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Alexandru Tomescu, Feli and Zoli Toth, on the stage of the Athenaeum at the 7th edition of Hope Concert

Along with them, Irina Iordachescu, Alexandra Ușurelu, Adrian Despot and Cezar Popescu (Vița de Vie) together with Blue Noise, FiRMA and the Violoncellisimo Ensemble performed for the vulnerable children supported by Hope and Homes for Children.

On Sunday, April 14, the Romanian Athenaeum hosted the 7th edition of Hope Concert, the annual cultural and social responsibility event organised by Hope and Homes for Children, supporting vulnerable children in the programs conducted in Romania. Important artists participated in this year’s concert, which marked the 21st anniversary of the Foundation’s activity in Romania, bringing classical music, pop and rock rhythms on the Athenaeum’s stage, in an original joining. The hosts of the evening were PRO TV journalist Amalia Enache and Dragos Bucurenci, the Development Director of the Foundation.

Alexandru Tomescu

Violinist Alexandru Tomescu has been a Hope and Homes for Children Ambassador since 2012, and he has dedicated many of his concerts to the Foundation, being one of the artists who are present in most of the Hope Concert editions. Soprano Irina Iordachescu, first soloist of the Bucharest National Opera, chose to participate for the fourth time because she believes that all children need support, affection, confidence and harmony, they need to dream and be confident that dreams can come true.

Irina Iordăchescu

Zoli Toth is an old supporter of Hope and Homes for Children and this year he brought unconventional music on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum again.

Zoli Toth

H.E. Andrew Noble, Ambassador of United Kingdom, H.E. Michele Ramis, Ambassador of France, representatives of numerous companies, celebrities and other personalities who chose this way to show their support for the programs conducted by the Foundation and for the children in these programs, were present at Hope Concert 2019.

Hope and Homes for Children is an organisation founded in the UK in 1994 by Mark and Caroline Cook, husband and wife, which aims at rebuilding the orphanages that were destroyed in the Bosnian war. Working with the children in the orphanages, they realized that their main need is actually the need to be loved and to have the certainty of a family. In Romania, Hope and Homes for Children started its projects in 1998, when there were more than 100,000 children in orphanages. Today, there are fewer than 6,000 children in these old institutions. Children who grow up in orphanages have delays in their physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Youngsters who leave these institutions face problems in becoming independent and are exposed to abuse, exploitation, trafficking or antisocial behaviour. The mission of Hope and Homes for Children is to close all the orphanages in Romania by 2026.

Photo: Mihnea Ciulei

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