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Constantin Brâncoveanu

Awards

2015 Mogoşoaia Palace

   

About the Awards

The Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards

The Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards ceremony is the outcome of the Alexandrion Grup Foundation efforts, which also sponsored the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee for the Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London.

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The Alexandrion Foundation was involved in dozens of charitable actions to help sick or gifted children. The Alexandrion Grup Foundation also took over the sponsorship of the Steaua-Alexandrion men’s handball team and the Cluj “U” Alexandrion women’s handball team. In parallel with the sponsorships in sports, the Alexandrion Grup Foundation greatly contributed to the republishing of the Bucharest Bible by the Romanian Patriarchy. This involvement in the republishing of an important book for the Orthodox faith of Romanians, but also a fundamental book for the evolution of the Romanian language, determined His Holiness Patriarch Daniel to grant Nawaf Salameh the “Order and Medal of the Brâncoveanu Saint Martyrs”.

The Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards will be granted on a yearly basis under the endorsement of an esteemed jury, comprised of 7 personalities in Romanian science and culture; this jury will be chaired by a president who will be accompanied by a secretary throughout the deliberations. After closed-door deliberations, this jury will decide upon the 7 annual awards to be granted within a ceremony held at the Mogosoaia Palace, founded by the great Romanian lord.

This year, the jury of the Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards is comprised of Acad. Dan Berindei – Chairman, Acad. Augustin Buzura, Acad. Dumitru Radu Popescu, Prof. Eugen Negrici, Prof. Andrei Marga, Magdalena Bedrosian and historian Adrian Majuru. The Brâncoveanu Awards were introduced as a form of recognition for outstanding works in the fields of Romanian history, culture and arts. They will consist in an original work in bronze, the work of sculptor Ioan Bolborea, and in a contribution in the form of a sponsorship for another work or a new project.

The Alexandrion Foundation aims that the Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards represent the efforts of the group in honoring the values of Romanian culture.

Message from Nawaf Salameh

Nawaf Salameh

Our initiative to launch the Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards is a means of paying our tribute to the glorious personality of this audacious lord, a prominent moral symbol and an elite representative of Romanian history and culture. The Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards also stand for a landmark in the evolution of the Alexandrion Group and the Foundation that bears its name.

In its 20 years of activity, the Alexandrion Group has shown a significant development, essential due to the unwearied work of hundreds of people, but also due to significant sacrifices, from all those who followed us with faith and loyalty, in goodwill and professionalism.



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s2 Academician Dan Berindei - Chairman of the jury
s4 Dumitru Constantin - Secretary of the jury
s3 Academician Dumitru Radu Popescu
s1 Academician Augustin Buzura
s5 Historian Adrian Majuru
s6 Professor Andrei Marga
s7 Professor Eugen Negrici
s7 Magdalena Bedrosian

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The list of proposals made during the preselection meeting

THE BRâNCOVEANU AWARDS – 2ND EDITION, AN EXCEPTIONAL CULTURAL EVENT

On Tuesday morning, the elegant décor of the Regina Maria Lounge at the Bucharest’s Athenee Palace – Hilton Hotel was the meeting place for academics, professors, writers, plastic artists, architects, critics, literary and music historians, researchers and journalists. All of them answered the invitation launched by the Alexandrion Foundation of taking part in a call for proposals to be further analyzed by the new jury of the Brâncoveanu Awards; the awards are to be granted towards the end of the year.

On this occasion, the MUSIC category included the following proposals: 1. Beatrice Rancea, manager of the Iasi Opera House. 2. Gigi Căciuleanu, a choreographer, an exceptional personality of contemporary dance. 3. Dan Dediu, a composer, the rector of the Bucharest Music University (Grigore Constantinescu, a music critic, member of the Jury, the last proposals was also supported by Prof. Al Petrovici, Oana Andra). 4. Angela Gheorghiu, one of the most famous sopranos in the world. 5. Marin Cazacu, a violin player (Alexandru Petrovici, senior lecturer). 6. Maria Slătinaru Nistor, a famous soprano. 7. Viorica Cortez, a famous Romanian mezzo-soprano(Oana Andra, a mezzo-soprano, soloist of the Bucharest Romanian Opera House). 8. Valentin Gheorghiu (Gabriel Croitoru, a violin player, the National Radio Orchestra); 9. Răzvan Suma. 10. Dana Borşan(Toma Popovici). 11. Alexandru Tomescu, a violin player (Aura Christi, a poet). 12. The Anton Pann Band (Petru Romoşan, a writer and editor). 13. Gabriel Croitoru, a violin player (Dan Mircea Cipariu, writer). 14. Cristian Mandeal, a conductor (Grigore Constantinescu).

