uzinaduzina was invited by DomKultury TuPraga cultural center to showcase the Romanian and Transylvanian culture and traditional crafts. During the two day event, we chose to present several aspects- Transylvanian cuisine, traditional music, urban musicians and visual artists as well as giant soap bubles especially designed to enchant the young audience.
The events were held under the patronage of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Warsaw.
The Palatka Roma Band
is a folk band formed by musicians from the Transylvanian village of [tooltip text=”*Pălatca is a Transylvanian village 20 miles northeast of Cluj-Napoca. Nowadays most of its inhabitants speak Romanian as main language; once predominant, the Hungarian speaking community is still present, as well as a large roma minority. The Roma minority used to be trilingual (Romani-Hungarian-Romanian), however at present they mostly use Romanian.
“]Pălatca[/tooltip] led by the first violin Florin Codoba. As one of the very few remaining expressions of Palatka Music, the Palatka Gypsy Band can be considered the last avatar of a centuries-old tradition.
Workshop of Palatka traditional dances
When considering the Hungarian folk revival movement called Táncház-Mozgalom, the ethno-musicologists see Pălatca as the epicenter and very symbol of traditional music and dance of the ethnographic region called Mezőség.
The dances of this ethnographic region are rich and highly developed, the accompanying music being the result of many diverse influences. The mixture of Hungarian, Romanian, Roma and Saxon cultures had a great influence on the style of dance and music. The constant cultural exchange produced a truly bicultural effect (when considering especially the main influences of the Romanian and Hungarian cultures).
An audio- video trip through the Romanian landscapes
Danaga & VJ Pribeag
Danaga is a raising star among the Romanian musicians. His electronic samples are intertwined with old Romanian songs resulting in a unique mix of glitch, electronica, hip hop, minimal, etno, metal, wood, wind, earth and fire. From old incantation rituals to children songs, his samples cover a wide variety of traditional Romanian music.
VJ Pribeag is one of the few independent video-jokeys from Cluj. Starting 2006 he provided visual background for over 50 parties, mixing scenes from famous or obscure movies with cartoons and experimental animations. Recently, he started creating his own samples which capture the peacefulness of rural life.
Maria is one of the most talented graphic designers of her generation. Using mainly traditional drawing tools (watercolor, ink, coal, collages), she creates unique characters resembling the old Romanian fairytales characters and ogres. Her passion for the archaic Romanian mythology drives her to explore and conquer new territories. Using cardboard templates and watercolor Maria helped participants to create colorful imaginary characters inspired by the Romanian mythology.
Transylvanian cuisine is situated at the crossroad between traditional Hungarian and Romanian food, with a sprinkle of Turkish (especially in the southern area) and Austrian influences. One of the most recognised traditional dishes, still prepared e in many Romanian households, especially in the coutryside, is mămăliga (a sort of polenta). Made from cornmeal and combined with cow or sheep cheese and sour cream and with grilled bacon and fresh onions aside, it is one of the easiest dishes to cook. Goulash cooked in a bogracs (a large metal pot) is probably the most cooked dish in the Hungarian households. There are as many recipes to it as there are houses in a village, each family has it’s own way of preparing it. Goulash is a mixture of meat or sausages with potatoes, all boiled for several hours over a wooden fire.