Over 4,000 pupils from Bucharest and neighbouring localities received a special martisor amulet this year, being invited to attend the International Cultural Gala, an artistic event that brought children from 18 countries to the Palace Hall stage. The show, presented by Toby Ibitoye, finalist in the Voice of Romania competition, generated a lot of joy among the members of the audience who danced and gave standing ovations to the dancers and singers that took to the stage. Songs from South Africa, India, Mexico, France, Philippines and the United States were applauded for minutes on end, as were the traditional dances from Kenya and Romania. The surprise of the show was a group of Kenyan dancers who performed a traditional Romanian dance, wearing traditional Romanian costumes.
“We learned this dance during 10 days, at the indications of a professor from Romania,” Albert, a 16-year-old boy from Kenya, member of the group of dancers, stated.
This novel artistic moment was savoured by Romanian kids in the audience, who applauded throughout the dance.
“We had a lot of fun at this show. The music, dance and the costumes that children wore were very beautiful,” Sara, an 11-year-old pupil that attended the show alongside her classmates stated.
The International Cultural Gala, organized by the Lumina Institutii Foundation, is part of the International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) in which over 2,500 pupils from over 150 countries take part every year. This year the festival will take place in over 30 countries on 5 continents, Romania being one of the countries that will host this cultural event. Likewise, as part of the IFLC, seven children from Romania will represent our country in finals organized in other countries.
In Romania, the event took place on March 1-2, at the Palace Hall.
The Lumina Institutii de Invatamant Foundation has been contributing for over ten years to the development of educational and cultural projects meant to help youngsters from diverse cultural background in their process of training and learning.