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Awards and prestigious collaborations

The value of the ensemble has been internationally and nationally recognized through the large number of awards and distinctions awarded.
Participations in important competitions were awarded with prizes such as those obtained in 1964 and 1967 at the National Contest of Amateur Formations, in 1970 at the International Festival of Bloom Almond in Agrigento, in 1973 at the International Festival in Llangollen, UK, etc. In the following decade, Junii Sibiului was the first Romanian folk ensemble to reach the United States of America.
In the National Galleries of Romanian Folk Music, the ensemble was always on top, obtaining the special prize “A lifetime in the service of Romanian folklore”; special prizes for the artistic performances of the soloists and instrumentalists, alongside the Prize for a sustained activity in the field of traditional culture and the Special Award for the choreographer Silvia Macrea. In the International Competition “Morning Star” from Bulgaria, Junii Sibiului won the 1st Prize and the Gold Medal in the section 4 professional pairs, in 2017.

The record of Junii Sibiului is complemented by distinctions, at home, in Romania, and abroad. We mention selectively: Gramata awarded by Irineu Duvlea, Vicar Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, Diploma of Excellence, in appreciation and gratitude, for the whole artistic career and for collaboration on an exceptional professional level with the Romanian Television, Diplomas of Excellence, awarded by the Ministry of Culture and by Sibiu County Council.

Beyond the over 160 prizes, Junii Sibiului was messenger of the Romanian folklore at international events, performing in 2008 in front of the high officials present at the NATO Summit in Bucharest: US President George Bush with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, and 2012 at the Official Dinner organized by UEFA, being applauded by Michel Platini, Gheorghe Hagi, Anghel Iordanescu and Miodrag Belodedici.

Tens of thousands of pages have been dedicated to Junii Sibiului by media in Romania and abroad. In 1967, the French newspapers wrote about the formidable Romanians who brought the Romanian treasure to Paris, in 1972, the Dutch journalists were astonished to see Brunssun’s inhabitants come out on the streets to greet the Romanians, in 1985 the Canadian press remarked the explosion of colour and sound, the crazy, throbbing rhythm of Junii Sibiului dances and in 2012, Portuguese newspapers described how Romanians and residents of the Chiado district, in the heart of Lisbon, danced together.