Siberian humorists, for nearly 50 years, had their greatest

Every month a handful of humorous, intelligent, and infectious old women gather at the Cercul Militar in Sibiu, to enjoy together the latest creations in the field of epigrams and humorous literary production, in general.

Few know, compared to the performance of these diligent writers, that in Sibiu, “Nicolas Olahus” Cenacle of the Sibien Comedians has been in continuous operation for nearly 50 years. People who live beautifully and always with a big smile on their faces are not just a busy day job, but just a way of life, where humor is an elixir that protects them from emaciation and forgetfulness.

A bunch of people and a lot of achievements

I met my cenaclists over 20 years ago, when I came across one of their monthly meetings. Young people of different ages (even at that time the age range was 40-95), as in a neutral rite, with wisdom moving back and forth, compete in reading their creations: epigram, humorous prose and poetry, pamphlet. Of course, fully versed in banking news or catchy lines of colloquial discussions.

Now, the attic is led by Sibiu writer Stefan Cornel Rodin, who, starting in 2008, has taken the reins of Nicholas Olahus and imposed forcefully on the caddy level in Romania. For it must be pointed out that those who owe the stories, as the humorists are called in the verses, are a nationally well organized class, part of the Union of Epigramists from Romania, members with proper documentation, and notable performance and above dues to date. So with full rights to emerge as an organized force with clarity among genre writers. How else can you say that most of the Sibiu councilors have dozens of profile books in their records, for which they have won countless prizes at festivals held in different regions of the country. This, not to mention the prizes they always bring from epigram contests.

We asked Ștefan-Cornel Rodean, who had been “guilty” of having an attic for nearly 15 years, to declassify something related to the story of the Sibiu formation. The beginnings are very precisely marked: on April 4, 1975, when Professor Noam Samarandash founded the Epigramists’ Club in Sibiu. Hosted by the House of Culture for Trade Unions, after 10 years it changed its address to “The Attic of Sibyan Humorists, House of Culture for Trade Unions”. And if it was still fashionable to change after 1990, just to do something here and there, then the name of the group would become “Cenacle of the Sibien Humorists Nicolaus Olahus”, the name that has been retained to this day. Currently, the guardianship institution under which the attic operates is the center for the preservation and promotion of traditional culture “Cindrelul-Junii”, Sibiu.

“For over 47 years of continuous activity, as Ștefan Cornel Rodean tells us, many members were part of the attic, and there was always a group of about 20 people, with slight fluctuations at certain periods. We, of course, refer to the attic as an institution, not As a literary activity other interested people can participate, even if they do not have a membership card.” And if we’re still talking about the active members, let’s leave some names for posterity: Ion Brancusi, Livio Chiva-Cele, Valentine David, Uriel Domed-Gano, Ioan Frisio, Nicolae Guinea, Octavian-Livio Holly, Titus Maiuriscu, Nicolae Miho, Liviu Modran , Nicolae Munteanu, Sever Purcia, Vasile Rusu, Gheorghe Șchiop, Corneliu Șerban, Nicolae Tudor, Ștefan Vișan, Viorica Voicescu. Among these names, Nikolai Montaigne (who collected, I bet the flyer!, 95 spring recently) stands out as a founding member of the Attic.

magazine ACU Imposing attic more

Among the successes included in the Siberian Attic, we must mention the editing of the quarterly magazine ACUS (it reached 71 issues), the support of gender columns in local and national publications, and the organization of ten editions of the “Nicolas Olahus” National Epigram Festival. , the participation of Attic members, as guests, in various radio and television formats, the issuance of six anthology of flyers, and of course heaps of local and national awards and honors. The fact that some time ago the incomparable Dim Rodolscu enjoyed reading on the radio from the creations of Sibiu charlatans is not uncommon.

As for the head of the attic writer Stefan Cornel Rodian, for five years he served as deputy editor-in-chief of “Epigrama”, one of the publications of the Federation of Romanian Epigramists, was appointed head of the regulations committee within the UER, was president or member of the juries of competitions organized at the national level And of course he won the UER Awards Gala for managerial activity in the attic.

For 50 years of existence

These friendly old people also have a lot of plans for the future, such as: attract new members to the attic from the local literary circles, but also among the novices, publish as many author volumes as possible, constantly improve the content and graphics of the “ACUS” magazine, expand the activity to include A more visible area for the general public, and for the year 2025 (when the Attic turns 50 years old), a collection of ceremonial acts.

Every meeting in the attic is an excuse for joy. For these people, as soon as they come to the conference room (they have settled, for several years, in the military circle, on the first Tuesday of every month), leave the burden of their old age at the entrance, and have lined up for a chair that resists the vagaries of hearty and loud laughter and … do nothing Except to expel their troubles and problems of daily life with that humor with which the Roman always knows how to defeat his fears.

“The most wasted day is the day we didn’t laugh” is the motto of ACUS magazine, the Attic publication of satire and humor. Or, if I’m going to refer to these lists, they really don’t have any lost days.

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