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Brătianu Cultural Centre

 

    The establishment of Bratianu Cultural Centre and its role in preserving and perpetuating the heritage and tradition of the famous family of politicians, statesmen and cultural personalities marked a milestone in setting up institutions aimed at contributing to raising awareness and valuing the life and work of predecessors who contributed to the progress of the Romanian civilization and, implicitly, to the progress of the European civilization. With the overthrow of the communist totalitarian regime following the events of December 1989 and Romania’s return to a democratic regime based on the separation of powers, by adopting a Constitution which guarantees the citizens’ fundamental rights and freedom, there were radical changes and mutations in the cultural domain. Among the important estates of the national cultural heritage which returned to the ownership of Bratianu family was Florica House as well; the heirs’ legitimate rights, usurped by the communist regime were recognized by the Romanian state within the new and legitimate democratic framework of today’s Romania.

       The changes and developments that took place in the legal status of Bratianu family’s House from Florica followed a path regulated by the legislation in force. Thus, according to Romanian Government Decision of 28th October 1992 regarding the functioning and organization of the Ministry of Culture, the provisions of Law No. 10 of 1991 on public finances and the Order of the Ministry of Culture No. 40 of 1st February 1993, on 5th April 1993 Order No. 518 was issued which contains eight articles that define the place and role of Bratianu Cultural Centre.

          According to Article 1 of the document mentioned above, Bratianu Cultural Centre is a public institution with legal personality. The functioning expenses and the investments necessary for its operation are financed from extra-budgetary incomes and grants from the state budget. Article 2 presents the headquarters of the Centre: Florica Villa, Ştefăneşti, Argeş County. Further on, in accordance with the stipulations of Article 3: "The object of activity of Bratianu Cultural Centre is to draw up a cultural programme aimed at integrating the historic monument into the cultural circuit, raising awareness regarding the contribution of Brătianu family to the development of the Romanian spirituality, preserving, restoring and capitalizing on its heritage” . Article 4 sets a number of 8 activities, responsibilities of the institution with cultural, technical, economic, organizational character, environmental protection, safety measures for the movable and immovable assets, self-financing activities, development of different incomes and expenditure budget projects, proposal of annual programmes for activities self-financed from the state budget. Articles 5, 6, 7 and 8 refer to the organizational structure and the number of positions, the appointment of management and the measures which are the responsibility of several institutions under the Ministry of Culture for the enforcement of the Order mentioned above.

          The County Council of Argeş and Bratianu Cultural Centre have drawn up a framework regulation concerning the organization and functioning of the Centre which comprises 7 chapters: General Provisions (Chapter1), Purpose and Object of Activity (Chapter 2), Assets (Chapter3), Personnel and Management (Chapter 4), Income and Expenditure Budget (Chapter 5), Responsibilities and Departments within Brătianu Cultural Centre (Chapter 6), Working Hours and Audience Programme (Chapter 7). The last part of the Regulation stipulates the Final Provisions from the 27 articles which form the contents of the chapters listed. Highlights of defining aspects for the activities within Brătianu Cultural Centre are found in Article 4, paragraph 1: “The Centre initiates and conducts cultural projects and programmes in the domain of lifelong education and of traditional culture”. Further on, there are listed seven activities which concern cultural projects and programmes. Among this varied range of activities we distinguish: useful projects in the domain of lifelong education; preserving and transmitting the moral​​, artistic and technical values of the community where it is registered, as well as capitalizing on the cultural heritage of national and international importance. Also, we aim to preserve and cultivate the regional and local specific features, to revitalize and promote traditional occupations and crafts specific to the area where the Centre operates and support the people who practice them, thus contributing to the cultivation of the values ​​and authenticity of the folkloric contemporary creations and of the non-professional interpretative arts, for all the genres-music, choreography, theatre and others, develop cultural exchanges at county, national and international level.  

         With regard to the main tasks of the Centre, they relate to activities that aim at contributing to the scientific and artistic education of the public through specific programmes: providing support for young researchers and artists who can become famous, development and publishing of studies, publications and documentaries, concluding cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth, with foundations, universities in the country and abroad in order to make the Romanian culture and civilization known​​. The Heritage of the institution will be enriched by donations and acquisitions: there will be camps and art exhibitions and other cultural and artistic events. The professional artistic bands and ensembles will be accredited. The Centre aims, among other things, to enrich and supplement the value heritage by acquisitions, donations, or through other legal methods.

          Different members of Bratianu family came and participated in the events organized by the Centre, namely Mrs. Ioana G. Brătianu, daughter of the great historian Gheorghe I. Bratianu, who died in April 2009 and was buried in the mausoleum church "Sf. Ioan Botezatorul", Mrs. Eleonora Brătianu, daughter-in-law of Dinu Bratianu, who had the initiative to set up and operate a hermitage of nuns who carry out with productive activities at Florica.

         

 

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