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Writer Nora Iuga and the managing director of the National Theatre in Bucharest, Ion Caramitru, decorated by President Iohannis

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President Klaus Iohannis decorated on Tuesday, writer Nora Iuga and the managing director of the National Theatre in Bucharest, Ion Caramitru stating that Romania does not have a more valuable and more appreciated resource than culture. 

"Often people who serve it (e. n. - the culture) are our hope-bearers for a better world, enlightened by values, open and tolerant, and your career proves that," asserted Iohannis at the award ceremony, taking place at Cotroceni Presidential Palace. 

Klaus Iohannis declared that Nora Iuga is an example of vitality in terms of defending the fundamental values of culture. 

"Your literary creation represents a milestone in contemporary Romanian literature. Poets and writers, the audience from various generations appreciate and love you. You have offered us both your creations, but also the works of the great names of universal literature through valuable translations into Romanian. Your life and work demonstrate very well that writing means not only vocation, but also mission. You are an example of vitality for your commitment in defence of fundamental values on which culture relies: respect for diversity, tolerance and freedom," the head of state told Nora Iuga, also recalling the World Poetry Day - marked on March 21. 

The President stressed that the award granted to Ion Caramitru acknowledges the role the latter has had after 1990 in the modernization and structuring of the culture's institutional mechanisms. 

"The Romanian state rewards a career which brought you in front of theater and poetry lovers from all over the world, but especially brought the Romanian public's admiration and appreciation. You are both a creator, an interpreter and a dedicated representative of the stage artists' guild. You embody the compatibility between the artist and the activist citizen. In the face of the new generations that are seeking their cultural reference points, the mission of the country's first stage is special. From this perspective, the National Order "The Star of Romania" bestowed today is not only a symbolic recognition of your merit, but also an office of honor, that I send through you, to the Romanian Theatre," declared Iohannis. 

In January, President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree which granted writer Nora Iuga the National Order "For Merit" in rank of Commander, "as a sign of high appreciation for her entire career in the service of promoting Romanian language and literary culture, for her dedication and talent in promoting Romania's image abroad." 

On March 9, the Head of State signed a decree on awarding master Ion Caramitru with the National Order "The Star of Romania" with the rank of Knight. The distinction was awarded to Ion Caramitru upon his 75-year old anniversary, as a sign of "high appreciation for his entire career in the service of theater and film, for his dedication and professionalism showed in cultural management, and for constantly promoting our country's image in the world."



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