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August 3, 2021

Culture Minister: The new concert hall would be “somewhere close to the Government”

Culture Minister Vlad Alexandrescu (photo) considers that the new concert hall due to be built in Bucharest should be located in the centre of the city, somewhere close to the Government.

“We have funds for this hall. The problem is to find a lot that would be big enough in the centre of Bucharest, perhaps somewhere close to the Government, where we could build this hall. I think we found the lot. We will soon announce where it is. It is important that it would be in the centre, not far from the other locations where music is performed – I am thinking about the

“Enescu” Festival, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Radio Hall”, Alexandrescu declared in an interview for Agerpres.

According to the Minister, the new edifice should be planned “based on the latest standards, as a result of an international competition of architecture” and it would include approximately 2,400 seats, and it would be able to run, simultaneously, as “an art centre, and as an artspace, which would be important because it would grant complementariness to the project in an important artistic dimension”.

“Let it become a reference for the future of Bucharest”

Also, the Culture Minister considers that “it is important to become an architecture project that would be a reference for the future of Bucharest”.

“We do not want a hall that would be big on the outside, a giant, we do not want to make the People’s House for music, we want to make a hall adjusted to the proportions of Bucharest, to the architectural proportions of Bucharest, a hall that would be efficient and respond to a necessity expressed for many years at each edition of the Enescu Festival”, Vlad Alexandrescu pointed out.

Ever since being interviewed by the joint Commissions of Culture of the Parliament, Vlad Alexandrescu pointed out that a priority of his term was represented by building a new performance hall.

The idea of building a new concert hall in Bucharest appeared as early as the year 2005, when the Minister of Culture and Religious Denominations at that time, Adrian Iorgulescu, was talking about a so-called “cultural mall” in the centre of Bucharest, at the Palace Hall, with multivalent halls, and a highly valuable hall with special acoustics for concerts, with cinema halls, book shops, cafes, socializing locations, exhibition halls and boutiques selling cultural products.

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