The Romanian Embassy to the US, The Romanian Cultural Institute, New York, and Maramures County Council with the support of Banca Transilvania/Transylvania Bank, invite you to experience the best of Romania at the Romanian Weekend at the Wharf, on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10.
Enjoy live concerts, learn traditional crafts, listen to spoken word performances, and try delicious Romanian food and wine.
The Romanian Weekend at The Wharf is part of a months-long series of celebrations dedicated to the
25th anniversary of the Romania-United States Strategic Partnership, and it is a unique opportunity for
people to get acquainted with both modern and traditional Romania.
The event, which kicks off at noon on Saturday at The Wharf’s District Pier, will feature various musical,
artistic and culinary attractions from Romania’s culturally rich Maramureş region (Northwestern Romania, at the border with Ukraine).
Each day of the weekend will bring concerts by extraordinary Romanian musical artists: the Techno
Witches, a rap group, brilliantly repackaging Roma culture into a modern sound, with lyrics that touch on
social justice, witchcraft, technology, feminism, love, and other themes; Corina Sîrghi & Taraful Jean
Americanu – an all-acoustic ensemble of virtuoso musicians performing both traditional and popular
urban folklore pieces; and Ana Everling Trio, an act fusing Eastern European music with Brazilian and
Afro-influenced rhythms, courtesy of master guitarist Edinho Gerber and percussionist Luiz Everling.
Kicking off the weekend, the Transylvania National Folk Ensemble will create an immersive experience
through main-stage music and dance performances, as well as interactive demonstrations of dance,
traditional garb and crafts in the nearby tents. The event will also feature the DC-based, all-volunteer
Carpathia Folk Dance ensemble. Spoken word performances by well-known Romanian-American
authors Cristina A. Bejan, Domnica Radulescu, Elena Secota and Adela Sinclair will be interspersed
throughout the program.
Throughout the weekend, attendees will also have the opportunity to visit activity tents: “Dancing at the
Barn” for dance workshops, “The Potter's House” for pottery demonstrations with master potter Daniel Les, “Our Story Carved in Wood” for wood carving demonstrations with sculptor Petrică Codrea and
“Does Tradition Fit You”, an interactive folk costume exhibition where visitors can try the intricate
traditional costumes themselves. Other fun activities include the “Romanian Literature in America” booth
for book lovers; the “Gateway to Romanian traditions” booth to learn about ethno-tourism opportunities in
Maramureș; the “Maramureș Photo Booth” for fun selfies; and last but not least, “The Taste of Romania”
tent with a selection of Romanian food and wines to try and buy.
Romanian Weekend at The Wharf is organized by the Embassy of Romania to the United States and the
Romanian Cultural Institute in New York together with the Maramures County Council and The Wharf,
with the generous support of Banca Transilvania/Transylvania Bank.
The entry is free. For more information and the detailed schedule go to: https://bit.ly/3xYkW0w