The project is funded by Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein Grants and the Romanian Government

Festivals

The “Multicultural Diversity – Pillar for Community Development in Botosani, Bistrita-Nasaud and Iasi” had among the planned activities the organization of three festivals multicultural, to increase capacity to promote cultural diversity to the general public in the North East and North West regions. During the project implementation, the number of events was increased so that in the end there were held 4 festivals (2 in Botosani, Iasi 1 to 1 from Bistrita) and a series of cultural events (Iasi).

 

MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY FESTIVAL – BISTRIŢA

Between 29 and 31 May 2015 was held in Bistrita the Festival of multicultural diversity, organized by the City Hall of Bistrita, in partnership with Botosani City Hall and Association “Love and Trust” from Iasi within the project “Multicultural diversity – pillar of community development in Botosani, Bistrita-Nasaud and Iaşi”.

The festival started on Friday, May 29, 2015, when in the Liviu Rebreanu pedestrian zone there were organized stands of the ethnic minorities from the  partner counties in the project: Germans, Hungarians, Roma, Hebrew, Greek and Lipovens. There were also held workshops for children with participatory actions involving groups of students from schools in Bistrita and surroundings: Class. III taught in German at the “Liviu Rebreanu” school Bistrita, coordinated by teacher Cristina Popescu Armenian and Jezebel, choreographer; Class. III E Secondary School no. 1 Bistrita, coordinated by teacher Dorina Telcean; Class. III-language Hungarian National College “Andrei Muresanu” Bistrita, coordinated by teacher Ibolya Jakab; Class. IV A of Secondary School no. 3 “Avram Iancu” Bistrita, coordinated by the teacher Aurelia Hoza; Class. II B of the National College “Liviu Rebreanu” Bistrita, coordinated by teacher Ioana Matei; Secondary School no. 7 Sarata, coordinated by the teachers Cosman Rodica Maria Cornea and Livia Chiriac.

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the activities of the Festival of multicultural diversity in Bistrita continued at the Center for Traditional Art “House of Lions”, where it was presented a photo exhibition, outlining aspects of the life of ethnic minorities on a background of specific music. The participants watched a documentary on the history and present life of minorities in the project area. The event was attended by representatives of minorities in Bistrita, among whom Mr. Thomas Hartig – Vice President and Managing Director of the German Democratic Forum Bistrita Nasaud, Mr. Antal Attila – local councilor UDMR and Mr. Fredi Deac – President of the Jewish Community in Bistrita.

On Sunday, 31 May 2015, the festival returned in the pedestrian area Liviu Rebreanu with a parade of traditional costumes accompanied by a flashmob dance with traditional elements belonging to different ethnic groups participating in the festival. It was followed by a show of dances and traditional songs of minorities participating among which the Greek Dance Ensemble “Katharsis” of Botosani and Lippovan Dance Ensemble “Trandafiraşii” from Iasi. The festival  ended with an extraordinary concert performed by Elena Gheorghe the program included songs that were specific Aromanian community.

The Multicultural Diversity Festival in Bistrita met a broad participation and was well received by audiences Bistrita, the first multicultural festival organized within the project.

Photo Gallery: Festival of Multicultural Diversity in Bistrita

MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY FESTIVAL – IASI

On 5-7 June 2015, it was the turn of Iasi City to enter the marathon events to celebrate cultural diversity.

The program started on June 5 with a screening of the documentary film “Multicultural diversity in Botosani, Bistrita Nasaud and Iasi” at the Athenaeum Tătăraşi and continued the next day with a series of events organized in a dream setting in garden Complex Palas, with an exhibition of photographs, costumes and traditional objects of ethnic minorities. The evening ended with a dedicated show of music and traditional dance ethnic minorities, during which they presented artistic moments. Among the performers there were “Vadrózsa” the Hungarian dance band from Bistrita and the ensemble Trandafiraşii of Bratesti – Iasi, the Italian dance band “Siamo di nuovo insieme” – Iasi, the Greek dancing troupe “Katharsis” – Botosani.

In the third day of the festival, the audience in Iasi could again admire the photo exhibition and towards the evening people gathered to attend a new show of traditional dance and music of ethnic minorities. The following artists performed on stage in front of hundreds of spectators: Ensemble “Cervon Kalena” in Negostina – Suceava, Artistic Ensemble “Areti Roman” band of gypsy dances “Gipsy Eye” Sodomeni – Iasi band “Zece prajini”, Iasi, the Choir and dance band “Edelweiss”, Piatra Neamt, Miruna Buza, from Botosani, as well as other specific ethnic music performers.

The purpose of the activity was to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, the youth involvement in advocacy activities, to increase public access to modern forms of culture, developing a growing interest in youth culture.

Photo Gallery: Festival of Multicultural Diversity of the Iasi

MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY FESTIVAL – BOTOŞANI- 1st edition

People from Botosani were invited to participate between 03.09.2015 and 05.09.2015 to the Multicultural Diversity Festival, held in the historic center of Botosani. The event was organized by the City of Botosani.

