Ethnic Festival Danubian Garland in Odessa

August 2016

On October 7-9, 2011 First International Ethnic Festival Danubian Garland was held in Odessa city within implementation of the project financed by Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013 through European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

The festival has been organized with the official support of Odessa State Regional Administration. Partner of the project was Cultural Center Low Danube, Galati, Romania.

Owing to this project the population grew closer to the national traditions, familiarized with folk art and handicrafts. Masters were provided with support. In addition relations were harmonized between Odessa region of Ukraine and Galati County, Romania.

Program of the festival included several events. Principal event of the festival was exhibition of the folk masters works, attended by 121 masters. The manufactures were made from pottery, smith craft, weaving, carving, embroidery, beading, toy making. This event also included master classes on these types of handicraft. Another significant event of the festival held within exhibition consisted in performances of art collectives that demonstrated Ukrainian, Romanian, Jewish, Greek, German, Czech, Moldavian folk ethnic dances and songs. Concert program was attended by 12 distinctive collectives.

On 7th of October forum it was held Days of Cultural Dialogue Ukraine-Romania in the conference hall of the hotel Odessa. This forum touched upon the issue of Ethnic Culture Maintenance in the Contemporary World. Within the forums framework 22 representatives of Odessa State Regional Administration, culture experts, historians, experts of ethnic culture and representatives of diverse national communities of Ukraine and Romania discussed the problems of ethnic culture existence and means of its maintenance.

Additionally, the contest Master of Ethnic Cuisine was held. In the course of this contest Romanian and Ukrainian representatives of jury carried out a tasting and evaluated the taste and specialness of each cuisine presented as well as the contest Folk Art through Childrens Eyes. The contest Folk Art through Childrens Eyes was attended by 46 pupils from different schools and study groups of Odessa region consisting of two categories namely children under 10 years old and children aged 10 16 years old. Children presented 96 works to be evaluated such as drawings, beading manufactures, towels rushniks, toy makings and other diverse manufactures. Each participant was awarded by the certificate of the festival Danubian Garland and the winners were awarded exclusively by the prizes containing the logotype of the festival.

Total number of the visitors has constituted 5000 persons from Ukraine, Romania as well as the tourists from the USA and Europe having arrived to Odessa by cruise liners.