President of Academia Balkanica Europeana
Ion Horia Leonida Caramitru (born March 9, 1942) is a Romanian stage and film actor, stage director, as well as a political figure. He was Minister of Culture between 1996 and 2000. Born to an Aromanian family in Bucharest, he graduated from the I. L. Caragiale Institute for Theater and Film Arts in 1964, having debuted on the stage a year earlier — with the title role in an acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet for the Bulandra Theater. He continued his engagement for Bulandra while starring in plays at the National Theatre Bucharest and various other theaters. Caramitru was a protagonist in a series of theatrical productions by directors such as Liviu Ciulei, Moni Ghelerter, Andrei Şerban, Liviu Purcărete, Sandra Manu, Cătălina Buzoianu, Alexandru Tocilescu, and Sică Alexandrescu (acting in plays such as Mihail Sebastian's Steaua fără nume, Georg Büchner's Danton's Death, Aeschylus' The Oresteia, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, Carlo Goldoni's Il bugiardo, and in many of Shakespeare's works). As a director of theater, opera, and operetta productions, Caramitru notably staged works by Frederick Loewe (My Fair Lady), Marin Sorescu (The Third Stake), Benjamin Britten (The Little Sweep), Aleksei Nikolaevich Arbuzov (The Lie), and Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice); his adaptations of Peter Brook's La Tragédie de Carmen and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin were hosted by the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Caramitru starred in over 30 feature films, making his debut with a supporting role in Ciulei's Forest of the Hanged (1964). Among his best-known roles are Vive in Dimineţile unui băiat cuminte (1966), Gheorghidiu in Între oglinzi parallele (1978), Ştefan Luchian in Luchian (1981), and Socrate in the Liceenii series (1985–1987). Later in life, Caramitru has had minor roles in foreign films: he was an anarchist in the 1991 Kafka, Tatevsky in Citizen X (1995), Zozimov in Mission: Impossible (1996), Count Fontana in Amen. (2002), and a Bulgarian immigrant to Ireland in Adam & Paul (2004). For his work in establishing British-Romanian cultural links, Caramitru was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 1997, the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In May 2005, he won the competition for the head office of the National Theatre Bucharest.
General Secretary of Academia Balkanica Europeana
Jordan Plevnes (1953) is founder and Rector of University of audiovisual arts, ESRA Paris-Skopje-New York. He is born in village Sloestica in South-West of Macedonia, where he finished his basic education. He finished high school in Bitola and Faculty of Philology in Skopje. He finished postgraduate studies in Sorbonne University and St. Ciryl and Methodius University in Skopje with the theme “Macedonian traditional drama”.
After his moving in Paris in 1988 he had a very rich engagements and his essayist and science research opus is in more than 300 bibliographic editions in different European and World known magazines. He was visiting professor in lot of European and American Universities.
Jordan Plevnes is also known as writer with international reputation, author of theatre dramas published and performed in more than 50 countries all over the world (Erigon, R, The happiness is a new idea in Europe, Underground republic, The last man – the last woman …) and the novel Eight world wonder, published in many languages. The most significant news papers published articles about his artistic work (Le Monde, New York Times, Le Figaro, The Guardian …).
He is author of series of documentary movies about most significant persons of XX century, as Peter Brook, Yves Bonfoa, Herbert Lotman, Nicolas Bouvier, Claude Lelouch, Charles Aznavour, Claudia Cardinale etc. He is author of the screenplays for the movies “Secret book” with Jean Claude Carriere and he recently finished the script for the new movie “Human revolution”.
Between 2000 and 2005 Jordan Plevnes is Ambassador of Republic of Macedonia in France, Spain and Portugal. In 2006 he is appointed as vice president of International committee of UNESCO for Dialogue between civilizations.
In 2007 he founded first private University for audiovisual arts in Macedonia.
SKOPJE DECLARATION At a time when leading European nations are reacting to their own internal problems by looking inwards and endangering the whole project of a European Union, there is an opportunity and a duty for smaller countries to pick up the torch and carry it forward. In this context, the countries of South-Eastern Europe – and in particular: Macedonia – have a federating role to play. For too long, the Balkans were the theatre of conflicts due to political disagreements. Today, the peoples of this region have a common aspiration: to create a European family of nations based on shared cultural values, not on economic and commercial rivalries which are the inevitable consequence of the treaties signed so far. We call for a cultural awakening of Europe, for clear statements of the values we all share, for a Parliament with real powers and for the dissolution of the often self-contradictory bureaucratic stratification which has impeded the construction of a true political Union. In this respect, the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters supports establishing a new model in which our cultural heritage will provide the real link between nations. We are approaching the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which called on free peoples to unite around the great European project. We recall the famous phrase of Jean Monnet on the need to rebuild the European Union on a cultural basis. This is what we have aimed for in Skopje by bringing together eminent researchers and artists representing ten countries of the region to found the European Academy of the Balkans. The European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters and the European Academy of the Balkans together support the project of a new European construction based on shared humanistic and cultural values. “The Balkans are at the heart of Europe”
Signed in Skopje on 21/02/2017
Jean-Patrick Connerade President of the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters
Author, Rector of the University of Audiovisual Arts of Skopje, Member of the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters Alexandre Prokopiev
Ion Caramitru OBE
Former Minister of Culture of Romania, President of the Academia Balkanika Europeana
Author and film director Director of Gariwo
Author, novelist and poet,
Geo poetika, Beograd
Painter and graphical artist
Author, theatre director
All from Sarajevo
Former Minister of Culture of Montenegro