Gao Xing (China). Winner: Jon Milos (Sweden); 3. European Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Heidi Pataki (Austria), Andres Ehin (Estonia), Serghei Gloviuk (Russian Federation). Winner: Serghei Gloviuk (Russian Federation); 4. International Grand Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Renée Férrer (Paraguay), Naji Naaman (The Lebanon) Nicole Cage-Florentiny (Martinica). Winner: Naji Naaman (Lebanon).

The seventh edition of the International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” was held between 17th-22nd of July 2003, having as motto: 1001 Poems. Ars Poetica, with the participation of 75 poets and men of letter from over 27 countries. There were organized 6 poetical recitals (in the Mirror Hall, The Writers Union Palace, Bucharest; Big Hall of the County Library „Dinicu Golescu”, Piteşti; Big Hall of Curtea de Argeş Ciy Hall; Florica Villa, Brătianu Cultural Centre, Ştefăneşti) and more than 150 poetical microrecitals. It was opened the Book Exhibition of the Publishing House of the International Academy Orient-Occident; there were released 15 volumes of poetry as well as the Anthology of the Festival, POESYS 7 * ARS POETICA (multilingual, 600 pages A4); there were inaugurated the sculpture exhibition of the master Traian Duţă and the graphics exhibition of master Ion Tiţoiu. There were held an extraordinary recital (vocal & guitar) performed by prof. Adina Badea (Romania), respectivelly an extraordinary recital of Creol music and poetry performed by the poet Patrick Mathelié-Guinlet (Martinica). „Argeşul” Ensemble of Curtea de Argeş City Hall offered a performance of Romanian folk songs and dances to the guests. The guests took part in the trips organized in Carpathians (Poenari Fortress / the Fortress of Vlad Ţepeş and Vidraru Lake) and to Bran Castle (The Castle of Vlad Ţepeş/ Dracula), as well. They got the opportunity to visit the famous Monastry of Curtea de Argeş and Master Manole Hall from the Royal (Episcopal) Palace (where one was held the ceremony of joining H.H. Calinic, Bishop of Argeş and Muscel, as member of the International Academy Orient-Occident).
In the evening of July 21st-22nd, as usually, there were awarded the prizes of the Festival in the Big Hall of Curtea de Argeş City Hall. The Jury of the International Academy Orient-Occident, consisted of Carolina Ilica (President), Cassian Maria Spiridon, Ioan Ţepelea, Adrian Dinu Rachieru and Dumitru M. Ion (members) decided the awarding of the following prizes: 1. The National Grand Prize: Acad. Solomon Marcus (for his whole work); 2. Wallachia Prize (for translations from Romanian language): Kiril Kovalgi (Russian Federation) – for his whole work; 3. Orient- Occident Grand Prize for Arts. There were nominated: Aarne Puu (Estonia), Jacek Lubart Krzsyca (Poland), Tallulah Flores (Colombia), Kostas Valetas (Greece), Gerard Smyth (Ireland). Winners: Kostas Valetas (Greece) – for prose; Tallulah Flores (Colombia) – for poetry; 4. The European Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Zalan Tibor (Hungary); Margalit Matitiahu (Israel); Valeriu Matei (R. Moldavia). Winner: Margalit Matitiahu (Israel) – for her whole work; 5. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Acad. Antonio Porpetta (Spain), Acad. Xhevahir Spahiu (Albania), Acad. Knuts Skujennieks (Latvia). Winner: Acad. Antonio Porpetta (Spain) – for his whole work. The all prizes were awarded for the entire work of the authors.

The eighth edition of the International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” was held between 7th-13th of July 2004, having as motto: 1001 Poems. Sacrality, with the participation of 65 poets and men of letter from over 22 countries. There were organized 6 extraordinary poetical recitals for three hours each (one took place in the Mirror Hall, The Writers Union Palace, Bucharest; three in the Big Hall of Curtea de Argeş Ciy Hall; one at Florica Villa, „Brătianu” Cultural Centre, Ştefăneşti; and one in „Master Manole” Hall, The Episcopal Palace of Curtea de Argeş). There were held more than 150 poetical microrecitals. It was opened the Book Exhibition of the Publishing House of the International Academy Orient-Occident; there were released 3 volumes of poetry belonging to the participants of the Festival as well as the Anthology of the Festival, POESYS 8 * SACRALITY (multilingual – Romanian, English, Spanish, French, 420 pages A4); there were varnished the graphics exhibition of master Vasile Ivănescu. There were held 3 extraordinary recitals at the didjeridoo, the instrument of the Australian aborigines, performed by the composer and singer Lex Gillen (Luxembourg); at Villa Florica, the singer Adina Badea (Romania) performed once again an extraordinary (vocal & guitar) based on Romanian and foreign songs and lines; The Ensemble of „George Topârceanu” House of Culture and the Ansamble of Posada Hotel of Curtea de Argeş offered the guests two performances of Romanian folk songs and dances. The guests took part in the trips organized in Carpathians (Poenari Fortress / the Fortress of Vlad Ţepeş and Vidraru Barrage) and to Bran Castle (The Castle of Vlad Ţepeş / Dracula), as well. They also got the opportunity to visit the famous monuments of art and culture: The Princely Church and the Monastry of Curtea de Argeş and „Master Manole” Hall from the Royal (Episcopal) Palace where one was held the poetical recital Sacrality and the Ceremony of joining the new members of the International Academy Orient-Occident: the poets Sigurd Helseth (Norway) and Osman Bozkurt (Turkey).
In the evening of July 12th-13th July, according to the tradition, there were awarded the prizes of the Festival in the Big Hall of Curtea de Argeş City Hall. The Jury of the International Academy Orient-Occident, consisted of Carolina Ilica (poet, president), Ovidiu Ghidirmic (critic, literary historian, member), Corneliu Antoniu (poet, member), Gabriel Coşoveanu (essayist, member), Dumitru M. Ion (writer, member) awarded the following prizes: 1. Wallachia Prize (for translations from Romanian language). There was nominated Ileana Ursu (Serbia and Montenegro). Winner: Ileana Ursu (Serbia and Montenegro) – for her entire work of translation from the Romanian language; 2. The European Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Matthias Bronisch (Germany); Acad. Marian Grzesczak (Poland); Oksana Zabuzhko (Ukraine). Winner: Oksana Zabuzhko (Ukraine) – 3. The Grand Prize Orient-Occident for Arts. There were nominated: Lex Gillen (Luxembourg) – composer; Ion Stratan (Romania) – poet; Lana Derkac (Croatia) – writer. Winner: Ion Stratan (Romania) – for his whole poetical work; 4. The National Grand Prize for Literature. Nominated: Cezar Ivănescu (Romania). Winner: Cezar Ivănescu (Romania) – for his whole poetical work; 5. The International Grand Prize for Poetry There were nominated: Abdellouahab Errami (Morocco); Acad. Charles Dobzynski (France); Maria Antonieta Flores (Venezuela). Winner: Acad. Charles Dobzynski (France) – for his whole poetical work.
A team from the Romanian National Television (TVR Cultural) controlled by Raluca Tudor, did the shooting of whole cultural event International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights”.

