In 2018, the British Council in Romania celebrates its 80th anniversary. Join us to celebrate how cultural relations have transformed Romania, the UK and Europe, and become part of our mission to forge a better future through arts, culture and education.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We opened our first office in Romania in October 1938.
During the past 80 years, we have helped Romania’s emerging leaders in culture and education to develop new skills and international partnerships. In the 1990s our work in the English language teaching and with artistic communities helped re-establish UK-Romania links. Today, more young people than ever find opportunities to connect with the UK through our digital and online resources.
We have also faced tough times, such as breaks in activity during the Second World War and diplomatic differences during the communist era. Today we face new challenges; the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will change the way we work in Europe.
We are responding to these challenges as we always have done – by building partnerships that strengthen systems for artists and education institutions; growing our networks so that more young people can access UK opportunities; and sharing the best of the UK with people in Romania.
Our 80th anniversary programme will recall highlights from our past – but it will also look forward and reaffirm our commitment to the future. We invite the people we work with, from students to leaders, to recognise how cultural collaboration has changed Romania and the rest of Europe for the better in the past 80 years.
The British Council has a rich and inspiring history in Romania, part of which was masterfully captured by Dennis Deletant in his essay 'Good wine needs a bush: The British Council and Romania, 1937 to 1990', available for reading below.