ProEtnica Intercultural Festival (Romania)

The Centre for Interethnic Youth Education Sighisoara (ibz) together with the Department for Inter-Ethnic Relations present the preliminary programme of the 14th edition of ProEtnica – Intercultural Festival Sighisoara which takes place from August 18 – 21, 2016.

Proetnica 2016

This year’s edition takes place under the patronage of the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis. There are going to be more than 50 artistic performances on the main stage as well as an arts and crafts fair featuring traditional craftworks manufactured by the national minorities. Further, a fine arts exhibition displays the works from ten contemporary artists belonging to the national minorities and is supplemented by three film screenings addressing the topic of intercultural dialogue.

In times of increased global migration, interethnic dialogue steadily gains importance within international peace negotiations. The ibz decided to dedicate this year’s edition of ProEtnica to the topic of interreligious dialogue. Eight events, i.a. scientific presentations and a symposium, address this subject matter from different perspectives and encourage further discussion on the challenges to intercultural peace in today’s world.

ProEtnica brings together more than 600 representatives of the 20 national minorities in Romania and offers them an opportunity to share their customs and actively engage in intercultural dialogue through different channels, e.g. the arts, scientific research or roundtable discussions. ProEtnica is an instrument which promotes the rights of cultural expression of the national minorities and, at the same time, strengthens cultural dialogue. Thus, ProEtnica contributes to the preservation and creation of the intercultural peace in a pluralistic and democratic society.

The ibz was founded in 2000. Its mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between people to foster mutual understanding and strengthen acceptance of ethnocultural differences.

Preliminary programme of ProEtnica –Intercultural Festival Sighisoara

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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