Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards Gala

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The Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards offered by the Alexandrion Foundation as a homage and symbol of recognition of the Romanian values, took place this year as well, at the Royal Palace. The Alexandrion Foundation reconfigured the event, which brought together hundreds of participants every year, in order to respect all the legislative measures imposed by the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project with a deep cultural and historical heritage had a new format, that allows a large audience to watch the event remotely. The Gala was broadcast on B1 TV and streamed online on the Facebook page of the Alexandrion Foundation:

The President of the Alexandrion Foundation’s message

„I have always had this belief, that culture is the foundation of a nation. That is why I consider Romania to be so wealthy. And my faith has been all the more profound this year and, especially in these moments, we must focus on what defines us as a nation, and those we honour this year through the awards that bear Constantin Brâncoveanu’s name are, without a doubt, part of the sublime essence of Romania.

PLooking at the list of awards, achievements, great names and Romanian values, it seems to me that we have not lost anything in 2020, but that, in fact, everything that matters is still here, with us. ” – Nawaf Salameh, President of the Alexandrion Foundation.

Special Prize offered by the Alexandrion Foundation

The Honorary Distinction was offered to His Holiness Youssef Absi ,Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Melkite Greek Catholic Church

The Laureates

The Constantin Brâncoveanu Awards are offered to the laureates for a project completed over the past year, since the previous edition or for their accomplishments throughout the entire career. Launched by the Alexandrion Foundation in 2014, the Constantin Brâncoveanu Gala has honoured more than 50 personalities so far, including actors, architects, historians, scientists and clerics who, through their work and accomplishments, have significantly influenced the evolution of Romanian society.


Emil Boroghină, Actor and Director of the Theatre in Craiova

Emil Boroghină is the creator of the Shakespeare Festival in Craiova, one of the most important festivals in the world, dedicated to Shakespeare’s work and a theatre director who had great success with plays by Silviu Purcărete played on the stage of "Marin Sorescu Theater", in Craiova.

Fine arts

Aurel Vlad, Sculptor

Aurel Vlad is a Romanian sculptor, draftsman and engraver, professor at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. He is also a leading personality of Romanian contemporary art and a member of the Union of Visual Artists in Romania since 1990.


Prof. dr. Dinu Antonescu

Professor Dinu Antonescu is considered one of the greatest orthopedic surgeons in Romania and a remarkable teacher of the Romanian surgical school. He is a member of several specialized forums, including the Romanian and Italian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology, the French-Speaking Orthopedic Association and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In 2000 he received the National Order "The Star of Romania" in the Rank of Grand Officer.


Răzvan Vasilescu, Actor

Răzvan Vasilescu is a leading actor in Lucian Pintilie's movies after 1990, with significant roles in movies like "The Oak", "Too Late", "Un été inoubliable", "Terminus Paradis", "Niki and Flo". He is also a representative of the New Romanian Cinema, having played in movies like "Stuff and Dough"- directed by Cristi Puiu, "California Dreamin “ – directed by Cristian Nemescu and the fresh "Mo", by Radu Dragomir.


Elena Dragomir, Historian

The historian Elena Dragomir is an exception in Romanian historiography dedicated to the study of the Cold War, Romania's place and role in the evolution of international relations during this critical period in human history. The two-volume book entitled Opposition from within. Romania and the CAER policies towards the EEC (1957-1989) is the peak of an internationally acknowledged and appreciated research effort.


Victor Axenciuc, Economist

Professor Victor Axenciuc is a honorary member of the Romanian Academy, who has a long and productive teaching career, going through all the stages of academic development, from assistant to the high title of university professor. Starting with 1980, he combined his university activity with that of researcher at the Institute of National Economy.


Mircea Bradu, Writer

Mircea Bradu is a contemporary Romanian writer, journalist, theater director and play-writer known for plays of historic inspiration: "Vlad Țepeș in January", "White night" or "The decision". For the latter he won the Romanian Writers' Union Award in 1983.


Prof. dr. architect Adrian Spirescu

The architect Adrian Spirescu is a complex personality of contemporary Romanian architecture: he is a professor, an architect and a publicist. Recent professional accomplishments include: Early Learning Center -The Kindergarten inside the American International School - Bucharest, 2018 and the Cultural Center and Aula at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 2019.


Mariana Nicolesco, Soprano

Mariana Nicolesco, the worldwide acclaimed soprano, is the Founding President of the Hariclea Darclée International Festival and Voice Competition, of the Romanian Song (Lied) National Festival and Competition, Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, Laureate of the UNESCO Medal for Artistic Merits, UNESCO Artist for Peace, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music and Honoris Causa Professor of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Academy of Arts in Chisinau, Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in Paris, Commander of the Italian Republic, Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from France, decorated with the National Order of the Star of Romania in the Rank of Grand Cross. Invited by Pope John Paul II, Mariana Nicolesco sang old Romanian carols at the First Christmas Concert in the Vatican, broadcast in MondoVisione and watched by over a billion people.

”Nawaf Salameh” Scholarship – Popescu Maria Adelina

The “Nawaf Salameh” scholarship has already become a tradition – every year a pupil from the school in Brâncoveni village receives a scholarship for outstanding teaching results.

The Jury

The jury of the gala, made up of personalities with remarkable accomplishments and careers, nominated personalities from 9 areas: theater, art, medicine, film, history, literature, architecture, music and economics, and the winners were announced during the gala.

Acad. Răzvan Theodorescu

Cultural historian and art historian, president of the Jury

Acad. Dan Berindei

Honorific president of the Jury

Prof. dr. Andrei Marga

Jury vice president

Prof. univ. dr. Ludmila Patlanjoglu

Theatrologist, historian and theater critic

Ștefan Râmniceanu


Prof. univ. dr. Irinel Popescu

Founder of the national liver transplant

Magda Mihăilescu

Film critic

Dr. Constantin Corneanu


Prof. Univ. Dr. Valeriu Ioan-Franc


Acad. Dumitru Radu Popescu

Writer, director of the Romanian Academy Publishing House

Prof. univ. dr. în arh. Marian Moiceanu

Rector of the UAIM

Sorina Goia


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