The Festival kicked off on Thursday morning, when the National Centre for Tourist Information and Promotion was enlivened with exhibition stands of the minorities and workshops for children. In the evening there was an outdoor screening of the project documentary movie, illustrating the story minority partner in the three counties.

On Friday morning, the activities started with workshops for children in the company of Disney characters and with a photo exhibition on the life of ethnic communities. In the evening, the audience was invited to attend the show on the dedicated stage placed in the Old Town. The performance was started with children from the local group Cheia Sol, coordinated by Oana Puscasu, while the evening ended with a concert by Anna Lesko, in whose setlist there were included specific tracks including traditional Russian tuned. Despite the rain, the people of Botosani received the events with great interest.

The last day of the festival began with a parade of traditional clothing, followed by a flash mob and a show of dances and songs of minorities (Greeks, Ukrainians, Roma, Hungarians, and Lippovans etc).

This was the third multicultural festival, closing the series of festivals initially planned within the project.

Photo Gallery: Festival of Multicultural Diversity in Botosani

 

CELEBRATION OF MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY Cultural events – IASI, 19 to 20 August 2016

Iasi was again under the sign of cultural diversity in the period 19 to 20.08.2016, when the project hosted a series of cultural events called “Celebration of Multicultural Diversity’.

The event was part of the “Multicultural diversity – pillar for commnunity development in Botosani, Bistrita Nasaud and Iasi”‘, implemented in partnership by Botosani and Bistrita Towns and the Association” Love and Trust’ from ‘Iasi, within the program PA17 / RO13 – “Promoting diversity in culture and art in the European cultural heritage” financed through EEA Grants 2009 – 2014. The grant contract was signed with the Ministry of Culture, Project Management Unit.

The agenda of the event in Iaşi included:

  • 19/08/2016 – 18.00 – Palas Garden – Cultural Event – artistic moments performed by minority representative for the project intervention area
  • 19/08/2016 – 20.00 – Palas Garden – Outdoow screening of the project documentary movie – “The Story of ethnic groups in Iasi, Botosani and Bistrita Nasaud ” – on the life of cultural minorities in the project area;
  • 08/20/2016 – 11.00- Students Cultural House -Conference presenting the results achieved to date and the next steps in implementing the project presentation

The “Multicultural diversity – community development pillar in Botosani, Iasi and Bistrita-Năsăud ” has a total value of 863,268.95 lei, representing fully grant funds from the EEA and the Romanian Government.

The overall objective is to promote a better understanding of cultural diversity and strengthening intercultural dialogue, including through strengthening the culture of minorities in Botosani, Bistrita – Nasaud and Iasi.

The series of events in this project continued on 2-4 September with a new Multicultural Diversity Festival, held in Botosani.

MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY FESTIVAL BOTOŞANI- 2nd edition

The second edition of the Festival of Multicultural Diversity from Botosani was held on 02 to 04.09.2016.

The festival’s agenda included complex cultural events, starting with a photo exhibition, a book workshop and continuing with city tours, a tasting of traditional dishes and a parade of specific costumes. For the children there were prepared participatory workshops, with intercultural games and face painting provided by actors Puppet Theatre Vasilache, as well as a meeting with mascots provided by Cheia Sol association embodying popular characters from cartoons, and a program of ballet, dance, music and theater provided Arlechin Cultural Association.

The festival scene, which was located in the area of the Monument on Mihai Eminescu Boulevard, hosted in the first evening of the festival a concert of the Philharmonic, and on the next day, over 3,000 people attended a performance of dances and traditional songs belonging to ethnic groups of Lipovans, Greeks, Hungarians, Roma and Romanian. The Gala evening began with a screening of the project documentary film on the history of the ethnic groups in the three  counties, followed by a great concert, where the following artists performed for over 5,000 spectators: Miruna Buză- representative of Botosani in the X Factor show, Nicole Cherry & band – revelation of pop and reggae in Romania, Ianna Novac – pop singer and pop opera in Chisinau, former component of the band ASIA, Mediana Vlad- pop soloist and pop opera singer- the voice of the Walt Disney studios in Romania and DIOS pop rock symphonic orchestra, conducted by  Tiberiu Oprea.

At the Youth House, about 300 people from Botosani attended on Saturday night a meeting with the actors of  Mihai Eminescu Theatre, who staged the play “Line between death and life ”, directed by Florin Kevorkian- an activity in collaboration with the Union of Armenians of Romania and Association Pro Urban.

The ” Multicultural diversity – pillar of community development in Botosani, Bistrita-Nasaud and Iaşi ” is implemented within the program PA17 / RO13 -” Promoting diversity in culture and art in the European cultural heritage “financed by the EEA Grants 2009-2014. The grant contract was signed with the Ministry of Culture, Project Management Unit.

The project had a total value of 863,268.95 lei, representing fully grant funds from the EEA and the Romanian Government. The overall objective is to promote a better understanding of cultural diversity and strengthening intercultural dialogue, including through strengthening the culture of minorities in Botosani, Bistrita – Nasaud and Iasi.

The project ended on 31 October 2016

 

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