festival of culture and traditions from Transylvania “ The
Transylvanian fest”- the biggest folkloric event from Transylvania
and from surroundings- is taking place every year in Cluj-Napoca
in May. The festival made it’s debut at the initiative of
the director of the folkloric group “Dor transilvan”,
Mister Tiberiu Groza, being organized by the cultural foundation
“Etnostar” together with: the Town Hall of Cluj-Napoca,
the Inspectorat of Culture from Cluj, the Ethnographic Museum of
At the first edition from 2000, participated the ensembles Dor Transilvan,
Martisorul, Romanasul, Mugurelul, Somesul-Napoca, Transilvania-16
Februarie, Doina, Nunta Zamfirei and the bands Semnal M and Cargo
folkloric groups from Cluj, Mures and Salaj participated at the
secondedition that took part in 2001,when together with the institute’s
ensembles (Dor Transilvan and Somesul-Napoca), the students ensembles
(Martisorul, Romanasul and Mugurelul), the ensembles of childrends
(Doina, Izvorasul and Nunta Zamfirei) it participated for the first
time the ensembles of the Hungarian, German and gypsy’s minorities
represented by the next groups: Zurbolo, Szarkalab, Bogancs from
Cluj, “Open hearts” from Targu Mures and “Rom
P-o Drom” from Almasu, Salaj.
evening of the festival ended with the concert of some great folkloric
singers: Frat Peters, Gheorghe Zamfir and Cornel Borza. At this
festival, beside the parade of the ensembles and the shows that
they made, it took part the launching of the autobiographical book
of Gheorghe Zamfir “Blessing or Curse
second edition of the festival tried to show the appreciation that
the artists like Fratii Petreusi and Gheorghe Zamfir deserve and
to encourage the valuables young artists like Cornel Borza.
third edition form 2002 was the biggest one. The participation enlarged
at over 25 folkloric ensembles for childrens, students, adults and
rural ensembles. At the “Targul maestrilor populari”
that took place during the festival it participated over 100 folk
artists from all over the country. For the first time it participated
the rural ensembles from Mociu, Urca, Frata and Triteni and also
the representatives of the Armenian and Jewish communities.
A very beautiful and colorful moment was the concert upholded by
the “Fanfara din Chietris”, fanfare leaded by the brothers
Constantin and Gheorghe Lucan.
On the second day of the festival took place the symposium “The
keeping and the capitalization of the traditions and the folkloric
culture from Transylvania” with the participation of some
important specialists in the study of the popular culture and traditions.
a result of the dimensions and the complexity of this event, the
Romanian Television took over the ensembles and groups show that
took place on the third day of the festival.
Thanks to the interest and the support of the District Council of
Cluj to this event, the most valuable popular artists and the most
valuable ensembles received prices and diplomas of participation.
The most important price “The Trophy of the Transylvanian
Fest” was granted to Dumitru Farcas- as a sign of appreciation
for the entire artistic activity- with the opportunity of the recital
held at the end of the festival. This trophy was also granted to
the folk ensemblee Somesul-Napoca for the masterliness, the beauty
and the authenticity of their dances.
Through the participation of the 25 folkloric ensembles, of almost
100 popular artists from all over the country and of the Fanfare
from Chietris, Moldova, the festival “Transilvanian Fest”
surpassed its own statute of regional festival even from the third
4th edition that took place in 2003 was characterized by the rising
number of the ensembles from other counties: “Cununa de pe
Somes”-from Bistrita, “Mesesul”-from Salaj and
“Doina Aiudului”-from Alba.
At this edition was set up the “Dragan Muntean Trophy”
worth 5.000.000 lei that will be granted annually by the Police
Department of Cluj-Napoca, to the most valuable folk singer from
the festival. The first laureate of this trophy was the beloved
folk artist Achim Nica for the entire artistic activity. The “Transylvanian
Fest Trophy”- edition 2003 was granted to the ensemblee of
childrens “Doina” from Cluj.
At this edition, next to Achim Nica, performed Angela Nistor, Maria
Lobont, Alexandru Pugna and the winner from last year Dumitru Farcas.
We hope we will be able to organize the 5th edition of this festival
with the participation of the Romanian minority’s ensemblee
from the countries neighboring, thanks to the involvement of the
District Council of Cluj, of the Town Hall, of the Local Council
Cluj-Napoca and of the Police Department of our county.
The Director of the festival