This year celebrates 1884 years since the first official documented record of Roşia Montană – the oldest traditional mining village in Europe. An idyllic place in the heart of Transylvania, this community has been fighting for more than 15 years against the development of the largest and most dangerous cyanide mining project in Europe. In 2013-14 this fight has been joined by tens of thousands of people worldwide who took to the streets in what became Romania’s biggest civil and environmental protest in a century.
Environmental and Social Change (ESC) will join the Romanian Cultural Centre (RCC) to host the 5th edition of Roşia Montană Day. It is a very special event for us as we met and formed as a group following the Save Roşia Montană protests in London.
The event will include short films about Roşia Montană as well as a brief documentary about the Save Roşia Montană protests in London (2013-2014). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion reflecting on the recent history of this place as well as the cultural and natural heritage of Roşia Montană which explain its value today recognized as a site worthy of inclusion amongst the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Simultaneously there will be on display ‘Echo for Roşia Montană’, a collective artwork formed of dozens of canvases from around the world created by protesters during the powerful social movement in support of Roşia Montană. This participatory artwork will be installed by the artist Emanuela Marcu, who created its conceptual instructions and collaborated with ESC (Environmental and Social Change) for their realization.
This event Free however it is on a first come, first served basis. The doors open at 6:00 pm.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Update 06.02.2015: And here is the video from the event. Thank you for taking part!