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“Lajtha László” Foundation

The ‘László Lajtha’ Foundation began its functioning in Sepsiszentgyörgy as an independent and non-political institution in July 1992, with the declared objective to sustain the traditional folk music and folk dance movement. Up until now, during its activities the foundation managed to usefully activate in conformity with these objectives. Besides its occasional activities the foundation organizes two very successful programs held regularly on a yearly bases.

The Folk Dance and Music Meeting from Sepsiszentgyörgy are representing one of the last garrisons of the Transylvanian folk culture. Their role is twofold: on one side, they offer a possibility for gathering a big amount of inestimable folk art material for both amateurs and professionals and they record and keep alive the passing on of the folk dances and music among different generations, on the other. They create a meeting opportunity among professionals, informants and regular people, playing the role of a folk art ambassador. With the programs offered they acquaint our traditional folk culture and treasures with the citizens of our town and with our guests, as well. The meetings, through their programs, opened for everybody, are first of all addressed to the citizens of the town, but they also offer an opportunity for creating connections and friendships with the several guests invited.

The programs offered for children in the framework of the Folk Dance and Music Meeting are representing an educational opportunity. The children can learn about our culture and folk art not in a overburdening way, but can get acquainted with the material and spiritual values of our folk culture in a way similar to playing games.

The Roma (Gypsy) Folklore Camp from Kommandó was born with the objective to help those interested in getting acquainted with the culture of Romany (Gypsy) people, as well as, to offer an insight into their peculiar and anachronistic way of life and daily existence.

It is a well-known fact that their folklore preserved not only its own particular elements, but also the long forgotten customs, belief, music and dances of the surrounding ethnical/national groups. Getting familiar with their specific world and way of thinking, hearing their music and learning their songs and dances leads to the capacity of understanding them easier, to seeing them from a different angle, all representing a first step towards mutual acceptance.

During the one-week camp the participants can listen to presentations about the Roma (Gypsy) ethnic group, can learn some of their songs and dances and more importantly can live together on the camp area with the Roma (Gypsy) performers (dancers, musicians) invited and in the evening can talk or dance by the fire.