Promotion and preservation of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage – Traditional festival "Ziua Cucilor" (The Day of the Cuckoos), within RO17/RO13 program
– Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage, funded through the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.
Project value – lei 793.384,50
Period of implementation – 12 months
· Strenghtening bilateral relations between Romania and the Kingdom of Norway by developing the collaboration between entities/associations in the cultural heritage field between the two states;
· Improving the access to culture of the young people in Brănești by acquiring new abilities and knowledge in the art of acting;
· Promoting intercultural dialogue through participation within the festival of similar groups from Germany, Bulgaria and Romania.
Project target groups: The local community of Brănești village, young people in Ilfov County and Bucharest Municipality, local, national and international authorities.
General objective: Preservation of the traditional cultural identity of Brănești village by promoting and perpetuating “Ziua Cucilor“(The Day of the Cuckoos) festival.
Project location: Brăneşti village, Ilfov County
· Mayor’s Office, Brăneşti village, Ilfov County
· Noproductions, Kingdom of Norway
· Brăneşti Cultural Association
Documenting and scientific research of the traditional custom “Ziua Cucilor“ (The Day of the Cuckoos) will be conducted within this project by ethnologists, geographers and data collectors to bring out the peculiarities of this custom and the costumes that are part of this custom. Moreover, the project will valorize the local craft artistic creation underlying the execution of the “Cuc” and “Cucoaică” (male and female cuckoos) costumes necessary for this custom and the cultural event, then students of the 4 highschools will assist and will be able to participate in these workshops together with the local craftsmen, will become familiar with the traditional materials and techniques, thus enriching their knowledge about the cultural and technical heritage in wood processing and sculpture decoration.
Noproductions partner from the Kingdom of Norway, through Mr. Morten Bruun, will organize workshops of initiation and training in theatrical arts, in the public presentation of an idea, a context, as well as of cultural development of the students participating in these workshops.
Several other costumed and masked groups from Romania, Germany and Bulgaria are invited to attend the "Ziua Cucilor" (The Day of the Cuckoos) festival on February 23, 2015, thus encouraging cultural diversity.