On May 8, one day before Europe Day, Bucharest Municipality and Excelsior Theater, in partnership with the most longevous choir ensemble in Romania – the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal-Marin Constantin”, will organize the biggest event in Bucharest celebrating the European unity.
Starting at 19.00, Tineretului Park from Bucharest will host Cantus Mundi Fest, a show that is focused on the social integration of children and celebrating solidarity through music. The event gathers more than 45 choirs, 6 instrumental ensembles and over 1500 children who will sing along with special guests, important names of the Romanian stage: Loredana, Andra, Feli, the bands TAXI and VUNK, Nicu Alifantis & ZAN, Ducu Bertzi & Friends, as well as the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal-Marin Constantin”, conducted by Anna Ungureanu. Presenters are the well-known radio journalists George Zafiu and Vlad Petreanu. On the alleys of the Tineretului Park, events and workshops for kids will take place throughout the day: 3D paintings, face painting, balloon modelling, collage workshops and meetings with magicians.
On the same day, from 12.00 to 18.00, on a different stage in the Tineretului Park, Cantus Mundi choirs and Simfonia Mundi bands in Bucharest and the country will hold short recitals to celebrate the day of the big community of which all the EU citizens are part. The event will be attended by ensembles from Bucharest and the counties Alba, Arad, Bacau, Bihor, Braila, Covasna, Galati, Maramures and Vrancea. The official partner of Cantus Mundi Fest is Europa FM.
The birth date of the European project, 9th of May, 1950, marks the historical declaration of the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, by which he proposed an economic cooperation plan between France and Germany, to which many other states on the continent also joined later.
Excelsior Theater is a cultural institution founded in 1990, at the initiative of Master Ion Luchian, being subordinated to the General Council of the Bucharest Municipality since 1999. By performing spectacles for children and young people aged from 3 to 18, Excelsior Theater contributes to the education and transformation of this segment of public, encouraging them to involve in the cultural life. Through the series of events organized in partnership with the Cantus Mundi National Program, conducted by the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal-Marin Constantin”, Excelsior Theater contributes to creating the proper environment for the personal development by the manifestation of the artistic side of the young people in Bucharest and in the country.
Initiated in 2011 by conductor Ion Marin, based on the volunteering of the Madrigal Choir Members, the Cantus Mundi National Program was institutionalized by the Government’s Decision no.821/2014, thus becoming, from a simple idea, a Department of the institution subordinated to the Culture Ministry – the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal-Marin Constantin”. Cantus Mundi places talent, education and cultural development of the Romanian young people on the map. In 7 years, 4100 conductors and 250,000 choristers in the 41 counties of Romania will be part of the Cantus Mundi National Program. The Program’s objective is to make every school in Romania have a choir in 2018, when 100 years since the Great Union will be celebrated.