2015

LIONS INTERNATIONAL ROMANIA (Nov 24)
Michael Carrington addressed the Lions International Meeting in Sighisoara, Romania


UNESCO WORLD WATER ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME SIGNS MOU
On 3rd July 2015 UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (UNESCO-WWAP) and The International Traditional Knowledge Institute (ITKI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for enhancing communication and dissemination of water resources management's practices and techniques, including those from traditional knowledge. The Founding Partners of The International Traditional Knowledge Institute include The Maria Nobrega Foundation.

MASTERS OF WINE VISIT ARCHITA (Aug 28 photo)
Trustees met with Marinela Ardelan, Director and Marius Danciu, Sommelier Hotel Prico, Targu Mures and eight International Masters
of Wine to discuss the forthcoming publication of the Wine Atlas of Romania.

LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL MEETS IN ARCHITA (Aug 24)
The District 124 Governor Lions International Romania, Mr David Istvan and Past Governor, Colonel Niels Schnecker, met with Trustees in Archita to discuss areas of co-operation.

MME IRINA CAJAL-MARIN, UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE, MINISTRY OF CULTURE MEETS WITH TRUSTEES IN ARCHITA (Aug 20)

PRESIDENT OF MURES COUNTY AND MAYOR OF SIGHISOARA MEETS WITH CHAIRMAN BOARD OF TRUSTEES (Aug 19)
The President of Mures County, Mr  Ciprian Dobre and The Mayor of Sighisoara, Mr Meyer Gavrila met with HRIH Andreas Habsburg, Chairman The Maria Nobrega Foundation, Dr Pietro Laureano and Michael Carrington to discuss Tirgu Mures and Sighisoara bid for European Capital of Culture 2021.

THE SECOND ANNUAL ARCHITA MUSIC FESTIVAL' (Aug 9 photos)

TRUSTEES MEETING IN ARCHITA 7TH AUGUST 2015
Attended by HRIH Andreas Habsburg, Elizabeth Tsakiroglou, Michael Carrington, Pietro Laureano and Annamaria and Giuseppe Biagini

HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES MEETS WITH TRUSTEES (June 3)
HRH The Prince of Wales met with Elizabeth Tsakiroglou and Michael Carrington at The Prince’s house in Zalanpatak, Transylvania

TRUSTEES MEET WITH ARCHITECT ZAHA HADID (May 5)
Dame Zaha Hadid, the internationally renowned architect, met with Elizabeth Tsakiroglou and Michael Carrington on Tuesday 5th May to discuss potential areas of collaboration.


2014

‘ARCHITA PHARMACY AND CLINIC OPENS (Nov 22)
The Archita Pharmacy and Clinic opened on Saturday 22nd November in Von Sternberg House. The Centre will be open three mornings a week and will eventually be relocated at the Archita Village Clinic restored building in 2015.
The Foundation is grateful for the support of Mrs. Rodica Biro, Rares Cucueet and Dr. Petru Oprean in making this major contribution to the quality of life in Archita.

SECRETARY OF STATE FOR CULTURE VISITS ARCHITA (Sept 14)
Mme Csilla Hegedos, Romanian Secretary of State for Culture visited Archita and had discussions with Trustees on European funding and the UNESCO International Institute for Traditional Knowledge.

AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR VISITS ARCHITA (Spt 10)
Mme Susanna Diamonstein a 92 year old survivor of Auschwitz Concentration Camp visited the Foundation with her son. Mme. Diamonstein entire family of 24 people were sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Mrs Diamonstein who was 22 years of age t the time was spared by the camp guards and now lives with her family in the city of Tirgu Mures, Romania.

CENTRAL EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Aug 6)
Some 70 participants in the Central European Film Festival visited Archita. The group visit was organised by Vladimir Sargu, CEO ADI Regiunea Tarnevelor and the Mayor of Medias. They visited the Saxon Fortified Church and after were entertained by the Foundation to a traditional Transylvanian luncheon in Von Sternberg House, followed by a conducted tour of the Saxon House and Casa Nobrega.''

THE ARCHITA MUSIC FESTIVAL (Aug 7) more
The Festival which is a joint venture with the Basle Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera took place in Archita on Thursday 7th August. There were three concerts, one in the fortified church, one in Von Sternberg House and the final ‘’Opera for Everyone’’ on the village green.

CENTRAL EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Aug 6)
Some 70 participants in the Central European Film Festival visited Archita. The group visit was organised by Vladimir Sargu, CEO ADI Regiunea Tarnevelor and the Mayor of Medias. They visited the Saxon Fortified Church and after were entertained by the Foundation to a traditional Transylvanian luncheon in Von Sternberg House, followed by a conducted tour of the Saxon House and Casa Nobrega.