The nineth edition of the International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights“ was held between 13th-19th of July 2005, having as motto: 1001 Poems * Venere and Madonna, with the participation of 70 poets and men of letter from over 28 countries. There were 6 extraordinary poetical recitals for the three hours each (one took place in the Mirror Hall, The Writers Union Palace, Bucharest; tree in the Big Hall of Curtea de Argeş City Hall; one al Florica Villa, „Brătianu“ Cultural Centre, Ştefăneşti, Piteşti; and one in „Master Manole“ Hall, The Episcopal Palace of Curtea de Argeş). There were held more than 200 poetical microrecitals. It was opened the Book Exhibition of the Publishing House of the International Academy Orient-Occident. There were relased the Anthology, of the Festival: POESYS 9 * VENERE AND MADONNA (multilingual – romanian, english, spanish, french, 475 pages, A5); there were varnishead The graphics exhibition: Mihai Eminescu. Sonets, in the vision of 45 Romanian artists and The priting exhibition of Leila Allagui Hanahem (Tunisia). There were 3 extraordinary recitals: Guitar and voice. Latin American songs, performed by the poet composer and singer Wladimir Pesántez (Ecuador). The Ensemble of Posada Hotel Curtea de Argeş offered the guests one performance of Romanian folk songs and dances. The guests of the festival took part in the trips organized in Carpahians (the Fortress of Vlad Ţepeş/Dracula and Vidraru Barage) and to Bran Castle (The Castle of Vlad Ţepeş /Dracula), as well. They also got the opportunity to visit the famous monuments of art and culture: The Princely Church and the Monastry of Curtea de Argeş and „Master Manole“ Hall from the Episcopal (Royall Palace of Curtea de Argeş where on was held the Ceremony of joining the new member of the International Academy Orient-Occident: the poet Milan Nenadić (Serbia and Montenegro) the translator of poetry work from Mihai Eminescu into Serbian language.
At the annyversary of 155 years from the birth of great national poet Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889) the theme of the nineth edition of the International Festival, Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights was inspired from the poem Venere and Madonna.
In the evening of 17th – 18th July, according to the tradition, there were awarded the Prizes of the Festival in the Big Hall of Curtea de Argeş City Hall. The Jury of the International Academy Orient-Occident, consisted of Carolina Ilica (poet, President), Ovidiu Ghidirmic (critic, literary historian, Member), Aurel Rău (poet, essayist, Member) and Dumitru M. Ion (writer, Member), awarded the following prizes: 1. Walahia Prize (for translations from Romanian language). There were nominated: Aurelia Rusu, Romaniţa Rusu and Valeriu Rusu (France). Winners: Aurelia Rusu, Romanitza Rusu and Valeriu Rusu (France) for the translations into French of poetry work of Mihai Eminescu and Ioan Budai-Deleanu). 2. The Balkan Prize for Poetry; there were nominated: Olimbi Velaj (Albania); Nadia Popova (Bulgaria) and Mehmet Atilla Maraş (Turkey). Winner: Mehmet Atilla Maraş (Turkey). 3. The European Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Jaimes B. Rosa (Spania); Petra Nagenkögel (Austria); Naim Araidi (Israel). Winner: Petra Nagenkögel (Austria). 4. The Orient-Occident Grand Prize for Arts. There were nominated: Leila Allagui Hanahem (Tunisia), poet and painter; Vasile Tărâţeanu (Ucraina), poet and newspaperman; Wladimir Pesántez (Ecuador), poet, composer, singer. Winner: Wladimir Pesántez (Ecuador) and Vasile Tărâţeanu (Ucraina) – for the collision of arts. 5. The National Grand Prize for Literature. There vas nominated: Acad. Constantin Ciopraga. Winner: Acad. Constantin Ciopraga – for his whole of critic and literary historian). 6. The International Grand Prize for Poetry; there were nominated; Nguien Chi Trung (Vietnam); Acad. Jorge Miguel Cocom Pech (maya nationality, Mexico); Musa Hawamdech (Iordania). Winner: Acad. Jorge Miguel Cocom Pech (Mexico), for his whole poetical work.
A team from the Romanian National Television (TVR Cultural), did the shooting of whole International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights“ and a team from the Romanian Radiofusion realised every day trasmision from the ample cultural event.

