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Live sending -Christmas Colinda, Bixad, Romania

Romanian Christmas Carol

LIVE SENDING Malin Skinnar from Sweden doing live sendings from Romanian villages. Tonight with Irina Man & Vasile Tompoşel at #världensminstakulturhus.

Welcome to the smallest Culture House in the World

JULENS KORALER

Colinda – Christmas Carol from Oas, Romania 


This is a livesending made in Bixad after fasting at Christmas.

Welcome to the Smallest Culture House in the World;  with Irina Man & Vasile Tompoşel in Bixad, north east Romania.

This is a Colinda – a Traditional Christmas Carol of Oas It is a carol about the birth of Jesus as foretold in the Old Testament prophecies; “In the city of Bethlehem”.

It is the carol they sing in Oas the most, also when gathered in church on Christmas day Oas, Satu Mare, North Romania.

Young singers onboard;  The famous singer Denisa Batin and Berce Irina, Berce Andrei, Berce Ionut, Finta Ionut,  Mihoc Adrian, Bubuianu Marian

Translation and folklore guide Alex Ilea

TRADITION OF FASTING

In the villages it’s common to do 40 day fast to prepare spiritually for Christmas and after that comes naturally celebration that you feel in a deeper way.

CHRISTMAS

On christmas eve you don´t eat anything but bread.  After sunset and go carolling with dance, singing and mask traditions.  Then next days there can be dancing drinking and weddings again.

Here is a Documentary in romanian about winter and Colinde Carols in Oas.

VIOLIN

The violin is special and tunes higher for a sharper sound. The words can be improvised fully or mixed in new ways from old rhymes – like the same as doina’s. The bridge of the violin is also changed.

SWEDISH

Julsång från länet Oas  eller Tara Oasului i nordvästra Rumänien mot gränsen till Ungern och Ukraina. Detta är bygden Bixad där Irina Man med sin folkkör sjunger julhymner som ni aldrig hört maken till.

Detta är en av de mest unika sång stilar som ännu lever kvar.

På juldagen ses alla män och ropsjunger koraler i kyrkan. Alla står upp. Alla i hatt med plym och traditionell dräkt. Alla öppnar sin stämma och ropar ut julens budskap.

Sen går alla runt och sjunger från gård till gård. Det är högt, starkt och mäktigt. Även sjukhusets patienter får sina arma kroppar genomsjungna.

Gatorna är fulla av firande hemvändare. Inte en sekund går förlorad.

#visitandstayromania #visitromania #folklore #colinda #jul #rumänien #romania #världensminstakulturhus

Romanian Christmas Carol
Kulturhus i en husbil

På juldagen ses alla män och ropsjunger koraler i kyrkan. Alla står upp. Alla i hatt med plym och traditionell dräkt. Alla öppnar sin stämma och ropar ut julens budskap.

-By God’s apple tree – of the Lord and our Lord – I don’t know who came – and ate the apples – of the Lord and our Lord – and chewed the leaves – listen, apple, listen, pear – of the Lord and our Lord – God had sent me – to choose apples of baptism – of the Lord and our Lord – to baptize the Holy Son – the Holy Son is baptized – ready to be raised-

Malin Skinnar video creator, storyteller and visual artist

Malin – the Swedish song explorer in Romania

Gospodina
Husbilen Chausson Flash 510, med milsvid utsikt

SWEDISH ARTIST MALIN SKINNAR : “AS USUAL, IN ROMANIA, MIRACULOUS THINGS HAPPEN”

Doina singer, gospodina

– MALIN, WE ARE CURIOUS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU. COULD YOU PLEASE TELL US WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ROMANIA ?

– I am a digital nomad who depicts folklore through my iPhone and via YouTube. I have my studio and atelier in a camper van and I tell the stories of different countries by their folk songs.

My vision is to travel around Romania and make a book about the women’s songs and about the self sustainable people. Romania has a richness when it comes to village life and traditional lifestyles still kept in use.

Those are things that I find unique for Romania and  desirable for us in Sweden. I dearly wish to depict that and tell the stories from Romania.

I always travel with the help of my friendly network on Facebook and I am always met by kind and hospitable village people. I often get the question if I am not scared to travel alone.

No, I am not.  Friendliness and hospitality are extensive all over the world and in Romania it was omnipresent.

I was embraced, guided and welcomed as if I was a niece, the child of a cousin or a dear, old friend.  Multumesc, Romania !

The smallest Culture House in The World, malinstoryteller.com

Romania always pulled me. The folklore is strong and multi-facetted there. Romania is the core of Europe and has been crossed by historical epochs, cultures, people, throughout history, but in Sweden we hardly know anything about Romania.

