The 2019 Romania – France Season, the most ample public and cultural diplomacy project ever unfolded by the two countries, came to a vibrant finale on the National Day of France on July 14, after eight months during which the Romanians and the French have (re)discovered each other in more than 400 projects and 800-plus events – theater, dance, music, cinema, literary or visual art shows, exhibitions, debates, gastronomy demonstrations or even economic and tourism activities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release on Monday.
On July 14, “Bucharest’s Carol Park and the ‘Expirat’ Club featured the colors of the Romania – France Season for a one-off event. Street shows, gastronomy displays and the concerts of Vunk, Cali, Delia and Hyphen Hyphen entertained the visitors all day. The evening sky was lit by the fireworks and acrobatics show of Groupe F, organisers of world-class pyrotechnic events. The season was formally concluded by Ambassador of France to Romania Michele Ramis, and Secretary of State Alexandru Victor Micula. The mission of the Romania – France Season has been to refresh the image and the perception Romania and France have on each other, as well as to strengthen the two countries’ historical economic, scientific and cultural ties. The Season, which opened in Paris on the National Day of Romania, saw several absolute firsts: the first Romanian exhibition organized at the Paris Louvre Museum, Romania’s first exhibition season at the Pompidou Center, and the first concert of a Romanian orchestra at the Philharmonie de Paris, while Romania saw the inauguration of the first digital museum – Micro-Folie Sibiu, taking after the model of a French structure, and the opening in Cluj of the Amateur Film Factory, which offers a new kind of creative entertainment,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Bucharest hosted concomitantly the most exhibitions of modern and contemporary French art in the history of the two countries, and France was guest at the largest cultural events held since this April.
“The ‘Forget the clichés’ slogan and the season’s playful image have put a colorful imprint on cities, large museums, concert halls and theaters, cinema theatres, festivals, universities and research centers, forums and trade fairs. In the democratic spirit that governed the work of the two commissariats coordinated by Andrei Tarnea and Jean-Jacques Garnier, the Season has often descended to the streets to find and build its audience, just as we do today,” said Secretary of State Alexandru Victor Micula (photo).
French Ambassador to Romania Michele Ramis pointed out that the 14th of July has a special significance for the French-Romanian friendship. “We conclude eight months of an extraordinary Season that had thousands of spectators, especially youth. The Season ends, but this is not the end of the story, but the beginning of a renewed and strengthened relationship,” she said.
On Romania’s behalf, the organizers of the Romania-France 2019 Season were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government’s Secretariat General, the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry for the Business Environment and Entrepreneurship, the Romanian Embassy in Paris and the Romanian Cultural Institute, while the French organisers were the French Institute – with the support of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition, the Ministry of Sports, the Embassy of France in Bucharest, the network of the French Institute’s and of the Alliance Française branches in Romania.