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Friday, May 11, 2007

Traditional Folk Crafts

From the ICME listserv:

INVITATION

As part of Sibiu- European Capital of Culture 2007 Programme, "ASTRA" National Museum Complex will organize The National Olympiad for Children "Traditional Folk Crafts" and the Romanian Folk Artisans Fair, this year having also foreign participants from the European countries.

"ASTRA" National Museum Complex represents the most modern and large ethno- museum complex from Romania, founded since 1905 through the first ethnographic museum from Transylvania, completed in 1963 with the largest open air museum from Romania illustrating the Romanian traditional folk civilization.

"ASTRA" National Museum Complex is an ethno-cultural institution with national significance, having an ample structure, modern functions, patrimonial constitution, exhibition offer, and a generous scientific- documentary program, instructive- educational and of leisure time.
The complex is made up of four museums, unique as profile in the country: "ASTRA" Museum of Traditional Folk Civilisation (the open air museum), "ASTRA" Museum of Transylvanian Civilisation, "Emil Sigerus" Museum of Saxon Ethnography and Folk Art and "Franz Binder" Museum of Universal Ethnography, whose activity is sustained by other complementary departments: Zonal Department of Restoration and Conservation, "ASTRA" Film Studio, "Cornel Irimie" Center of Information and Documentation in Ethnology, Marketing Office. Public Relations. Museum Pedagogy. European Integration. Center of Touristic Information and Office of Projects' Quality Management and Consultancy.


1.. Name of the manifestation:
Romanian Folk Artisans Fair

The National Olympiad for Children "Traditional Folk Crafts"
2. Period:
15- 19 august 2007

23- 30 August 2007

3. Location:
"ASTRA" Museum of Traditional Folk Civilisation (the open air museum), from Sibiu, Romania

4. Organizers:
"ASTRA" National Museum Complex, as part of the Program Sibiu- European Capital of Culture 2007

5. Purpose and Objectives:
- To achieve a good knowledge, through international participants, of the crafts and of the individuals who practice them;
- To achieve an intercultural dialogue in order to understand other cultures and civilizations, and to accept "the other" with all the specific differences.
- To accomplish a direct, scientifically dialogue through participating with all kind of traditional objects to the Fair and Olympiad;
- To preserve and revitalize all the immaterial cultural values carried on by the artisans;
- To present all the fundamental aspects of the community life, rejoining the specific activities that lead to an intense interaction between the participants.

6. Foreseen results:
The direct contact with another culture and civilization can help us build an objective vision about our own identity. Only being on the same level, with the taught that we have similar cultures we can sustain the fact that each of us is having unique and autochthonous cultural products among the international values.

7. Participation conditions:
Romanian Folk Artisans Fair
- From each country can participate 4 or 5 artisans/craftmen;
- All the participants must practice a traditional craft;
-All the participants should wear their specific folk costume (of the country/region/village).
- The participants should make demonstrations in the days of the Fair, thus they need to bring the necessary materials as well as finished articles for sale;
- In the days of the fair the craftsmen can sell their articles.

The National Olympiad for Children "Traditional Folk Crafts"
- From each country can participate 5 or 6 children (between 6 and 18 years old), accompanied by a teacher or instructor.
-All the participants (including the teacher/instructor) should wear their specific folk costume (of the country/region/village).
- The participants should make demonstrations, thus they need to bring the necessary materials as well as finished articles for sale;
- In the days of the Olympiad the participants can sell their products.

The organizers will provide accommodation and meal during both manifestations.

8. Registration Form (for both manifestations)
Deadline for registration: 1st of July 2007

· Name, surname .................................

· Nationality .................................

· Date of Birth

....................................

· Address .................................

....................................................................................................................................

· Craft .................................

· Necessary facilities for demonstrations (electric power etc).................................

..................................
· Date of arrival and departure..............................
· Contact (tel., e-mail).................................

9. Program
Romanian Folk Artisans Fair
14th August- participants' arrival
15th August- folk costume parade of the participants, official opening
15th-19th August- demonstrations and sales of products
18th and 19th August- folklore performances (in case the participants are skilled in folk songs and dances they can participate to the folk show)
19th August- closing of the Fair
The National Olympiad for Children "Traditional Folk Crafts"
22nd August- participants' arrival
23rd August- folk costume parade of the participants, official opening
23rd- 29th August- demonstrations and sales of products
25th and 26th August- folklore performances (in case the participants are skilled in folk songs and dances they can participate to the folk show)
30th August- Closing Ceremony
For further information and any question please contact us at office@muzeulastra.ro or at civilizatie.transilvana@muzeulastra.ro, contact persons: Dana Botoroagã and Mirela Creþu.
Please visit http:// www.muzeulastra.ro/tezaure/en_olimpiada2007.php in order to obtain information for the Olympiad or www.muzeulastra.ro/tezaure/en_targ2007.php to obtain information about the Fair.




DANA BOTOROAGA
muzeograf/ curator

Complexul National Muzeal "ASTRA"
Muzeul Cvilizatiei Transilvane "ASTRA"
Piata Mica, Nr 11-12, 550182
SIBIU, ROMANIA
Tel: 0269 217869, 0269 218195/114
Mobil: 0721077970
Fax: 0269/218060


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