Marianne Dragomir, Director of the Ploieti House of Culture: “Culture can play a role in healing and social development”

Marianne Dragomir is a professor of Romanian language and literature and director of the House of Culture in the municipality of Ploechte. He started countless volunteer projects through which he encouraged people to love peace.

He loves the city of Pluchester and wants to become the capital of youth.

Marianne, introduce yourself in a few words.

“Hi! My name is Marian, I am a Romanian language and literature teacher, a job I take on, especially from the perspective of the fact that I love communicating. I love telling and learning stories, only our life is a story and it is important that we fully understand it.”

Tell us about your beginnings in the youth area.

“I started as a volunteer at the Ion Luca Caragialli Culture House in the municipality of Ploechte, in the first decade of the twenty-first century, as an aspiring poet (a profession for which it takes a lifetime to say that you are a poet), and then as a volunteer or collaborator in the various fields of activity carried out by this institution, Then as a volunteer in the association “Valea Călugărească Young Volunteers.

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There I learned the NGO sector better from the experts, and eventually as president of my own association, Asociația Masterpeace Ro, I started as a club of an international organization.”

What is the culture from your point of view?

“A question with a complete system of representation. I believe that through culture we develop a sense of belonging, personal and cognitive growth, the ability to empathize and connect with one another. The immediate benefits of a strong, vibrant culture include health, well-being, self-esteem, skill development, social capital, and economic returns.

Whether you attend a concert in the garden, visit a museum, attend a play or sing in a choir, culture is present in many aspects of our daily lives. Culture is an essential part of well-being and learning, and can play a role in recovery and social development.”

Detail the most important activities you have done as an NGO.

“From 2016 to 2019, we organized the Peace Walk, a unique event in Ploiesti. It is a form of nonviolent action that aims to raise awareness of the possibility and responsibility for peace at the individual and community level. Young people from the organization, together with our partners, marched on Chestnut Boulevard .

We also implemented the Peace Schools project, through which several school units benefited, starting in 2017, from workshops and an informal curriculum on the global development goals and what we can do to reach these goals that the United Nations wants.”

As director of the Ploiești House of Culture, what activities have you done? Am I a real success?

“Attitudes” magazine is a real success. We are working with a young editor-in-chief, the literary critic Dan Julia, with whom we have tried to put Ploieștean on the map of Romanian cultural journals, which we have done, as it has recently shown, in many of the journal entries of the Romanian Writers Union.

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Also, the project that I proposed and implemented, Camp for Literary Creativity “Ion Stratan”, 1st Edition, Ployeti, December 6-10, was the most significant event of the postmodern poet of our city. We’ve also opened the Dan Platon National Arts Camp for Young Artists.

The regulation also confirmed the participation of well-known artists under the age of 35, a fact that we also achieved at the Ploiesti National Monumental Sculpture Camp 2021.”

Ploechte is vying for the title of Youth Capital. What do you personally think of this initiative?

I think it’s raining, let’s play! (Partnership. Lifelong Learning. Advocacy. Youth), the concept of the Ploiti Municipality Nomination Program, will revitalize the youth field. Today’s urban fabric highlights two demographic patterns: rapid urbanization and a large youth population.

The way the municipality of Ploechte operates is the result of the way the many elements come together: infrastructure, mobility, architecture, civic facilities, meeting places, etc. Project “It’s raining, let’s play!” It works to raise public awareness of youth-centric issues while encouraging improved opportunities for them.”

What are the actions initiated by the Ploiesti House of Culture to support the city as the capital of youth?

The “Casa de Cultura” Ion Luca Caragiale of the Ploécte Municipality, directly through the ROF, targets the young people we serve through various cultural products. We want to be a bridge between Ploiești City Council, the County Youth Foundation and the youth we represent. Our activities will be tailored to the needs of civil society in relation to youth, providing our material support and the skills of our staff and collaborators.”

In your opinion, what are the three strong points that Ploieti can be proud of?

“On the cultural level, the municipality of Ploiece has given Nishita Stensko, Ion Stratan, Toma Karaggio and others. Ploée is an important economic center with its wealth of refineries, and last but not least, for me, the strong point for me is the city in which I was born, raised and lived in, which It makes it special, no matter where I am, I think it is and my memories.”

What is Ploiești missing at the moment?

“Speaking from the point of view of the director of the House of Culture Ion Luca Karagialli in the municipality of Ploieti, I believe that the building is essential where the institution can carry out its activity, a building that makes it individual and makes it known in the minds of all the inhabitants of Ploieti.”

What is the main reason you love Ploieti?

“It is the city in which I was baptized, I took the first step, I loved and who adopted me with good and evil.”

In the end, he leaves a message for readers of the Observatorul Prahovean newspaper.

“No matter what everyday life is, do not forget that hope is what gives us the opportunity to dream. So, I hope that the dreams of our readers will come true, so I am convinced that Ploetskaya will become a city loved by all.”

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