The tenth, aniversary edition of The International Festival ,,Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights’’ was held between 12th-18th of July 2006, having as motto: 1001 Poems ● Excelsior, with the participation of 75 and men of letter from over 32 countries. There were 6 extraordinary poetical recitals for the fourth hours each (one took place in the Mirror Hall (The Writers Union Palace, Bucharest); one took place in the Big Hall of Culture House ,,George Topârceanu’’, Curtea de Argeş; one al Florica Villa, ,,Brătianu’’ Cultural Centre, Ştefăneşti-Argeş; two in The Basarabians’ Hall of the City Muzeum of Curtea de Argeş; one in Master Manole Hall, The Episcopal (Royal Palace of Curtea de Argeş. There were held more than 250 poetical microrecitals. It was opened The Book Exhibition of the Publishing House of the International Academy Orient-Occident; there were released 15 poetry books as well as the Antology of Festival, POESYS 10 ● EXCELSIOR (multilingual – Romanian, English, Spanish and French, 504 pages, A5). There were warnished the Art Exhibition The Clay Book (Poetry of Carolina Ilica – Ceramics of Nicolae Moldovan). There were 3 extraordinary recitals: one offered by the poet and composer Mario Salis (France), Vocal and guitar, one offered by the master Gheorghe Zamfir (România), Panpipe; one offere by Beso Khvedelidze and Şota Iataşvili (Georgia), Georgian Songs and Poetry. The Ensemble of Posada Hotel, Curtea de Argeş, offered the guests one performance of Romanian folk dances. The guests of festival took parte in the trips organized in Carpathians (The Fortress of Vlad Ţepeş/ Dracula and Vidraru Barage) and to Bran Castle (The Castle of Vlad Ţepeş/ Dracula), as well. They also got the opportunity to visit the famous monuments of art and culture: The Princely Church (14th century), Olari Church (16th century), the Monastery of Curtea de Argeş (16th century) and Master Manole Hall from the Episcopal (Royall) Palace of Curtea de Argeş where on was held the Ceremony of joining the new members of The International Academy Orient-Occident: the poet Acad. Kazuko Shiraishi (Japan); the compositor and Panpipe master Acad. Gheorghe Zamfir (Romania), and the poet Acad. Ursula Koziol (Poland).
In the evening of 17th-18th July, according to the tradition, there were awarded the Prizes of The Festival (Basarab’s Hall, The City Muzeum Curtea de Argeş). The Jury of the International Academy Orient- Occident, consisted of Carolina Ilica (poet, President), Theodor Codreanu (critic, essayist, Member), Corneliu Antoniu (poet, Member) and Dumitru M. Ion (poet, Member), awarded the following prizes: 1. Walachia Prize (for translation from Romanian language). Nominated: Luan Topciu (Albania). Winner: LuanTopciu (Albania). 2. The Balkan Prize (for Poetry). There were nominated: Maja Gjerek Lovreković (Croatia), Ioan Es. Pop (Romania); Ranko Pavlović (R. Srpska, Bosnia and Hertzegovina). Winner: Ioan Es. Pop (Romania) – for his whole poetical work. 3. The European Prize (for Poetry). There were nominated: Mario Salis (France); Philip Meersman (Belgique); Şota Iataşvili (Georgia). Winner: Mario Salis (France) – for this whole poetical work. 4. The Orient-Occident Prize (for Arts). There were nominated: Touria Ikbal (Maroc); Martha Canfield (Uruguay); Ali Abdulla Khalifa (Bahrein); Ion Cucu (Romania); Chiranan Pitpreecha (Thayland). Winners: Martha Canfield (Uruguai); Ali Abdulla Khalifa (Bahrein); Ion Cucu (Romania) – for the collision of arts. 5. The National Grand Prize (for Literature). There was nominated: Acad. Eugen Simion. Winner: Acad. Eugen Simion – for his whole of critic, essayist and literary historian. 6. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Sergio Badilla Castillo (Chile); Chad Faries (S.U.A.); Mercedes Roffé (Argentina). Winner: Chad Faries (S.U.A.) – for his whole poetical work.

