Photo Romania Festival in Cluj, included in The Telegraph's roundup

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British daily The Telegraph has included Photo Romania Festival of Cluj-Napoca, now in its fourth edition, in its international photography festival round up, the paper's guide to the best of the Photography Festival season.

Last year it became one of the most important photography festivals in Eastern Europe, having gathered artists from 20 countries, internationally renowned photographers and over 70,000 visitors who are photography enthusiasts.

According to the organiser of the festival, Radu Neag, starting this year the festival has made its way into the guide of one of the most important British newspapers — The Telegraph.

Photo Romania Festival is thus on the list of 'International Photography Festival Round-up (the agenda of international photography festivals),' alongside names such as New York Photo Festival (U.S.), Fotografia Europea (Italy), Nordic Light Festival (Norway), Head On Photo Festival (Australia), Photo Espana (Spain), Recontres d'Arles (France), Unseen Photo Fair (The Netherlands) and many more.

'In Romania, photography is perhaps the most widespread hobby, but, as art, is far from what it should be. The public is not exposed to photographic events, and artists, who are often very talented, fail to promote their creations to the level where other arts are promoted. We are lacking something, a boost. We lack that framework in which photo enthusiasts discover the charm of photography, the stories behind the images, but also the technical secrets behind the work of photographers. We lack the contact with the world's great photographers and the chance to stand out,' Neag said explaining the need to organise such a photography festival in Cluj.

Photo Romania Festival will take place this year May 16 to 25, promising to be the most spectacular to date, its organisers announce.

In addition to 40 national and international exhibitions that will be mounted in Cluj-Napoca within the festival, the opening of the largest Academy of Photography in Romania is scheduled for May, which will consist in workshops dedicated to amateurs and professionals alike, organised by famous photographers in the country and abroad.

According to tradition, Photo Romania Festival will also bring, in addition to people working in photography, musicians that will give concerts of jazz and classical music. Organisers promise to bring to this year's edition an internationally-renowned band and organise special exhibitions and events to turn their festival into a 'cultural revolution.'

The organising company of Photo Romania Festival was founded in Cluj in 2006 and it also organises a job fair and a Jazz in the Park Festival. AGERPRES

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