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Within less than an hour since being up for sale by Eventim, the passes were sold out for the “Chamber Recitals and Concert” and “Midnight Concerts” series, as well as the discount tickets for pensioners and pupils (category 4), and fewer than 200 “Great World Orchestras” series tickets had yet been unsold by Tuesday, 2.00 pm.
Organizers say the bulk of passes have been sold online for this year’s George Enescu Festival Sept 1-27, with some of the tickets brought from abroad. Still on sale are A passes for the “Great World Orchestras” 29-concert series priced at RON 700 to 1,500 and D and E passes for the series “Enescu and his contemporaries” and the “Music of the 21st Century – Workshop” consisting of 7 concerts at the Romanian Athenaeum and the Small Palace Hall (RON 110 to 150).Organizers announced that individual event tickets will be up for sale starting April 15 both online and at the Eventim outlets at prices ranging from Ron 20 to RON 80. Admission is free at the festival contest concerts and recitals within the limit of the seats available. Pass A and B holders have priority of access.The 21st “George Enescu” Festival – the 10th after the Revolution of 1989 – will host over 150 events, of which six Romanian music concerts, 14 chamber concerts and recitals, 14 grand orchestras in 28 concerts, 21 chamber and orchestra ensembles, eight “Enescu and his contemporaries” concerts, four opera performances, two ballet performances and 48 concerts in the contest sections of the Festival.
Culture Minister: George Enescu Festival is priority No 1
In an interview to the National Public Radio last week, Culture Minister Daniel Barbu said that the “George Enescu” Festival is “priority No 1” this year, “whose running will be more monumental than ever, will unfold throughout September with exceptional quality musical events”. He outlined that the Festival is the world’s main musical event and countries “infinitely richer than Romania didn’t dare to organize an event of such scale. A week ago, Premier Victor Ponta said that government will support the organization of the “George Enescu” Festival this year and provide the committed budget, even though he declared himself surprised at its size. “In the past couple of days I learned about the size of the “George Enescu” Festival budget, an impressing one even for a rich country. Nonetheless, it is important for Romania to hold a festival and we will support it. It would have been even more important for the money to cover the expenses to be there as well, but, it’s an old practice in Romania, which we must bring to a halt. First, the money should b available and only then you enter into a contract and not the other way around,” said Ponta.The Romanian Government, via the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – Artexim, is the producer of the event, and the Bucharest Municipal Hall and the Romanian Radiobroadcast Company, co-producers. Oana Marinescu, in charge of the 2013 “George Enescu” International Contest and Festival PR and Communication, told Mediafax in Oct 2012 that government passed 9 M euro being allotted to this year’s festival.