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Romania marks National Culture Day, celebrated annually on January 15, the date of birth of the national poet Mihai Eminescu. President Klaus Iohannis decorates cultural personalities

President Klaus Iohannis decorates artists, personalities and important cultural institutions

Romania marks today the National Culture Day, celebrated annually on January 15, the date of birth of the national poet Mihai Eminescu

A number of museums and cultural institutions  in the country prepared events with free entrance and extended opening hours. National Culture Day is also celebrated abroad, in cities like Brussels, Budapest, Warsaw, Stockholm and Beijing, where the Romanian Cultural Institute has organized a number of events. The Republic of Moldova, with a majority Romanian speaking population, also celebrates National Culture Day and Eminescu’s anniversary today.

On Friday, President Klaus Iohannis decorated artists, personalities and important cultural institutions. The distinctions were awarded as a sign of appreciation for the work done and the major impact on the cultural space in the country and abroad. “In the last two centuries, the cultural elites have inspired Romanian society to step on the road to Western modernization and democratization, said President Klaus Iohannis, who added that Romanians are proud of personalities whose works have enriched national and universal heritage and spirituality”. In turn, PM Nicolae Ciuca said that January 15 is an important day not only for the Romanians but also for all people who love Romanian culture.


Klaus Iohannis: Over the last two centuries, our cultural elites have inspired the Romanian society to walk the path towards Western modernisation and democratisation


Cultural figures and institutions, including Irina-Margareta Nistor, Eugenia Voda, the Peles National Museum, and the Sibiu National Theatre House, were decorated on Friday at a National Culture Day ceremony that took place at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

President Klaus Iohannis welcomed, during the ceremony, the operationalisation of culture and cultural heritage funds under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), showing that he also wants the funds intended for the rehabilitation of cultural institutions to reach their goals as soon as possible and to the greatest extent possible.

“The global challenges that we have to face show us how important it is to strengthen and modernise the institutions and mechanisms that contribute to the defence of the values that culture establishes, supports and develops in a society. Therefore, I welcome the operationalisation of culture and cultural heritage funds under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). I would also like the funds intended for the rehabilitation of cultural institutions to reach their goal as soon as possible and to the greatest extent possible,” said Iohannis.

President Iohannis stated that the troupes of the Radu Stanca National Theatre House in Sibiu, the Liviu Rebreanu Company of the Targu Mures National Theatre House and the Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre in Timisoara have over the past decades offered the public interesting perspectives of the fascinating universe of human diversity.

“Romania is recognised as a space of creative might and freedom that is displayed for the world to see every year at the great Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Performing arts, like the entire Romanian culture, enjoys the important contribution of national minorities. It finds its valuable expression in institutions and their projects, including the Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre House in Timisoara. In the fruitful paradigm of intercultural dialogue, you, the collectives of the national theatres in Targu Mures and Sibiu, have given exceptional mastery examples of dramaturgical discourse,” said Iohannis.

Iohannis said that the decorations awarded to Iosif Ion Prunner, the conductor of the George Enescu Philharmonic Choir, and pianist Axia Marinescu are intended to reward the honourable mission they undertook on national and international stages to serve beauty through music and peace. He added that the members of the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra have for eight decades been bringing famous musical names to the Iasi public and others. At the same time, he said that the medal bestowed on the Peles National Museum is a recognition of the selflessness and professionalism that the museum’s specialists have displayed in the preservation and interpretation of and capitalisation on the museum’s exceptional historical and artistic heritage.

Iohannis mentioned that also awarded are Romfilatelia Director General Cristina Popescu, film critics Irina-Margareta Nistor and Eugenia Voda and visual artist Puiu Manu for their long professional careers through which they have moved education, film, literature, history, sciences, and cultural heritage closer to younger people through excellent communication of culture to the general public.

“Over the last two centuries, our cultural elites have inspired the Romanian society to walk the path towards Western modernisation and democratisation. Romanians are proud of the figures whose works have not only enriched spirituality and national and universal heritage, but also led us to take up fundamental values and national objectives,” said President Iohannis.

He said that ahead of January 15, the National Romanian Culture Day, he promulgated a law that dedicates the year 2023 to honouring the works of Dimitrie Cantemir and Ciprian Porumbescu, adding that the events that will be dedicated to them will contribute to a better understanding of history, as well as the role played by culture in the development of our society. The chief of state also said that he decided to grant his High Patronage to the Timisoara – European Capital of Culture 2023 cultural programme.

