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February 28, 2021
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Iasi is prepared for St. Parascheva’s celebrations

The budget allocated to the Iasi celebrations organised on the occasion of St. Parascheva’s Day this year is double compared to last year’s, Iasi Mayor Gheorghe Nichita arguing that PM Victor Ponta has promised to be in Iasi on October 14.
The cost of the Iasi celebrations on 8th – 28th October amounts to approximately RON 2.8 M, almost double compared to the budget allocated last year – RON 1.5 M, Mediafax reports.
The Mayor of Iasi, Gheorghe Nichita told a press conference that the celebrations of Iasi this year should be a ‘main pillar’ supporting the candidacy of the city in the competition for the selection of the European Cultural Capital in 2021.
‘This year we will focus on mass events dedicated to the people of Iasi. Concerts will be organised also in the residential neighbourhoods, as well as fairs, exhibitions, sports contests and book launches. On October 14, the National Theatre will organise the Night of Values, where several Iasi personalities will be awarded’, Gheorghe Nichita said.
Unlike the previous years, when a single concert was organised in the city centre, this year there will be five concerts, from 11th to 15th October. Some of the artists who will perform on the stage in the Square of the Palace of Culture are: Smiley, Marius Moga, Loredana Groza, and folk musicians – Nicolae Furdui Iancu, Irina Loghin, Maria Ciobanu and Maria Dragomiroiu.
According to Gheorghe Nichita, there will also be a night of Romanian ever-greens featuring Marcel Pavel, C?t?lin Cri?an, Gabriel Doroban?u, Adrian Daminescu, Mihai Constantinescu and Corina Chiriac.
‘We want to please all audiences, therefore we decided to diversify musical genres this year’, said Nichita.
The mayor of Iasi also noted that he had invited PM Victor Ponta as well as other political leaders to participate in the celebrations of the city and said he was still waiting for the confirmations. ‘Victor Ponta has promised to be here for the festivities of our city. He has been in Iasi every year, either as an MP or as prime minister, therefore this year he won’t be coming just because of the election campaign. Klaus Iohannis was not present last year, we hope he will come this year’, Nichita said. Hundreds of thousand of pilgrims from the entire country are expected to Iasi for the pilgrimages to St. Parascheva’s relics that, on Friday, will be removed from the Metropolitan Cathedral and displayed in a canopy.

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