The following nominees were proposed in the ARCHITECTURE category: 1. The 4-B company (Arch. Silvia Oostven, Gen. Manager, who announced that she will provide the jury with files of architectural achievements of exceptional architects) 2. Marius Marcu, an architect. 3. Augustin Ioan, an architect (Vlad Ciobanu, sculptor).

In the PLASTIC ARTS category: 1. Sorin Dumitrescu, a painter (Prof. Mircia Dumitrescu, a graphic artist). 2. Florin Codre, a sculptor (Ioan Bolborea, sculptor, the creator of Brâncoveanu’s statuette that is granted to the award winners of the event with the same name). 3. Mircia Dumitrescu, a grahic artist (I do not agree. I prefer Sorin Dumitrescu, he replied upon the proposal made by writer Dan Mircea Cipariu) 4. Dragoş Pătraşcu, a graphic artist from Iasi. 5. Ioachim Nica, a former rector of the Cluj-Napoca Institute for Graphic Arts. 6. Ştefan Râmniceanu, a painter (Aurelia Mocanu, an art critic). 7. Vladimir Zamfirescu, a painter (Aura Christi, a poet).

In the HISTORY category: 1. Volume 1968: Spring through Fall, by Mihai Retegan (Constantin Hlihor, Prof. PhD) 2. Book History of 20th Century Diplomacy, by Constantin Vlad, ambassador, professor, (George G. Potra, Prof. PhD, member of the Romanian Academy of Scientists (AOşR); Ion Calafeteanu, professor) 3. 1989-1992. Free Press. Press in Post-Communist Romania, by Matei Gheboianu; 4. Larry Watts – Alliances against Nature; 5. C. Hlihor, M. Badea, Gavriil Preda, Alex Purcăruş – 1989 Romanian Revolution and Its Perception by the Collective Mentality (Mihai Retegan, prof. PhD). 6. The Magazin Istoric Foundation (Filaret Acatrinei, historian, producer of the National Romanian Television (TVR)) 7. Constantin Corneanu – A Bloody History – December 1989 (Vasile Buga, researcher). 8. History of the Romanian Senate – coordinator Gh. Sbârnea (Ioan Scurtu, prof. PhD). 9. Evolution of the Political Institutions of the Romanian State from 1859 until Now, by Sorin Liviu Damean et al. (Ion Calafeteanu, prof. PhD).10. Laurenţiu Constantiniu, a historian. 11. Ion Bulei, a historian. 12. Dorin Liviu Bâtfoi, a historian (Petru Romoşan).

In the LITERATURE category: 1. D.R. Popescu Opera Omnia (Petru Romoşan, writer; Ioan Buduca, literary critic; Vlad Ciobanu, sculptor). 2. Volume Mircea Maliţa – Interviews with cu Dan Dungaciu! (Petru Romoşan, Paul Cernat, writer). 3. Volume Cioran: A Mythology of Incompleteness, by Eugen Simion (Dan Mircea Cipariu, Paul Cernat). 4. Ion Mureşan, a poet. 5. Ion Es Pop, a poet. 6. Liviu Ioan Stoiciu, a poet. 7. Octavian Soviany, a poet (Dan Mircea Cipariu). 8. Paul Goma, a novelist. 9. Virgil Tănase, a writer and film director. 10. Ileana Mălăncioiu, a poet (Aura Christi, poet; Paul Cernat for Virgil Tănase; Liviu Ioan Stoiciu, for Paul Goma). 11. Traian Diaconescu, a poet (Ionel Oprişan, literary historian, editor). 12. Eugen Suciu, a poet (Vlad Ciobanu, sculptor). 13. Ion Ianoşi, a writer and essayist (Dorin Liviu Bîtfoi, publicist).

