Codlea (called Zeöedăn, Zuidn, Tsâdn in the Saxon dialect, Zeiden, Schwarzberg, Schwarzhügel in German, Feketehalom, Feketehegy in Hungarian) is a town located in the county of Brasov, Romania, where cultural events are organized with the aim to support authors and interpreters that could pass on the folk tradition, inspirit the creativity and talent of younger people and promote this town nationally and internationally. ?Kronenfest?, the Crown?s Holiday, is most important event that takes place each year at the bottom of Magura Hill.
?Kronenfest?, the Crown?s Holiday, formerly belonged to the German community, but when the Saxons left to Germany, the event was taken over and organized by the City Hall of Codlea town, the Local Council and the Cultural Centre of Codlea and it was turned into a multicultural action. This year, the holiday took place in the fields in Maial entertainment glade.
?We intend to preserve and turn to account local traditions, to pass them on to younger generations and to create a strong bond between the Romanian and the Saxon communities from Codlea joined also by the other ethnic groups,? said Mr. Alexandru Popa, Mayor of Codlea town.
Due to its popularity here and abroad, the event gathers a large public. Some people come especially to live unforgotten moments while listening to authentic folk music, watching the performance of folk groups from Codlea and surrounding areas, listening to brass band concerts, taking part in games and races. The holiday ends with a fire camp and fire works. Besides the authentic music, dances and costumes, tourists may also taste the food presented there and buy souvenirs from the fair especially organized by craftsmen for this event.
?The repertoire of Magura Folk Group includes many dances and customs originating from our region and the main folk areas of the country: a series of dances from Daisoara, Fagaras, Banat, Oas, Valea Somesului, Sibiu, Bran, Muntenia, Oltenia regions, the dance Fecioreasca Fetelor from Crihalma, Purtata Fetelor from Capalna, Ciobanasul, Breaza and Braul de Bran, Sarba, Hodoroaga and Braul de Faragas, Calusarul from Ardeal region and Calusul from Oltenia region. Our folk group has performed both in the country and abroad and they were awarded national and international prizes, thus having the chance to best promote the patrimony?, said Mr. Petrica Buhnici, Manager of the Cultural Centre of Codlea.