- One of the scholarship beneficiaries is Ionuţ Piscureanu, the only Romanian student who was selected for the 2017 US „Arts of Fashion Competition” 2017
Bucharest, February 13, 2018 – 36 college and university students majoring in fine arts and music in Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Craiova, Constanta, Iasi, Suceava, Oradea, Târgu Mures and Timisoara received support from the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation in the form of scholarships, mentoring and promotion sessions under the 10th edition of the 2017 “Young Talents” program. The Vodafone Romania Foundation is one of the traditional partners of the program and has supported so far 4 annual editions of the “Young Talents” program with a total contribution of over 500,000 lei, of which almost 140,000 lei allocated to the 2017 edition.
Among the 2017 scholarship beneficiaries are Ionuţ Piscureanu, the only student from Romania to pass the selection for the 2017 US “Arts of Fashion Competition”, Steff Chelaru, the winner of the # fashionFANatic2017 Prize and Evelina Andries, a harp player, the winner of the Diploma Winners prize at the international art contest “The Small Montmartre of Bitola 2017” in Macedonia.
“The reason why we decided to get involved in supporting the program is that we are well aware of the fact there are a lot of talented children around the country, who, despite their excellent performance, cannot afford to buy a musical instrument, for example, or attend master classes in their specialty. We wish to support such young and talented artists to follow their vocational path and to overcome difficulties that block their education and talent”, says Angela Galeţa, Director of the Vodafone Romania Foundation.
“Our scholarship fellows are enjoying recognition at national and international competitions. One example is that of Ionuţ Piscureanu, the only Romanian student who passed the selection for the 2017 “Arts of Fashion Competition”, where only 50 young people from all over the world managed to qualify. Another talented child, Steff Chelaru, won the # fashionFANatic2017 Prize, and Evelina Andries won the Diploma Winners, at only 14 years of age, competing with over 9,000 participants around the world at the “The Small Montmartre of Bitola 2017” contest, says Mugurel Mărgărit, Director of Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation.
In 2017, a total of 16 events were organized to promote scholars, in partnership with George Enescu Philharmonic, Bucharest National Theater, Elite Art Gallery and Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, consisting of concerts, music recitals and visual art exhibitions. More than 70 young people participated in intergenerational mentoring programs, master classes and workshops or were trained as members of the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation Orchestra. The mentors of the young musicians were pianist Alexandra Dariescu, violinist Remus Azoitei, conductor Tiberiu Soare, violinist Rafael Butaru, tenor Teodor Ilincăi, conductor Constantin Adrian Grigore, flautist Mihaela Anica and the pianist Iulian Ochescu. To help the young visual artists, more mentor-artists, curators, designers and art critics joined the program in 2017, including Corina Şuteu, Diana Marincu, Lea Raszovsky, Cristina Stoenescu, Adriana Oprea, Ana Neagoe and Raluca Pantiş, to name but a few.
The Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian nongovernmental charitable organization, established in 1998, which operates separately and independently from the Vodafone Romania SA’s business. During its 20 years of activity, Vodafone Romania Foundation has funded 1,104 programs run by 706 NGOs throughout the country, in the fields of healthcare, education and social services. These projects had a total of 2.7 million beneficiaries – children, young and old people and physically, socially or economically disadvantaged people. So far, Vodafone Romania has invested over 28 million euros in projects run by nonprofit partner organizations. More details about the Foundation’s programs are available at fundatia-vodafone.ro, http://jurnaldebine.fundatia-vodafone.ro/ and www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone.
Over its 27 years of existence, the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation has supported projects dedicated to children in need, who are exposed to extreme poverty, school dropout or family abandonment, health and social exclusion risks. A total of 25,000 children and young people and about 2,500 families with precarious living means, as well as 650 small local NGOs, have benefited from support and assistance from the Foundation since 1990.