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Message

NAWAF SALAMEH,
PRESIDENT OF THE ALEXANDRION GRUP FOUNDATION


The Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards Ceremony – In Honor of the Values of Romanian Culture

Nawaf Salameh

Our initiative to launch the Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards is a means of paying our tribute to the glorious personality of this audacious lord, a prominent moral symbol and an elite representative of Romanian history and culture. The Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards also stand for a landmark in the evolution of the Alexandrion Group and the Foundation that bears its name.

In its 20 years of activity, the Alexandrion Group has shown a significant development, essential due to the unwearied work of hundreds of people, but also due to significant sacrifices, from all those who followed us with faith and loyalty, in goodwill and professionalism.

Our group always acted on behalf of the consumers, for responsibly taking over and dealing with the traditional ways, and with the strict observance of the legislation, quality requirements at European standards. We took part in an honest and transparent campaign, together with the Romanian authorities and our partners, in all those initiatives aiming at the firm enforcement of applicable laws and, when we felt the need of an approach towards the system modernization, we took initiatives for major improvements. From January 1, 2008 until now, the Alexandrion Group paid RON 891,434,892 to the state budget, meaning EUR 200 million. Given the rising of serious deviations from quality and in order to ensure the real protection of consumers, the Alexandrion Group was the one that drew attention to the sales of poisoned alcohol under the presumable identity of a medical alcohol product or, in a different context, it notified the authorities that 90% of the alcohol production in Romania avoids the legal taxation process.

The development and successes of Alexandrion Grup made it possible for the Alexandrion Grup Foundation to evolve. Over the years, our Foundation was involved in countless charitable activities or in sports sponsorships. The Alexandrion Grup foundation was a major sponsor of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee, for the Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London, discretely contributing to funding the sports areas that brought international recognition and many medals for Romanian sports. As of this year, we have been sponsoring the “U” Alexandrion-Cluj women’s handball team, but also the Steaua-Alexandrion men’s handball team. In the year when the Brâncoveanu Martyrs are celebrated, the Alexandrion Grup Foundation had a significant contribution republishing the Bucharest Bible, for which His Holiness Patriarch Daniel honored us with the “Order and Medal of the Brâncoveanu Saint Martyrs”.

Why did we choose to start the Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards for history and culture? Why did we get involved in the 300th anniversary of Brâncoveanu, which will take place at the Romanian Academy this month? All these questions have a single answer stemmed from our conscience, from our feelings of appreciation and respect for the country that adopted us and for its fascinating history!

In the history of our country, Constantin Brâncoveanu is one of the most brilliant figures. His exceptional personality tragically brings together the spirit of a great patriot, the calling and fulfillment by the founder and innovator in art and culture, the piety and unbending faith in God, his dedication to the values of his family and people. Confident that it is every Romanian and Christian’s duty to keep and hold on to these values, we committed ourselves to the same humanitarian challenges and we decided to contribute, with the means that we dispose of and with our endeavor in the process of keeping in respect and gratitude the glory of his deeds and name. Thus, the most valuable of our products, we named it Constantin Brâncoveanu, just like the French named Napoleon to some products of the same value for France and the whole wide world. Just like the Austrian named certain products Mozart, which add up to the image of Austria as a prosperous and influential country, just like the British use the name of the great politician W. Churchill for their most valuable products, we thought of tying Brâncoveanu’s name to premium Romanian products, which bring together the prestigious value of tradition, quality and flavor of a very refined product and an unmistakable vernacular tradition. And, in this respect, I believe that life did us justice. The Brâncoveanu brandy became a unique, valued, respected brand, awarded at great international competitions; it is wanted, envied, with an ever growing foreign market. Also, as it should be, a part of the Brâncoveanu brand success goes back to the culture it came from, thus accomplishing the aspiration of a founder and a culture creator by Constantin Brâncoveanu, the great Christian lord.

