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Ciocanesti, Suceava nominated Romania’s Cultural Village in 2014


Ciocanesti, in Suceava county, was the winner of the first edition of the cultural and tourist program “Romanian Cultural Village 2014”. During the year it will participate in events contributing to its promotion at national and international levels.


AFSR – the Association of the most beautiful villages in Romania organized on Thursday at the Embassy fo France, a press conference which announced the locality appointed Romania’s Cultural Village 2014.The candidacies chosen for final evaluation were Cumpana (Constanta), Izvoarele (Prahova), Bezdead (Dambovita), Poiana Stampei (Suceava) and Ciocanesti (Suceava).


The event was also attended by Philippe Gustin, the French ambassador to Bucharest, Maria Grapini, delegate minister for small and medium companies, business and tourism, Nicolae MArghiol, the initiator and executive president of AFSR, Razvan Filipescu, the president of ANT and mayors of the five communes.


“The village preserves rich secular traditions. Candidate communes proposed many events meant to capitalize these traditions. But although Romanian villages should preserve this legacy, they should not remain at the same level. I am certain that the Romanian village must count on its uniqueness to become the creator and promoter of a rich Romanian culture. We must fit rural cultural legacy in contemporary creation,” said the French ambassador.


He pointed out that in 2014, the cultural village must promote the richness of rural culture, but should also be the “avant-garde of national artistic production.” Gustin mentioned that the French Institute will offer the winning commune free access to Culturetheque the access portal to a huge fund of online digital resource.


Romania’s Cultural Village 2014 is an AFSR cultural and tourist program carried out under the high patronage of the French Embassy in Romania with the support of the National Authority for Tourism.