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Dragobete vs. Saint Valentine, 7th edition

Buzau County Museum, a cultural and research institution operating under the authority Buzau County Council, announces the organization of the seventh edition of the event Dragobete vs. Valentine's Day. This year, the Buzău County Museum will mark the event with a set of specific cultural activities. These will take place Thursday, February 24th, to the headquarters Museum of Ethnography Vergu-Mănăilă from Buzău municipality, Războieni street, no. 8. Partners in organizing the event are: Mrs. Amelia Papazissu, holder of the title Living Human Treasure from UNESCO, and the High School of Arts Margaret Sterian from the municipality of Buzau.

The seventh edition of the event Dragobete vs. Valentine's Day will begin with the opening of a temporary exhibition dedicated to the avimorphic decorative motifs on the towels in the ethnographic area of Buzău. In this exhibition, visitors will be able to admire both erasures from the collection of the Museum of Ethnography Vergu-Mănăilă, as well as deletion from the personal collection of Mrs. Amelia Papazissu. The event will continue with presentations on the role of towels in the traditional rural household of Buzau and the authentic ways to celebrate the day of Valentine's Day. Finally, the students of the High School of Arts Margaret Sterian from Buzău will delight music lovers with a recital, thus marking the 4th edition of the event Keeping the Exhibition Alive.

The program of cultural activities is as follows:

  • 11:00 Opening of the temporary exhibition entitled Dragobete or Bird's Engagement - avimorphic motifs on the towels in the ethnographic area of Buzău;
  • 11:20 The towel and its role in the traditional Buzau household - presentation by Amelia Papazissu, holder of the title Living Human Treasure from UNESCO;
  • 11:30 Dragobete Day and authentic ways to celebrate - presentation of ethnographer museographer Raluca Brașoveanu, Buzău County Museum;
  • 11:40 - 12:00 Keeping the Exhibition Alive, 4th edition - musical moment supported by the students of the High School of Arts Margaret Sterian Buzau;
  • 13:00 Free visit of the exhibitions at the headquarters of the Museum of Ethnography Vergu-Mănăilă.

Temporary exhibition Dragobete or Bird's Engagement - avimorphic motifs on the towels in the ethnographic area of Buzău can be visited until 1.05.2022.

Visiting hours:

  • 9:00 - 17:00 (October 1 - April 30), last entry at 16:15
  • 10:00 - 18:00 (May 1 - September 30), last entry at 17:15
  • Tuesday - Sunday: open
  • Monday: closed

The event will be broadcast live on the new Facebook pages of our institution: https://www.facebook.com/Muzeul-de-Etnografie-Vergu-M%C4%83n%C4%83il%C4%83-102327722365802 and https://www.facebook.com/Muzeul-Jude%C8%9Bean-Buz%C4%83u-101523602423966 .

Public access will be allowed starting with 13:00, in compliance with the sanitary norms in force, and will be free on the day of the event.

We look forward to seeing you at the museum!

Manager,

Dr. Daniel COSTACHE

"Vergu Mănăilă" Museum of Ethnography

The collection is based in a historical monument building, which belonged to the Vergu-Mănăilă boyar family. Being one of the oldest preserved civil constructions in the city, mentioned in a document from 1794, the building was restored between 1971 and 1974, undergoing major repairs during 2017.

Ethnographic objects from the Buzău area are kept here, such as folk costumes, interior fabrics or household objects that reflect the traditional occupations and the spiritual and creative universe of the Romanian peasant.

Particular attention is paid to pieces of richly decorated textiles - whether we refer to the various elements of traditional costumes specific to the area, or we turn our attention to carpets, towels, wedding handkerchiefs, pillowcases or exposed covers.

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