Musical journey, quest for equality & good fun for US Independence Day

Independence Day 2015 Wort English

Photo: Gerry Huberty / Wort English

It was all about American music history on Thursday night at the US Embassy in Luxembourg where American nationals and their friends celebrated Independence Day.

A few days ahead of the “official” 4th of July when United States celebrate National Day, Luxembourg was ready to mark the most popular of American celebrations, enjoying a blue skied, sun-drenched evening and listening to a live band playing a medley of America’s greatest tunes of all time.

American delicatessen on the menu

Coke and hamburgers, mouth-watering muffins, cookies and American ice-creamwere all on the menu at the lively garden party, with the event gathering members of the local political scene, several foreign ambassadors in the Grand Duchy and many businessmen alike.

In her welcoming speech, Chargé d’Affaires Alison Shorter-Lawrence thanks guests for attending the celebrations, wished them a happy Independence Day and recalled the principles on which United States was built as a country. Highlighting that “all men are created equal”,she talked about the quest for freedom, democracy and equality for all.

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Photo: Gerry Huberty / Wort English

The pride of being American

Citing excerpts from this year’s President Obama’s Independence Day speech, Alison Shorter-Lawrence pointed out that United States “are a country of immigrants that are very proud of who they are.” She further referred to the access of US nationals to basic human rights, pointing out the need for the American society to continue working more, following the historic Supreme Court ruling that legalises same-sex marriage in all US states.

Also praising the good links between US and Luxembourg, Alison Shorter-Lawrence thanked the art students and teacher at LycéeClassique de Diekirch for designing this year’s event invitations and further revealed that Luxembourg’s Special Olympics team will be travelling to the World Summer Games on Los Angeles later this month.

Honouring American music, this year’s National Day celebrations were dedicated to the revolution of rock and roll, jazz and bluesamong other genres, with posters and images of leading American musicians and artists on display throughout the event.

In 2015, US National Day mark 239 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed by the then 13 American colonies and today brings all Americans together for a full day of family and community celebrations.

This article was written by myself and was published on the 3rd of July 2015 on Wort English.

Reflections on my Romanian identity ahead of Romania’s national day

The Romanian flag

The Romanian flag

Given this year’s troubled political context both nationally, on a European level and internationally, I find it somewhat difficult to write about my sense of belonging to one country or nation, without mentioning that nationalism is on the rise, giving birth to a lot of xenophobic and intolerant behaviour all across the world.

While I have been living abroad for the past 6 years, calling home, for different periods of time, the city of Madrid, in Spain, Aberdeen, in Scotland and Luxembourg, at the end of each day and mostly at the beginning of each conversation, I am Romanian, coming from the region of Maramures, in the north of the country.

Frankly, I think I have never been ”more Romanian” in my whole life than in the past 6 years both in my soul and in other people’s minds. It is funny and strange to reach the conclusion that you become  ”more” Spanish, Portuguese or American once you live somewhere abroad.

Yes, I am a proud Romanian, but I also like to be given credit for my personal skills, opinions and perspectives as to my own identity, origin and future. I refuse to be defined by others’ definitions of what is like to be Romanian or any other nationality for this matter.

Of course, there are many things that all Romanians have in common, among which the language, the cuisine, the friendliness (at least that’s what I want to believe), and other things linked to traditional outfits, music, dance, film and history. And I am happy to confirm it, to even emphasize that Romanians, be it home or abroad, keep in their hearts those moments in time and history that contributed to the creation of our nation.

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Romania’s location within Europe

These days, it’s not easy being Romanian, as much as it is not easy being any other Eastern European or a non-European on the old continent and in the extended western world. Sadly, certain countries and some of their people are still patronising and offensive in their behaviour and political engagement, leaving a bitter taste on many people’s lips.

But, I don’t want to spend more time on that. I would like to rather use this opportunity to encourage each and all of  you to be avid learners of others’ cultures and origins, to seize the oportunity and become wiser, smarter and better-equiped for today’s globalised world.

Yes, we do live in a global-oriented world, but that doesn’t mean that people’s characteristics are or that they should become standardised, but rather that it is more important than never to respect, appreciate and tolerate others, no matter their ethnicity, nationality, physical traits, fashion style or music taste.

I am happy and grateful that I was born in a middle-class Romanian family, in the region of Maramures, having the parents that I have, the family that shaped my transition to adulthood and mostly to have infinite reasons to pe proud of other succesful and hard-working Romanians that have made the world a better place.