The eleven edition of The International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” was held between 18-25 of July 2007, having as motto: 1001 Poems. The Sun and the Moon, with the participation of 75 poets and men of letter from over 20 countries. There were 5 extraordinary poetical recitals for the fourth hours each (one toock place in The Mirror Hall of The Writers Union Palace, Bucharest, two in The Great Hall of the City Muzeum of Curtea de Argeş, one at Florica Villa, Brătianu Cultural Centre, Ştefăneşti – Argeş, one in Master Manole Hall, The Episcopal (Royal) Palace of Curtea de Argeş). There were held more than 200 microrecitals. It was opened. The Book Exhibition of the Publishing House of International Academy Orient-Occident; there were released 12 poetry books as well as The Antology of Festival, POESYS 11 * THE SUN AND THE MOON (multilingual – Romanian, English, Spanish and French, 438 pages, A5). There were warnished The Art Exhibition The Book of Vidra * Crying of so Much Beauty – II. The Book of Wool of Carolina Ilica. There were 4 extraordinary recitals offered by Ricardo Yanez (Mexic) – guitar and voice. The Ensemble of Posada Hotel, Curtea de Argeş offered a presentation of traditional Romanian folk dance.
The guests of festival took parte in the trips organized in Carpathians (The Fortress of Vlad Ţepeş/ Dracula and Vidraru Barage) and to Bran Castle (The Castel of Vlad Ţepeş/ Dracula) as well. They also got the opportunity to visit the famous monuments of art and culture: The Princely Church (14 th century), Olari Church (16 th century), The Monastery of Curtea de Argeş (16 th century) and Master Manole Hall from the Episcopal (Royal) Palace of Curtea de Argeş where on was held The Ceremony of joining the new member of The International Academy Orient-Occident, the french poet Acad. Michael Gluck.
In the evening of 24th-25th July, according to the tradition, there were awarded the Prizes of the Festival (Basarab’s Hall, The City Museum Curtea de Argeş). The Jury of The International Academy Orient-Occident, consisted of Carolina Ilica (poet, President), Horia Zilieru (poet, Member), Florentin Popescu (poet, Member), Echim Vancea (poet, Member) and Dumitru M. Ion (poet, Member), awarded the following prizes: 1. The Balkan Prize (for Poetry). There were nominated: Dimitris P. Kraniotis (Greece); Dorta Jagic (Croaţia). Winner: Dorta Jagic (Croaţia) – for his whole poetical work. 2. The European Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Tigran Paschevichyan (Armeny); Marlena Braester (Israel); Oleksyi Dovgiy (Ukraina). Winner: Tigran Paschevichyan (Armeny) – for his whole poetical work. 3. The Orient-Occident Prize for Arts. There were nominated: Alexandar Milosevic (Sweden); Ricardo Yanez (Mexic); Giovanni Santese (Italy). Winner: Giovanni Santese (Italy) – for the collisions of arts. 4. The National Grand Prize for Literature. There were nominated: Radu Cârneci. Winner: Radu Cârneci – for his whole poetical and translation work. 5. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. There were nominated: Lisa Mayer (Austria); Tarek Eltayeb (Egipt/Sudan); Joao Sevivas (Potugal). Winner: Tarek Eltayeb (Egipt/ Sudan) – for his whole poetical work.
A team from the Romanian Television B1TV con- trolled by the poet and the film director George Mihalcea made 5 TV special shows dedicated of whole cultural event of The International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights”.

The 12th edition of The International Festival Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights was held bet ween the 16th and the23 rd of July 2008, organized by the Foundation „Orient-Occident International Academy” (president: Dumitru M. Ion; artistic director Carolina Ilica). 75 poets and men of letters from 25 countries took part in the event. Six pluri lingual 3 hour recitals took place (one in the Hall of Mirrors, The Palace of the Romanian Union of Writers; two in the Basarabilor Hall, The County Museum of Curtea de Argeş, one in Vila Florica, Brătianu Cultural Centre, Ştefăneşti, Argeş, one in the Townhall Square in Piteşti, near the Singing fountain, broadcast worldwide via internet; one in Meşterul Manole Hall, Bishop Palace from Curtea de Argeş). Over 1000 poems were recited/ lectured in the native languages of the participant poets, in over 200 individual poetic microrecitals. The Book Exhibition was opened by the Publishing House of the „Orient-Occident International Academy”, presenting over 500 volumes; there were the plurilingual (English, French, Spanish and Romanian) Antology Poesys 12 and the Antology Laureate Poets, 1997-2007 (of about 500 pages A5 format pages each). The Art Exhibition of Carolina Ilica was held with the title The Wool Book (poems embroidered in wool and adorned with very old women aprons, made of silver and gold thread, from the traditional costume from Banat). 3 extraordinary recitals took place (two of the Grupul Psaltic Ioan Zmeu Protopsaltul, led by Dumitru Codruţ Scurtu and one of the Turkish, poet Ahmed Emin Atasoy – Old and New Turkish Poetry). The folklore ensamble of the Posada Hotel from Curtea de Argeş offered the guests a presentation of traditional Romanian folk dance.
The guests took trips in the Carpathians (Poenari Fortress of Vlad Ţepel/ Dracula), The Vidraru Dam and the Monastery Corbii de Piatră. The visitors have also got acquainted to the most famous Romanian culture and art monuments from Curtea de Argeş: Princely Church, The Monastery, as well as the Meşterul Manole Hall from the Bishop (Royal) Palace, where the ceremony for the admitance of the new Orient-Occident International Academy member – the poet George Vulturescu, was held.
The festival was organized (as previously) with the support and help of several institutions: The Ministery of Culture and Cults, The Argeş County Council, the Townhall and the Local Council of Curtea de Argeş, the Cultural House „George Topîrceanu” from Curtea de Argeş, the Town Museum of Curtea de Argeş, The Bishopric of Argeş and Muscel, The Cultural Centre of Piteşti and the Romanian Writers Union. Among the celebrities who have honoured the event with their presence, let us remind: the writer Varujan Vosganian, vicepresident of the Writers’Union, minister of Economy and Finance, prof. dr. Florin Tecău, vicepresident of the County Council of Argeş, prof. Gheorghe Nicuţ, member of the County Council of Argeş, engineer Nicolae Diaconu, mayor of Curtea de Argeş, priest Nicolae Mărgăritescu, counselor of the Bishop of Argeş and Muscel etc.
The Romanian Television Society, other TV stations and radio stations from Bucharest, Piteşti, Curtea de Argeş and Craiova have broadcast live or recorder recitals or other activities of the Festival.
On the night of 21st-22nd of July in the Basarabilor Hall, the Museum of Curtea de Argeş, the awarding ceremony took place, along with recitals of the nominees and the laureates. The members of the Jury of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Carolina Ilica (artistic director and president of the Jury), Ovidiu Ghidirmic (literary critic and historian) prof. Mihai Golescu (newspaper editor, president of the “Argeşul” newspaper) and Laurian Stănchescu (poet) have awarded the following: 1. The Balcan Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Ivan Negrişoraţ (Serbia), Ahmed Emin Atasoy (Turkey), Jeton Kelmendi (Albania). Laureate: Ahmed Emin Atasoy (Turkey). 2. The European Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Liv Lundberg (Norway), Veaceslav Samoşkin (Russian Federation), Ricardo Bornez Fernandez (Spain). Laureate: Liv Lundberg (Norway). 3. The Orient-Occident Prize for Arts. Nominees: Kae Morii (Japan), Ernesto Pangilinan Santiago (The Filipines), Peter Waugh (England). Laureate: Ernesto Pangilinan Santiago (The Filipines). 4. The National Prize for Literature. Laureate: Andrei Ionescu (for his translations). 5. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Svante Svhanström (Sweden), Sulaiman Al-Hukmiyya (Syria), Ivan Esenski (Bulgaria). Laureate: Sulaiman Al-Hukmiyya (Syria). 6. The New Member of the Orient-Occident International Academy: George Vulturescu (Romania). All distinctions were awarded for the entire creation of the authors.

