"Reduta" Cultural Centre by the Service for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture from Brasov organized, in July 2015, the 9th edition of the "Garofița Pietrei Craiului" International Folk Festival", the only big event in Brasov promoting the national and foreign traditional culture".
The festival promotes the traditional culture of the participating countries, creates a communicating bridge and represents a cultural exchange between the groups invited to take part in it. The goal is presenting the guests the history, the culture and the natural beauties of Brasov.
Folk groups from abroad
This year, the festival lasted for three days in Fagaras, Predeal and Brasov.
"Ivo Lola Ribar" Folk Group from Serbia, "?amac" Folk Group from Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Kanareyka" Folk Group from Ukraine, "Berény" dance group from Hungary, "Kryoneri" Folk Group from Greece and "Poienița" Folk Group of "Reduta" Cultural Centre from Brasov, Romania, participated to the event. More than 100 participants presented their traditional costumes and the dances specific to their native countries in the three locations of the event.
The festival supports "BRASOV 2021"
" International Folk Festival is a good opportunity for supporting the efforts of the local community when it comes to the candidacy to BRASOV 2021, the European Capital of Culture. Our initial project regarding the festival involved its development in order to cover all the forms of manifestation of the folk culture: traditional crafts, traditional cuisine, coral and theatrical art. Now, the festival has a choreographic character, complemented by the fair of traditional masters of folk art and art creators. Folk is the best element for integrating, connecting nationalities, ethnic groups, regions, localities", said Mr. Adrian Valusescu, the Director of the Cultural Service.
After the folk groups performed in Fagaras and Predeal, a gala show took place in the Council Square from the Old City Brasov. Tourists had the chance to admire folk groups, genuine traditional costumes of an unseen beauty, to listen to traditional songs from the participating countries, to dance with the members of the folk groups who danced with passion and gave their best during the performance. At the end, the festival got the maximum score.