The second edition of the Excellence Awards Gala for Romanians in historic communities has designated its winners on Monday, at the ceremony taking place at the National Theater in Bucharest.
Organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), the Directorate of Romanians Abroad, with the support of the “Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi” Institute for Romanians Abroad, the event occasioned the recognition of some personalities’ contribution to the social-cultural life of the Romanian communities in keeping the national identity, by promoting the Romanian language and culture in all the countries of residence.
The awards were offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute, and four of them by the “Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi” Institute for Romanians Abroad, partner of ICR in organizing the event.
The jury also decided to grant honorary awards, to some persons that promote through their activity Romania and our common values where there where they are found: Anca Corfu – General Consul of Romania to Cahul, Eleonora Moldovan – General Consul of Romania to Cernauti, Roxana Iorgulescu – RRI journalist, Liliana Vaduva – producer of TVRI public television channel, Gina Stefan – AGERPRES journalist, priest Mihai Hau – Patriarchal Counselor, Romanian Patriarchate, Ion Varta – Director of the State Archives in Chisinau, Catalin Josan – singer.
The awards were handed by Constantin Codreanu, the head of the Committee for Romanians Abroad in the Chamber of Deputies, Mircea Druc, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova from May 1990 – May 1991, Michael Tita, Patriarchal Counsellor, Coordinator of church relations, inter-religious and external religious communities of the Romanian Patriarchate, Nicolae Branzea, Deputy General Director of the “Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi” Institute, Cristina Lorent, Director of TVR International channel, Radu Baltasiu, Director of the Romanians Abroad Directorate within ICR.
The gala covered artistic moments, performed pro bono by artists from Romania and its neighboring areas, collaborators in previous projects of ICR: Maria Gheorghiu, Veta Biris, Vlad Mirita, Eliza Nirlu, Catalin Josan, Cristofor Aldea Teodorovici, Ilie Caras.
“All Romanians outside the country deserve both our attention and our love,” said the head of the ICR, Radu Boroianu.
He pleaded for “planting” in the souls of Romanians abroad “the love of soul union,” which “must be the Romanians and Romania, beyond borders, beyond historical or random statehood.”
“You need to feel us with you wherever you go, beyond keeping the identity, but often times also finding identity again,” he added.
A short message from the Presidential Administration was sent by the State Advisor of the Department for Romanians Abroad, Sandra Pralong.
A moment of silence was held in the memory of culture figure Ion Ungureanu, Minister of Culture and Cults in the Republic of Moldova (1990-1994) and Member of Parliament in the first Parliament (1990-1994).
Minister for Romanians Abroad, Andreea Pastarnac, also attended the event.