From March 24th to April 15th, a national exhibition called ?Easter at the Castle? was organized at the famous Bran Castle known worldwide as Dracula?s Castle. It displayed icons and naive art, painted eggs and traditional pastries. The organizer of this event was the National Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture in partnership with Bran Castle, County Centers for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture from Brasov and Iasi.
Icons and naive art
The icons and naive art exhibition offered to the public a selection of some of the most valuable pieces of work belonging to famous contemporary authors. They came from all over the country to meet here, in Bran. This way artists coming from Alba Iulia, Bucuresti, Cluj, Damboviţa, Galati, Iasi, Maramures, Teleorman, Vrancea, as well as the middle school students from Chitila School, the Arts School from Bucharest and Carpati Parish from Brasov, could exhibit their works here. The exhibition also included some works of the most famous contemporary naive artists.
The exhibition from Bran Castle also included an exhibition of Easter painted eggs from emblematic ethnographic regions from the counties of Brasov and Iasi. At the same time, two pastry men from Bran (Brasov) and Podu Ilioaiei (Iasi) exhibited Easter traditional food: pound cakes, knot-shaped bread, special Easter cake ? Pasca, pretzels and other tasty food.
On the occasion of this event people had the opportunity to admire the essence of the Christian spirit reflected in icons, representing the most important moments from the Holy Week and the Bright Week before and after Easter Day.
Eggs and masks
The exposition ?Easter at the Castle? is the second event organized at Bran Castle, after the Masks exhibition from December. This first event confirmed the belief that this location was suited for the organization of this kind of events, by combining history with traditions fostered by folk tradesmen.
The glass and wood icons, the art naive works and traditional pastries with ritualistic motives, the painted eggs and the works of folk artists from all the regions of the country, gathered numerous people, but also collectors of souvenir.