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Presidential advisor: Haferland Festival proves Romania can rebuild community solidarity too

Attending on Saturday the Haferland Week festival in the Crit village – Brasov County, presidential advisor Dan Mihalache, head of the President of Romania’s Chancellery, said that not only monuments can be rebuilt in Romania, but also solidarity, community spirit and even a society.

Mihalache said he is impressed at how well the 1,500 participants in the event – Romanian and foreign tourists, Saxons, Swabians and Hungarians – are getting along, with the joy of getting to see each other in the region once called Oatland (Haferland) as binding element.

“There are reasons for optimism in Romania too. And the fact that today such a broad diversity of people have gathered here shows that rebuilding is possible in Romania (…) and that the desire exists to rebuild not only churches, not only monuments, which of course is very important, but also to rebuild solidarity, to rebuild the community spirit, rebuild relationships between people who look beyond benefit, beyond profit. The fact that organisations like the ‘Michael Schmidt’ Foundation, the ‘Peter Maffay’ Foundation, the ‘Tabaluga’ Foundation, the ‘Mihai Eminescu’ Trust, the ADEPT Foundation and others of the like exist, shows that there is a joint drive to rebuild, to reconstruct a society,” said Dan Mihalache, According to Agerpres.

Also present, Minister of National Education Sorin Cimpeanu highlighted the importance of the festival, and the importance of German language education in Romania, pledging also the Government’s support for according to needs and requests.

Deputy Bernd Fabritius, the first Transylvanian Saxon elected to the German Bundestag, voiced his desire to see ecumenism increasingly present in Romania, saying that the religious service delivered on Saturday in the Crit fortified church by two Orthodox priests and by Reinhardt Guib, the Bishop of the Evangelical Church A.C. of Romania, is a telling example in this respect.

A roughly 1,500-strong attendance was in Crit on Saturday, mostly tourists, emigrated Transylvanian Saxons returned to their birth land for the summer, as well as politicians like German Ambassador in Bucharest Werner Hans Lauk, Paul Porr – chairman of the German Democratic Forum of Romania, Senator Ilie Nastase with his wife, Brigitte Sfat.

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