The project meeting in Romania

“Ion Băncilă” Secondary School hosted the fourth short-term student exchange within this project, from the 14th to the 18th of October, 2019. The topic of the international meeting was “Vampires. Dragons. Goblins”.

Here is the official programme for the visit.

On Monday, the guests were received with the Romanian traditional custom of dipping pieces of bread into salt, alongside with some traditional sweets and autumn fruit baskets.

An exhibition of Romanian traditional masks and other household items was set up on the school lobby, and all the Romanian students and teachers wore traditional blouses, to render a picture of Romanian folk costumes.

Romanian traditional masks and household items

During the artistic programme organised to welcome the guests, there was a presentation of an original traditional Romanian folk costume, more than a hundred years old, brought from the private collection of one of the primary school teachers in our school. The primary school students gave artistic performances of traditional Romanian songs and dances.

The Romanian students enrolled in the project prepared and presented two sketches based on local urban legends – “The Legend of the Salty Lake” and “The Legend of the Bride’s Mound”.

Here are the scripts created for the two legends.

The 6 teams sustained PowerPoint presentations on the work that had been carried out within their schools on the current phase of the project – “Vampires. Dragons. Goblins.”

Then, they participated in a professional guided tour in which not only did they find out details about the city of Brăila and its cosmopolitan history and population, but they also received information on the urban legends associated with particular buildings and places in the city.

Visit the official website of the professional guide – here http://walkthiswaybraila.ro/

On Tuesday, the search for traditional Romanian elements took the international group to the city of Tulcea. The first stop was at Avramide House, a lovely museum open in a dwelling which used to be owned by a Greek family. Here, the international teams took part in activities organised in partnership with the Ethnography and Folk Art Museum of Tulcea. The foreign guests learned the process of weaving traditional Romanian carpets, alongside with some steps of traditional Romanian dances.

Visit the site of Avramide House here https://www.icemtl.ro/museum-complex-of-northern-dobrudja-cultural-heritage/casa-avramide-engleza/

Visit the site of the Ethnography and Folk Art Museum of Tulcea here https://www.icemtl.ro/muzeul-de-etnografie-si-arta-populara-engleza/

After that, the teams got acquainted with traditional Romanian customs related to the Danube Delta and the areas crossed by the Danube river (geography, geology, flora and fauna, fishing) within the Danube Delta Eco-Tourism Museum Centre.

You can visit the site of this museum here https://www.icemtl.ro/danube-delta-eco-tourism-museum-center/

On Wednesday, during the first workshop, the students dealt with designing Kahoot games based on the text of the common myth of Europa, which had been written by the six partner schools within this project. The activity was carried out in the school ICT laboratory.

Then, the Romanian team gave a PowerPoint presentation on Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian voivode wrongly associated with the legend of Dracula, the vampire. The foreign guests were provided with information meant to deconstruct the legend of the so-called Romanian vampire. You can see the presentation here

After that, the international teams received Romanian legends about Vlad the Impaler. Based on these legends, each team designed a PowerPoint presentation which was introduced to the other teams. Here are the presentations that the students created

The third workshop on Wednesday was based on the myths and legends associated with the Dacians, the ancestors of the Romanian people. The international teams received materials (texts and pictures) to be used for creating posters on various topics. They also crafted the traditional Dacian battle flag.

A teachers’ meeting was held, which reviewed both the work that had been done so far and set up the details for the future meetings and the work on the end-up products of the project.

On Thursday, the international group travelled to Bran Castle, to explore other details of deconstructing the legend of Vlad the Impaler seen as Dracula, the vampire. You can visit the official website of the castle here http://www.castelulbran.ro/

On Friday, the first workshop took place at “Carol I” History Museum of Brăila and focused on the topic of minorities who have been dwelling in this city. Thus, the participants watched a film on the history of this cosmopolitan city and received authentic information from the representatives of various ethnic groups and their customs and traditions (Greek, Jewish, Rroma, Russian). Then, the group was invited to see an exhibition of traditional Russian costumes belonging to the Russian minority dwelling in Brăila and to solve some jigsaw puzzles depicting Romanian landmarks.

Next, a visit to Nicapetre Museum – Embiricos House facilitated the access to information on some other urban legends associated with this building and its former Greek owner. Cetificates of attendance were also handed in in this location.

The day ended with a farewell party with traditional Romanian food and dances, which provided the participants with good opportunities to recall all the beautiful moments and the wonderful friendships that sprang during this project meeting.

Here is a short video with some lovely memories:

We are looking forward to discovering new things and to making new friendships during the next meetings in the project!