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More than 350 popular craftsmen have promoted all the ethnicities in Romania at the Astra Multicultural festival in Sibiu

The ASTRA Museum in Sibiu has registered over 200,000 visitors in the first 6 months of the year

 

From July 12 to 15 the ASTRA Museum in Sibiu hosted the biggest event of the year, Astra Multicultural, in which more than 350 popular craftsmen and representatives of all the minorities in Romania participated. Thus, visitors were able to attend cooking workshops organized by the Roma people from Poiana Plesani or by the Ukrainians from Mahmudia, the Vlachs from Timoc, Tatars, Saxons, Serbians, Hungarians, Lipovans, Aromanians, as well as practical demonstrations of crafts, music, dance and popular costumes.

On Friday, cultural animations took place in 14 households, monuments have been exhibited in the Museum and 30 interactive workshops have been attended by more than 350 craftsmen, musicians and dancers.

ASTRA Multicultural is an initiative developed under the project “Patrimoniu deschis” (e.n. – “Opened Heritage”), designed to bring the beauty of the multiethnic values in front of the visitors through cultural animations in the households of the museum, interactive workshops, music, dances, crafts and gastronomy.

On Saturday and Sunday, along with ASTRA Multicultural, the project “Satul din spatele frontului” (e.n. – “The Village Behind the Front”), an initiative that brought in the outdoor Museum a number of cultural animations designed to reveal to visitors the complex issues of the rural areas during the World War I, also continued. This project is part of the cultural-touristic offer prepared for this year by the ASTRA Museum, being developed under the Centenary Program.

“ASTRA Multicultural transmits the message Unity by diversity, unity in the European context, unity achieved through the ASTRA phenomenon. There will be a marathon of events held in all the ethnographic areas that are present in the ASTRA Museum. We will have cultural animations in 14 households, monuments exhibited in the Museum, as well as 30 interactive workshops attended by more than 350 craftsmen, musicians and dancers. We want to be more and more present in the sustainable programs of regional development in the tourist and gastronomy field. We will be present by facts! We will have interactive workshops, traditional food at the Country Fair, popular dances. Also, under the project The Village behind the Front, the sequences regarding the preparation of the households on the front line in the World War I will be presented, highlighting the manner of organizing the interior of a household with troops billeted. As for the gastronomy part, we will organize in the outdoor Museum cooking workshops with specific food for all the Romanian historical provinces. All the reconstitutions under this program are made with props similar to those existing in those times” stated Ciprian Anghel Stefan, the General Manager of the ASTRA Museum.

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