The traditions and customs of Vulcan, Brasov County, date back a long time and have been sacredly preserved and passed on from father to son. They are now being recreated at the most important cultural events organized locally, as well as nationally and internationally. We will further present here the local brass band which was founded in 1853 and was uninterruptedly present up to this day during the most important moments in the life of the community. Another cultural group is that made up of Calusari (horsemen), and founded in 1933.
The Brass Band from Vulcan
This year the Brass Band from Vulcan celebrates 162 years. They continued to follow the tradition of the Transylvanian Saxons and have been invited to take part in both Romanian and other minorities` events in the County of Brasov. A part of the Transylvanian Saxons who left for Germany and who were part of this brass band took their blowing and percussion instruments with them and formed there a new brass band similar to that in their native region. They contacted the members of the brass band from Vulcan and exchanged cultural experiences. On the occasion of the gathering of the Transylvanian Saxons all over the world, which took place in the County of Brasov, the German brass band was invited to sing along with the one from Vulcan, which was very emotional for all of them. The founder of the German brass band is Frölisch Hans, a Transylvanian Saxon and former inhabitant of Vulcan.
The Group of Calusari
The group of Calusari from Vulcan was founded in 1933 and celebrates this year 82 years of activity. They were always present and active in the cultural and artistic life of the locality, promoting the most ancient dance of the Romanians. Members of the group were awarded diplomas and medals for celebrating 50, 70 and 80 years of service. These are special moments when the old members dress up the beautiful costume specific to calusari, which is unique in our country. Now the young men have taken on this traditional dance, inspired from the one their ancestors used to perform. The members of the Calusari group want to thank to all those who trained many generations of calusari.
The visitors of Vulcan have the chance to hear local legends and admire the complex of the Evangelical Fortified Church, considered a national monument. The church was built in the 15th century on the spot of a Roman basilica (13th century). According to a local legend, the Fortified Church was sieged and most of those who fought to defend it died because of heat and smoke. Only six of them remained alive and they rebuilt the village destroyed by the attackers together with the refugees.