A group of people come from the neighbouring villages to Corcova, to harvest the wine grapes. During the harvest, they spend the nights in a house close to the vineyard. There is no TV, no Internet, no shops nearby, no network signal for the phones.
So people wash up, cook, eat and then go to sleep early in the evening to be able to start a new working day at 5 am.
They were kind enough to let me spend two afternoons with them and with their families, and I am very grateful for this opportunity.
September 2016. Corcova, Mehedinti, Romania (Text and photos by Mihai Ciama)
Sic is situated in Romania, in Cluj County, and once enjoyed the title of town, mainly because of the salt mines, but due to the closure of these salt mines and due to other historical events the town gradually lost its town status and formed a village.
In the second half of the 20th century, however, the specific ethnographic characteristics and values have been discovered. What was to become known as the Szeki dance, Szeki folk music and the worldwide famous costumes exist thanks to the dance movement.
Dutch Michel Van Langeveld came here after seeing Korniss Peter's black and white pictures of the Sic dancers. He permanently settled in Sic in 2011 after meeting his wife, and now they run together a Bed & Breakfast, a museum, and a dancehouse. Michel has restored the traditional house where locals, the young and old as well, meet monthly to enjoy
traditional folk music and dances.
These photos were taken on one of these dance events. (Mihai Ciama)
The greatest traditional fair in the country lasts three days in the second weekend of October. In Fekete Tó Vásar (Black Lake Market) there is no item, object or piece that cannot be found, whether new, second hand or over 100 years old. Negreni continues in all its grimy, smoky backcountry capitalist glory. Clothes, furniture, footwear, cars and bicycles ... dowry chests.
Among the sellers and musicians many are Gabors and gypsies (Seventh Day Adventists) who do not eat pork or drink alcohol (beer is not considered alcohol).
On the other hand, during the fair, the villagers entrepreneurs make money from parking . They invite tourists to park their cars in their yards and gardens, for a fee .
From the police log: Police raid at the Negreni Fair. They seized dozens of ancient coins, paintings and jewlery traded illegally. The event was attended by police officers charged with a criminal investigation to protect the national cultural heritage. The activities were conducted with the support of the fraud investigation department. Further to controls more than 87 persons were identified selling antique and medieval coins, silver and bronze of archaeological value. (Photos by Mihai Ciama)