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Dulce Floare de Salcam (May)

Dulce Floare de Salcam is a traditional music contest that brings together artistic bands from Moldova and sometimes from the neighboring countries. During the contest, artists of all ages perform beautiful folkloric pieces, including vocal performances and traditional instrumental. Prizes are awarded to the best artists, but win or lose everyone has a great time. Festival starts with a parade of traditional clothing, and ends with a large Moldovan hora. Admission is free.

Theme

Moldovan folklore (music contest)

Dates

Annually on the third or fourth Sunday of May

Location

Valeni village, Cahul, Moldova

 

Duminica Mare (June)

In 2013, the 9th edition of the National Touristic Festival of Traditions "Duminca Mare" will be held in Domulgeni village, Floresti, in the village center near the Raut River. The festival features traditional cuisine, handicrafts with demonstrations, ethnographic exhibitions, and ethno-folkloric music, which is sure to make visitors dance the traditional hora dance. While in Domulgeni, visitors can also visit a rural pension, beekeeping house, a wood carving workshop and a rural museum. Admission is free.

Theme

Moldovan folklore (music, dance, handicrafts)

Dates

23 June 2013

Location

Domulgeni village, Floresti, Moldova

Website

www.moldova-tourism.md

 

La Vatra Horelor

La Vatra Horelor is a national festival and contest of traditional music artists and artistic groups. There participants are divided in vocalists, musical instruments individual players, orchestras and choreographic groups. It is organized on one or two days, depending of the number of participants that register.

The main organizer is the National Centre for Promoting and Preserving the Immaterial Cultural Heritage and Ministry of Culture. The event will take place in June 2013, location to be defined.

International Potter Fair (July)

Each July, the village of Hoginesti hosts an international potter fair. The fair aims to revitalize the craft of traditional pottery and promote it as an art form. The event gathers craftsmen from around Moldova and the region who display their creations and put on shows, workshops, and "master classes" for visitors. Many items are for sale. To enrich the atmosphere, the celebration is attended by artistic bands from Hoginesti, Bravicea, Meleseni, Saseni, Rădeni Vălcineţ. Admission is free.

Name

International Potter Fair

Theme

Handicrafts exhibition and forum

Dates

Annually on the third Sunday of July

Location

Hoginesti village, Calarasi, Moldova

 

Nufarul Alb (July)

The festival is held in odd years in Cahul, a small town in the south of Moldova. During the festival, the town is transformed by the many folklore singers, dancers, and handicraft artisans from around the world who participate in the festival.

Folklore is an endless spring that fuels the culture of all peoples. With this in mind, the organizers expand every year the number of participants, allowing the culture of different peoples to be represented at the "Nufărul alb" festival. Admission is free.

Theme

Moldovan folklore (music, dance, handicrafts)

Dates

Every other year; next edition, July 2013 (exact dates vary)

Location

Cahul, Moldova

Website

www.cahulfest.net/nufarul.ro.html

 

Iurceni Pottery Fair

In 2013 the 25th edition of National Pottery Fair will take place in Iurceni village, Nisporeni. This exhibition-contest has the objective to promote traditional handicrafts and to identify Moldova's best pottery master. Many potters from over 10 Moldova regions participated in the last year edition as well as ceramists from several regions of Romania.

Over 40 participants exposed the masterpieces at Iurceni Fair, which became a well-known location for pottery masters. Works from clay and ceramics have been exposed at this event. Visitors could buy some of them and also to taste traditional Moldovan "sarmale" cooked in ceramic vessels and to enjoy traditional music and dance.