I am just one person, and of course I want to be respected for the values that I stand for, but I also know that it would be simply too complicated to understand billions of people based on their unique and personal choices. Therefore, stereotypes do make sense to some extent, but they should certainly not be misused to the outrageous degree that they are used today.

This being said, I want to wish all Romanians, no matter where they are, or how much they have succeeded or failed to date, to embrace their strengths and weaknesses, to not tolerate anyone’s wrong judgements or mistreatment and to always think that one’s belonging to a nation or more, is a blessing as much as one’s belonging to a family is.

Finally, I wish everyone Happy National Day on December 1 and let’s hope that Romania will soon become our permanent homes again, if that is what we truly wish for,  with less and less people leaving their families and children behind for a better-paid salary and life in a more efficient, well-developed society.

We have a lot of potential, we have natural resources, human talent, we belong to international organisations that make today’s decisions in the world, we have had 25 years to make the transition from communism to real democracy, there are no more excuses!

Now, we need the long-term strategy and vision, the strength and maturity to vote for the right people to represent our nation. Individual change first impacts on the local community, but it then creates further fundamental and systematic transformations and encourages others to act.

Let’s learn from past mistakes and be determined enough to build the future that we all deserve!

Scottish music, dance and humour for St. Andrew’s Day in Luxembourg

Photo: Steve Eastwood for Wort English

It was on Friday night that the Scottish community in Luxembourg and their guests celebrated Saint Andrew’s Day, honouring Alba’s patron saint, while also marking Scotland’s national day.

Some 70 people headed to the British Ambassador’s residence in Luxembourg for a joyful event set to put under the spotlight Scotland’s traditional dancing and music.

Scottish pride

Hosted by the Scottish Association of Luxembourg with the support of Firth Improvement and the British Embassy to the Grand Duchy, the event was the perfect opportunity for Scots to strut their kilts and taste some authentic Scottish whisky with local friends.

Opening the night, Michael Doyle, President of the Scottish Association, thanked guests for attending the event, showcased some Scottish humour and also pointed out that Saint Andrew’s Day has been celebrated with success for the fifth time by Scots living in the Grand Duchy.

Photo: Steve Eastwood for Wort English

A fantastic year for Scotland

Also speaking before the audience, Luke Firth told the story of Saint Andrew and his strong connection to Scots over the centuries, claiming that 2014 has been a fantastic year for Scotland.

The reception on Friday night offered participants some toe-tapping entertainment by the Luxembourg Scottish Country Dance Club and the Luxembourg Pipe Band, with guests also joining the dancing floor.

Celebrated on November 30, Saint Andrew was first recognised as an official patron saint of Scotland in 1320 at the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath and is also the patron of Greece, Romania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Barbados.

More information on the Scottish Association in Luxembourg is available on albaluxembourg.lu.

This article was written by Roxana Mironescu and published oWort English on November 30, 2014.

Women entrepreneurs under the spotlight in Luxembourg

November 19, 2014 marked the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Photo: Anouk Antony, Wort English

Some 100 local entrepreneurs, professionals as well as students headed to the University of Luxembourg’s SnT Centre on Wednesday night to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) in the Grand Duchy.

At the initiative of Kasia Kolodzieczyk, local entrepreneur and ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in Luxembourg, the event put under the spotlight a number of successful women who have embarked on an entrepreneurial career and are successfully running their businesses.

Opening WED Luxembourg, Ms. Marjut Santoni, Deputy Chief Executive at the European Investment Fund, addressed the audience on the night, pointing out that although traditional stereotypes have been challenged and the roles of women and men has changed, it is still difficult for women to prove their abilities.

Having the right support

In her speech, Ms. Santoni also mentioned the importance for new entrepreneurs to have the right support and highlighted that the European Investment Bank and Fund help women entrepreneurs to pursue their professional dreams.

A number of local and international female panelists also shared their views on entrepreneurship and success in Luxembourg, including Aude Lomogne, Founder and Director of Link Management, Dorothea Bekker, Online Media Consultant and Entrepreneur Coach at the Dot Effect, Genna Elvin, founder of TaDaweb, but also Luxembourg-born fashion designer Feyrouz Ashoura, founder of recruitment agency Funds Partnership Rana Hein-Hartmann, and Dr. Patrice Caire, Research Associate at Luxembourg’s SnT centre.