I had heard about special, ancient  songs from Romania as I was making a book in neighbouring Bulgaria. I did an art book about Bulgarian women’s songs called : “Att klä sig i ett folks andedräkt”. 

I came to Bucharest without knowing anyone, but became friends with some people through a course I assisted, called “ The Liberated Voice”. By accident I found a STAR-video of a young girl from Cluj singing  a folksong.

The song was magical and captivating and I took the train north and played the video to everyone I met. At the end, the tunes could be tracked to Maramures and by a miracle I found the singer, who was now an adult. She is  fantastic Livia Neag.

WATCH LIVIA NEAG  as she sings for Malin


Horse and farmer

I noticed that every village in Romania had their special traits and the authentic songs  have their special place in the every day lives of the villagers.

As a folklore story-teller it is the variation of culture that makes a bridge  where there is usually national borders.

The human being and her songs, clothes, traditional costumes, language and every day life have similarities everywhere you go in the world.

All of us were born, need to survive and will one day die. In between there is joy, challenges , celebrations, hope, belief.  All our cultural expressions are like a human cape that embrace us. We carry a heritage with us, despite politics and national borders. The songs are  like an archaeological finding and consists of non tangible  values that can only be felt in our hearts.

The digital life we have today, with Facebook and YouTube ,makes the description of the lives of people pretty unique. I found a beautiful, old woman,  in Maramures and I sat down with her and we sang together.

I  shared the film on Facebook and all of a sudden  I was in contact with 15 of her grandchildren on FB, and they helped me with translations , explanations, connected  me with neighbours, other villages and sent me links with things they though I should do in the area  !

– WE WOULD LIKE TO BE INSPIRED BY YOUR OTHER ADVENTURES. WHERE DID YOU GO AND WHAT DID YOU DO ? 

I have travelled almost all my life. I am a story-teller and an artist and started early at a radio station in Sweden where music production was my field.  Through music I found throat chanting and drum dance  from the Arctic and I went to Greenland and hitch-hiked with fishermen.

I   also depicted  hip-hopers and hard rockers in the small villages, between the mountains. Then I joined their grandparents for hunting and learnt all about their old traditions.

At home, in Sweden, I started an  exhibition and  I went out on a tour with it, for 8 years. A tour with  poetry and photographs. Between the year 1992-1998   I told  43 000 children and adults  about the Arctic.  I made 11 trips to Greenland and I have paddle in between ice bergs, met polar bears and crashed into a whale !

Malin Skinnar i sin husbil.

– COULD YOU DESCRIBE A DAY OR TWO IN THE CAMPER VAN ? 

In Sweden I use a motto: ” Liten yta stor rymd ”  which could be translated to ” Small surface – big space” .

I left behind a beautiful house with an atelier, in the countryside, to move into the camper van. I gave away and sold almost all  that I owned, except for  an iPad,  an iPhone and  hiking shoes. I own a camper van with a solar panel. In my home I have made an atelier and studio where I paint art books.

At the moment I am painting a book for a vocal quartet that collected nursery rhymes from all overthe world.The book shall be finished soon so my whole car is full of sketches.

Last week I finished a Finnish songbook for a folk singer who wanted my illustrations for a book that comes with a CD.  I am always on the look out to be able to find ways to tell the stories of people.

Grönlandsberättelser
Illustrator Malin Skinnar, Sweden

– WHAT DO YOU SAY IF I SAY PASSION ?

– To make borders into bridges.

 – The human being on earth and singing.

I love sitting with old women who wear head scarves and be in their kitchen and sing.

Last year I sat in Senegal with muslim women and they taught me old Mandinka songs from the 14th century. In between prayers they burst into laughter, danced and talked.

– WHAT DO YOU SAY IF I SAY DREAMS?

– To use my gift to connect people on earth.

–  My curiosity to tell stories and my trust to travel to places on earth I didn’t even knew existed.

– To continue with story telling through songs, films, drawings, paintings and words.

– That Europe continues to open borders and collaborate.  That excluding nationalism will never gain power again because no one goes out as a winner. Only regimes. Not the individual families. People need each other. We are all of the same kind.

Världens minsta kulturhus

– WHAT DO YOU SAY IF I SAY COURAGE ?  

To trust one’s intuition demands a certain degree of courage.

To be courageous doesn’t mean one has no fear. It is about how we values the time together, here on earth – and how to treat one’s neighbour.

I trust individuals. It doesn’t mean that I am not attentive. It means that I am open and flexible towards  the situation that I am in.