ARCHITA CLINIC
Tirgu Mures Council have announced their approval to the funding for the Feasibility Study for the Archita Clinic. The work is well in hand, and subject to approval of the Study, the funding for the establishment of the Clinic will receive Council approval. The Study involves full architectural drawings, quantities and costings, and will require the approval to EEC Standards of the medical facilities.

PROFESSOR FRANCESCO BANDARIN RETIRES FROM UNESCO
Franceso Bandarin was Director UNESCO World Heritage Centre from 2000 – 2010 and subsequently Assistant Director General for Culture.
Francesco is a long-time friend and supporter of The Foundation, and was instrumental in bringing the first UNESCO World Heritage Centre Conference to Olinda, Brazil in 2004 and a key figure in our work with the late Colonel Gaddafi to establish a Protected Area for the ancient Greek colony of Cyrene at Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain), North East of Benghazi in Libya.

2013

TIRGU MURES COUNTY MOU
December - New York, NY
On 19th December 2013 Tirgu Mures County Council in session agreed unanimously to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of a Medical Clinic in Archita. The signatories to the MOU were Tirgu Mures County Council, Lukas Hospital, Laslea, The Cardiovascular and Transplant Institute, Tirgu Mures, The Romanian Red Cross, Lions Clubs International District 124 Romania and Asociatia Maria Nobrega.

U.N. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
December - New York, NY
The Maria Nobrega Foundation has been accepted for membership of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

BOOK PUBLICATION
September - Archita, Transylvania
Father Vasile of Archita presents to HRIH Andreas Hapsburg a copy of his
book The History of the Orthodox Church in Sighisoara. The publication
of the book was sponsored by The Asociata Maria Nobrega.


SAXON REUNION
11 August, Archita, Transylvania
Some 100 former Saxon residents of Archita visited the village to celebrate the re-opening of the church after extensive restoration.
A lunch and dinner were given in the Parish House after the event.

ASSILAH FORUM FOUNDATION
19-21 June - Asilah, Morocco
Trustees attended the Assilah Forum Foundation Meeting in Assilah, Morocco as guests of the President, HE Mohamad Benaissa.

2012

MINISTER OF CULTURE FOR ROMANIA MEETS WITH MICHAEL CARRINGTON
31 October 2012 - Bucharest
The Minister for Culture, HE Puiu Hasotti met with Michael Carrington to discuss development of an Archita Master Plan establishing of a National Heritage Conservation Area.
The Minister was supportive and the Master Plan will now be developed jointly between the Ministry of Culture and The Ministry of Tourism.

U.S. AMBASSADOR VISIT
22 October 2012 - Archita, Transylvania
Visit by U.S. Ambassador and Mrs. Mark Gitenstein to see restoration works.

FLORENCE, Italy
July 2012
Trustees meet with the Deputy Mayor of Florence and the Mayor of Bagno a Ripoli in Florence July 2012 to discuss the September UNESCO Landscape Conference.

ICONOGRAPHY EXHIBITION RECIFE-BRAZIL
April 2012
The exhibition by two Brazilian artists, Newton Alves and Timoteo, will be held at the Bishop of Recife and Olinda's Palace in Recife. The exhibition
lasts for 10 days and is jointly sponsored by The Foundation and the Hydro Electric Company of North East Brazil, CHESF. The exhibition will be opened by the State Governor of Pernambuco.


2011

STRUCTURAL CONSULT ROMANIA, a JV Partner of Associatia Maria Nobrega
January - Archita
Staff members visit Archita to develop EEC Cultural Grants Programme

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE WORLD BANK FORMS ALLIANCE WITH POLITECNICA FLORENCE
July - Florence, Italy
The Traditional Knowledge World bank has developed an alliance with the Architectural and Engineering Consortium, POLITECNICA, Florence.
POLITECNICA is to sponsor the establishment of the on line data base and to provide IT and in house staff to develop the system. This alliance represents a major advance in our progress toward a global data base of traditional knowledge.

2010

IMAGINÁRIA E SUA ICONOGRAFIA
September - Joao Pessoa, Paraiba (Brazil):
The Foundation is to Co-Sponsor with The Brazilian Ministry of Culture and the State of Paraiba State, an exhibition of the art of Newton Alves and Timoteo ''A Imaginaria e sua Iconografia''. The exhibition is to be held in Convento Sao Francisco, Joao Pessoa, the State Capital of Paraiba, from 17 to 29 September, 2010. The exhibition will include
Master Classes in Iconography for students from the University of Paraiba and lectures and art classes for local school children.

