On 11 September 2023, the opening event of the 13th edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival took place in the Amphitheatre of the "Carol I" Central University Library. The festival is carried out between 11 and 17 September and is organized by the National Museum of Romanian Literature, in partnership with the "Carol I" Central University Library and the Ministry of Culture.
During the opening ceremony, Mrs. Mireille Rădoi, the General Director of the "Carol I" Central University Library, His Excellency Paulo Cunha Alves, the Ambassador of Portugal to Romania, Mrs. Laura Napolitano, the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Bucharest and Mr. Ioan Cristescu, the General Director of the National Museum of Romanian Literature have taken the floor. Mireille Rădoi, the General Director of the "Carol I" Central University Library, highlighted the fact that a place filled with history and spirituality is fitting for a festival that proudly features 150 poets from 25 countries spanning over four different continents. Also, the General Director of the Library expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all the participants, outlining the fact that an event of this magnitude is a source of inspiration for fostering creativity, understanding and unity through the power of literature and fine arts.
Her Excellency Alison Duncan, the Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia to Romania, as well as His Excellency Radu Safta, the Romanian Ambassador to Australia, were also present in the Amphitheatre of the "Carol I" Central University Library. Mrs. Mireille Rădoi invited the two distinguished guests to take a tour of the institution, during which they could familiarize themselves with the Library`s rich history. Moreover, they consulted reference works written under its auspices, such as Eroinele României Mari. Destine din Linia Întâi [Heroines of Greater Romania: Destinies on the Frontline], volume produced by the "Carol I" Central University Library in partnership with the National Archives of Romania and the National Museum of Romanian Literature.
On this occasion, Mireille Rădoi, the General Director of the "Carol I" Central University Library and Her Excellency Alison Duncan explored opportunities for collaboration between the Library and the Australian Embassy to Athens. Furthermore, they discussed potential partnerships with the National Library of Australia, as well as the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, State Library Victoria in Melbourne and the University of Tasmania in Hobart, which holds the "Tyler Collection of Romanian and Modern Art".
An important event such as the Bucharest International Poetry Festival was, therefore, also an excellent opportunity for the development of the "Carol I" Central University Library`s international relations. Under the guidance of General Director Mireille Rădoi new opportunities appear, that also aim at horizons still insufficiently explored in the Romanian cultural space.