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The “George Enescu” International Festival and Competition will be held every two years, according to yesterday’s Romanian Government communiqué posted on its website “given the current economic conditions”.
“The Culture Ministry and the Festival and Competition’s organizing Committee looked into this year’s event’s budget, structure and program, given the government provides the bulk of the funding, and decided that Romania should carry on the international event, an unique cultural exchange between Romanian artists and the world cultural heritage, yet adjusted to the current economic conditions,” according to the press release.
The Executive has therefore decided that the “George Enescu” International Contest will be organized next year, and the festival this one, with the two section to be held every two years. “This calendar modification won’t impact the Contest standards, but is aimed at improving them, considering the logistic and financial effort it entails,” the source also said. As registration for the 2013 “George Enescu” Competition had not started by the time the analysis was made, the event being held next year would not create any inconvenience to contestants.
The 21st Festival will be held September 1-28 of this year, hosting 150 musical, opera and ballet performances in Bucharest and Arad, Bacau, Brasov, Cluj, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara. Most of the subscription passes have been exhausted immediately after they were up for sale.
The government also announced that the Bucharest City Hall, too, will contribute to financing the event, the drawing of private funds also being considered, given the “interest shown by some companies”.