Reduta Cultural Centre organized, from July 7th to July 9th 2017, the 11th edition of the International Folklore Festival ‘Garofița Pietrei Craiului’, an event promoting traditions and cultural diversity, providing a unique multicultural experience to the public.
This year’s edition celebrated 11 years of cultural diversity, gathering throughout the three days, Romanian dancing groups, minorities and national communities (Hungarian, German) and international groups from Poland (Folk Dance Group ‘Poznan’), Greece (‘Silogos Thrakon Komotinis’), Serbia (‘KUD Prvi Partizan’ Group), Bosnia-Herzegovina ("Ansambl Tenelija") and Bulgaria (‘Vidin’ Group).
Ever since its first editions, the festival was designed to be an itinerant one, to promote the traditional culture of the attending countries in important areas of the county, and also our own ‘heritage’, the folklore being the best element for integration, networking between people, ethnics, regions and localities.
The first day of the festival was in Fagaras and started with a show in Republicii Square. The next day, the groups were invited to perform several dances specific to the countries they represent at Bran Castle and Prejmer Citadel. The last day was dedicated to people of Brasov, with a gala show.
The most important moment was the traditional costume parade and the gala show, organized in the Council Square. Besides the international groups, the gala show was also attended by Poienita and Korona Groups, from Reduta Cultural Centre.
The gala was opened with a recital of one of the greatest artists of popular music, Dinu Iancu Salajanu, accompanied by the Instrumental Group ‘Țara Silvaniei’.
All the people attending ‘Garofița Pietrei Craiului’ Festival received attending diplomas and gifts from the organizers. The members of the groups coming from abroad said that they have found a beautiful city, with many historical attractions and a priceless cultural potential. They were also excited that they have had the opportunity to perform in other towns as well, where they enjoyed the cultural exchanges. Each and every artist was proud to have been given the chance to attend such a major event and to represent their country and their traditional costumes.