Monday, September 25, 2023

The 26th edition of George Enescu International Festival has concluded

The Royal Amsterdam Orchestra, the Radio Academic Choir and the Radio Children’s Choir performed last night, on the stage of the Palace Hall, to conclude the 26th edition of the George Enescu International Festival. For a month time, the event brought together dozens of orchestras from around the world, thousands of artists, first audition works and educational concerts for children. And as of Monday, the classical music is moving to to Timisoara, where a competition dedicated to young musicians – „Remember Enescu” – is starting, as violinist Alexandru Tomescu told Radio Romania Actualitati.

Alexandru Tomescu: Our aim is to offer young people, especially those who are in school, various possibilities to assert themselves, to play concerts, by means of these contests and all the projects organized by the „Remember Enescu” Foundation. Few people understand how important it is for a young musician to play in front of an audience, to play on a stage. The most important prizes offered are these opportunities to sing: recitals, concerts at various cultural institutions in the country and abroad, participation in masterclasses, and a lot of things that will contribute to their development. It is unfolding in Timisoara for the first time. It was usually held either in Bucharest or in Sinaia. It is a premiere justified primarily by this important moment for Timisoara – its designation as the European Cultural Capital. It is a very beautiful place, full of culture. I am sure that in addition to the moments spent at the competition, the participants will have the opportunity to discover the beauty and charm of this city.

A team of the International Monetary Fund is visiting Bucharest

A team from the International Monetary Fund is visiting to Bucharest as of Monday for the annual assessment of the Romanian economy. The Fund’s experts will discuss with representatives from the finance ministry, the National Bank and other government agencies until October 4. The IMF team will also meet with representatives of the private sector and non-governmental organizations. Such consultations take place periodically with all member states, with the aim of presenting recommendations to ensure stability and a positive evolution of the economy, the International Monetary Fund says.

Austria has accused Romania of blocking the participation of its army officers in NATO meetings

Austria has accused Romania of blocking the participation by some of its army officers in NATO meetings, according to two Austrian publications, cited by the APA news agency. The two Austrian officers have been waiting for several weeks for accreditation from the North Atlantic Alliance, but their access was allegedly delayed by Romania, which is said to have requested time to think. Austria is not a NATO member state, but is anchored in the Alliance through the Partnership for Peace and NATO-led operations with a UN Security Council mandate. Journalists from Austria claim that this might be Romania’s reaction to the opposition of the government in Vienna to Bucharest’s accession to the Schengen Area. So far there has been no reaction from the Bucharest authorities to the reports in Austrian media, but the APA agency has reminded that recently the Romanian Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu has increased the pressure on Austria, demanding it to dive its consent for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area until December. If Austria objects, Mr. Ciolacu said he would appeal to the European Union Court of Justice.

Mădălina Brotăcel – RADOR RADIO ROMÂNIA