The Village Museum turn 80 this week, with large celebrations ahead

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The Village Museum in Bucharest celebrates its 80th anniversary during May 17-22 with traditional music from various regions, exhibitions, army, jazz and guitar performances, the Thai Culture Festival and will open its gates for the Long Night of Museums.

Opened on May 17, 1936, the ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ Village Museum of Bucharest is one of the main attractions of the Romanian Capital city, being the most visited museum in Bucharest and the third most visited in the country, after Peles and Bran castles.

It’s a true large village encompassing all the Romanian village patterns, counting more than 320 traditional architecture monuments and three-century-old artifacts.

Stretching on about 30 hectares on the shore of Herastrau Lake, the museum hosts traditional households, churches and roadside crosses, peasant outfits and handicraft workshops, mills, equipment for processing wool fabrics or for crunching ore but also wine presses, overall 76 distinct complexes grouped together according to the historical regions of Romania: Oltenia, Transylvania, Moldavia, Dobruja and Muntenia.

On Tuesday, the Village Museum is hosting the Founders Day rejoining military honors, folk music and dance performances, anniversary exhibitions and a jazz concert performed by Harry Tavitian at 18:30.

On Wednesday, May 18 the museum celebrates the Friends Day together with the Kymata Group of the Greek Union in Romania, Reabinusca group of the Lipovan Russians, Csanka Torony group from Harghita and many others.

The day goes on with an exhibition coupling up several countries and made in partnership with the diplomatic missions to Romania. Patterns of traditional houses from Algeria, Russia, Greece, Indonesia, Qatar, Romania, Spain, US, Thailand, Turkey and Hungary will go on display within the “Romanian culture meets the cultures of the world” exhibition, which will actually be an imaginary journey through various countries.

The Wednesday programme will end with a music intermezzo of classic guitar and a recital by Mariu Manolache.

A handicraft fair, contests, book launches and folk dances are scheduled for Thursday, May 19, while on Saturday, May 21 the day of the Romanian village is marked under the sign of Constantin and Elena Saints. At the same time, the 5th edition of the Thai Culture Festival is running in Saturday, an event promoted by the Thai Embassy to Romania to get the Thai music, dance, handicraft and traditional cuisine familiar to the Romanian audience.

On Saturday night, during 7 to 10 p.m., the Village Museum will join to the Long Night of Museums event with free visiting hours.

The anniversary celebrations will on Sunday, May 22 when the Army’s representative music will be presented, along with a concert of Kardeniz Tartar dance ensemble from Constanta.

Cultural Merit award

On Monday, President Klaus Iohannis bestowed a Cultural Merit award on the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum of Bucharest on the museum’s 80th anniversary, at a ceremony hosted by the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

This distinction reflects the high commendation of the Romanian state to a museum that has won a major place for itself in the Romanian culture and research, and even in the hearts of Romanians. The village in the heart of Bucharest became famous at home and abroad for being one of Romania’s main tourist attractions. Behind this fame, there is a huge amount of work to save and bring in the most representative traditional structures and outfits, protecting them against the wear and tear of time, continual expansion of the outdoor museum, cultivating traditions, crafts and folk arts, organising events and exhibitions for all types of audience. Let me congratulate you on all this and wish you that many happy returns of the day,” the Romanian President told the ceremony.

This high commendation is of the Village Museum on its 80th anniversary, and especially of the generations of curators and specialists who have fought for 80 years to keep the museum running, to save it in critical times and turn it into the institution it is today, a prestigious institution, the most visited museum in Romania,” said Village Museum manager Paula Popoiu in her turn.

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