The Town Hall of Sacele, situated in the County of Brasov, together with its partners the Cultural and Sports Association Izvorul Sacele and HMIK Association, have worked on a cultural project now completed called "The Interethnic Festival 7 Villages" financed through the National Cultural Fund, and included in the category of Spiritual Heritage. This event was marked by the release of the leaflet "Multiculturalism and Interculturalism in 7 Villages of Sacele" at the local Ethnographic Museum, and it was considered to be the first cultural event that included common elements to all three ethnic groups making up the local community: the Romanian (the Shepherds), the Hungarian (the Csango) and the Romani people.
Promotion of the multicultural heritage
"Several cultural events have been organized within this project, aiming to promote the multicultural heritage of the 7 villages and the culture of all ethnic groups living together. Though the history of the populations cohabiting here is diversified, common elements can still be found as each group borrowed something from the other one`s national costumes and traditions. If we were to go back in the past we would see that the customs of the Shepherds, the Casango and the Romani people had something in common and these ethnic groups would have not existed if they had not supported each other. The Romanian Shepherds sold goods to the Hungarian, the Csango were famous for their carpentry skills and the Romani people sold locks, pipes or horseshoes to the Romanian and the Csango and tinned their pots and boilers," said Mr. Radu Nistor Florea, Mayor of the Municipality of Sacele.
Fiddle playing, national costumes and cuisine
In the book released at the end of the project, Radu Colt, one of the authors of the work "Multiculturalism and Interculturalism in the 7 Villages of Săcele", together with Emilia Stoian and Hochbauer Gyula, selected information related to the three communities, the Romanian Shepherds, the Hungarian Csango, that have lived together for years and built a common history with differences and resemblances. The information was gathered from "dowry chests", books and museums and it was put together in this project. Cultural shows were also organized within this project, where the Romani played their fiddles and the Romanian and Hungarian paraded in national costumes. The representatives of the three ethnic groups presented craft and food stands.
The event agenda also includes: traditional dances and music performed by local artists and groups from the Romanian, Hungarian and Romani communities; display of customs and traditions specific to the three ethnic groups; display of folk costumes typical to the Shepherds, the Csango and the Romania peoples; craft demonstrations: weaving and embroidery, wood and glass painting, wood sculpture, egg painting, making accessories for folk costumes, doll making workshops; food making demonstrations: bulz (polenta balls) and pies specific to shepherds, ginger bread, Csango potato stew.