This year’s residency is hosted at Cultural Port Cetate, a site with an incredible story of its own, located on the Romanian shore of the Danube between Calafat and Turnu Severin.
The Port Cetate began its life as an agricultural port established around 1880, from whose docks grains and flour were shipped to Budapest and Vienna throughout the first half of the 20th century. After 1945, the communist regime ceased the country’s trade with the West, and the administrative buildings of the port were converted into military barracks for the border patrol. Those were abandoned and vandalised by the locals when the regime fell in 1989. By the time the poet and journalist Mircea Dinescu rediscovered the place, by chance, in 1997, the impressive main building of the old port was already in ruins. He purchased the site and initiated its restoration, with the vision of reviving the old agricultural port as a ‘port of culture’.
Port Cetate now hosts a variety of cultural events and festivals in the culinary arts, classical music, poetry, visual art, and cinema. It is considered a safehouse for all artists that wish to escape their routines to engage in real and present conversations, drink exceptionally good wine, and curl up with their stories by the side of the Danube.
We feel exceptionally blessed to have this beautiful location at our disposal for Pustnik Screenwriters Residency 2016, and are grateful for Cultural Port Cetate’s generous support. For more information please visit portcetate.ro