VILLAGE FESTIVAL FOR RESTORATION WORK
August - Archita, Transylvania (Romania)

The Asociatia Maria Nobrega's restoration of the the von Sternburg House and park of the village of Archita was celebrated on August 7-8 in events hosted by the Mayor of the Vinatori Comune. This includes dances, food, fireworks, and folk exhibits. More details

INTERNATIONAL TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTE
May - Florence, Italy

he Institute was formally established with a vote of the Bagno A Rapoli Council followed by an address by Professor Francesco Bandarin (UNESCO - World Heritage Center in Paris)
Dr Vandana Shiva (background) is the First Honorary President Emeritus of The Institute. She is pictured at right with Mr Pietro Laureano, founder of the Institute. Mrs Elizabeth Tsakiroglou was elected by the Executive Board as the First International President of the Institute

CARDINAL ARCHBISOP OF SAO SALVADOR TO MEET WITH THE CHRM OF ODEBRECHT SA BRASIL
May - Bahia Salvador, Brazil

Following discussions between Elizabeth Nobrega de Araujo Tsakiroglou, Michael Carrington and Jose Lima, Communicacao of Odebrecht SA Brasil and the Curia of Salvador Bahia, The Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Sao Salvador da Bahia, Geraldo Majella Agnello is to be received for luncheon by The Chairman of Odebrecht, Sr Emilio Odebrecht at the end of May. The purpose of this informal meeting is to discuss, inter alia, the restoration of the Cathedral Basilica of Sao Salvador da Bahia. Odebrecht are the largest construction company in Brazil, with worldwide interests, and have a long tradition of significant support to cultural heritage. The President of Fundaco Maria Nobrega has been invited to attend

CATHEDRAL WORK IN PROGRESS
May - Bahia Salvador, Brazil

A workshop for European university students will be held in Bran, Romania. Discussion will focus on ways in which cultural heritage can be revitalized. (photos)

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOP
May - Bran, Romania

A workshop for European university students was held in Bran, Romania. Discussion focused on ways in which cultural heritage can be revitalized. (link)

MINISTER OF CULTURE - BRAZIL
April - Brazil

Elizabeth Tsakiroglou meets with Sr. Juca Ferreira, Minister of Culure in Bahia Salvador

UNITED NATIONS DESA ACCREDITATION
April 2010

The Foundation received fully accreditation as a member of the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs (link) - April 2010

AGREEMENT IN TRANSYLVANIA
March - Sighisoara, Romania

The Asociatia Maria Nobrega [Romania] is pleased to announce the signature of a 25-year Concession Agreement with The Lutheran Consistoriu of Sighisoara/Schässburg and Diocese of Sibiu/Hermannstadt to restore the Martin Kelp von Sternberg House in Archita, Mures County, Transylvania.
Father von Sternberg was the parish priest of Archita from 1722 until his death in 1770. He was responsible for re-building the church after the fire of 1747 and was greatly revered in the 700-year-old village. The von Sternberg House occupies a central position adjoining the fortified church and the village green in Archita, and has suffered much decay over many years. It is the aim of the Associata to restore the building to its original design and to re-establish its presence as the central focus of village life.

NEW TRUSTEES APPOINTED
March - London

The Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of 3 new Trustees, with effect from the 1st March 2010:
Mrs Sue Douglas is a former Editor of the Sunday Express and a Director of Conde Nast Vogue magazine.
Mr Iain Renwick is a former CEO Liberty plc and Chairman Liberty Japan. He is also a Director of HRH The Prince of Wales commercial enterprise, Traditional Arts Ltd.
Mr Costas Sakellarios is Chairman and CEO Pisani Group.
The Board of Trustees consider that these new appointments will bring fresh vision, experience and impetus to the work of the Foundation worldwide.

FIRST HONORARY PRESIDENT EMERITUS
Dr Vandana Shiva (background) is to become the First Honorary President Emeritus of The Institute. She is pictured at right with Mr Pietro Laureano, founder of the Institute.

ROMANIA-ITALY COLLABORATION
February - Florence

Alex Carlsson, Project Director of the Nobrega Asociatia (Romania), met in Florence with Mr. Pietro Laureano to discuss possible 'traditional knowledge' information sharing between experts in Romania such as Prof. Ion Ghinoiu, President of the Center for Traditional Research, and the TKI.
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Center HE Mohamad Benaissa with guests and Mr & Mrs Robin Gross, Mr & Mrs Allan Gerson, Mme Leila Benaissa, Michael Carrington and Elizabeth Tsakiroglou.
Florence, Italy
Recife, Brazil
Left to right – Michael Thelman-Michael Carrington-Erwin Schuster-Elizabeth Tsakiroglou-Gunther Fritsch
Father Vasile (Archita)
HRH Visit to Archita
May 2013

Mrs. Elizabeth Tsakiroglou, President of Maria Nobrega Fndtn, and Dr, Deac at Palace of Culture centennial event in Tirgu Mures, Romania
UN Landscape Conference - Matera, Italy
Opening of Clinic:
Mrs. Rodica Biro with Mrs.
Elizabeth Tsakiroglou
Dame Zaha Hadid
Zalanpatak
Second Annual Musical Festival in Archita
Lions International Mtg.