Orasul Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Folklore Association Somesul-Napoca has its premises in Cluj-Napoca, a town in the Transylvania Province. The town is the fifth largest in Romania. Cluj-Napoca is both a great cultural center and an industrial one. It houses seven universities, among which one is multicultural and one of the biggest in Romania, a subsidiary of the Romanian Academy with over ten institutes and scientific research communities; it has two theatres (one Romanian and one Hungarian), two opera houses (one Romanian and one Hungarian) and is recognized for having the greatest botanical garden in Romania.

The Association has an apolitical and non-profit activity, with interest in science, culture and tourism.

The purposes and objectives are stated in the Articles of Association:

  1. Activities of gathering and enhancing the folklore, with the purpose to train young people;
  2. International summer courses for learning traditional dances;
  3. Artistic performances with folkloric groups, instrumental groups, singers and great instrumentalists;
  4. Artistic manifestations with philanthropy purposes;
  5. Cultural exchanges with societies, associations, foundations, organizations, folkloric groups from Romania or abroad;
  6. Editing of speciality papers in the domain;
  7. Manufacturing traditional costumes from different parts of the country;
  8. Economic activities through a commercial society set up by the Association;
  9. Other artistic, cultural, economic and agro-tourism activities;
  10. Setting up the Folkloric Group SOMESUL NAPOCA;

The financial resources needed for the activities of the Association will be:

  1. Donations of physical and juridical persons from Romania or abroad under the form of money (Romanian lei or foreign currency), movable or immovable goods;
  2. The revenues from the fees of the participants in international summer schools;
  3. The revenues from performances of other type of artistic cultural activity;
  4. The revenues from publications or selling traditional costumes;
  5. The revenues from taxes, dues, sponsorships, subventions;
  6. The revenues from the enhancement of donations;
  7. The revenues from own economical activities;
  8. The collection of goods used for artistic activities;

The Association organizes symposiums and meetings to fulfill its scientific, cultural and touristic purpose..

From its setting up, the Association comprehended the Folkloric Group SOMESUL NAPOCA. The purpose of the folkloric group is to preserve and to cultivate the traditional creation from Romania, and especially from Transylvania.
The dancers have over fifty traditional dances in their repertory, which come from almost all folk areas of the country: The Plane of Transylvania, Somes Valley, Bihor, Oas, Codru, The Highland Secaselor, Tarnave, Fagaras, Biserica romaneasca din zona Clujului, TransilvaniaBanat, Moldavia - Ceangai and the instrumentalists can play an impressive number of songs from our folklore treasure. The exact interpretation of the famous Romanian dances and of the songs played comes directly from the folklore research which totally proves the characteristics of the traditional Romanian creation. The most complex dances performed by our dancers are from the Plain of Transylvania (the locality of Tritenii de Jos) and from Tarnave (the locality of Farau): Couple dances: "Purtata", "Fecioreasca cu fata", "Spinning in asymmetrical rhythm" or "Slow or fast spinning" ("In doua laturi" and "Hartag"). We have here the rhythms: binary, syncopated and asymmetric, which produce a polyrhythm on vertical and an unusual polymetry on the horizontal.

The dances follow the music played by the classic Transylvanian Trio: the violin, the contrary and the contrabass, and the dancers communicate during the dance through rhythmic shouts in verses on different themes, for example about the dance. The virtuous moments are the lads' dances, which became part of the UNESCO patrimony since 2015. The boys slap their boots dancing, they are in a continuous competition and in the end, they take their girls and dance together, making pirouettes for the delight of the public. Thus, an artistic euphoria is born. The impressive chromatics of the costumes the dancers wear, embroided with all the colors of the universe, contributes to this coregraphic beauty.

Ansamblul 'Somesul-Napoca', Ulm, Germania 2002

The Folkloric Dance Group has two DVDs and the orchestra has one record edited at the international festival at Montoire, France, a vinyl disc and three CDs. The orchestra uses several Romanian instruments: the shepherd’s whistle, pan-pipes, “taragot”, bugle-violin, “drimba”, dulcimer, “daireaua”, etc. The edited materials comprise the most representative traditional songs and dances from the repertory of the orchestra, of the singer Iustina Dejeu and of the folkloric dance group. The authentification of the repertory was made taking into account the initial interpretation of peasants. Some famous traditional songs played in an original way, like "Ciocarlia", are also present.

From its birth until now, the Folkloric dance group SOMESUL NAPOCA has obtained numerous international and national prizes.

The artistic management of the united folkloric dance group SOMESUL NAPOCA is signed by Zamfir Dejeu, PhD in folklore, the president of the Association Somesul Napoca. The conductor is Dejeu Doru Zamfir - violinist, and the dance instructor is engineer Ciprian Lujerdean.

The folkloric dance group "SOMESUL NAPOCA" tries to express what they really show on different occasions: the optimism, vitality and pride of the Romanian people, on behalf of whom we hope to bring you too, the message of sincere friendship

The folkloric dance group "SOMESUL NAPOCA" tries to express what they really show on different occasions: the optimism, vitality and pride of the Romanian people, on behalf of whom we hope to bring you too, the message of sincere friendship


Dr. Zamfir Dejeu