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   14 September 2015

   Daniela plopeanu

Constantin Chiriac receives the Award of the Minister of Foreign Affaires of Japan for 2015

In August, the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Japan has announced the winners of this year’s awards that the Minister of Foreign Affaires will offer to persons and organizations that brought an important contribution to promoting friendly relationships between Japan and other countries.

116 personalities and 39 organizations all over the world have been awared this year, Romania being on the list twice, an award going to Mr. Constantin Chiriac, President of Sibiu International Theatre Festival and Manager of Sibiu “Radu Stanca” National Theatre, and the other award going to the “Ion Creangă” National College of Bucharest.

The Award of the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affaires for 2015 was granted to Mr. Constantin Chiriac for his contribution to the development of the relationships between Japan and Romania. As a President of Sibiu International Theatre Festival, one of the most important theatre festivals in Europe, Constantin Chiriac has actively participated in promoting performing arts in Romania, the Japanese theatre companies beeing always invited to perform at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Besides, since 1995 until now, no less than 73 Japanese theatre companies have attended the Festival. Also, the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu, where Mr. Chiriac is the manager, has been on tour in Japan several times, and their next tour will be in October, this year, in Tokyo and Matsumoto, performing the shows „Gulliver’s Travels” and „Oidip”, both directed by Silviu Purcărete. Starting with the year 2007, the Festival’s management team has initiated a programme of receiving Japanese volunteers during the preparations for the Festival and throughout the Festival, and since 2012, based on the connections established between the Japanese volunteers and the people of Sibiu, an Agreement of Friendship has been signed between the city of Sibiu and the city of Takayama in the Gifu district, taking the Japanese-Romanian exchanges beyond the Festival’s borders.

The Japanese Minister of Foreign Affaires Award Ceremony will be held in Bucharest, on Wednesday, September 16, at 4 p.m. at the residence of His Excellence Mr. Keiji Yamamoto, the Ambassador of Japan to Romania.

      © Alexandru Dolea

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