The 13th edition of The International Festival Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights was held bet ween the 08th and the 14rd of July 2009, organized by the Foundation „Orient-Occident International Academy” (president: Dumitru M. Ion; artistic director Carolina Ilica). 75 poets and men of letters from 35 countries took part in the event. . Six pluri lingual 3 hour recitals took place (one in the Hall of Mirrors, The Palace of the Romanian Union of Writers; 3 in the Basarabilor Hall, The County Museum of Curtea de Argeş, one in Mayoralty of village Corbi, Argeş; one in Meşterul Manole Hall, Bishop/ Royal Palace from Curtea de Argeş). Over 1.000 poems were recited/lectured in Romanian and the native languages of the participant poets, in over 200 individual poetic microrecitals.
There were one Extraordinary Recital of Romanian Traditional Music (Ionuţ Cârstea, panpipe; Daniel Dicu, violin; Florin Dicu, piano) and one Extraordinary Recital of Lieds (Rita Dahl, Finlanda).
The Book Exhibition was opened by the Publi- shing House of the “Orient-Occident International Academy”, presenting over 500 volumes; there were relased the plurilingual (English, French, Spanish and Romanian) Antology Poesys 13 * 1001 POEMS and 7 poetry and prose books.
The Art Exhibition of Carolina Ilica was held with the titles: The Book of Wool (poems embroidered in wool and adorned with very old women aprons, made of silver and gold thread, from the traditional costume from Banat).and The Book of Wood (poems written on old traditional Romanian artefac’s from the household, cult objects, musical instruments) from different Romanian areas. It was opened The Exhibitions of Paintings of the artists Paula Barbu and Lucian Cioată.
The guests have also got acquainted to the most famous Romanian culture and art monuments from Curtea de Argeş: Princely Church, The Monastery, as well as the Meşterul Manole Hall from the Bishop (Royal) Palace, where the ceremony for the admitance of the new Orient-Occident International Academy member – the poet Kaissar Afif (Lebanon/ Mexic), was held. On the night of 13st-14nd of July 2009, in the Basarabilor Hall, the Museum of Curtea de Argeş, the awarding ceremony took place, along with recitals of the nominees and the laureates.
The members of the Jury of the Orient- Occident International Academy: Acad. Carolina Ilica (artistic director and president of the Jury), Prof dr. Ovidiu Ghidirmic (literary critic and historian) Prof. dr. Mihai Golescu (newspaper editor, president of the „Argeşul” newspaper) and dr. Liviu Papuc (literary critic and historian) have awarded the following: 1. The Walahia Prize (for Translation). Laureate: Mariana Bronsch-Lung (Germany). 2. The European Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Niki Marangou (Cipru), Slave Gheorghio Dimoski (R. Macedonia), Tadeusz Dabrowski (Polonia). Laureate: Slave Ghiorghio Dimoski (R. of Macedonia). 3. The Orient-Occident Prize for Arts. Nominees: Rita Dahl (poezie şi muzică) (Finlanda), Paula Barbu (design, modă, pictură) (România). Laureat: Paula Barbu (România). 4. The National Prize for Literature. Laureate: Doina Uricariu 5. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Martin Alexander (Hong Kong), Omar Garcia Obregon (Anglia), Isam Alsadi (Iordania). Laureate: Martin Alexander (Hong Kong); 6. The New Member of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Acad. Kaissar Afif (Lebanon/ Mexic). All distinctions were awarded for the entire creation of the authors.