– WHICH ARE THE MEETINGS OR EVENTS THAT MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOU WHILE TRAVELING IN ROMANIA?

Oh, all the meetings with people. There is a fundamental sense of friendliness and hospitality everywhere.

I always get surprised on how much help I get and how curious everyone is  and how much they want to show me their world !

Gospodina

– I AM MOVED ALMOST EVERY HOUR

One dazing day of luck and joy  was when  I sat with the women and sang in Ungureni. Their incredible traditional  clothing, their scarves, their beautiful and strong hands resting in their laps , was like  being in a fairytale.

When they sang I cried.

I had asked to hear laments , it is a tradition we forgot about in Sweden.

They sang so all of us cried. Afterwards we all ate sasuages, apples and drank horinca.  

– And we laughed.

I had been sad for a long period of time, for personal reasons, but all sadness disappeared in Ungureni. The laughter stays in my soul. Ungureni is the world’s most beautiful village.

Watch : Malin in Maramures

– WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT WE, IN WESTERN EUROPE , COULD LEARN FROM THE ROMANIANS? 

First of all the hospitality, that is pretty amazing.

Secondly, the expressions of the cultural richness that can be found in Romania, via the multi cultural tracks of people who walked the Romania plains and mountains throughout history.

The ambiance of the dances, the songs, the stories, the craftsmanship and the traditional clothing.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER ARE THE UNLOCKED POTENTIALS IN ROMANIA? 

To arrive to those villages where eco-farming and selfsustainability goes hand in hand.  There, people knows all that is to know, what it means to be a human being. This is desirable and unique for everyone in Europe.

All Swedes should go to summer camps to the Romanian villages to learn how to live.

The beauty of the whole country is unique. The cities are exciting to visit, the villages wonderful. The wilderness incomparable !

– WHAT IS YOUR IMPRESSIONS ABOUT THE CREATIVE, ARTISTIC ENVIRONMENT IN ROMANIA ? 

In Romania nobody gives up. Everyone struggles and fight.

Everyone is connected to everyone. Nobody takes anything for granted, so culture has ambassadors everywhere.

– ANYTHING ELSE YOU WISH TO ADD …?

Thank you to everyone who welcomes me in Romania. Thank you to the mountains , the rivers, the forests, the fields. Thank you  for your songs, treasures and fairytales.

For more articles about Romania please read The Bucharest Lounge

Malin Skinnar video creator, storyteller and visual artist

Swedish storyteller in Romania

Article about Malin Skinnar by author Marian Ilea.

For several years now, Malin Skinnar has been wandering through the wide world in a sort of cultural conundrum, seeking the essence of the human being long lost in the so called developed countries, which are actually just technologized.

Romania, Baia Mare, GLASUL – article by author and producer Marian Ilea

For several years now, Malin Skinnar has been wandering through the wide world in a sort of cultural conundrum, seeking the essence of the human being long lost in the so called developed countries, which are actually just technologized.

Malin Skinnar searching for the women's blues - Transylvania

Malin Skinnar is: a storyteller, writer illustrator, theatrical performer, artist and producer with a Mobile Digital Stage.

She administers www.malinstoryteller.com in Sweden.

Malin is searching, and when she finds LIFE in it’s natural state, in the core of it’s wisdom, in the simplicity now lacking from the unpredictable, overdeveloped world lacking culture, then she stops on her journey.

She’s looking for people, tells stories, discovers old music and through music gets to the soul of the communities.

Several times she’s been to Maramures and made friends in Lapus. 

Now she  is writing a book about Maramures and Oas, about people, feelings, profoundness, LIFE!

Malin has Maramures in her heart and mind.

She’s learned Romanian words which she says with passion and feeling.

Sometimes she sleeps in her mobile home with which she wanders the roads of Europe, sometimes she stays at a hotel, leaving her car in a parking.

Most often, she stays in the homes of her friends.

For Malin Skinnar, Maramures is a spectacle of an old, wise world that can be found again in the stories and songs of those who keep the local traditions.

Her presence reminds me of Gail Klingman**: an American woman who came to Maramures during the time of the Communists, who learned the Romanian language with the villagers of Ieud and spoke this wholesome tongue at meetings with the top intellectuals of Romania.

Gail has writte extraordinary books about Maramures during the Communist era.

Malin Skinnar has herself found the key to the wisdom of Maramures. She will write a book whose destiny I hope will be like that of the books written by Gail Kligman.

It’s been one month since Malin Skinnar has come back to Maramures, she is meeting the real people, keepers of the wisdom of Maramures, Lapus and Oas historical areas.

