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International cultural project market – 27 June 2008, Budapest, Hungary

Project number: 9

Name of the organisation: Kovászna Megyei Művelődési Központ (Romania)

Name of the representant: Mr István MÁGORI

Address: ,  , Romania



E-mail: istvan_magori@yahoo.com




Our nations, countries, also our counties have many things in common; we thought of the simplest: in every each of them there are children who definitely like fairytales.

There are great storytellers too… Andersen, the Grimm-brothers, La fontaine and the endless row is continued by those, who we might nor even know… let`s share our tales, get to know each others` writers and trough their tales, each others` culture!

Let’s imagine what it would be like, if these stories could come true!

The project:

Building a fairytale village at every participant’s location, consisting of fairy-cottages – one for every participant at the project – designed to be specific to that partners` architecture, traditions, folklore, customs. The cottages would be the same at every location, whereas the administrative building and surrounding gardens would be specific to the very county or region, where that very fairy-village is. Thus the fairytale villages would look slightly different, but having the same purpose: getting to know each other’s culture, experiencing the different traditions.

As additional services children could get acquainted with the traditional way of life presented through the stories. For example in Covasna County:

  - baking the gingerbread (bakery)

  - shoeing the magic steed (smithy)

  - weaving the travelers bag (weaving, spinning, rope making)

  - handcrafts, folkdances, traditional games

Adventure story –Story-adventure

Each cottage would present a fairy-world specific to that nation’s tales. Thus children could become heroes of these tales by following a certain path in the rooms of the cottages, experiencing the events of the story through different tasks, solving brain teasers, riddles, logical tasks, handcrafts activities, etc.

Why Kisbacon?

Benedek Elek, the greatest storyteller of the Szeklers and Hungarians was born is Kisbacon. His memorial house is a very popular aim of the cultural tourism. In 2004 a cultural development concept was implemented in Kisbacon, in order to preserve the cultural, natural, environmental and community values. Organizing the cultural activities we took into consideration the local inhabitant’s lifestyle and cultural attitude, to preserve cultural heritage.

There is also quite important amount of ethnographical heritage in the village: there is the last and only active watermill in Erdovidek, alive folk crafts as wood-carving, smithery, weaving, baking, egg-writing, in this region there is traditional farming and a lot of landscape houses. In an almost untouched natural environment there are numerous tourist routes, cart-trips, forest schools and natural spas, as a fact, Szeklerland`s tourist attractions and historic


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