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Romania/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.1 Amateur arts and folk culture

Amateur arts have had a descendent trend in the last decade. This is due to modernisation and urbanisation, along with the transition specific phenomena, which did not encourage the perpetuation of such activities. A new strategy has been developed and included in the National Development Plan (2007-2013). The new strategy addresses all social categories and promotes raising awareness activities and education and training; one example is the "Contemporary Romanian Village" programme, which is supported by popular universities, county centres for popular creativity, NGO's etc. These agents should work together in order to increase the cultural offer at the level of amateur arts, both by preserving the heritage and encouraging creativity.

For example, for adults, there is Ioan I. Dalles Popular University, which offers various courses on fashion design, interior design, photography, cultures and civilisations, all of them approved by the Ministry of Education and Research. Moreover, in 2008, the National Centre for Dance organised dance classes for amateurs.

Also, there are some artistic workshops for children organised by the Museum of Romanian Peasant Association with the support of the Museum of Romanian Peasant. In January 2010, in partnership with General Direction of Social Work and Child Protection, they started the project "Joaca de lut" ("Playing Loam"), which lasts until June. The project involves organising modelling clay workshops conducted with children aged between 6 and 13 years with the aim of developing knowledge about traditional techniques of modelling clay.

Concerning the cultural activities in public spaces, the period 2003-2007 was characterised by a growth in the number of artistic events. This coincides with the development of the NGOs as organisers of these artistic events and with a diversification of the activities. Some of these events were organised in partnership with public institutions, the Centre for Cultural Projects of Bucharest Municipality (ArCub) being one of the most active public institutions which sustained NGOs in developing events in public spaces.

Chapter published: 23-08-2012

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