For fifteen years, at every end of March, Radio Romania Cultural celebrates, in a Gala of value and refinement, artists who had outstanding achievements in cultural fields. The fifteenth edition of the Radio Romania Cultural Awards Gala was held on Monday, March 23, at the Odeon Theatre. Maria Balabas and Radu Croitoru were the hosts of the event that included virtuoso and energetic performances by Analia Selis, Răzvan Suma and Mariano Castro.
The event broadcasted live by Radio Romania Cultural was attended by numerous personalities of various cultural fields, but also by a numerous audience, eager to meet and applaud the artists who feed them spiritually.
During the Gala, there were awards granted for nine sections, as well as three extraordinary awards, granted to winners announced previously. Thus, the Excellence Award went to actor Mircea Albulescu, who wrote history on the stage of theatre but also in Romanian film. Visibly moved, the maestro recited a „poem” he „imagined” in 1952 and „finished” in 1956. It was a long list of fabulous names, some of Romania’s greatest actors, each of whom had graduated the University in 1956.
The Lux Mundi Award was granted to choreographer Gigi Caciuleanu, who confessed that he had left Romania, yet, he was willing to return whenever he was invited, as he had many great friends and loving students here.
The Award “In memoriam Iosif Sava”, introduced by Culture Minister Ionut Vulpescu, who named the late radio host „the guardian angel of the Conservatoire”. The award was offered to the Bucharest National University of Music (former Conservatoire) for its 150th anniversary. The University was represented by its rector, composer Dan Dediu.
The nominations of the Radio Romania Cultural Awards Ceremony in the Poetry section were Bogdan-Alexandru Stanescu, for the book anaBASis, released by the Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House; Bogdan O. Popescu, for Book of Love, Humanitas Publishing House; Miruna Vlada, for the book Bosnia.Split, Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House; Octavian Soviany for Magellan’s Heel, Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House. The award went to Miruna Vlada.
The nominees for the Prose category were: Nora Iuga, for Harald and the Green Moon, Polirom Publishing House; Lavinia Braniste, for the book Escapade, Polirom Publishing House; Marius Chivu, for End of Season, Polirom Publishing House; Dan Lungu, for The Girl Who Played God, Polirom Publishing House. The award went to Nora Iuga.
The nominees in the Film category were: Toto and His Sisters by Alexander Nanau; The Second Game by Corneliu Porumboiu; Quod erat demonstrandum by Andrei Gruzsnicki; Closer to the Moon by Nae Caranfil. The award was won by Alexander Nanau.
The Theatre category had the following nominees: Razvan Mazilu, for contemporary adaptation of the musicals Cabaret (The German Theatre of Timispara) and West Side Story (produced by FNT); Andrei and Andreea Grosu, for consequence and courage in building the UnTeatru alternative theatre space, The “Ion Sava” Centre of Creation and Research (TNB) coordinated by Cristiana Gavrila, for the program 9G – New Generation. The award was offered to Razvan Mazilu.
In the Music category, the nominees were: violinist Gabriel Croitoru, for the National Tour „George Enescu’s Violin in Villages”, that has reached its third edition in 2014; tenor Stefan Pop, for artistic achievements in 2014; saxophonist Nicolas Simion, for continuously challenging the audience by various concepts, continuously identifying common elements of jazz and traditional music. The award was won by Gabriel Croitoru.
The Visual arts section had nominations for: Teodor Graur, for the exhibition Nostalgia, curated by Raluca Voinea; The Artistic Education in Bucharest and Romanian Arts after 1950: An exhibition dedicated to the anniversary of 150 years, since the Foundation of the National Arts University; Viorica Iacob for the exhibition Earth and Waves, at the Senso Gallery, on November 4 – 29, 2014; Aurel Vlad (born in 1954), double anniversary exhibition at the Simeza Gallery and at the Gorj County Museum, including sculpture ensembles of sheet metal and wood; Stefan Ramniceanu, Romanian-French painter and sculptor. The winner was Teodor Graur.
At the Education and Schools section, the list of nominees included: Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, for activities organized in 2014 at the Alternative Education Club (CEA), The Atlantykron Association, for the summer camp of 2014, its 25th edition; the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, for organizing the Creativity Workshop), the ViitorPlus Association, for the project Children’s Forest. The award went to the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant.
The nominees in the Science section are: Mircea Ignat, for his activity in 2014, of initiating young Olympics in the mysteries of scientifical research and for qualifying them for prestigious international competitions in this field”, Radu Popa, doctor in Microbiology at the Northwestern University in Los Angeles, research manager for River Road Research; Toma Patrascu, The President of the Secular Humanist Association, ASUR in Romania. The award was offered to Mircea Ignat.
The Cultural Projects and Festivals category included the following nominees: The International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, for the 22nd edition, The International Literature Festival in Bucharest, the seventh edition< the SoNoRo International Chamber Music Festival, for the ninth edition, Bridges; The Docu-art Caravan 2014. The award was won by The International Theatre Festival in Sibiu.