During the event, the panel discussion, which was moderated by Amy Rose, Senior Counsel Litigation at Altisource, touched on important aspects for both women and men to consider before becoming entrepreneurs, such as life-work balance, the challenges and perks of launching a start-up, the existence of business angels, the use of technology to optimise sales and increase brand visibility, leadership, timing, mindsets and motivation.

Photo with the panel: Anouk Antony, Wort English

Gender minority can be an advantage in business

A former trader in New York, Paris and London, Luxembourg-born Aude Lomogne told the audience that being a minority in a male oriented environment can sometimes be to a woman’s advantage.

Panelist Genna Elvin also pointed out that women think differently and therefore bring a distinct perspective to the table and to senior management, while Rana Hein-Hartmann suggested that often women are not able or willing to go up the ranking at particular times throughout their careers.

Elvin also confessed that many people link power and seniority in business with males. ‘‘Just because I was in a position of power, people thought that I was a man. I received countless emails starting with Mr. Elvin rather than Ms. Elvin.”
More women in senior positions
 On a positive note, Rana Hein-Hartman stated that in the past 12 months there has been a clear trend to hire women in senior positions in Luxembourg and Europe.

Dr. Patrice Caire added that entrepreneurship can also entail failure which is not seen as positive in Europe. ‘‘In the US failure makes a positive story. It is also a matter of culture.’’

Attending the event on the night, local trainer and ProActive founder Dana Moldoveanu was inspired by the panelists’ life stories, work philosophy and motivation to be independent. ‘‘It was a choice for them to be entrepreneurs because it was giving them the opportunity to be the masters of their time and to also do something that they were passionate about.’’

An event to motivate, inspire and advise

Aiming to motivate, inspire and advise the public in Luxembourg, the event put the Grand Duchy on the map along with many other countries that celebrated Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and was the result of teamwork between volunteers, GenCreo founders and the University of Luxembourg.

‘‘I always meet fantastic people for my work. This time I really wanted to bring them together, to show that they are role models and that they achieved so much in their lives, ” concluded Kasia Kolodzieczyk.

WED Luxembourg ended with a Q&A session, followed by informal networking.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day was launched by US entrepreneur Wendy Diamond as a global movement that celebrates, supports and empowers female entrepreneurs in the world and will be celebrated every year on November 19.

More information on the initiative is available on womenseday.org.

An article signed by Roxana Mironescu and published on November 20, 2014 on Wort English.

”To tell a woman everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do. ” CPE Romania

Photo: CPE

Photo: CPE

In this interview, conducted by Roxana Mironescu for Time for Equality, Irina Sorescu, CPE’s Executive President, outlines the centre’s mission and its ongoing projects, and talks about women’s status and diversity in Romania, gender-based violence, workers’ exploitation, the Genderis Protocol on trafficking, social inclusion for people with disabilities and for people of Roma ethnicity.

Ms Sorescu, what are the main topics that the Centre for Partnership and Equality is currently focusing on? What is its mission?

CPE is aimed at mainstreaming the principle of equal opportunities for women and men into public policies and related practices as an integral part of democratization and of the creation of an open society, in order to re-define the status and improve the condition of women in Romania.

For the past 12 years, we have been working on projects in various gender-related fields such as: gender in education, women on the labour market, prevention on trafficking for sexual exploitation and prevention on violence against women.

In addition to these, in the past few months CPE  has also started addressing issues related to discrimination based on one’s ethnicity or disability, which is why we are currently involved in awareness-raising campaigns and long-term action plans for three main sectors: Gender, Ethnicity and Disability.

Would you please describe in a few words some specific projects that CPE has already initiated or implemented in order to achieve its aims and mission?

Irina Sorescu CPEThe Centre for Partnership and Equality has already worked with school teachers, teaching staff in kindergartens, school counsellors as well as pupils, students and their parents in order to promote gender integration and equality within early educational environments. To this end, we have collaborated with a significant number of private and public kindergartens in Bucharest.

Moreover, our pro-diversity and pro-inclusion actions and campaigns also targeted stereotypes that may arise amongst young children based on one’s ethnicity or disability, stressing out that stereotyping impacts on children’s behavioural development.

Targeting both children and their teachers, CPE is currently training teaching staff in kindergartens how to promote inclusion and diversity through the use of appropriate methods such as the Persona Doll approach, the Sand Play therapy or real life case scenarios.

