When he first saw Maramures, top, Ştefăniţei Hill and his breath. It was already 9 years in Romania, but it felt like it was in his native Ireland, hundreds of years ago. Thus began the story of an Irishman, Peter Hurley, mobilized and acquaintances will to save a treasure of Romania: the Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa
Romanian speaking better than many of the politicians who come and go every day on television, throwing words left and right, but do nothing to save the Romanian village. Instead, Peter Hurley succeeded bury “a house in a cemetery in two days,” as one says. Do you think he started digging pits, disturbing the repose of those passed away.
Peter Hurley Shaun Davey asked what he wants to do with “Voices from the Merry Cemetery”. The answer was short: “I want to play the Săpânţa”. This was the latch. Irish authorities knocked on doors without echo. Even the main beneficiaries, Maramures authorities at the time did not understand the importance of a festival at bringing tourists to spend more than half an hour in the villages around Sapantei. A project submitted for funding through Regio program, but the money would come very late. So he spent 143,000 euros in only two days, about how it was a good apartment in a big city at that time, to bring guests, tourists and artists in Ireland and Romania to Săpânţa.
“Maybe I’ll tell that Irishman was fooled. Airfares Only in Ireland have cost 9,000 euros,” he explained as they went like the wind money. “Not until today I have returned all borrowed money from family time. Anything I have not received financial support from officials in Maramures, except for one gentleman, in Baia Mare, which gave me 1,000 euros when Săpânţa the lawn saying “perhaps you can do with them.” If you are good to think, I rented a scene with a lot of money that I think belongs Maramures County Council, “says Irish love Romanian village.
The long road to the cemetery cheerful”
The result was that the Saint Mary’s at Săpânţa was organized festival “The long road to the Merry Cemetery” in 2010. This year, things are a little better, especially since the contract was signed with the EU grant funds to the project. But until the money comes, Peter Hurley had to get another 150,000 euros for the organization. Why? Simply For projects carried out by European funds first and then the expense is based on receipts, reimbursed amounts.
Why he chose to promote Romanian village? Because it’s “the last authentic rural way of life.” “In Romania have the latest European rural civilization authentic living. If Dacians were pyramids would make pyramids today in Romania. Cam at this level should be regarded peasantry,” says the man who walk the back roads over the hills, about a month after Săpânţa in Bucharest in the middle of winter without cheluiască anything. Romanians gave each what he could, and he could, by this bold gesture, to thank God for the gifts offered.
Agritourism, a solution
This year, from August 15 to 16 will be held at Săpânţa festival Festival of Traditional Songs and Dances “Stan Ioan Patras”, named after the man who created the Merry Cemetery. In the celebration, turiştiii will enjoy traditional music and compositions of some foreign musicians inspired by Maramures participate in various workshops and crafts – weaving, carving, painting, pottery – and can attend workshops, music and dance. They learn how to make traditional dishes like whirlwind wool wash, how to fold the cheese in a workshop that will create a ministână.
Such events organized in rural areas can help develop tourism, which currently is sublime, but almost absent, as shown by the presidential commission’s findings to the National Strategic Rural done. At Săpânţa, tourists come, spend a few minutes in the cemetery crosses and starts shooting with the whirlwind, leaving a cloud of dust behind.
They could spend more time in the village, if they had to do. A festival of this kind provides leisure options. Thus, everyone wins: special experiences tourists and locals receive money accommodation, meals or sale of pottery and other crafts.