Golden Stag International Festival – a half century tradition
The greatest Interpretation International Festival in Romania had its debut on March 5th 1968 on the stage of Brașov Drama Theatre. Part of the first team organising the first edition were personalities such as the festival directors Tudor Vornicu and Ilie Mănescu, the artistic director Valeriu Lazarov, orchestra conductor Sile Dinicu and the hosts of the show, actors Stela Popescu and Iurie Darie.
Constantin Drăghici opened the festival with a recital and the Romanian competitors were Dan Spătaru, Margareta Pâslaru and Anca Agemolu.
22 singers from 28 countries competed at that time in order to win the Trophy which finally went to Belgium with Jacques Hustin.
Although the Festival was at its early beginnings, it was known as “The East European festival looking like a Western European festival!”
The event rapidly integrated in the agenda of the Grand International Festivals and its second edition was broadcasted by 25 televisions from all around the world. This was also the year when the first Trophy went to a Romanian competitor. It was awarded to Luminiţa Dobrescu – she won the Golden Stag Trophy in 1969 with the song “Of, inimioara” – “Oh, little heart”.
Therese Steinmetz (Netherlands) in 1970 and Anne Louise Hanson (Sweden) in 1971 are the winners of the following editions.
In 1972, after four consecutive editions, the Festival stopped for 21 years, being organised again only 1992. The 5th edition of the event marked an important change in its history – instead of being organised indoors, the stage moved outdoors, in Brașov’s famous and beautiful Piaţa Sfatului.
After the Romanian Revolution in 1989, “Golden Stag” launched new stars in international music: Trie Utami (Indonesia), Arina (Lithuania), Worthy Davis (USA) and Cramps in The Leg (Russia), the winners of the Festival’s editions from 1992 to 1995.
In 1996, after 27 years of wanderings, the Stag came back home thanks to Monica Anghel.
Indonesia got the Trophy for the second time in 1997 with Meiske Shakila Sherhalawan. Then, there were another 3 years of interruption of the event.
The Festival comes back to life in 2001 with the performance of Romania’s representatives, the Proconsul band, who managed to convince the members of the jury that they deserve the Grand Trophy of the Golden Stag.
The Trophy remains at home for one more year thanks to the Paula Seling, Romania’s representative in 2002, who shattered all hopes for all the other competitors from all around the world.
2003 is the year when Chinese soloist Sho Baoliang wins the public, the jury and the Prize as well.
Eleanor Casar from Malta wins the “Golden Stag” Trophy in 2004.
In 2005, the Golden Stag Trophy went to Italy. Linda, born to a Romanian father and an Italian mother, has been compared many times to Anastacia, because of the resemblance of their voices. Her song, “Aria, sole, terra e mare”, has been appreciated even before the Golden Stag Festival, being awarded already at the famous San Remo Festival.
The Golden Stag 2008 stayed in Romania thanks to Razvan Krivach’s performance, who won the public’s sympathy and the votes of the jury with the song “Too much love will kill you”.
In 2009, the Golden Stag Trophy went to Italy with Antonino.
Until 2009, the year when the most recent edition of the Festival took place, TVR organised 17 editions of the Golden Stag on the Brasov stage. Great names of the musical industry climbed on the stage in Piata Sfatului. Among those, Diana Ross, Amália Rodrigues, Julio Iglesias, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Vaya con Dios, Coolio, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Martin, Kelly Family, Patricia Kaas, Joe Cocker, Simply Red sau Steve Vai, James Brown, Culture Beat, Paul Young, Boy George, Ray Charles, Toto Cutugno, Kylie Minogue, Zucchero, INXS, UB 40, Cyndi Lauper, Vaya con Dios, The Kelly Family, Boyz II Men, T.A.T.U, Scorpions, Simple Minds, Pink or Nino D’Angelo.
With a tradition of half a century, while becoming a national brand and a real ambassador of Romania, the Golden Stag is getting ready for its 18th edition in the year of Romania’ s Centenary.
The performances of the „Golden Stag” International Festival:
JOHNNY LOGAN & LINDA
JERRY LEE LEWIS
BOY GEORGE & JESUS
IOAN GYURY PASCU
VAYA CON DIOS
SOUL II SOUL
NARCISA SUCIU & MIRCEA RUSU BAND
ŞTEFAN BĂNICĂ Jr.
ŞTEFAN BĂNICĂ Jr.
THE KELLY FAMILY
BOYZ II MEN
NICU ALIFANTIS & ZAN
FLAVIUS TEODOSIU & EUROSOUND SHOW BAND
ZDOB ŞI ZDUB
ŞTEFAN BĂNICĂ Jr.
The winners of the „Golden Stag” Trophy
1968 JAQUES HUSTIN – BELGUM
1969 LUMINI]A DOBRESCU – ROMANIA
1970 THERESE STEINMETZ – NETHERLANDS
1971 ANN LOUISE HANSON – SWEDEN
1992 TRIE UTAMI – INDONESIA
1993 ARINA – LITHUANIA
1994 WORTHY DAVIS – USA
1995 CRAMPS IN THE LEG – RUSSIA
1996 MONICA ANGHEL – ROMANIA
1997 MEISKE SHERHALAWAN – INDONESIA
2001 PROCONSUL – ROMANIA
2002 PAULA SELING – ROMANIA
2003 SHA BAOLIANG – CHINA
2004 ELEONOR – MALTA
2005 LINDA – ITALY
2008 RĂZVAN KRIVACH – ROMANIA
2009 ANTONINO – ITALY