October 2, 2022

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TULCEA: The Enisala festival has started – unity at the citadel

Several thousand people participated, on Friday evening, in the Enisala – Unitate la cetate festival, organized by the Tulcea County Council (CJ), over 40 economic agents, craftsmen and agricultural producers offering the spectators both handicrafts and traditional dishes.

Danubius folklore ensemble from Tulcea opened the first evening of performances of the festival, during which the taraful Marin Alexandru and Lavinia Furtună, Ionuţ Galani, Millenium and Vunk gave recitals.

“It’s fantastic that we have this festival. We also start, if we still wanted capitalism, to promote tourism, as is happening in Spain. There are two weeks of carnival that start in Tenerife and end in Las Palmas. There were the Days of Tulcea, now it’s this show and the world also sees a piece of history with the cities of Enisala and Histria”, declared, for AGERPRES, one of the participants in the event, Ionuţ Falcă.

In the fortress once ruled by Genoese merchants, these days there are producers from all areas of the country, including Valentina Grigore from the village of Jurilovca in Tulcea. It represents the Lipovian Russian Community in Romania and offers products specific to this minority.

“The matryoshka is the symbol of fertility. Once upon a time, it was given to newlyweds for prosperity and passed down from generation to generation. That’s how it acquired an inestimable value and everyone bragged about its age”, said Valentina Grigore.

Mădălina Olteanu, from Sibiu, sells wooden jewelry, but also intelligence games.

“Basically, you have to do a puzzle that is apparently simple, but which is actually very complicated. They are intelligence games made in the Republic of Moldova and are recommended for all ages. They are family games”, said Mădălina Olteanu.

According to the “Gavrilă Simion” Eco-Museum Research Institute (ICEM), the institution that administers the Enisala fortress, the site had about 58,000 visitors last year, and Enisala is the correct name of the fortress, not Heracleea, as it is still used.

“It all started with a coin that was discovered by chance in the locality, being also a Roman period site in the vicinity. It was a coin from the emperor Heraclius, 610-641 CE, and that teacher said that this was the city of Heraclea. For a long period of time, even until the 1960s, there was talk of Heracleea, then slowly, slowly, historians realized that the name was not correct. Enisala, Eni-sale, is mentioned in Turkish chronicles in the 17th century, it is a fusion of Slavic and Turkish words and would mean ‘the new village’ or ‘the new fortress’, according to some historians”, stated the ICEM representative, the researcher Aurel Stanica.

The first evening of the Enisala festival – unity at the fortress ended with a laser show, and on Saturday evening the Altona and Băbăianca ensembles from Tulcea county will perform and Walter Ghicolescu, Nicolae Voiculeţ, Luminiţa Anghel and Cargo will perform.

The festival will end on Sunday with a fireworks display, which will take place after the performance by the ensembles Flori de cimbrişor and Landâş from Tulcea county and after the recitals by the Provincials, Ovidiu Lipan Ţandărică and Stelu Enache and the band Voltaj.

Enisala, a unique monument of military architecture in Romania, was built by the Genoese in the second half of the 14th century, then, for a short period, it belonged to the Romanian ruler Mircea the Elder, who lost it to the Ottoman Empire .

Source – Agerpres / Online editor – Daniel Șăndăreanu

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