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April 13, 2021

Romanian Easter customs exhibition in Stockholm: Another opportunity to showcase genuine Romania, says Paulina Popoiu, Director General of the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum of Bucharest

The exhibition of Romanian Easter customs and traditions to be hosted by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) Stockholm, April 7-9, is a new opportunity to talk about Romanian civilisation and Christian Orthodoxy, and particularly to showcase genuine Romania, according to Director General of the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum of Bucharest Paulina Popoiu.

“We are following the idea of Easter, religion and symbolism of painted eggs in the Christian feast of Orthodox Easter, but we are not out of the comprehension of what we want to convey. The Swedes are not Christian Orthodox, but they also have Easter customs. We are in constant touch with the Skansen Museum of Stockholm. This is not our first time to mount such an exhibition in Stockholm, and I must confess that the Easter Bunny comes from the North, and now we are going to the North with our customs,” Popoiu told AGERPRES.

She went on to say that Northern Europe is home to a sizeable Romanian community, which has been invited to attend the event.

Mounted by ICR Stockholm, in cooperation with the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum of Bucharest, the Romanian Christian Orthodox Bishopric of Northern Europe and with support from the Romanian Embassy in Sweden, the exhibition sets to showcase one of the most beautiful and highly considered Romanian traditions, egg painting promoted to art in most of the country’s regions.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, the Village Museum says on display will be contemporary arts objects – glass and wooden icons, woven works, painted eggs, archival pictures of Easter celebrations, video projections. An Easter dinner will be extended, along with Easter baskets and painted eggs from the provinces of Transylvania, Oltenia – Oboga, Bucovina – Radauti, Poiana Stampei, Suceava.

The exhibition opens on Friday, April 7, at the ICR Stockholm headquarters. Practical egg painting workshops are offered on April 8 and April 9. The event ends on Sunday, April 9, with a pastoral speech to be given by Romanian Christian Orthodox Bishop Macarie of Northern Europe.

Introducing the visitors to the exhibition will be the Village Museum’s Paulina Popoiu and Iuliana Mariana Grumazescu, while managing the egg painting workshop will be folk artist Elena Hojda.

Hojda, who has inherited the egg painting mastery from her mother, represented the Village Museum at the 2015 edition in London of the CFAB International Spring Fair. She is seen as a genuine ambassador of Romanian craftspeople.

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