Implicarea civică locală și dezvoltarea identităţii comunității, a respectului pentru moștenirea culturală, sunt valori pe care Romgaz doreşte să le promoveze prin susținerea proiectelor care au impact pozitiv asupra comunității şi contribuie la dezvoltarea armonioasă a acestora. Proiectele în domeniul cultural - artistic facilitează accesul membrilor comunității la evenimente culturale şi determină creşterea interesului comunităţilor pentru actul cultural - artistic de bună calitate, pe lângă asta, multe dintre aceste proiecte vor contribui la dezvoltarea brandului de țară, prin promovarea tradițiilor/folclorului şi prin promovarea și afirmarea tinerelor talente care se remarcă prin performanţă şi excelență cultural - artistică.
Continuing the sustained effort to support the country's cultural projects, Romgaz maintains its position as a sponsor of national and international events. The most important projects to which Romgaz has contributed are:
- The National Tour Stradivarius
- The "Travelling Piano" Tour
- The Sibiu International Theatre Festival
- The Medias Central European Film Festival
- Astra Film Festival
- Sibiu Jazz Festival
- The International Festival and Contest “George Enescu”
- The National Tour Stradivarius
The National Tour Stradivarius, promoted by violinist Alexandru Tomescu and pianist HORIA MIHAIL, will itinerate in 15 towns and the funds collected will be destined for helping the hard-of-hearing children from Romania. The last year concerts were dedicated to raising funds for Blind People Association from Romania. The Stradivarius-Elder violin was bought by the Romanian in 1956 and until 1997 it was held by maestro Ion Voicu. Following the competition organized in 2007, by the Ministry of Culture, Alexandru Tomescu won the right to play this musical instrument.
The "Travelling Piano" Tour
The great composer and pianist Franz Liszt had a concert tour in Romania, in 1846 and 1847. The concerts, held forth by Liszt to communities who had rare such moments, were enthusiastically welcomed. The very arrival of Liszt to cities such as Timisoara, Arad, Cluj, Iasi or Bucharest was a top level event. In Timisoara, for instance, a triumphal arch was especially built, in the square in front of the Cathedral, with "Welcome Franz Liszt" imprinted on it. The Erard piano, used for these concerts, was itinerant, travelling with Liszt. Many concerts were humanitarian, Liszt donated his honorarium to the poor or to musician associations.
The pianist Horia Mihail started his career in his native city Braşov, interpreting the Piano Concerto in D major by J. Haydn, at the age of 10. Since then, he has given concerts with almost all the Romanian philharmonic orchestras, including the "G. Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra from Bucharest and the National Radio Orchestra. In the United States he was the soloist of Boston Pops Orchestra, Topeka Symphony, Boston University Symphony and University of Illinois Symphony.
Since 2002 he has been the soloist of Braşov Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of Romanian Piano Trio, besides Alexandru Tomescu and Răzvan Suma and associate professor at the "Transylvania" University from Braşov. He was a visiting professor at the Tanglewood International Music Festival, organized by Boston Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with Boston University.
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, is one of the grandest annual theatrical festivals in Romania and the third in Europe. This cultural festival offer is rich and dense, with representations given by famous theatres from Romania and from abroad.
Each festival edition focuses on a contemporary topic, this year the topic will be “Communities”.
There will be street shows, in the old city and in the fortified medieval citadels and churches from Sibiu neighborhood, theatre-dance shows, flamenco, ballet, contemporary dances, puppet shows, light shows, music shows and pantomime. Conferences, debates and workshops will be organized, there will be photo and painting exhibitions, book release and new installations will be launched. The events will take place both in conventional and unconventional spaces, turning the city into the genuine world cultural capital.
Romania President and the representative of the European Commission for Education, Training, Culture and Youth will patronize the event.
The XVIII’th edition of Sibiu International Theatre Festival will be in progress between 27 May - 5 June 2011 and will gather companies from 70 countries, that will bring out over 300 shows in over 60 spaces, 60,000 onlookers being expected.
The unique quality opening show will be “The Idiot”, by Feodor Dostoevsky.
The Medias Central European Film Festival
Romgaz directly supported Medias Central European Film Festival (MECEFF), a cultural event that rejoined the famous names of the European and Israel cinema, being equally a cultural and multiethnic project.
At its first edition, Medias European Film Festival (MECEFF) was held in Medias, Dumbraveni and Tarnaveni during 5-11 September. The event aims to meet the most recent movies of cineastes from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Slovenia and Israel, country specially invited in 2011.
Besides the 50 projected movies, the schedule was completed by projections, symposiums, meetings with national and foreign celebrities, theatrical performances and concerts.
The show has proved itself a real success, counting the presence of 7400 viewers, and enjoying the film critics’ appreciation.
The MECEFF Grand Prix 2011 was won by the movie “Little Rose” Poland 2010, directed by Jan Kidawa-Blonski.
Astra Film Festival
In 2014, Romgaz became an official partner of Astra Film Festival, who developed during its 20 years of existence, a cultural brand acknowledged in Romania and abroad by the quality of the films, the multitude of the programs and variety of professional workshops. The festival is considered the most important forum for documentary film in Romania.
Current issues of transposing real life on the big screen through documentary film are debated, in a multicultural atmosphere that gathers cinema professionals and enthusiastic audience.
Well known for its original programming and the open atmosphere, the Festival brings into attention in 2014 an unacted competitive section and a wide range of additional programs: portraits, thematic programs, special projections and a variety of parallel events.
Sibiu Jazz Festival
The “Sibiu Jazz Festival”, is unique in Romania, due to its longevity, consistency and the impressive number of celebrities participating. The first editions of the National Jazz Festival were held in Ploiesti, in the early 70’s. 1974 was the decisive year for the festival, when it was moved to Sibiu, where it has been respectfully backed up. It is the oldest festival of this type in Romania and one of the oldest jazz festivals in the world, for this reason Sibiu has been surnamed Romania’s „JazzCapital”. In 1977, the Festival became international, a group of Czechoslovakian musicians attending it. Four years later, the first Open Air Jam Session in Romania was organized during the Festival. Along the four decades, the International Jazz Festival from Sibiu has confirmed its fame of genuine annual gala of jazz and contemporary improvised music. The 41st edition took place between 8 – 15 May 2011.
The International Festival and Contest “George Enescu”
The International Festival and Contest “George Enescu” was set up in 1958 in recognition of the great Romanian composer’s genius, to honor his life and activity.. The first editions of this Festival and Contest joined resonant names from the international music world, among which Lord Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Herbert von Karajan and many others, who, by participating, made this East European event even more famous.
It is considered the most important cultural event in contemporary Romania, a brilliant landmark that gets people closer to one another and ennobles them by way of culture. The jubilee XXth edition took place between 1- 25 September 2011 and included symphonic and chamber concerts, recitals, opera and ballet shows, held both in Bucharest halls and in historical towns linked with the Romanian composer’s life and activity.