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Blue Night in Florence

Romania participated in the Europe Festival in Florence (May 6 to 8), a release by the the Foreign Ministry informs. Under the heading “Sounds and Voices from Europe”, the concert offered in the Signoria Square (Loggia de’ Lanzi) brought together young artists from four European states: The Street Clerks (Italy, the winners of the 2010 Rock Contest di Controradio), Paula Seling and Ovi (the Eurovision winners), the Milan Svoboda Quartet (the Czech Republic) and Word&Music (Ireland).

Paula Seling and Ovi enchanted the public in the Signoria Square with a recital of songs from the Italian and Romanian repertoire, culminating in the song which brought them their success at Eurovision, “Playing with Fire”.
One of the most-keenly awaited moments of the Festival was the Blue Night in Florence, taking place Saturday night. Theatre and jazz performances, exhibitions and street fashion shows, signed by young designers, all contributed to an extraordinary collective cultural experience.

The first day of the festival marked yet another success for young Romanian creatives. The Italian inauguration of the program “Youth on the Move” also included an award gala for the winners of the European Commission’s contest for the creation of a logo. The first prize in the creation contest went to Felicia Jitaru, a Turin high school student.
Romania’s participation in the Europe Festival was organized by the Romanian Foreign Ministry, via the Romanian Embassy in Rome.

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