Stage director Tompa Gábor, director of the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj and UTE President, is to be awarded one of the most important French state prizes, the knighthood of the French Order of Arts and Literature (Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres).
The event will take place on 28 March, after World Theatre Day, when the theatre-maker will receive the award from Ambassador Laurence Auer at the French Embassy in Bucharest.
Culture Minister Rima Abdul-Malak said: "I congratulate you on this award, which recognises your commitment to the promotion of French-language culture in your professional activity. Through your perseverance as a director and general manager, you have promoted a theatrical language that is in tune with current French, European and international trends. Under your leadership, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj has gained a great reputation and has demonstrated its commitment to Franco-Romanian and European theatre cooperation with the Interferences Theatre Festival, which you have created."
The Knighthood of the Order of Arts and Letters is awarded to individuals who have created outstanding artistic works in the field of culture or who have distinguished themselves through their important contribution to art and literature. Created in France in 1957 and recognised by Charles de Gaulle in 1965 as part of the National Order of Merit, the Order of Arts and Letters rewards the most outstanding French cultural figures, but can also be awarded to citizens of other nations for their outstanding contribution to the enrichment of French and universal cultural heritage.
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Union des Théâtres de l'Europe gathered, in the last 3 decades, some of the most important European theatres and artists. Through festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, masterclasses, cooperation projects, the UTE help create a continuous flow between West and East, between generations, between tradition and innovation. Our celebration is inspired by this rich history. With the help of the Interferences International Theatre Festival, we wish to remember some of the best performances presented at past editions of the UTE festival and look forward to new horizons.