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International creative camp of fine arts 2015

written by Ágnes Kovács, László Gergely
translated by Zoltán Bartko 2015-09-13


International creative camp of fine arts 2015


During the summer of 2015, the artistic group Rovás organised its international creative camp of fine arts entitled “Értjük egymást – Rozumieme si – Ne intelegem” (we understand each other) for the 6th time. As those returning to the camp year after year have already witnessed it in the past, the artists coming from many parts of the Carpathian Basin performed their creative activities in three countries: in Romania (in Transylvania in Rimetea [Torockó] and Ghimeș-Făget [Gyimesbükk]), in Košice [Kassa], Slovakia and in Tihany, Hungary. 


Compared to the previous years, the only difference in the activities in Transylvania was that instead of Aita Medie, Romania we have spent 5 days in Rimetea and another 5 days in Ghimeș-Făget. By the change in the camp venue, the organisers wanted to inspire the artists to use the marvellous landscape and the rich folklore traditions. Rimetea, Romania is one of the most beautiful settlements of Transylvania – it was awarded the Europa Nostra prize for the conservation of its cultural heritage in 1999. The most interesting natural phenomenon of the village is that the sun rises here twice a day. It appears early in the morning and then it disappears behind Mt. Piatra Secuiului [Székelykő]. Then it reappears and shines all over the village.


There lives a community of the Csángó Hungarians of the Gyimes region, counting multiple thousands in the Eastern Carpathians, in the valley of Tatros, with their largest settlements being Lunca de Sus [Gyimesfelsőlok], Lunca de Jos [Gyimesközéplok] and Ghimeș-Făget [Gyimesbükk]. The Csángó Hungarians evading the overpopulated Hungarian villages of the region of Csík and Moldavia, living in a separated area, preserved their dance culture in a petrified fashion; due to their position at the border of cultures they accepted multiple Carpathian and Moldavian influences and created their very own culture, being unique even in spite of the distributed nature of their settlements. It is not only the ancient features of their dances and their dance life, but also abundance of these, which makes them exceptional among the Hungarian communities: we know 35 different dance events and 30 dance types of theirs.


The second stage of the traditional summer camp of Rovás was held from 3rd to 9th August, at two venues, simultaneously:  sculptors worked in Košice, Slovakia in the centre of Rovás, while the graphic artists and painters worked in the beautiful village of Silická Jablonica, Slovakia. 

  The organisers managed to set up an exciting and varied programme, in which all of the participants could find something interesting. In the morning they went mostly hiking, since this part of the region of Gemer/Gömör is very rich in both natural and man-made beauty. The artists let the children living in the village or spending their summer holidays at their grandparents flow into the creative activities, too. They organized "playhouses" for them, where the kids could learn something about the folk crafts. In the evenings there were presentations of portfolios, lectures, discussions held on current social or artistic topics.  



The third and final part of the 2015 camp of Rovás was held traditionally in Tihany, Hungary at the Tihany Creative Camp of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. The depressing summer heat ended by the time the camp was held, so the bad weather helped the creative activities and gave place to short trips around the uplands of lake Balaton, allowing the participants to discover the region, too. Therefore, the Tihany stage of the camp saw an abundance of works. The artists coming from Slovakia, Hungary, Transylvania and the former Yugoslavia did not express their thanks to the organisers only with the quantity, but also with the quality of their works. 



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