‘Suflet Românesc’ International Festival, 1st edition, organized in Prejmer, Brasov County, from July 2nd to July 9th 2017, although at its first edition, smashed any cultural record ever set up in the villages of Romania. The audience was impressed by the traditional costume parade, by more than 500 participants, by the 20 folklore groups, by the groups coming from six different participant countries, by more than 40 competitors and by the craftsmen stands.
Prejmer, a cultural capital
The eight festival days turned Prejmer commune into a rural cultural capital.
The Metropolitan Agency of Brasov contributed technically and logistically to the support of the event and invited Madrigal Choir to perform at the festival. Besides the organized show, there was also a culinary exhibit with the famous pancakes specific to the area, in a diverse range for all tastes. It was the first major festival where the traditions, art and spirituality were included. A new concept, dedicated to children and young people.
‘We had a good start starting with the first edition and we raise the game from the beginning. Our main goal are traditions, by the authentic Romanian folklore, alongside with the traditions of Hungarians and Transylvania Saxons. The important thing is for us to be together. By this festival, we manage to get together folk ensembles in the area, in the country and from abroad, singers, instrumentalists, craftsmen and local producers. The main focus is on people’s traditions’, told us the Priest Costin Butnar, organizer.
‘Suflet Românesc’ International Festival started by inaugurating the new church in Prejmer and ended in the same church, with a concert of ANATOLY group from Brasov. The program also included songs from the sacred music repertoire and traditional songs. The audience was thrilled with the initiative and also attended the religious songs contest.
The festival was organized by the Town Hall of Prejmer commune, Brasov County, in partnership with: the Metropolitan Agency of Brasov, ‘Reduta’ Cultural Centre, ‘Țara Barsei’ High School, the Middle Schools in Prejmer and Lunca Calnicului, ‘Femina’ Association, the Evangelical Church and the Orthodox Parishes in Prejmer.