CPE is also running personal development projects for women and girls designed to equip them with skills that are needed on the current job market. Some 120 women from Bucharest and southern Romania will be benefiting from such initiatives in the following months.

The Centre is currently implementing a project co-financed by the European Commission promoting agricultural job rights to end foreign workers exploitation. How does this project intend to fight such exploitation practices?

The project is officially named ”Agricultural job rights to end foreign workers exploitation” (AGREE) and is being conducted as a partnership between organisations from Romania, Spain and Italy to prevent human trafficking and exploitation and also to make sure that relevant European directives are being implemented.

CPE’s role is to conduct research activities and gather data on workers’ exploitation, working closely with Romanian authorities such as the Agency for Safety and Health at Work, with the National Agency against Trafficking in Human Beings, with the General Inspectorate for Immigration as well as courts. We are also involved in networking activities set to engage various authorities and NGOs in this issue.

The AGREE project in Romania focuses on Romanian workers being exploited in their homeland or abroad as well as foreign citizens exploited in Romania. Our research indicates that there are very few registered cases in courts, mainly because, for instance, exploited foreigners working in Romania are generally here illegally.

On the other side, our partners in Italy and Spain are working to inform the public on the selection of commodities that are produced by exploited workers in an attempt to reduce their consumption.

logo-jpeg-webAs CPE’s Executive President, you signed the Genderis protocol for the implementation of gender-sensitive anti-trafficking policies and prevention measures in Romania, Italy and Spain. Can you tell us more about Genderis? How is CPE contributing to the implementation of this project?

Societies should acknowledge that there are different power relationships between women and men, and that women face certain vulnerabilities generated by their gender, including the mentality that they sell their bodies.

In each of the participating countries, a number of NGOs are working on a pilot project to prevent gender-sensitive trafficking according to the country’s characteristics. In Romania, we are going to conduct empowerment, personal development and awareness raising workshops for girls who might be at risk. In Italy, our partners will be conducting special training programmes for medical staff who will be able to identify such victims, while in Spain, organisations will run a public campaign targeting consumers of sexual services.

What are the main challenges faced by women living in today’s Romanian society?

The most significant challenges faced by women in Romania arise in their professional lives, when it comes to maternity leave, the lack of appropriate educational establishment for babies and toddlers, employers don’t sympathise with you when you may need a day off or you may be late for work. Maternity is often regarded with a bias, not as something that brings value to the whole society. Also, part-time jobs are basically non-existent.

Gender-based violence is another issue. According to a report published by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 30% of Romanian respondents claimed to have been victims of physical or sexual violence at least once after they turned 15. 6% of Romanian women have been victims of sexual violence and in 97% of cases the harassment was performed by a male.

The study shows that trust and access to information are real issues preventing women in Romania to speak up.

Photo: CPE

Photo: CPE

Could you name three key adjectives to describe a future more inclusive Romanian society?

The public should be more OPEN-MINDED to the idea of gender equality. Men are also affected by inequality and stereotypes. They are not allowed to express their feelings, are encouraged to be aggressive and also face numerous gender-based pressures to succeed in life.

NGOs are trying to create a direct contact with the society, so people should be more ENGAGED and CONFIDENT that gender equality is truly shaping their life story.

Read the whole interview on Time for Equality and discover the the whole range of activities conducted by the Centre for Equality and Partnership in Bucharest on their website or on Facebook.

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Festivalul Egalităţii de Gen de la Sibiu elimină prejudecăţi şi stereotipuri în România

Photo: A.L.E.G.

Photo: A.L.E.G.

Sibiul va fi timp de trei zile locul de unde poţi da tonul la egalitate

Festivalul Egalităţii de Gen va avea loc între 19 şi 21 Septembrie 2014, oferind publicului sibian o multitudine de activităţi menite să elimine prejudecăţi şi stereotipuri legate de gen.

Organizatorii avertizează că ‘‘stereotipurile se agaţă de noi fără să ne dăm seama. Ajungem să privim lumea prin lentile ponosite, care nu sunt neaparat ale noastre, dar prin care violenţa şi discriminarea ne par normale.’’

Pornind de la aceasta premiză, festivalul Egalităţii de Gen promovează schimbarea socială, având ca scop principal formarea de noi atitudini şi comportamente, în special în rândul tinerilor, prin intermediul educaţiei non-formale.

