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The Value of Cultural Developments for Our Communities
Constantin Chiriac (Sibiu International Theatre Festival, ROU)
Robert C. Hanea (Therme Group)
David Baile (International Society for the Performing Arts, USA)
Alexandru Gavozdea (The Order of Architects of Romania)
Jean Guy Lecat (Jean Guy Lecat Studio, FRA)
Cultural developments are large investments for communities; they can and should reflect, challenge and build our community identity on a daily basis, as well as be at the heart of a civil society and democratic dialogue. And yet, so often we end up with generic facilities that neither fully respond to community needs, nor celebrate its unique characteristics, or suffer from a lack of ambition resulting in an outcome that does not respond to the opportunity. How can we ensure that the development process for new facilities incorporates these community views, and leads to the greatest possible impact and value?

Constantin Chiriac (Sibiu International Theatre Festival, ROU) A theatre and film actor and a cultural leader, Constantin Chiriac studied Acting in Bucharest, and holds cultural management diplomas from the USA Information Agency, from the UK University of Hull, as well as from the Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond. Throughout his career, he has created internationally renowned structures, started many international projects and led big teams. He is the President of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, the General Manager of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu, and the President of the Sibiu Performing Arts Market. He played a decisive role in obtaining the title of Sibiu - European Capital of Culture 2007 and in the project’s undeniable success. Moreover, he was a member of the Panel for the selection and monitoring of European Capitals of Culture (2009-2012).

He is a professor at the “Lucia Blaga” University of Sibiu and was granted the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by Leeds Metropolitan University (2008) and by West University of Timișoara (2018); he holds classes and conferences in universities all over the world. His work has been acknowledged through countless awards and distinctions, including the 2014 Aspen Institute Award for Contribution to Romanian Cultural Patrimony and the Prize granted by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015). He is an Officer of the Order of the Belgian Crown (2011) and an Honorary Tourism Ambassador since 2014. Besides, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Merit (2000) and an Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit from the Grand Duke of Luxembourg (2017). In 2018, he was awared The Royal Decoration of the Cross of the Romanian Royal House, for the Radu Stanca National Theatre Sibiu, the Honorary Citizenship of Sibiu and the Honorary Citizenship of Râmnicu Vâlcea. In 2019, Constantin Chiriac became honorary member of the Academy of Romanian Scientists.

Constantin Chiriac has played in more than 40 performances, collaborating with important directors, such as Iulian Vișa, Andriy Zholdak, Mihai Măniuțiu, Silviu Purcărete and Kushida Kazuyoshi; he has also held one-man-shows and poetry recitals in over 50 countries. Some of the most famous films in which he has performed include Moromeții / The Moromete Family (directed by Stere Gulea), Croaziera / The Cruise (directed by Mircea Daneliuc) and Undeva la Palilula / Somewhere in Palilula (directed by Silviu Purcărete).

Robert C. Hanea (Therme Group) Dr. Robert C. Hanea is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Therme Group™, a leading global technology company and integrator of health, sustainability and recreation concepts. Its mission is to bring wellbeing to all by creating the world’s most advanced experiences to enhance mind, body and soul. Mr. Hanea serves on the boards of several investment companies, architecture and law practices. Mr. Hanea currently maintains positions as co-chair of the board of various foundations dedicated to education and medical support programs.

David Baile (International Society for the Performing Arts, USA) David Baile is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) based in New York. ISPA is an international network of more than 500 leaders in the performing arts from 56 countries. Prior to joining ISPA in 2007, David enjoyed a 20 year career in the arts in Toronto in both executive and consulting roles and in a variety of disciplines and genres. David is a Chief Executive Global Fellow of National Arts Strategies and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Arts Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Alexandru Gavozdea (The Order of Architects of Romania) Alexandru Găvozdea founded the architectural office a. plan (2006). He graduated from the University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu in Bucharest in 2004 and received a Master degree in conservation of Built Heritage in 2007. He is a certified urban planner by the Romanian Urbanists’ Register (2007; 2009) and assessor for the court of law, certified by the Ministry of Justice (2011). Since 2014 he is the principal local partner for the TNRS on behalf of the Romanian Order of Architects regarding the process around the construction of the New Theatre in Sibiu.