I saw on a DVD a theatre play staged by Malin Skinnar in Sweden. A play which has been successful and has been performed in sold out venues. It’s possible that in a future edition of the Atelier Festival organized by Radu Macrini of the Theatre of Baia Mare, this theatrical endeavor will find itself a nice place.

Searching for the women's blues - Cupseni Romania, documentary by Malin Skinnar

Through culture and courage, Malin Skinnar  taken on Maramures. She’s recieved it in her heart and mind and is an ambassador, in the true sense of the world. An ambassador of Maramures in the countries where she goes through and of course in her native Sweden.

  

*Marian Ilea: Member of the Romanian Journalists’ Association (AZR), Member of the Romanian Writers’ Union, novelist and playwright, CEO of Maramures TV, senior editor of Glasul Maramuresului newspaper, CEO of Informatia Zilei de Maramures newspaper, vice president of Archeus Cultural Foundation, Member of the YMCA leading commitee.

**Gail Kligman: anthropologist, ethnographer, professor at the Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, associate professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Texas, director at the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies (2005-2015).

Translation Alexandru Ilea #romania     #womensblues

Malin Skinnar video creator, storyteller and visual artist

Malin in Romanian TV

Stirile Pro TV, Agries, Romania

O scriitoare din Suedia își dorește să promoveze tradițiile și muzica autentică din România

Stirile Pro TV, Agries, Romania

Dimma i Transsylvanien

I am a swedish storyteller travelling Europe   “Searching for the womens Blues“. Here below is e reportage from Stirile Pro TV in Romania about my visit in Agries.

The old traditions are important to all of us. Sustainble living is a golden treasure. One day we all will need to know how to make things on our own. Electricity and internet is not a stable source. To spend time on countryside of Maramures is a  life-university to put on the cv.

Världens minsta kulturhus på besök i Rumänien

“O scriitoare din Suedia cutreieră lumea în lung și-n lat într-o casă pe patru roți și ne învață ce înseamnă să trăiești frumos, departe de tumultul marilor oraşe.

A ajuns în #Maramureș, ademenită de folclor şi oamenii de aici. Şi-a propus să învețe tradițiIle noastre și să le așeze în paginile unei cărți cu ilustrații, totul din dorința de a promova muzica noastră autentică.

“Uite de ce îmi place #România. Este mâncare adevărată pe care toţi suedezii ar vrea s-o consume. E sanataoasă, din propria grădină!”, a precizat scriitoarea.

Malin Skinnar este freelancer şi a ajuns pentru prima oară în Maramureș în urmă cu 4 ani. S-a întors aproape în fiecare an, iar acum vrea să le arate şi altora cum se trăieşte aici. Impresionată de traiul oamenilor de la ţară, suedeza spune că s-a îndrăgostit de mâncarea noastră şi de tradiţiile încă vii.

“Aici în România aveţi o comoară de cântece şi oameni care încă ştiu să trăiască în satele mici, fără electricitate şi au puterea de a face orice cu mâinile lor şi sunt apropiaţi de animale”, a mai spus Skinnar. Casă şi atelier de creaţie îi este o rulotă! Deşi este vegetariană, Malin s-a lăsat convinsă de oamenii care au primit-o în casele lor să consume carne de porc.

În satul #Agrieș, scriitoarea a îmbrăcat straie populare şi a “gustat” şi din tradiţiile locului. “Parcă a crescut în satul nostru, aici. Aşa o văd că pe o simplă femeie din satul nostru”, s-a declarat încântată Teodora Purja, cântăreață de muzică populară.

Proiectul suedezei este susţinut de prieteni şi de cei care o urmăresc pe site-ul de socializare. Ei plătesc pentru fiecare 100km parcurşi şi primesc un loc de cinste în cartea ei.

Adina Timis, Stirila Pro TV, Romania, nov 2018

Sjunga på munnen utan att kunna ett språk

Photographer and storyteller visiting Doina singers in the village of Agries, Transylvania.

Teodora and Lenuta Purja with story singer Malin Skinnar . Swedish- Romanian culture exchange

Lenuta and Teodora Purja sings with Malin Skinnar from the smalles culture house on wheels.

The smallest culture house on wheels in Agries, Romania
Världens Minsta Kulturhus fick besök från Rumänsk tv under sin visit hos folksångerskorna Teodora och Lenuta Purja i norra Rumänien.
Malin Skinnar with the smallest culture house on wheels visiting folk singers in Romania
Malin Skinnar www.malinstoryteller.com