A decade of Saxon culture and tradition in the land of oats

Haverland Week Cultural Festival, in its 10th edition, will be held July 29-31, both physically and online, in 10 villages in the Oats Country. The main elements of the 2022 edition are the promotion of intercultural education and environmental conservation.

The Haverland Week Festival was started in 2012 by the M&V Schmidt Foundation and the Tabaluga/Peter Maffay Stiftung Foundation, and aims to promote Transylvania’s Saxon culture and traditions and develop the tourism sector in the region.

The Saxon region of Transylvania, located between Braشوفov and Sighisoara, was called the Land of Oats or Haverland hundreds of years ago, due to the locals who used to grow oats mainly, due to the harsh climate.

“The idea of ​​the cultural festival was born in 2012. That summer, Peter Maffei invited me to the Open Day in Roadeș. Then we decided to join hands and organize a cultural week together. A few days later, the idea of ​​oats crops came to us, because the climate in this area between Rupeia and Sighisoara was Tough for viticulture.This is why oats grow so much.This is what I called Haverland Cultural Week.My idea, as well as that of Peter Maffei, was to bring as many people as possible closer to Saxon customs and culture.The first edition of Haverland Week was a huge success.For example The festival was attended by many locals from my hometown, Crete, who have long since moved to Germany,” said Michael Schmidt, President of M&V Schmidt and co-founder of Haferland Week.

The festival is held every year at the end of July – beginning of August, its duration varies from 3 to 7 days. Each area of ​​the gatherings covered by the festival has its own program, in line with the projects and cultural characteristics. Each day of the festival is different. Thus, participants can enjoy concerts in fortified churches, video shows, traditional Saxon balls, bike trails, culinary events, music and dance of local communities in the area, fan music, plays, poetry recitals, book launches, and traditional crafts workshops (making workshops). pottery, woodcut workshops, canvas painting workshops, felting workshops), fairs of traditional Saxon fashion, and exhibitions of traditional objects specific to the region.

Public interest in the festival has grown from year to year, reaching in 2021 more than 18,000 visitors.

The sponsorship of each edition of Haverland Week Festival has been given over time to some of the most prominent figures from the cultural and political life of Romania and Germany.

For the second year in a row, the cultural festival “Haverland Week” is held under the high patronage of the President of Romania, His Excellency Mr. A.

Klaus Iohannis, who honors the organizers, lends prestige and value to the anniversary edition.

The cultural program will take place between July 29 and 31 in 10 villages in the Oats Country: Archita, Cloașterf, Saschiz, Roadeș, Bunești, Rupea, Homorod, Criț, Meșendorf and Viscri.

During this year’s edition of Haverland Week, the Romanian-German Bilateral Cooperation Forum will meet, and this time the main theme will be the 30th anniversary of Romanian-German friendship and partnership in Europe.

As every year, the festival is held in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Braków County Council, Remarul 16 Februarie, Valvis Holding (Aqua Carpatica and Domeniile Sâmburești), Sennheiser, CEC Bank, CON-A, Bosch Romania Foundation, and Transavia, Theodora Golf Club, MHS Truck & Bus, Automobile Bavaria, Almdudler, Karpaten Meat Siebenbürgen. The local partners co-organizing the festival are the M&V Schmidt Foundation, Tabaluga/Peter Maffay Stiftung Foundation, Mihai Eminescu Trust, ADEPT Transilvania Foundation, Nowero Association, Rupea City Hall, Discover Archita Association and Saschiz Women’s Neighborhood Association.

Being a special edition, Haferland Week is also supported this year by German partners such as: the Ministry of Family, Labor and Welfare in Bavaria, the Association of Transylvanian Saxons in Germany, and the German Democratic Forum in Transylvania.

The program for the tenth edition of the Haferland Week Festival will be presented in the coming period at www.haverland.roAnd the https://www.facebook.com/haverlandAnd the https://www.instagram.com/saptamana_haverland/

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