The 14th edition of The International Festival Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights was held bet ween the 07th and the 13rd of July 2010, organized by the Foundation „Orient-Occident International Academy” (president: Dumitru M. Ion; artistic director Carolina Ilica). 70 poets and men of letters from 25 countries took part in the event. Six plurilingual 3 hour recitals took place (one in the Hall of Mirrors, The Palace of the Romanian Union of Writers; 3 in the City Hall, The County Museum of Curtea de Argeş, one in Mayoralty of village Corbi, Argeş; one in Meşterul Manole Hall, Bishop/ Royal Palace from Curtea de Argeş). Over 1000 poems were recited/ lectured in Romanian and the native languages of the participant poets, in over 200 individual poetic microrecitals.
There were one Extraordinary Recital of Romanian Traditional Music (Ionuţ Cârstea, panpipe; Daniel Dicu, violin; Florin Dicu, piano).
The Book Exhibition was opened by the Publi- shing House of the „Orient-Occident International Academy”, presenting over 500 volumes; there were relased the plurilingual (English, French, Spanish and Romanian) Antology POESYS 14 * JULY NIGHTS and 15 poetry and prose books.
The Art Exhibition of Carolina Ilica was held with the titles: The Book of Wool (poems embroidered in wool and adorned with very old women aprons, made of silver and gold thread, from the traditional costume from Banat).and The Book of Wood (poems written on old traditional Romanian artefac’s (from the household, cult objects, musical instruments) from different Romanian areas.
The guests took trips in the Carpathians (Poenari Fortress of Vlad Ţepes/ Dracula), The Vidraru Dam and the Monastery Corbii de Piatră.
Sunday, 11 of July 2010, the participants of International Festival “Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” were guests Lord Mayor Mihai Ungurenuş and Corbi Village Hall; they offered a recital of The Groups of Traditional Songs.
The guests have also got acquainted to the most famous Romanian culture and art monuments from Curtea de Argeş: Princely Church, The Monastery, as well as the Meşterul Manole Hall from the Аrhibishop (Royal) Palace, where the ceremony for the admitance of The new Orient -Occident International Academy member – the director Sergiu Nicolaescu (Romania), was held.
On the night of 12st-13nd of July 2010, in the City Hall of Curtea de Argeş, the awarding ceremony took place, along with recitals of the nominees and the laureates. The members of the Jury of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Acad. Carolina Ilica (artistic director and president of the Jury), Prof dr. Ovidiu Ghidirmic (literary critic and historian) Prof. dr. Mihai Golescu (newspaper editor, president of the „Argeşul” newspaper) and Lucian Perţa (poet) have awarded the following: 1. The European Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Colette Mart (Louxembourg), Nicole Barriere (France), Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck (Suiza). Laureate: Nicole Barriere (France). 2. The National Prize for Literature. Laureate: Acad. Horia Badescu 3. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Dolan Mor (Cuba), Elchin Iskenderzade (Azerbayjan), Iuri Talvet (Estonia). Laureate: Acad. Elchin Iskenderzade (Azerbayjan); 4. The New Member of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Sergiu Nicolaescu (Romania). All distinctions were awarded for the entire creation of the authors.

