Maestro Victor Rebenciug, decorated by President Iohannis with Star of Romania

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President Klaus Iohannis conferred on Wednesday upon actor Victor Rebengiuc the National Order of the Star of Romania in rank of Knight, in a ceremony held at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

“For over six decades, your activity has been blending with the joys and sorrows of Romanians, with the Romanians’ aspirations and hopes. (…) Through the characters you gave life to, you were and will remain an artist devoted to the humanist spirit, free and tolerant. You have proven on numerous occasions that you perceive and you defend more clearly and in a much better way than others the values upon which we are building our country’s European path. (…) Dear Mr. Victor Rebengiuc, you have gathered around it students and young artists, being rewarded with the critics’ recognition and especially with the devotion of a public that loves you. You are getting close to a beautiful jubilee, but your mission in Romanian society and in the world of the dramatic art is far from being over. Mister Victor Rebengiuc, for over 140 years, from Romania’s Independence year, the banner of the National Order of the Star of Romania is ‘In Fide Salus’ – ‘In Faith is our Salvation’. These are words that truly become you, who have dedicated your life to a noble art, holding the faith that through culture, humanity finds its salvation from hatred and intolerance,” President Iohannis told the ceremony.

The head of state recalled that the National Theatre Festival is dedicated this year to actor Victor Rebengiuc and its motto is – “Theatre changes the world”, showing that this felicitously expresses the faith in art’s shaping force.

“I have awarded the High Patronage to this edition of the National Theatre Festival because I am with you in faith!,” Iohannis specified.

Actor Victor Rebengiuc thanked President Iohannis for the award. He mentioned the numerous personalities who brought their contribution to the crystallisation of his 61-year career, professors Laura Buzescu and Lucia Sturdza Bulandra, directors Liviu Ciulei, Lucian Pintilie, Silviu Purcarete, Dan Mugur and actors Amza Pellea, Silvia Popovici, Gina Patrichi, Dumitru Rucareanu, Sanda Toma.

“They are in this decoration and I thank you on their behalf,” the actor said.

At the end of the ceremony, Victor Rebengiuc proposed a moment of recollection in memory of actress Olga Tudorache.

“Let us think for a second of a great actress that the Romanian theatre had and that it has lost today, I am referring to Olga Tudorache,” he said.

The head of state bestowed the distinction on actor Victor Rebengiuc in sign of “appreciation for the remarkable artistic performances carried out in his entire acting career, on stage and on screen, in which he instilled all his talent, energy and intelligence so as to give life and beauty to his times’ great roles, for the devotion in rearing generations of actors, dedicating his talent and passion to them.”