May 24, 2019

Romania Centenary Celebrations In The Hague

By Roy Lie Atjam.

On Friday 30th November 2018, the Romanian Ambassador H.E. Ms. Brândușa Predescu along with the Romanian Cultural Institute Brussels, hosted a festive reception for international guests, including Ambassadors, Dutch partners and civil society, to fete the Romanian National Day in The Hague.

Close to 300 guests attended the celebration, which started with a live rendition of the Dutch and Romanian national anthems.

Furthermore, the Alex Simu Quintet made up of: Alex Simu clarinist, poly-instrumentalist George Dumitriu, bassist Mattia Magatelli, drummer and cellist KristijanKrajncan and pianist Franz von Chossy, put on a dazzling extraordinary jazz concert.

The quintet played pieces from their album Echoes of Bucharest. The group is on a European tour.

To find out what Echoes of Bucharest stands for, you are cordially invited to listen and discover the purpose for which it was written.

Ambassador BrândușaPredescu was elated, she welcomes her guests with a very warm speech. People from various walks of life including ambassadors, politicians, government officials, and business community representatives also attended the event. Ambassador Predescu paid homage to those that have fallen during the great war as well as to those that have contributed to the establishment of the Republic of Romania a century ago.

Ambassador BrândușaPredescu described the evening as one with emotions. She was particularly pleased with the presence of the Dutch nationals on whom the President of Romania has bestowed distinction of merit. Among them, former Dutch Prime-Minister Mr. Balkenende.

The awarding of a medal of distinction to Mr Ben Jager was also part of the festive program.

By all means, the Romania centenary celebrations in The Hague has been a blissful experience.

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