The 15th, aniversary edition of The International Festival Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights was held bet ween the 06th and the 12rd of July 2011, organized by the Foundation „Orient-Occident International Academy” (president: Dumitru M. Ion; artistic director Carolina Ilica). 75 poets and men of letters from 28 countries took part in the event. Five plurilingual 3 hour recitals took place (one in the Hall of Mirrors, The Palace of the Romanian Union of Writers; 1 in the Basarabilor Hall, The Municipal Museum of Curtea de Argeş, 3 in Great Hall of Mayoralty Curtea de Argeş. Over 1000 poems were recited/ lectured in Romanian and the native languages of the participant poets, in over 200 individual poetic microrecitals.
On the evening of 08 July 2011 there were one Extraordinary Recital of Romanian Traditional Music (Ionuţ Cârstea, panpipe; Daniel Dicu, violin; Florin Dicu, piano). On the evening of 09 July 2011, the Turkish-Cypriot singer Umut Albayrak (voice), the poet and composer Arif Ali Albayrak (voice and saz) and the musician Mustafa Tozaki (saz) offered to the guests and spectators from Curtea de Argeş an big recital of old and modern Mediterranean music.
The Book Exhibition by the Publishing House of the „Orient-Occident International Academy”, was opened on the Salons of Culture House „George Topîrceanu”, presenting over 500 volumes; there were relased the plurilingual (English, French, Spanish and Romanian) Antology POESYS 15 * DAYS AND GOODS (2 volumes) and 15 poetry and prose books.
In Basarabilor Hall, Municipal Museum from Curtea de Argeş, was opened The Art Exhibition by Carolina Ilica: The Books of Vidra * Crying of so Much Beauty.
The folklore ensamble of the Posada Hotel from Curtea de Argeş offered the guests a presentation of traditional Romanian folk dance.
The guests took trips in the Carpathians (Poenari Fortress of Vlad Ţepes/ Dracula), The Vidraru Dam and the Monastery Corbii de Piatră. Sunday, 10 of July 2011, the participants of International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” were guests Lord Mayor Mihai Ungurenuş and Corbi Village Hall; they offered a recital of The Group of Traditional Songs.
The guests have also got acquainted to the most famous Romanian culture and art monuments from Curtea de Argeş: Princely Church, The Monastery, as well as the Meşterul Manole Hall from the Аrhibishop (Royal) Palace, where the Ceremony for the admitance of The new Orient-Occident International Academy member – the poet Juri Talvet (Estonia), was held.
On the night of 11st-12nd of July 2012, in the City Hall of Mayoralty Curtea de Argeş, the awarding ceremony took place, along with recitals of the nominees and the laureates. The members of the Jury of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Acad. Carolina Ilica (artistic director and president of the Jury), Prof. dr. Mihai Golescu (essayist, editor, president of the „Argeşul” newspaper) and dr. Georgeta Adam (literary critic) have awarded the following: 1.The European Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Roza Boyanova (Bulgaria); Vladas Braziunas (Lituania); Iurii Zavgorodnii (Ucraina). Laureat: Vladas Braziunas (Lithuania); 2. The Orient-Occident Prize for Arts. Nominees: Arif Aly Albayrak (Ciprul de Nord); Silvia Cuevas Morales (Chile); Emad Fouad (Egipt). Laureat: Silvia Cuevas Morales (Chile). 3. The National Prize for Literature. Laureate: Ovidiu Ghidirmic ( for the entire work of literary criticism and history ) 3. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Francois Roy (Mexic); Nora Atalla (Canada); Mindy Zhang (China). Laureat: Francoise Roy (Mexic). 4. The New Member of the Orient-Occident International Academy: the poet Juri Talvet (Estonia). All distinctions were awarded for the entire creation of the authors.
The 16th edition of The International Festival Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights was held bet ween the 11th and the 17rd of July 2012, organized by the Foundation „Orient Occident International Academy” (president: Dumitru M. Ion; artistic director Carolina Ilica), with the support of Ministry of Culture, Cultes and National Heritage. Over 100 poets and men of letters from 26 countries took part in the event. Five plurilingual 3 hour recitals took place (one in the Hall of Mirrors, The Palace of the Romanian Union of Writers; 3 in the Basarabilor Hall, The Municipal Museum of Curtea de Argeş, 1 in Meşterul Manole Hall from the Аrhibishop (Royal) Palace, Curtea de Argeş. Over 1000 poems were recited/ lectured in Romanian and the native languages of the participant poets, in over 200 individual poetic microrecitals.
On the evening of 07 July 2012 there were one Extraordinary Recital of Romanian Traditional Music (Ionuț Cîrstea, panpipe; Daniel Dicu, violin; Florin Dicu, piano).
On the evening of 14 July 2012 the Folklore Ensamble of Posada Hotel from Curtea de Argeș offered the guests a presentation of traditional Romanian folk dance.
The Book Exhibition by the Publishing House of the „Orient-Occident International Academy”, was opened on the Salons of Culture and Arts Centre „George Topîrceanu”, presenting over 500 volumes; there were relased the plurilingual (English, French, Spanish and Romanian) Antology POESYS 16 * TIME FOR POETRY (2 volumes) and 15 poetry and prose books.
In Basarabilor Hall, Municipal Museum from Curtea de Argeş, was opened The Art Exhibition by Carolina Ilica: The Books of Vidra * Crying of so Much Beauty.
Sunday 14 of July 2012, the guests took trips in the Carpathians (Poenari Fortress of Vlad Ţepes/ Dracula), The Vidraru Dam and the Monastery Corbii de Piatră.
The guests have also got acquainted to the most famous Romanian culture and art monuments from Curtea de Argeş: Princely Church, The Monastery, as well as the Meşterul Manole Hall from the Аrhibishop (Royal) Palace, where the Ceremony for the admitance of The new Orient-Occident International Academy member – the poet Rafael Soler (Spania), was held.
On the night of 16st-17nd of July 2012, in the Basarabilor Hall of City Muyeum Curtea de Argeş, the awarding ceremony took place, along with recitals of the nominees and the laureates. The members of the Jury of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Acad. Carolina Ilica (artistic director and president of the Jury, prof. dr. Mihai Golescu (essayist, editor, president of the „Argeşul” newspaper) and prof. dr. Ovidiu Ghidirmic (literary critic) have awarded the following: 1. The The Walahia Prize (for Translation). Laureate: Adrian George Sahlean (U.S.A.). 2. The European Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Tozan Alkan (Turcia); Sonja Harter (Austria); Stephanos Stephanides (Cypre). Laureate: Tozan Alkan (Turcia); 3. The Orient-Occident Prize for Arts. Nominees: Annabel Villar (Uruguay); Irena Matijasevic (Croatia). Laureate: Annabel Villar (Uruguay). 4. The National Prize for Literature. Laureate: Corneliu Antoniu ( for the entire poetry work) 5. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Kamran Mir Hazar (Afganistan); Khalid Kaki (Irak). Laureate: Khalid Kaki (Irak). 6. The New Member of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Acad. Rafael Soler (Spania). All distinctions were awarded for the entire creation of the authors.
The 17th edition of The International Festival Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights was held bet ween the 10th and the 16rd of July 2013, organized by the Foundation „Orient-Occident International Academy” (president: Dumitru M. Ion; artistic director Carolina Ilica).
Over 60 poets and men of letters from 23 countries took part in the event. 4 plurilingual 3 hour recitals took place: 3 in the Basarabilor Hall, The Municipal Museum of Curtea de Argeş, 1 in Meşterul Manole Hall from the Аrhibishop (Royal) Palace, Curtea de Argeş. Over 1000 poems were recited/ lectured in Romanian and the native languages of the participant poets, in over 200 individual poetic microrecitals.
On the evening of 12 July 2013 there were on Extraordinary Recital of Romanian Traditional Music
(Ionuț Cîrstea, panpipe). On the evening of 14 July 2013, The folklore ensamble of the Posada Hotel from Curtea de Argeş offered the guests a presentation of traditional Romanian folk dance. The Book Exhibition by the Publishing House of the „Orient-Occident International Academy”, was opened on the Salons of Culture and Arts Centre „George Topîrceanu”, presenting over 500 volumes; there were relased the plurilingual (English, French, Spanish and Romanian) Antology POESYS 17 * MAGES AND MUZES (2 volumes) and 10 poetry and prose books.
In Basarabilor Hall, Municipal Museum from Curtea de Argeş, in 12 of July was opened The Art Exhibition by Carolina Ilica: The Books of Vidra * Crying of so Much Beauty.
Sunday 14 of July 2013, the guests took trips in the Carpathians (Poenari Fortress of Vlad Ţepes/ Dracula), The Vidraru Dam and the Monastery Corbii de Piatră.
The guests have also got acquainted to the most famous Romanian culture and art monuments from Curtea de Argeş: Princely Church, The Monastery, as well as the Meşterul Manole Hall from the Аrhibishop (Royal) Palace, where the Ceremony for the admitance of The new Orient-Occident International Academy member – the poet Peter Wolker (Germany), was held.
On the night of 15st-16nd of July 2013, in the Basarabilor Hall of City Muyeum Curtea de Argeş, the awarding ceremony took place, along with recitals of the nominees and the laureates. The members of the Jury of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Acad. Carolina Ilica (artistic director and president of the Jury, prof. dr. Mihai Golescu (essayist, editor, president of the „Argeşul” newspaper) and prof. dr. Ovidiu Ghidirmic (literary critic) have awarded the following: 1. The European Prize (for Poetry). Nominees: Liubomir Gruevski (R. Macedonia); Dinko Telecean (Croația); Nana Nestoros (Grecia). Laureat: Dinko Telecean (Croația). 2. The Orient-Occident Prize for Arts. Nominees: Ionuț Cârstea (România); Mohamed Ahmed Bennis (Maroc). Laureate: Ionuț Cârstea (România). 4. The National Prize for Literature. Laureate: Marin Ioniță (for the entire work) 5. The International Grand Prize for Poetry. Nominees: Luz Mary Giraldo (Colombia); Ivonne Sanchez Barea (S.U.A.); Bojana Apostolova (Bulgaria). Laureate: Luz Mary Giraldo (Colombia). 6. The New Member of the Orient-Occident International Academy: Acad. Peter Wolker (Germany). All distinctions were awarded for the entire creation of the authors.

