In order to support the Roma musical tradition transmitted ‘from father to son’, the young musicians from Ceuaș are organising an international festival where anyone can learn the local music and dance.
During 5 intense days, the participants will live amongst the musicians, experimenting their simple yet kind life. Daily schedule includes 4hrs of different classes : dance classes (with Cãlin Mezei and Tincuța Mezei), music lessons (with Csanyi Sandor and Sanyika Mezei), and singing lesson (xxx). Local tours by horse driven caravan are included. Every evening, everyone plays music and dances together. The musicians for the evening are : Sándor Csanyi, Sanyika Mezei, Alin Mezei, Cãlin Mezei, Tincuța Mezei and Belà Lakatos.
Places are limited to 40 participants. The final deadline for registration is 25th of May 2018. But if you want to be sure to join us, please don’t wait too long before applying.
For a detailed study of the Ceuaș musical style, please refer to Filippo Bonini Baraldi’s book, Tsiganes, musique et empathie (2013).
Festival 5-day-fee (including collective home stay with basic conditions, 3 meals a day and all classes) : 250€
* Reduced fee for Romanian citizens : 450 RON
Places are limited to 40 participants. The final deadline for registration is 25th of May 2018. But if you want to be sure to join us, please don’t wait too long before applying. You are in charge of your own transportation cost to the Mica train station (please see ‘Getting here’).
At the moment of registration an advance of 40% is required. In order to pay this, please start by contacting :
Alina Turco (for Romanian, English and French speakers) – Email: email@example.com
Piroska Darvas (for Hungarian speakers) – Mobil: (+4)0743753494; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The host of the festival : Sanyika Mezei.
Hope to see you soon!
We are looking for 5 volunteers who can help us organise, translate, cook, do the shopping. Accommodation and meals are provided.
Obligatory condition : to speak English and Romanian or English and Hungarian. The three would be ideal.
Please use the contact details on the « Apply » page.
Arrival : 25 June, as you wish during daytime
Departure : 30 June, as you wish during daytime
By car : Ceuaș, Județul Mureș, Romania (do not mistake with « Ceaușul de Câmpie » !). You need to arrive to Târgu Mureș, then follow Târnãveni, then Mica, and then the sign « Ceuaș » pointing to the left.
Upon arrival, please go to Sanyika’s house, which is the first finished house on the right after entering the village.
By public transport : The closest airport and train station is Târgu Mureș, but not many companies fly there. Other airports are Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest. Check the low cost companies Wizzair and Flying Blue. If you’re traveling by plane, it is advised to travel one day before and after, as train connections can be long. Please check train timetables here : http://www.mersultrenurilorcfr.ro. Your ‘destinatie’ is Târgu Mureș. Usually booking in advance is not necessary, you can buy tickets 1hr before departure.
From Târgu Mureș, you can take a local bus to Mica. Timetables coming soon. And from Mica you either walk 30min or we come pick you up by horse driven caravan.
Piroska Darvas, of Hungarian origin, is a religious nun of the « Congregația Surorilor Ajutatoare » order (Congregation of Helping Sisters). Her field of social action is directed toward discriminated minorities. She met the Ceuaș musicians a few years ago and since then she supports their projects as much as possible.
Sanyika Mezei, of Rromani origin, is chief of the Ceuaș young musicians group, following his father Sándor Csanyi’s foot steps.
Alina Turco, of Romanian origin, studies anthropology in France and admires Rromani traditional music. She has over 10 years of experience in producing art, fashion, and humanitarian events.
**All still and moving images were photographed by Horia Russu and Razvan Dima.**