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November 13, 2019

Romanian music and folk traditions at Thames Festival

For the third year consecutively, Romania is a guest in the Thames Festival. Running between September 11 and 12 and organized by the London Mayor’s Office, the festival is the most spectacular open-air event, celebrating the river and the cultural diversity of London. Romania is present in all the four sections of the festival: New European Village, Bandstand, Feast on the Bridge and Carnival Night. According to the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) London, the ethnographers Steliana Baltuta and Elena Vaculisteanu from the Botosani County Museum will be presenting, at the Romanian stand, the Romanian dowry chest, embroideries and folk costumes, accompanied by demonstrations by the folk artisan Niculina Andronache on the loom, brought ad hoc from Botosani for this event. Over 500,000 people will have a chance to watch the Romanian show, which will most assuredly become the attraction of the New European Village section, dedicated to countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with a rich cultural heritage, defined by millenary traditions. The Vorona brass band, one of the most famous rural brass bands in Romania, will take over gardens and parks along the Thames. The 11 members of the band will be wearing Romanian folk costumes specific to the region and will invite the public to join in a “Moldavian round dance” on the Southwark Bridge. The band will also play and march, on the festival’s gala night, alongside other 30 international groups, in a carnival which will end with fireworks.

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