A cultural program in Romania is designed to promote civic education and international understanding, to teach visitors about the country’s culture and history. The program is an effort to encourage personal development, social progress, peace-building and cooperation among different groups in Romania.
The goal of a cultural program in Romania is to be a mediating agent between two cultures that otherwise would not have contact or may be divided by polarization or negative stereotypes. It aims at creating a cross-cultural experience that will help understand each other better as well as explore creativity on different levels of knowledge and appreciation of diversity.
The program is open for all individuals of all nationalities, although most visitors are from the United States, Switzerland, France or Germany. It has attracted people of different ages and different professions. Many of them come often with student groups or delegations.
The program in Romania is aimed at endowing people with new perspectives on life and their relationship with others through dynamic cultural experiences in Bucharest, Sibiu (Transylvania), Cluj Napoca (Transylvania), Brasov (Cluj-Napoca) and in other cities. The program in Romania offers an international consciousness, increased understanding between cultures and increased awareness among visitors about their role as citizens of today’s world.
The cultural program in Romania consists of different aspects:
• Guided tours of Romanian cultural and historic sites, including churches, monasteries, museums, palaces and other cultural landmarks
• Athleticism training at the University Sports Center (CSS) Dinicu Golescu in Bucharest. The sports center was opened in 1967 by the Romanian Olympic Committee to provide training opportunities for young athletes. Today it is available to everyone who wants to use its facilities. CSS Dinicu Golescu won the Oscar of Romania award for “Best sports venue” for its excellence in organization and services offered to visitors.
• The program in Romania also offers optional day-long visits to the historic city of Sibiu, in Transylvania, and its surroundings. Sibiu is a cultural capital of Europe and a UNESCO world heritage site.
• A trip to the French – German cultural center in Bucharest, located on a historical monument from the 18th century called “the house with one door” situated near the Museum of Art Collections. The cultural center was created by French and German artists in order to promote intercultural dialogue between young people from France and Germany through artistic activities such as painting, dance, music and theater. In addition, the cultural center proposes exhibitions of contemporary art from different European countries.
• Optional visits to the Pablo Picasso Museum in Sibiu, an outstanding example of modern European art housed in a palace built during the reign of Ferdinand I (1608-1627) and his wife, Maria Magdalena. Picasso himself lived here for many years.
• A visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art “Tineretului Tinereștilor” (Youth Time), which is situated in a modern building with rich architectural style. The museum displays different artistic productions from all over the world, including Romanian painters and sculptors who left their imprint on present-day Romanian art.
• The visits to the museum will be complemented by a guided tour through the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, an important cultural landmark of Romania. According to historical records, the citadel was founded in the year 1310, during Stephen I reign.
• An optional visit to Zalau, Caras-Severin county – Carpathians Mountains, Transylvania. This trip will be organized at low season by means of a 4×4 vehicle.
• An optional visit to the “The Diaspora Museum” located in Bucharest, a place for articulation and transmission of stories and values that shaped the present-day Romanian culture. The museum was established in 2003 to promote Romania’s role in furthering a better understanding among cultures in a global context.
The program is suitable for all ages and can be planned in three days, starting with arrival on Monday, 10:00 am.The program requires a minimum stay of 3 nights in Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj Napoca or Brasov. In case of cancellation, there would be no reimbursement fee.
The cultural program in Romania is organized by APCEF Association, a Bucharest-based nonprofit organization that promotes personal development, social progress and peace-building by offering cross-cultural experiences.
Since 2007, APCEF has been awarding its annual Peace Prize to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the cause of promoting peace. Previous recipients of the Peace Prize include the following:
Since 2002 APCEF has been organizing an annual nonviolence course for teenagers, students and adults. The “Nonviolence Course” has become one of the most important events in Romania on this topic.
The program is designed to provide participants with professional experiences that can help them develop their personal and professional skills and abilities, in addition to helping them improve their self-understanding and inner development. Participants also receive certificates at the end of the course.
The “Nonviolence Course” is organized by APCEF Association, a Bucharest-based nonprofit organization that promotes personal development, social progress and peace-building by offering cross-cultural experiences. The program is suitable for all ages, especially for teenagers and university students. The program includes both theory and practice. APCEF has also created a Youth Nonviolence Network in Romania, with the aim to promote nonviolence among young people.
APCEF has published many books regarding various means of achieving peace through promoting cross-cultural understanding. Apcef organizes an annual event on World Environment Day called “Meet the Earth”, which has become one of the most important events concerning environmental education in Romania.