Pe parcursul a trei zile, tinerii sunt chemati să dea tonul la egalitate şi să schimbe aceste percepţii în cadrul Festivalul Egalității de Gen, arătând că există şi o altă Femeie şi un alt Bărbat, care ies din tipare şi pot interacţiona de la egal la egal.

Ajuns la cea de-a noua ediţie, festivalul de la Sibiu este o campanie de conştientizare organizată anual de Asociatia pentru Libertate si Egalitate de Gen (A.L.E.G. ) care atrage atenţia că violenţa împotriva femeilor este favorizată de prejudecăți şi stereotipuri.

Anul acesta, Festivalul Egalităţii de Gen este organizat de A.L.E.G. la Sibiu în cadrul proiectului Coaliţia pentru Egalitate de Gen finanţat prin Granturile SEE 2009-2014 în cadrul Fondului ONG în România.

În 2015, partenerii de proiect vor replica la Bucureşti Festivalul Egalităţii de Gen de la Sibiu.

Photo: A.L.E.G.

Photo: A.L.E.G.

Iată ce activităţi inedite oferă anul acesta festivalul:

Filme (Librăria Habitus, 19 septembrie ora 11:00, 21 septembrie ora 18.00)

‘‘Corpul meu îmi aparţine!’’ este un film ce va putea fi vizionat în premieră, produs de A.L.E.G. în cadrul proiectului „Corpul meu îmi aparţine – violenţa sexuală în rândul tinerilor, conştientizare şi centru de consiliere”. În următoarele 10 luni, filmul va fi punctul central al unei caravane educative în scoli din judeţele Sibiu şi Mureş , scopul fiind ca adolescenţii să înveţe să recunoască situaţiile abuzive şi modalităţi de a ieşi din situaţie sau de a oferi suport cuiva aflat la nevoie. Regia este asigurată de Camelia Popa, filmările şi montajul de Ionuţ Vişan.

‘‘Cumplit de fericită’’ din arhiva Transilvania Film Festival este un film despre visul de fericire în familie şi diferenţele între vis şi realitate.

Harta interactivă a discriminărilor urbane (cort festival Piaţa Mică, 19 septembrie ora 17.00)

Coaliţia pentru Egalitate de Gen, de la organizaţia AnA din Bucureşti, lansează sibienilor întrebarea: Unde în Sibiu te-ai simţit vreodată discriminat/ă pentru că eşti femeie sau bărbat? Pe o hartă uriaşă a Sibiului trecătorii vor putea marca instituţiile sau locurile unde au avut experienţe de discriminare şi ne vor putea împărtăşi istorioara pe bileţele care se vor constitui într-o legendă a hărţii discriminărilor urbane. La final, fotografia hărţii cu legenda ei va fi făcută publică şi transmisă către Primărie şi alte instituţii abilitate pentru a rezolva o parte din problemele semnalate.

Biblioteca Vie (Librăria Habitus, 20 septembrie ora 11)

  • Povestea unei recidiviste – atunci când pedeaspsa este pușcăria;
  • O stație de tren;
  • Povestea unei supraviețuitoare;

Peste 12 cărţi aşteaptă să fie lecturate într-o conversaţie informală, de circa 20 de minute. Între două cărţi te poti delecta cu proiecţii de filme ale regizoarei Camelia Popa

Proiecție de teatru invizibil (Bicicleta Pub, 20 septembrie, ora 19:00)

Gender Treasure Hunt (start la Librăria Habitus, 21 septembrie, ora 13.00)

Este un concurs cu premii pentru liceeni, cu căutare de indicii şi rezolvare de sarcini amuzante. Sarcinile sunt legate de tematica egalităţii de gen şi se bazează pe inversarea rolurilor tipic feminine şi masculine. Se va desfăşura pe echipe mixte, traseul purtând concurenţii prin diverse locaţii din zona centrală a oraşului. Înscrierile se fac pe Facebook.

Mai multe detalii despre restul activităţilor din cadrul Festivalului Egalităţii de Gen sunt disponibile pe aleg-europa.eu.

In luna august toate drumurile duc la Festivalul de Traditii de la Sapanta

Festivalul Intercultural de Traditie Maramureseana „Drumul Lung spre Cimitirul Vesel” revine la Sapanta intre 12 si 15 august pentru a sarbatori si promova satul romanesc autentic cu ale sale indeletniciri, frumuseti si suflete curate.

