The inhabitants of Braşov and tourists present in Piaţa Sfatului have witnessed an exceptional cultural event entitled ,,Ziua Jocului Braşoveanca”, dedicated to the preservation and recognition of this folk dance that originated Schei, as a symbol of Brasov. It is known that this dance has been preserved as part of the ancestral folk dances, being one of the six dances that juniors and young people used to dance in public to demonstrate that they were worthy of being integrated into the adult community. The dance has spread in Brasov, Transylvania and the Romanian Countries due to the pupils who came to study at the Romanian Gymnasium and the students who took it to the major university centers in Romania, Budapest, Vienna, Leipzig, and Berlin.
Dance performed on four continents
Over the last hundred years, Braşoveanca has become a symbol of the national cultural identity, being danced nowadays by Romanians on four continents. The historian Alexandru Stănescu told us that this dance was readily adopted and remained in the traditional culture of these lands: “This dance was born in Scheii Braşov and was preserved in the last 200 years as one of the ancestral folk dances. The juniors and young people living in Schei had to prove that were worthy of being integrated into the adult community by showing to the world six basic folk dances: Hora Junilor, Ardeleana, Breaza, Brâul, Sârba and Braşoveanca. The latter, inspired by a polka-type dance tune in Central Europe, has become a national dance, a symbol of the Romanian cultural identity, customarily danced at Romanian parties everywhere. It is easy to learn, and much admired and practiced from a very young age.”
Tourists caught in the dance
After the performance of folk songs and dances from different regions of the country, the Braşoveanca folk dance recital began in Piața Sfatului, and everyone was invited to join in this folk dance. The impression was special, and people sang and danced most enthusiastically.
The following performers also gave representations on the stage in Piața Sfatului” the Atomic Band, the “Piatra Craiului” Folk Ensemble, the Folk Ensemble in Vulcan and the “Măgura Codlei” Folk Ensemble.
This event organized in the old centre of Brașov is part of the cultural project Sm@rtCult Braşov, financed from the budget of Primăria Braşov. The objective of the cultural project, implemented by Asociaţia Mă implic (Co-funder) between August 2 and October 11, 2018 and financed from the budget of Primăria Braşov, is the promotion of local values and symbols of national importance.