In the context of supporting the “Awareness Campaign on Cultural Diversity, Including the Minority Cultures of Bistrita-Nasaud County”, and under the auspices of the “Multi+ Week [Culture. Gastronomy. Comunity]”, Progress Foundation invites the media, the stakeholders in the cultural sector, the tour operators and the members of the community to rediscover the rich local cultural heritage, by taking part in 3 types of actions: the Launch Conference of the “Cultural Diversity Guidelines of Bistriţa-Năsăud County”, the Roundtable on the topic of promoting the cultural and gastronomic heritage and Public Projections/Listening of Digital Stories dedicated to the rural life.
The launch conference of the “Cultural Diversity Guidelines of Bistriţa-Năsăud County” will be hosted by “George Cosbuc” County Library Bistrita-Nasaud on August 7th, 2015, starting from 10 AM. The “Cultural Diversity Guidelines of Bistriţa-Năsăud County” is intended as a collection of data regarding the presence of the cultural minorities in our county, the existence of key persons in the communities of the local minorities who can be promoted as “living treasures”, the cultural actions specific to the villages – including the minorities – and the possible cultural tours proper for seasonal tourism.

Right after the Launch Conference of the Guidelines, the media representatives, the stakeholders in the cultural field and the tour operators will be encouraged to identify opportunities to deepen, promote and capitalize the cultural heritage, through a dedicated Roundtable (August 7, 11:30 – 12:30, at the County Library). The Roundtable will end by the release of a Chart or Statement of the public and private stakeholders with regard to the promotion of the county’s cultural diversity.
On August 7th, 12:30 – 13:30, the County Library will also host the Premiere Ceremony of the Digital Stories about the life in Bistrita’s villages, produced by young people from Rodna, Feldru and Sangeorz-Bai, through a special workshop (July 18th-19th, 2015). Thus, the guests will listen to 11 podcasts and will watch 7 digital stories on the following topics: the life of the grandparents during WW II; the first love of an uncle for a circus girl; gathering the hay with the family; preparing the brine, calling the awl by the grandpas, to make the little children eat; the legend of the Easter of Blajin; the Meadow of Clovers and the passion for folklore, transmitted from the grandma to her niece.
The stories will also be projected for the wide audience every day between August 10th and 12th, between 13:00 and 14:00, at the County Library, the Town Library Biblioteca Oraseneasca Sangeorz-Bai and the Mining Museum in Rodna.
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