Iohannis also mentioned the war in Ukraine, saying that in Romania it generated exceptional displays of solidarity, including cultural initiatives and that Romania will continue to provide support to public officials and citizens of Moldova, including in the areas of culture and education.

“I welcome the results of our joint cultural projects and proudly mention having successfully approached UNESCO to have the Romanian blouse with embroidery on the shoulder included in the intangible cultural heritage of humanity,” said Iohannis.

Prunner said that the award received is a sign that culture in Romania is at a very high level.

“Culture is a spearhead for our country,” said the conductor of the George Enescu Philharmonic Choir.

Constantin Chiriac thanked for the award and recited from Mihai Eminescu, saying that “personality is the supreme good.”

President Iohannis awarded a Faithful Service Officer medal to Cristina Popescu, general director of Romfilatelia; a For Merit Knight medal to Eugenia Voda, a film critic and television producer, and also to choir conductor Prunner.

A Cultural Merit Knight medal music category went to pianist Axia Ioana Cora Marinescu; a Cultural Merit Knight medal visual arts category went to visual artist Puiu Manu; a Cultural Merit Knight medal culture promotion category went to film critic Irina-Margareta Nistor and a similar one to Florica Zaharia, founder of the Museum of Textiles, Baita, Hunedoara County.

President Klaus Iohannis bestowed a Cultural Merit Commander medal performing arts category to the Radu Stanca National Theatre House of Sibiu; a Cultural Merit Officer medal performing arts category to the Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre House of Timisoara and the Liviu Rebreanu company of the Targu Mures National Theatre House; a Cultural Merit officer medal national cultural heritage medal to the Peles National Museum; and a Cultural Merit officer medal culture promotion category to the Moldova Philharmonics of Iasi.

The attendees included Culture Minister Lucian Romascanu; Chairman of the Romanian Culture Institute (ICR) Liviu Jicman, and presidential advisors.


PM Ciuca: I honour the memory of Romanian creators of all time


On Sunday, January 15, Romania’s National Culture Day, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca paid tribute to “Romanian creators of all time.”

“Allow me to pay tribute to the memory of Romanian creators of all time, congratulate our contemporary artists, and wish success to the young talents. I am glad that we can continue to consider ourselves a cultural people. Since January 15 is a day of celebration not only for those who live in Romania, regardless of nationality or origins, but also for the citizens of the world who love Romanian culture, allow me to extend warm greetings to all, dear friends.”

Ciuca said that in homage to the great poet Mihai Eminescu, Romania has dedicated his birthday, January 15, to the celebration of its national culture.

“The popular artistic genius is the one towards which my thoughts are directed today, above all, because the Romanian soul has been treasured in the popular culture, in all its complexity and in all the nuances of its individuality, throughout all the centuries that preceded modernity. Popular creation is what defined the Romanian being in history; it is not so much a duty as a privilege to perpetuate its memory, to highlight it in the country and elsewhere in the world, to refresh our spirit at its sources.”

Ciuca also voiced appreciation for those who contributed to the birth of the Romanian cultural creation, from historiographers, chroniclers, translators of church books, figure of the Enlightenment to the adventurous romantics of the 1848 period.

“I think I am speaking on behalf of many when saying that we are proud of those who have given Romanian culture a voice in the world through literature, music, sculpture, creators who enjoy collective appreciation in Romania and wide recognition everywhere else. In the great European family, we are together a space of diversity (…) Romanian artists from all generations and from several spheres of creation have distinguished themselves internationally, enjoying success; they have sympathisers and projects, they attract young people to the cultural area. I want to believe that this was due, to a certain extent, to our country’s membership of powerful international organisations, which opened the borders, drawing attention to national values and generating funding opportunities for cultural projects.”

Ciuca encouraged young people “who feel they have something to say in arts” to fight for their way, because nowadays success is no longer just a matter of chance, there are numerous opportunities for affirmation offered by the Romanian state, the European Union, foundations and local or foreign non-governmental organisations.

“Last but not least, I am glad that, although the explosion of internet communication has affected the time we can dedicate to spiritual recharge, culture lovers in Romania continue to be numerous,” Ciuca concluded.


Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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