The 3rd edition of the National Centre of Dance in Bucharest (CNDB) Awards takes place on December the 10th, in the Stere Popescu Hall at Mărășești Blvd. 80-82. Apart from the already traditional awarding of engraved bricks and diplomas drawn by Dan Perjovschi, #CDNBAwards2016 will feature live music acts, surprise performances and, of course, dance!

Below, you will find the schedule:

  • 07.30: Cocktails in the foyer
  • 08.30: The Awards Ceremony
  • 09.30: Omelette concert
  • 10.30 until the last reveler: dance on the Stere Popescu Hall’s scene!

The 2016 nominees are, in alphabetic order:

▸ Maria Baroncea

▸ Brynjar Åbel Bandlien and Rui Catalao

▸ Miki Braniște

▸ Gigi Căciuleanu

▸ the Contemp group

▸ Andreea David

▸ Simona Deaconescu

▸ Valentina De Piante

▸ Dimineatacrossover radio show

▸ Paul Dunca

▸ Ștefania Ferchedau

▸ Florin Flueraș și Brynjar Åbel Bandlien

▸ Mircea Ghinea

▸ Raluca Ianegic

▸ Infinite Dance Festival (Oradea)

▸ Răzvan Mazilu

▸ Mihaela Michailov

▸ Andreea Novac

▸ Arcadie Rusu

▸ Gabriela Tudor

▸ Vorba de Cultură radio show

During the Awards’ nomination process, other personalities have been considered, such as Iulia Popovici, Vava Ștefănescu or Carmen Coțofană, but unfortunately they are in a situation of conflict of interests in 2016, as employees of the Ministry of Culture and the National Centre of Dance in Bucharest, respectively. Once they become eligible for nomination, they will automatically be included on the nomination list of the next Awards’ edition. 


“This past year has been tough, beautiful and really quick at CNDB. Finally, we can celebrate dance entering through the front door of Romanian culture with the decision that the Omnia hall will be our home from now on. CNDB has been “occupied”, then “rented”, and now is to settle down, to be ‘installed’.

 Soon, we will move back to the centre. Our accomplishments were rewarded with a budget that has enabled us to resume the selection of projects and to hire more people. We also have big plans for the future, we want to conquer new frontiers by opening dance centres in the big Romanian cities (Iași, Cluj, Timișoara) and by establishing our own publishing house.

            We will be celebrating all these things at #CNDBAwards2016 and you shall be able to see the result of the creative donation on behalf of the contemporary dance community in Romania, in light of our moving to the Omnia hall. Of course, you will be able to meet this year’s nominees. The nominations are quite diverse and many more than in the last years, as our quest of building, brick by brick, an event, a community and an institution starts to yield results”.Vava Ștefănescu, CNDB’s manager.


As in each year, the awards recognize excellence, they bear witness to valour, but do not attempt to establish a hierarchy. Also, as in past years, the diplomas offered by CNDB are drawn by Dan Perjovschi, while the trophies come in the shape of engraved and gold-foiled decorated bricks. The nominees for #CNDBAwards2016 have been made by the institution’s artistic board and the 2014 and 2015 winners.

The 2014 winners are Ioan Tugearu, Silvia Ghiață, Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuș, Mihai Mihalcea, Cosmin Manolescu, Mihaela Alexandra Dancs.


The 2015 winners are Liana Tugearu, Mădălina Dan, Miriam Răducanu, Eduard Gabia, Florin Fieroiu.


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