Over 600 people attended last night the Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards Gala, one of the most important cultural events in the country, which was held at the Romanian Athenaeum. The Gala has been organized annually by the Alexandrion Foundation since 2014 and it awards exceptional personalities who, throughout their careers, have significantly contributed to the development of Romanian society in fields such as: Film, History, Theater, Architecture, Visual Arts, Literature or Music.
The entire event will be broadcast on November 18 at 23:00 on Digi24.
The laureates of the 2022 edition of the Gala are: Dumitru Radu Popescu – Literature (the award for the volume “One hundred and one poems”), Dragoș Sebastian Becheru – History (the award for the book “România and the Oil Problem 1969 – 1981”), Gigi Căciuleanu – Theater (the award for the „Omnia” show and the anthological shows from the 2021-2022 season), Arch. Cristina Olga Gociman – Architecture ( the award for the project “Consolidation, restoration, restitution Ion Oteteleșanu Castle”), Anghel Gheorghe – Visual Arts (the award for an exceptional career), Ruxandra Donose – Music ( the award for an exceptional career), Dan Pița – Film (the award for an exceptional career).
Moreover, no less than three special awards were offered by the Alexandrion Foundation this year:
- Father Walid Eskandafi – the special award for promoting religious freedom.
Father Walid founded, at the beginning of the Syrian crisis, two extremely valuable social reconciliation initiatives: Marmarita Private School, which accommodates thousands of students, and the Catholic Relief Centre – providing moral and emotional support to refugee families;
- Ivanka Shalapatova – the special award for the remarkable and sustained contribution to the health and well-being of children in need.
Ivanka Shalapatova is the CEO of the Foundation “For Our Children”, which is dedicated to supporting children’s rights and their families at global level;
- Ivanka Demchuck – the special award for the contribution to the development of religious art.
Ivanka Demchuck is an artist from Lviv (Ukraine) and an icon painter. She chose to pursue a career in Lviv due to its wealthy cultural heritage, based on the city’s western and eastern Christian traditions.
“The pandemic and the crisis of the health systems, the crisis of the natural world and the climate, and now the war in Europe, are all challenges that test our solidarity and ability to respond together and effectively. It may seem that, in the face of these challenges, culture is a fad. Nothing more wrong. Culture defines us, it is our vital metabolism and our most precious common good. It gives us hope, it nourishes our optimism, and I urge everyone to keep feeding it. We have wonderful people among us who have served the common good and whom we have honored at the Gala. My gratitude goes to them, but also to those who have managed to do their job well in these difficult times”, said Dr. Nawaf Salameh, Founding Chairman of the Alexandrion Group and the Alexandrion Foundation.
This year’s jury, chaired by Academician Răzvan Theodorescu, was made up of personalities of culture and science: the painter Ștefan Râmniceanu, Prof. Univ. Dr. Ludmila Patlanjoglu – theatrologist, historian and theater critic, the film critic Magda Mihăilescu, Dr. Constantin Corneanu – historian, Nicolae Iliescu – writer, essayist and publicist, Prof. Univ. Dr. in architecture Marian Moiceanu and musicologist Sorina Goia.
The three musical moments of the Gala were performed by the soprano Irina Baianț, the pianist Marius Deneș and the classical crossover group Brio Sonores, accompanied by the New Hope orchestra.