Photo Romania Festival has made the news in the prestigious British Journal of Photography

Mihai Moiceanu & Morten Krogvold
Photo Romania Festival and its partnership with Nordic Light Festival of Norway have made the news in the "British Journal of Photography". British journalists underline the importance of the cultural dialogue between the two festivals, which offers Romanian and Norwegian artists a chance to develop their international recognition. The Romanian photographer who exhibited in Kristiansund is Mihai Moiceanu, whereas Marie Sjøvold and her exhibition ”Midnight Milk” will be present at Photo Romania, in Cluj-Napoca, between the 15th and 24th of May.

“We are proud to be able to send a young photographer of this calibre to Romania. It’s great to be able to help get Norwegian photographers out into the world.”, said Charles Williamsen, the managing director of Nordic Light, cited by the "British Journal of Photography". The magazine welcomes the positive cooperation between Photo Romania and the Norwegian festival, and the international publicity opportunity that it offers to young photographers from both countries. The "British Journal of Photography" was founded in Liverpool in January 1854, it is the second oldest specialized magazine in the UK, and one of the most relevant photography journals worldwide.

The exhibition "The Inner Circle of Wood" by Mihai Moiceanu was a great success in Norway. The international photography community and the audience at Nordic Light greatly appreciated his nature shots of rural Romania. His works will also be exhibited at Photo Romania Festival, along with 50 other exhibitions by internationally acclaimed Romanian and foreign artists. One of most anticipated events of this year’s edition will be the exhibition "Midnight Milk" by Norwegian photographer Marie Sjøvold, addressing in an intimate manner the identity changes in a woman's life after becoming a mother. “Over the last few years, Marie Sjøvold has excelled with her high quality personal and intimate projects. We are proud to be able to send a young photographer of this calibre to Romania”, said Charles Williamsen.

The collaboration between Photo Romania Festival and Nordic Light marks two important steps for the Romanian event: ”first of all, it is the first time a Romanian photography festival’s representatives are involved as institutional partners in an international photography event. Secondly, it is the first time a Romanian festival is part of a cultural exchange of this magnitude”, said Cătălin Balog Bellu, the managing director of Photo Romania Festival. 

According to Sebastian Vaida, the artistic director of the Romanian festival ”Our visit to the Nordic Light photo festival has meant a new experience in culture, meeting a lot of interesting and warm people, incredible places and outstanding photographers. We can't wait to meet our partners from the Nordic Light festival again, as they will visit us here, in Cluj Napoca, for Photo Romania Festival.”

Hundreds of photographers from around the world, dozens of exhibitions, workshops, contests and special events will animate Cluj between the 15th and 24th of May, at the fifth edition of Photo Romania. The public will be able to attend more than 50 exhibitions by Romanian and international photographers, specialized workshops, competitions, concerts, and special events such as Photo Stories, Industry Days, Photojournalism Day, Focus Hungary, or Architecture Photography Day. 

For more information regarding Photo Romania Festival, visit the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PhotoRomaniaFestival) and the website (http://www.photoromaniafestival.ro/) of the event.

Photo Romania Festival 2015 lead partner: Nikon

Photo Romania 2015 Project is funded by EEA Grants 2009-2014, PA17/RO13 program, “Promoting cultural and artistic diversity in the European cultural heritage”.

Photo (© Sebastian Vaida): Mihai Moiceanu (left) and Morten Krogvold, the artistic director of Nordic Light Festival