And then, upon the suggestion of some of you, we launched these awards, called the Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards, aiming at rewarding the most deserving works in history, but also in arts and architecture. The award ceremony shall be held on a yearly basis, following the deliberations of a jury comprised of academic personalities and artists. The Brâncoveanu Awards will be represented by an original work by sculptor Ioan Bolborea. You can see it in front of you in a photograph of the wax mockup. Also, the Brâncoveanu Awards will consist of a sponsorship, as a contribution to a project, either by publishing a book, or for research, or for an artistic work.

We launch the Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards with the strong belief that they will last for many years and that they will contribute to the acknowledgement of Romanian values, to their consolidation, to continue the foundations started by the Brâncoveanus in the field of Romanian culture. Thus, the potential of the Brâncoveanu brand comes back from history into economy and from economy into the Romanian culture, joining them all as a whole.

Over time, we are merely accomplishing a modest duty to the ideals of a great founder of schools, style and Romanian spirit!

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Location

The Brâncoveanu Palaces Cultural Center

The MOGOȘOAIA palace



The Mogoşoaia monumental historic, cultural, touristic and leisure complex is one of the most sought-after and attractive places due to its valuable architectural patrimony located in a scenic natural background, in the immediate proximity of Bucharest. The Center manages the Brâncoveanu Palaces in Mogoşoaia. The Lordly Court in Mogoşoaia was attested at the end of 17th century, and the construction was completed at the beginning of 18th century.


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Alexandrion

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Cotidianul

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GoldFM

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Contemporanul

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Formula AS

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Bursa

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Telegrama

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Piata Financiara

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Agentia de carte

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Foundation

The Alexandrion Grup Foundation

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Following many years of humanitarian activities performed by the companies within Alexandrion Grup Romania in 2003, the social awareness projects of the group were taken over and they began to develop under aegis of the Alexandrion Group Foundation.

Over time, the Alexandrion Group Foundation placed its hallmark on the constant support of the performances in Romanian sports. Its involvement together with the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee in the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 materialized in creating high-level training conditions that would allow young athletes to get the best results. Also, a healthy lifestyle was promoted, where sports play an important part.

Maintaining its strategy, this year the Foundation entered into two beneficial partnerships with Clubul Sportiv al Armatei “Steaua” Bucureşti and Clubul Sportiv Universitatea Cluj; its purpose was to promote values in sports and an important contribution in the education and training of young people who want to make a name for themselves in this beneficial field of performance sports. 

The projects to support Romanian culture have always been a priority in the activity of the Foundation. Projects to rebuild places of worship, book launches, writing theater plays have constantly been supported, creative camps were organized. Here we specify the modest support of the Romanian Orthodox Church initiative to reprint, in the year of celebration, the Bucharest Bible. The Order and Medal of the Brâncoveanu Saint Martyrs are a touching recognition of our minor contribution to the various activities related to such celebration. It stands for an exceptional event, a symbol for Romanian unity, for the need to bring all Romanians together and wish them to keep their hope and faith in the future!

A part of the Foundation projects aimed and will keep aiming at the support of various foster care centers and non-governmental organizations all over the country by providing materials for fit-up and equipment. We offered products and we funded educational programs organized by such institutions (e.g.: the Galaţi “Negru Vodă” Foster Care Center, the Iaşi Child Protection Services, a day and night lodgment for homeless children) – Timişoara, the Sibiu “Prichindelul” Complex of Community Services, the Braşov "Casa Speranţei" Hospice, the Piteşti "Children in Distress" Foundation, the Braşov Red Cross, the Piteşti Social Services Administration, the Braşov "Pas Alternativ" Association, the "Holt România" Foundation – Iaşi, the Save the Children Foundation, the Complex of Services for the Elderly in Mislea and Lilieşti, etc.).

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Schedule

Awards Schedule

The Brâncoveanu Awards Ceremony takes place on December 3, 2014, at 18:00, at the Mogoşoaia Palace (the Brâncoveanu Palaces Cultural Center), the Exhibition Hall, 1st floor.
On the occasion of the ceremony, the Madrigal Choir and Soprano Oana Andra will perform, accompanied by pianist and Baritone Alexandru Petrovici.
The host of the event is actor Dorel Vișan. 
The access to the event is strictly by invitation only.

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