Seventeenth Edition - Sunday, May 15 2016
Romania Day Festival on Broadway


Welcome to the Seventeenth Edition of the Romania Day Festival on Broadway!

Held in the world-famous Financial District on Sunday, May 15 - amidst challenging weather and chilly temperatures, the XVII Edition of the Romania Day Festival brought as always an abundance of authenticity of Romanian culture and traditions for Romanian-Americans, our Diaspora and the world.

Messages from the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis and NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) were read by their representatives. Among the participating officials were, H.E. Dr. Ion Jinga - Romanian Ambassador to the United Nations, Honorable Ioana Costache, Romanian Consul General in New York, Mr. Liviu Jicman, vice president of the Romanian Cultural Institute.

For the first time in the history of the Festival – special awards were presented in recognition of exceptional contribution to the success of the event.

And the winners are:

Ioana CostacheCiprian Cocalia - Best Performer 2016

Romanian Cultural Institute
Most Loyal Supporter of the Festival

Hon. Ioana Gabriela Costache
Diplomat of the Year Award –
Consul General of Romania, NY

Banatul – Ridgewood, Queens NY
Best Ensemble Group


Letters from our dignitaries




RABCUS ICR Fratii Minovici Foundation
Northwell Health Serviciul de Salvare Bucuresti Fundatia Universitara Carol I
MIC & Associates Serviciul de Salvare Bucuresti Epure Lizac
MDRT Fundatia Universitara Carol I Promia

Note from the Producer


Stefan Minovici I have created this special event for the people and the country where I was born and grew up, in order to honor the memory of our ancestors and my beloved Romania.

This occasion is not just about this year's celebration, but about the past and future of our community in America.

Our goal is to strengthen the bond between two nations, inspire and motivate, in a day celebrating the cherished values and unique traditions that my native country has to offer.

Stefan Minovici – Creator and Producer


Past Guests of Honor

Kirsten-Gillibrand Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator (D-NY)

"From George Enesco's Rhapsodies to Nobel Laurate Eli Wiesel's powerful works to the Romanian Film festival, the Romanian Community has made and continues to make significant contributions to our state. I want to thank Stefan Minovici for his leadership in bringing together this event and giving us the opportunity to lean about and celebrate Romania's rich cultural history. "
May 2016
Michael Turner Hon. Mike Turner,
Congressman (R-OH)
Co-Chair of the Romanian Caucus
in the US Congress

"It is a great pleasure to
join you today on the XVI Edition of the Romania Day Festival, and to reiterate our full support for your government and the people of Romania in the United States Congress. I am impressed with Stefan's love and passion for Romania and its people, and I commend him for this remarkable accomplishment."
May 2015
Loretta Sanchez Hon. Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman (D-CA),
Co-Chair Romanian Caucus

"Romania is the most important U.S. ally in the Black Sea region, a proud country that has shown its true spirit and values over the last century in the relationship with its American friend and partner. I am delighted to be part of the XV Edition of the Romanian Day Festival on Broadway and want to thank its organizers, particularly to Stefan Minovici for this major effort and accomplishment."
June 2014
Wesley Clark Gen. Wesley Clark - Commander of NATO Forces in Europe
(1993 – 1997)

You are a true inspiration to Romanians all over the world and the Romania Day Festival helps bring this NATO friend and ally closer to the American hearts and minds.
May 2012
Paterson David Paterson
- Governor of the
State of New York
(2008 – 2010)

I declare May 1st the National Day of Romania, and the month of May, the month of Romanian Heritage in the State of New York.
May 2010
Bloomberg Michael R. Bloomberg -
Mayor New York City
(2002 – 2013)

I want to thank MIC & Associates and Ziua Romania pe Broadway for their help and support in organizing this Festival, a unique celebration of Romanians
all over the world in the capital of the world, New York City. May 2009
Rudolph Giuliani Rudolf Giuliani
- Mayor New York City
(1994 – 2001)

This unique event is a remarkable accomplishment of the Romanians all over America and a testimony of your nation's strength and commitment to the special relationship between the two countries.
May 2006
Ion Iliescu Ion Iliescu
- President of Romania
(1992 -1996) &
(2000 – 2004)

It is a real honor and a pleasure to attend your event and be here among the wonderful Romanian-American people.
Thank you for your kind invitation and for remarkable work Mr. Minovici.
May 2002
Constantinescu Emil Constantinescu - President of Romania (1996 – 2000)

A real accomplishment and
a major event for Romanians in the United States. On behalf of my government, I want to thank all of those who organized this Festival, especially to Mr. Minovici.
May 2001
King Michael of Romania H.M. King Michael I
of Romania

I want to thank Mr. Minovici for his support and dedication and especially for making this very special event happen. My family and I are deeply grateful for your initiative and accomplishments. Long live Romania Day Festival on Broadway!
May 2000