There are many categories of professions in which young Romanians excel, but one especial area is the arts. Many young people study and build a future for themselves on the world’s great stages, be it in music, dance, or theatre. Romania is renowned throughout the world for its exceptional performers, some of whom are musicians who play in prestigious orchestras from every continent or give sold-out recitals in the world’s great capitals, others climb to the upper echelons in the highly demanding fields of international cinema and television.
These artists honour us with their performances. They top the bill, they are on the internet, they are in the press, they appear on stage. Some of them have chosen to pursue their careers in Romania, whether they have studied at home or abroad. Some of them are employed by public performing and concert institutions, but most are INDEPENDENT ARTISTS.
The concept of independent artist covers a range of meanings, but in a year such as 2020, when many performing careers have come to a standstill, it refers specifically to those artists who are not affiliated to public cultural institutions except via occasional collaborations.
The COOLsound 2021 • online about the Romanian independent scene project aims to support online arts productions by up and coming musicians, actors and dancers. Productions showcasing their repertoire are professionally filmed and uploaded to YouTube Channel and the www.COOLsound.ro platform, forming the first pages of an Online Dictionary of new releases – new entries in the field of Romanian classical music, acting, and dance.
The support will be given to independent performing artists, well known or little known to Romanian audiences, people who most certainly are NOT employees of any theatre or public institution in Romania, although this has not prevented them from winning prestigious prizes in international competitions or from getting involved in large-scale cultural projects in Romania and abroad.
Gestures of support for such artists in such times do not only mean significant, specific help; they also mean a perspective in which such people or many of them will answer when their names are called during other future actions. The project has the potential to support the social inclusion of independent artists as part of actions for social inclusion through culture.