What a great day we had last year, on July 6th! We had an excellent time, and were blessed with a beautifully pleasant day!
It was wonderful to see so many of you coming to the festival, it was great to see you having fun, singing along with the artists, dancing, playing.
There was so much fun that people stayed until late in the night, only to be delighted by the firefly show, a wonderful surprise in the beautiful Romanian Park ”Campul Romanesc”, of the Romanian Cultural Association of Hamilton, a team of good people from our community to whom we thank for kindly sharing the park with us and for building the outdoor stage especially to accommodate our festival.
The kids had an awesome time, didn’t they? They had a lot of fun with Kidz Kidding, singing and dancing on the stage with Costa, water fights near the river with Sunita from Teddy Loon.
How about face painting? Wasn’t that beautiful? So many pretty colorful faces! Great artwork, Mana!
Did you see Gawri Manecuta’s book inspired by her wonderful experiences in Romania? Very nice, thank you, Gawri!
Let’s congratulate together Patric Plesa, the winner of this year’s student grant! Well done! Stay tuned for the interview with Patric.
Thank you, Father Ciprian, for the beautiful Te Deum service!
So, thank you to you, the guests! You made the festival a great success, inspired the artists, the dancers, and the organizers. And thank you for spreading the word and getting more people to enjoy the Summer Festival!
Please join me in thanking the talented artists, members of our community, for bringing so much joy to us all! Thank you Rucsandra Saulean and Costa Tovarnisky, Gilmaro, Raluca Vulpe, our DJ Valentin Coman and his guests, Terra Band: Marius Dumitrescu, Cornel Iftode and Vicentiu Dumitrescu, Flori Tigau and Dan Florea.
The Hi Trend dancers and the ARTA folk dance group from Kitchener-Hamilton were fabulous! The audience could not help joining in the hora! What a beautiful moment that was!
We extend our gratitude to the artists that enchanted us with their paintings, on canvas or faces, with their exquisite artistic photography! Doru Cioata, Manuela Stefan, Mana Balos, thank you for the colours and for sharing your superb art with us!
The food was delicious! The grill, the traditional dishes – mouth-watering! Many thanks to Iuliana Barbu from Granny’s Kitchen, and Rares Fodor from European Deli!
To the sponsors, Romanian organizations, media partners, service providers, thank you very much!!!
To each volunteer, thank you for an excellent job! Very professional, courteous, it has been great knowing and working with you!
Many thanks to the committee who was responsible with evaluating each application and selecting the 2013 ORCA Student Grant winner: ORCA Youth – Laura Petrisor, PULS TV – Felicia Stepan, Biserica Ortodoxa Sf. Proroc Ilie Tesviteanul – Ciprian Pasca, Romanian Student Club – Mihai Nicolae, AREC – Daniel Cheoreanu, Romanian Soccer Academy – Cristi Banaru.
Last, but not least, congratulations to the ORCA members, ORCA Youth members, advisors and the board of directors:
Amalia Sipos, Ana Maria Macarie, Anca Mitu, Andreea Codrina Gavril, Angela Stănescu, Angi Horea, Bogdan Stănescu, Ciprian Pașca, Dan Laserson, Daniel Olteanu, Flavia Albu, Florin Stefan, Horia Petrușan, Ioan Horea, Iuliana Laserson, Laura Petrisor, Liviu Andrei Grigore, Lucian Roman, Mihai Iacob, Mona Medan, Nicole Dronca, Octavian Iancu, Simona Brănișteanu, Sorin Iulian Mitrea, Sorin Mitrea, Sunita Brănișteanu, Veronica Sireteanu, Vlad Mitu. Exemplary work!
To all, please drop us a note at contact@RomanianSummerFestival.org, tell us what we did well, what you liked, so we keep doing it, and where we can do better so we can improve.
We are already planning ORCA’s next events and your input is key. Please share your invaluable advice with us and we will do our best to create more tremendous experiences for everyone involved!
Thank you again! Have a wonderful summer and hope to see you this fall for another great festival!