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On the occasion of these 17 edition so for participed over 1.000 poets and men of culture from almost 85 countries. Local, national and international mass-media paid a special attention to all the editions of the Festival: over 200 articles, more than 50 radio broadcastings and more than 30 on TV. etc. (in Romania, U.S.A., France, Yugoslavia, Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Cyprus, Albania, Uruguay, Colombia, Russian Federation etc.).
For instance, the journal Curierul Zilei from September 22, 1998, in its special edition dedicated to thefestival appreciated: „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights was, undoubtedly, the greatest cultural event happened since ‘90s so far.

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Among the objectives of the Foundation and Cultural Organization International Academy „Orient- Occident” and of the International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” there are:
1. Promoting of mutual respect, the respect between peoples and cultures, promoting peace, non-violence, cultural, linguistic, ethnical, religious and age tolerance on the national, regional (Balkans, South and Central Europe) and international (East-West, North-South, Orient-Occident) plane;
2. Getting men of letters from all cultural meridians together;
3. Stimulating the Romanian contemporary creation;
4. Increasing the interest of men of culture from abroad in the Romanian Culture and Civilization;
5. Strengthening of the civil society interest for the Romanian and universal cultural values;
6. Increasing the role of the particular/ private initiatives in the preparation, organization and administration of the cultural act;
7. Turning to good account of the cultural management experience of Romanian personalities;
8. Integration of Romanian cultural values in the international circuit;
9. Formation of participation spirit within individuals and collectivities to the knowledge and promotion of the Romanian and foreign cultural values.

Yearly, on the occasion of the festival, one ceremony of joining new members to the International Academy Orient-Occident takes place in Master Manole’s Hall (Royal/ Arhibiscopal Palace at Curtea de Argeş).

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The 18th edition, of the International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights“ will take place between 09-15 July 2014, having as motto: In Praise of Beauty.
Address: DUMITRU M. ION / CAROLINA ILICA
Str. Bibescu Vodă, Nr. 1, P4, Sc.1, et. 4, Ap. 10, Sector 4, Bucureşti, Romania

Dumitru M. Ion, President of the Academy & Festival

Tel.: 0040-721483180;
E-mail: faiorientoccident@yahoo.com

Carolina Ilica, Artistic Director and President of the Jury
of the Academy & Festival

Tel.:0040-736944331;
E-mail: carolina.ilica13@gmail.com

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