Ajuns la cea de-a cincea editie, festivalul a devenit deja o traditie de sine statatoare atat pentru oamenii locului, cat si pentru turistii veniti din toate colturile tarii sa vada, sa cunoasca si sa-si (re)aproprie sufletul de civilizația veche a satului maramuresean.

Inceput in anul 2010 la initiativa irlandezului Peter Hurley, indragostit si impresionat de frumusetea rurala a Romaniei, festivalul le-a daruit satenilor din Sapanta sansa de a asculta Suita „Voices from the Merry Cemetery” in viziunea lui Shaun Davey, celebrul compozitor irlandez imbinand armonios muzica irlandeza, cantecele corale traditionale si motivele folclorice prezente in Cimitirul Vesel.

Festivalul a continuat cu tema „Drumurile lui Leșe” in 2011 si „Întoarcerea la stână” în 2012, iar anul trecut a avut loc lansarea „Festivalului de cântec și dans tradițional Stan Ioan Pătraș” in memoria sculptorului initial al Cimitirului Vesel de la Sapanta.

„Drumul Lung spre Cimitirul Vesel este un festival despre oameni vii, obiceiuri pierdute si traditii regasite. O calatorie spre locuri uitate din inima ta. ” – organizatorii festivalului

Cimitirul Vesel din Sapanta Photo: Drumullung.ro

Cimitirul Vesel din Sapanta
Photo: Drumullung.ro

La ceas aniversar, Festivalul „Drumul Lung spre Cimitirul Vesel” propune publicului 4 zile de sarbatoare, presarate cu vizite ghidate in atelierele si casele unor mesteri vestiti ai Tarii Maramuresului, un concert sustinut de „Vocile din Cimitirul Vesel” chiar in incinta renumitului Cimitir din Sapanta, ateliere mestesugaresti, bucate locale si muzica traditionala interpretata de diversi artisti locali si internationali.

Pe 15 august, festivalul se va incheia printr-un concert simfonic in prima auditie, concert conceput de Shaun Davey si interpretat cu ajutorului unui grup de 120 de muzicieni din Romania, Irlanda, Scotia si Spania.

„Avem o civilizație rurala vie care este în pericol si trebuie susținută. Este foarte important sa pastram ce avem autentic. E foarte greu sa aducem autenticul pe o scena. Ca sa il simti, trebuie sa mergi acolo.” – Peter Hurley, coordonatorul proiectului

Anul acesta, desi festivalul se bucură de finanțare europeană in cadrul unui program regional care are ca scop „promovarea potențialului turistic și crearea infrastructurii necesare, în scopul creșterii atractivității României ca destinație turistică”, costurile generate de onorariul si transportul artistilor irlandezi sunt neeligibile pentru o astfel de finantare, motiv pentru care au ramas inca partial neacoperite.

Organizatorii evenimentului demareaza zilele acestea o campanie online de strangere de fonduri si apeleaza astfel la sprijinul persoanelor dornice sa investeasca in acest proiect prin cumpararea unui CD cu „Vocile din Cimitirul Vesel”, achizitionarea cartii „Drumul Crucilor” semnate de Peter Hurley sau a unui bilet în vagoanele de tren rezervate călătoriei de la București la Săpânța in scopul participarii la festival.

Gasiti mai multe detalii despre modul in care puteti sprijini acest festival aici.

La cinci ani de la lansarea primei editii a festivalului „Drumul lung spre Cimitirul Vesel de la Săpânța”, organizatorii acestui proiect privesc cu optimism catre viitor si raman devotati misiunii lor de a pastra vie traditia satului romanesc.

„Noi credem ca civilizatia rurala este sufletul acestei tari. Credem ca trebuie pretuita, promovata si incurajata. Drumul parcurs de alte tari europene este o sinucidere culturala pe care nu trebuie s-o urmeze satul romanesc. Merita o alta cale. ”

Aproape 9 milioane de romani traiesc la tara, in 4 milioane de mici gospodarii, in 12.000 de sate. Este o civilizatie rurala vie, unica in Europa, iar Maramuresul se ramarca detasat in aceasta cultura ancestrala pe care Romania a reusit s-o conserve pana azi in ciuda unei istorii tumultoase.

Text scris de Roxana Mironescu si publicat pe site-urile Sighet Online si Romania Pozitiva.

Photo: Drumullung.ro

Photo: Drumullung.ro