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UTA Gagauzia is becoming more and more attractive for tourists

Funded by the European Union of €6.5 million implemented by UNDP, the Program “Supporting Agriculture and Rural Development in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia District” (SARD) aims to enhance cooperation between central and local authorities as well as the one between regional Gagauzia and Taraclia district, for the social and economic development of the region and the Republic of Moldova as a whole. The SARD Program carries out activities to empower communities, rehabilitate social infrastructure, promote inter-community cooperation and implement the LEADER European Rural Development Initiative in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia.

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The first Gagauz tourist complex in Moldova was inaugurated on November 6 in the village of Congaz, Comrat district. In addition to the four traditional peasant houses with clay walls and reed roofs, the “Gagauz Sofrasi” ethno-touristic complex now has a museum, a cellar, a restaurant with a national-style terrace, a mini-hotel, and a festivities hall.

“Tourism is a niche with great potential but not yet explored in our region. With the help of the European Union, we have succeeded not only in creating a perfect resting place for local and foreign tourists but also an unforgettable tourist attraction for Gagauzia. Visitors can get to know the traditions and history of the country, enjoy traditional Gagauz dishes and the best wines in the area and even participate in gourmet workshops,” says the owner of the complex, Ana Statova.

For the development and promotion of this complex, the owner benefited from counseling and an 18,500 EUR grant from the European Union through the SARD program implemented by UNDP.

The resting park set up on the river Cahul was also inaugurated, which was rehabilitated for a length of 3 km with the assistance of the European Union and the contribution of local and regional public authorities within the SARD program. Over many years, the river crossing the city was a threat to the inhabitants. It hasn’t been cleaned for years and became misty, so after some more heavy rain, the river swelled and flooded all the nearby households. Vulcanesti Mayor Victor Petrioglo said that due to the floods, the local budget lost more than 2 million lei annually, or about 15% of the local budget.

The total cost of the Cahul River Cleaning and Park Planning was €126,942, of which €70,000 was provided by the European Union, and the difference was covered by the regional and community budget.

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Moldova will participate in “Expo Dubai 2020”. The pavilion of our country, divided into four areas: “Discover, Taste, Craft and Invest”

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The Republic of Moldova will participate in the World Expo Dubai 2020 Exhibition. According to the concept, our country’s pavilion will be divided into four key areas: “Discover, Taste, Craft and Invest”.

The Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure announces that visitors will be able to explore the history of our legendary wine, learn about national, cultural, historical values.

At the same time, “Expo Dubai 2020” represents an opportunity to intensify trade, economic, scientific and technological exchanges with other states and companies.

It is an event where new outlets for domestic products will be identified. At the same time, visitors will know about investment projects that might be of interest to business people around the world.

According to organizers’ estimates, “Expo Dubai 2020” will be visited by about 25 million people around the world.

“The International Exhibition Center” Moldexpo “, designated as responsible for the organization of our country’s participation in this event, must make every effort and respect the established terms. We must make ourselves seen and heard as a state with investment, tourism and cultural potential, “the official said.

The World Expo (World Expo) is the third largest event in the world with an economic, social and cultural impact, and is held every five years, with a duration of 6 months. The Republic of Moldova has previously participated in such events, including in Hanover, Germany (2005), Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China (2010) and Milan, Italy (2015).

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The director of the “Go on. Fruits from Moldova” and “Be our guest in Moldova” short films, Viorel Mardare, passed away

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Viorel Mardare, a talented film director from Moldova, died on March 9th, after trying to fight off an adenocarcinoma that affected his kidneys, lungs and liver. Viorel got to know about his diagnosis in August 2018. He received medical treatment at an Austrian clinic and was hospitalized at the Oncological Institute in Chișinău on January 21st.

Viorel was born in Chișinău on October 7th, 1981. He graduated from both journalism and dramatic arts faculties. He was a promising Moldovan cinema man, being a laureate of the National Prize in 2018 for his original works in the advertising film art and promoting Moldova’s image. Viorel Mardare was an opinion leader, promoting important social causes such as going to vote, love the home country or treat people better.

He became internationally known in 2016 when the “Go On. Fruits from Moldova” short movie was produced, in which Freddy Mercury’s song was interpreted by simple people from the Republic of Moldova.

Another popular film by Viorel Mardare is “Be Our Guest in Moldova,” in which the main character – Brad Pitt, played by Ronald Huisman, a dutch actor, visited Moldova.

Viorel Mardare was buried on Monday, March 11th , at the Armenian Cemetery in Chișinău.

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Stories from diaspora// Marcel Lazăr – the pianist who tries to revive classical music in the Republic of Moldova

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Marcel Lazăr is a talented musician, a romantic soul and a tenacious person that is continuously seeking for development. He never chose the easiest way, in fact, there is no easy way when making music, as he affirms.

