Decorations, concerts, a marathon and a Garden Party, in the absence of King Mihai, the Royalty Day, Europe’s Day, celebrated by music, dance and new names for the underground train station.
A ceremony of decorating Princess Mary opened on Wednesday the series of events held on occasion of the Royalty Day (May 10), which will include concerts, a royal marathon, a symposium and the traditional Garden Party at Elisabeta Palace, held in the absence of King Michael.
The series of events started on Wednesday night at Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, where Princess Mary was awarded the order Romania’s Crown in the rank of Grand Cross, on occasion of her 50th birthday.
The symposium “Carol I, a life devoted to Romania” will be held on Friday at 10 am, at the Central University Library “Carol I” in Bucharest. The Romanian Radio Broadcast will organize a Royal Concert on occasion of the celebration on May 10, on Friday at 7 pm at the Radio Hall in Bucharest. The public will listen to “The ninth Symphony” by Ludwig van Beethoven, conducted by Tiberiu Soare. Besides, along the royal significance, the concert at the Radio Hall implicitly marks Europe’s Day, celebrated on May 9.
Saturday, at 8 am, the third edition of the Royal Marathon will kick off. The participants will run over 10.5 km around Herastrau Park. The start, the finish and the award ceremony will take place at Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest. On Saturday, at 11 am, the Royal Family will place wreaths of flowers at the statue of King Carol I in the Royal Palace Plaza in Bucharest. The garden of Elisabeta Palace will host the fifth edition of the Garden Party on Saturday at 5:30 pm. The event, turned into tradition, will unite 6,000 guests, among which central and local political figures, the academic, cultural, scientific and political milieus personalities, figures of the civil society and of the business environment, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps and the Church. Same as the years before, acrobatic aircraft pilots will fly over Elisabeta Palace. The events devoted to the Royalty Day will conclude with a concert held on Saturday at 7 pm by the Royal Camerata at the Romanian Athenaeum.
Friday, May 9, Europe’s Day is celebrated and it will be marked in Bucharest through a series of events such as artistic moments of music and dance, conferences, film festivals, but also the temporary modification of the underground train stations, according to europa.eu website.
District 6 mayoralty, partnering Bucharest Symphonic Orchestra, will hold a concert on Friday at AFI Palace Cotroceni devoted to Europe’s Day. The concert will start with a flash-mob on the tunes of “Ode to Joy.”
Friday, between 4 pm and 7 pm, 28 underground train stations will bear the names of the EU member states. More than 15,000 film aficionados are expected between May 9 and 15 to watch the 18 edition of the European Film Festival to take place at Studio and Elvira Popescu cinemas. Friday, at the festival opening gala at Cinema Studio, the movie “Miss Violence” will be screened, directed by Alexandros Avranas. Friday, at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest, the official launch of the third European Photography Festival will take place, organized by the Association “Euro Foto Art.”
In May, the Europe Direct centers in Bucharest and throughout Romania will hold a series of events, most of them devoted to Europe’s Day.