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International youth exchange in Săcueni – internet awareness was the main topic

A youth exchange programme with 33 participants from four countries took place in our town from 26 July to 5 August. Participants from Hungary, Italy, Spain and Romania took part in a 10-day project entitled “The Media-Maze: Know It, Use It!” (as part of Ér Hangja’s winning project).

The activities in English were divided into two main blocks each day: an intensive morning block with theoretical and practical lectures and activities closely related to the project theme, and an afternoon block with in-depth activities, also related to the morning block, but in a more practical and playful way.

A colorful folk song and folk dance gala closed the Digitradition series of events

An intercultural folk song and dance gala was organized as the final event of the winning project called Digitradition – Digitization of traditions, music and folk dances in Valea Ierului in Săcueni on June 25.

At the cross-cultural event, the audience could see Hungarian, Romanian, German and Slovak folk dances, as well as hear folk songs. On the Slovakian side, the show was given by the Cerovine Folklore Group from Valea Cerului, on the Romanian side the young group of the Together for Diosig Association, German folk song and dance courtesy of the Ährenkranz dance group from Petrești, and on the Hungarian side diversity was provided in the afternoon by the folk dance group Zajgó from Săcueni, the little Zajgó, the Csorgó dance group from Cubulcut and the Búzavirág folk song ensemble from Săcueni.

A multigenerational project on the crafts of the Ier Valley has come to an end

A mini-exhibition marked the final event of the Craftalization – Digitization of Ier Valley Crafts project in August. As previously reported, the year-long project aims to strengthen the cultural identity of ethnic minorities through the revitalisation, revival and digitisation of eight crafts in the Ier Valley, as well as to involve young students in home-based activities initiated and implemented by them in their local communities, which naturally lead to positive changes. In addition, the initiative also aims to increase the tourist attractiveness of the area. The children involved in the project were able to try their skills in the following craft activities: making recycled paper by hand, weaving carpets using recycled textiles, making homemade noodles, pottery, making wooden models, wood carving, crochet, corn husk weaving.

Meeting Twin Towns in Săcueni

The members of the delegations discussed the opportunities in e-tourism.

A twin town meeting took place in Săcueni from June 8 to 11. Representatives from Algyő, Edelény, Gyermely, Héhalom, Mucsony (Hungary), Kamocsai, and Kürti (Slovakia) participated alongside the host Săcueni. Among the near four hundred representatives from the eight municipalities, were those who greeted each other as old friends, but new friendships were also forged during the enjoyable joint programs.

The four-day meetings program introduced the participating delegations and interested parties to the segment of tourism that takes place in the digital space. This is because in today’s world, most travel planning happens online, using smart devices. Travelers often value the ability to compare prices and accommodations on online lodging booking platforms and the fact that they don’t need to establish direct contact with the accommodation provider. Digitization is a constant presence in the tourism industry, and the changing customer demands of the past two and a half years have only accelerated this process. A significant portion of the sector, at least the rapidly awakening part, made significant leaps in development during this time, and the twin town meeting revolved around the aspects of digitization and tourism.

Visit to a country house in Ier Valley

Our traditions are linked to the past, they are fulfilled in the present, but they are also a guarantee for our future. With the support of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), the media association Ér Hangja is raising awareness of the importance of the traditions of the Ier Valley through a project launched in August 2022 entitled “Digitising the crafts of the Ier Valley”. As the last stage of the project, we invite young people and pensioners to a bus tour of the built heritage of Ier Valley, during which we will visit the living museums of our region, namely Galoșpetreu Country House, Curtuișeni Village Museum, Otomani Manor and Mișca Country House.

The aim of the trip is to bring together older and younger generations, to discuss the past and present and to learn together about the built heritage and traditions of our region.

Hungarian folk songs from Bihor County rang out at the event of the Ér Hangja Association

Hungarian folk songs were performed – after the presentation of Romanian folk songs – the singing of the women of the Búzavirág Popular Choir from Săcueni filled the Szent László hall of the Ady Endre Cultural Center at the end of April. The event is part of the program series Digitradition – Digitisation of folk traditions, folk music and folk dance in Ier Valley, which was launched in February by the Ér Hangja Egyesület Association.

The group which is composed mostly of retired people was founded twenty years ago, the group now meets weekly under the leadership of music teacher Csilla Béres to rehearse and practice older songs and learn new ones. The presented collection of folk songs consisted of songs collected by Ildikó Bárdosi, an outstanding folk artist, folk singer and folk musician, from the Târnava coast of Bihor County, so the songs were authentically characteristic of the landscape. The notes captured in the audio recording became available for everyone to listen to in the context of a podcast.

Twin-towns’ meeting in Sacueni

Event description (pdf)

A sister settlement meeting will be organized again in Sacueni on June 8-11. Under the coordination of Ér Hangja Association. The series of events named E-tourism in the EU will be attended by representatives from Edelény, Héhalmi, Gyermely, Algyő, Mucsony (Hungary), Kamocsa and Kürt (Slovakia), as well as local representatives.

One of the goals of the four-day meeting is to be able to focus on answers to the needs and problems that have arisen in connection with the tourism of their localities, and to define common strategic directions for the development of e-tourism in their localities and their coordination. One of the mid- and long-term positive benefits of the project’s synergy is the creation of a joint website, accessible for all partners (covering 3 countries), on which the digitized tourist services of the respective settlements can be continuously updated and promoted.

Nature in Bihor region

Nature is one of the main factors that attract people. In the area of the Bihor region, you will find many places connected with nature. One of them is the Cicoş Lake.

Cicoş Lake is a protected area of national importance (nature reserve, mixed type) located in the northern part of the Bihor county. Cicoş Lake is near the village of Olosig, which belongs administratively to the city of Săcuieni.

The reserve covers an area of 10 ha, in the middle of which there is a swamp complex with real floating vegetation. In the reserve, you can observe such vegetation as reeds with roots and reed rhizomes. The area surrounding the lake is rich in flora called a floristic rarity: cotton.