About growing up with music

Marcel has been playing piano since the age of 7, when his first piano was bought by his parents. Then, he decided to take music seriously and, at the age of 13, he went to the School of Music “Ciprian Porumbescu” in Chișinău, Moldova. Afterwards, he studied at the Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Marcel sees it as a journey: “From one step to another you get deeper into studying music and infiltrate more into its philosophy. Music is such a mystical and subjective art. The more musicians I meet and more ideas and opinions I hear, the more questions I ask myself, for which, in the end, I hope to get an answer.”

Marcel thinks that music has no borders. It is a universal language used and understood by any individual in this world. “It is said that every second, somewhere in the world a Mozart composition is played. Even tribes in Africa make music. It is different from that in the Western world, but it is certainly music as well.”

About being a musician in Moldova

Our protagonist says there is a long path from Vienna to Chișinău and he doesn’t refer to the geographical distance. “I think the music listened to in every house depends on the social class and the education level of the population, but there are many exceptions. In Vienna, if you walk on the streets, you see music stores almost at every corner. That is telling us something. In Germany or Austria, it is a normal thing for children to know how to play an instrument. A common practice for doctors, economists or lawyers is to meet at evening and play chamber music. At least, that was a normality in the 19th century, while in Moldova there were still no schools,” says Marcel.

In Moldova, as Marcel states, the situation is totally different.

“It’s hard to be a musician in Moldova. People do not know what this means. Many think it’s a game, or even worse – a waste of time. There is a big difference in the way people look at a young man who is carrying his violin in Chișinău and the way people do it in Vienna or Berlin.”

“Culture and education are strongly linked to each other, that is why we have a single ministry for them. A developed and strong society means educated and cultivated people. I read somewhere that to destroy a state, no attack is needed, it’s enough to destroy its schools. I think through education and culture, i.e. books, music, painting and theatre one can change the society,” Marcel says.

Marcel claims that people of Moldova aren’t guilty of not having a high culture in music. “People’s priority is, first of all, having food on their table, only afterwards they think of going to a concert or an exhibition.”  In the same time, Marcel expresses his hope for the future of music in Moldova. “Surely, somewhere in a Moldovan village, there is a house where the volume is turned up when a classical music composition plays on the radio.”

About Moldo Crescendo

Moldo Crescendo is a music festival, a movement of a group of musicians that want to take music home, to Moldova. Their goal – to bring people closer to the universe of music. “In a century where speed, ephemeral things and noise have taken control, we want to bring eternal music and harmony into your lives,” states the Patreon page of Moldo Crescendo.

Marcel was the one who brought together the musicians of Moldo Crescendo back in 2015. “We felt a desire to play music together at home, in Moldova. I think we have grown visibly from one edition to another.” Chamber music concerts, charity concerts, concerts organised on the street, on parking lots, in museums, in buildings of historical and cultural value for raising awareness about the importance of their renovation, symbiosis events with painters, artists, actors, photographers, are just some ideas they implemented or want to implement in the future.

“I think the greatest success was this year’s edition of  the festival, when we reached 10 major cities on both sides of the Prut. It was really an experiment and a resistance test. Unusual, for me, was the concert in Sibiu. In a former European Capital of Culture, the hall was almost empty, and we were able to focus so much, as if we had played for thousands of people. Beautiful feeling.”

Marcel and his friends try to remain optimistic: “I noticed a different attitude towards music. From our concerts in 2012 to those organised in 2018, people started to understand and enjoy music. That is making us happy.” However, he can’t look at the world through rose-coloured glasses. “We have made great efforts to convince people to donate for our cause. We spent hundreds of hours of conversation and explanation. I have made many friends, many have listened and understood me. Some of them helped us. Others have distanced themselves from us. Fighting ignorance and indifference is not so easy. There is a great distance from talks to actions. It’s painful. That’s why we decided to not try to persuade people anymore. We play music. Whoever has ears to hear, will listen to us,” reflects Marcel.

Their Patreon account displays today only 15 patrons that donate a total sum of $130 monthly – a tiny amount that is planned to be invested in a website for Moldo Crescendo. But there are still so many unrealized ideas…

Another challenge they have been facing from the very beginning is the lack of an organizational team. “We have always succeeded in motivating some friends to get involved in the organisational process. Organizing a festival, however, is a full-time job, requiring high commitment, especially in Moldova, where one has to convince people, companies, organizations to donate money for classical music concerts.” They still need people in their organisational team and ask for help here as well: “If you are willing to get involved in the organizational process of the Moldo Crescendo festivals, you are more than welcome.”

Moldo Crescendo is apolitical. That means one less source of raising more money in Moldova. “Many people do not see a problem as an artist playing today on a red stage and tomorrow on a blue one. I do not know if someone has a different attitude towards us because we are trying to be apolitical.”

Marcel lives in Bucharest. He still visits Moldova for concerts. However, he says he doesn’t know when the next occasion to come home will be, as he is working on his dissertation at the moment.

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