This aspect is so naturally outlined that it can easily be overlooked during a simple stroll in Bucharest. Here, it is not out of the ordinary to watch a movie at a French cinema, to have dinner at a Chinese restaurant, to buy Shakespeare from an English bookstore, to have an Italian expresso, to enjoy a narghileh with your friends or go to yoga classes taught by Indian masters.
From ”Le petite Paris” and the academic capital in line with European standards during the reign of Charles II, from idealizing the West during the Communist period to the post-revolutionary Bucharest, the capital of Romania proves to have a cultural vitality and a harmonious integration and assimilation of foreign cultures, without losing its Romanian characteristics.
The New minorities in Bucharest project is focused on the present day Bucharest and how it developed after 1989through the free expression of minorities’ cultural values and by means of observing the local values, generating a cultural symbiosis.
Our initiative is a first step towards understanding this multicultural body and to promote the contribution of communities and the beauty of cultural diversity in a continuously changing Europe. In addition to this research, during the project we will be focusing our attention on analysing the residents’ attitude towards the new minorities, to facilitating the interaction between the local community and the minorities by creative workshops and a forum of cultural diversity, as well as documenting personal histories of certain members within the eight communities by making a movie and a series of coverages.
We noticed an organic, and at the same time spontaneous model of integration, which might constitute the basis of approaching future challenges related to the multicultural development of a European capital.