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Bronx Park CC set to host Romanian pavilion

Move will mean some extra duties for organizers

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New digs for Folklorama’s Romanian pavilion will require a little extra elbow grease from volunteers.

The pavilion will be hosted by Bronx Park Community Centre (720 Henderson Hwy.) from Aug. 11 to 17. The pavilion spent the last two years at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Garden City at 2100 McPhillips St.

Master of ceremonies and media spokesperson Julian Giubega said being based at a licensed facility in the hotel didn’t allow the volunteers access to the kitchen, so they gave recipes to hotel staff for them to prepare.

"We did not do any cooking, and the volunteer base was kind of small," said Giubega, a Riverbend resident. "We have to make sure we have more volunteers, because we have to do all the cooking, all the cleaning, everything."

Giubega said pavilion organizers have made some strides to build on the volunteer base of approximately 100 that it had before. However, the extra labour is primarily going to come from everyone chipping in a little extra.

"We told (the dancers) ‘After the show is over, you walk out, you make sure the tables are clean,’" Giubega said.

Though this year’s production will provide a few extra challenges for the community, Giubega is excited for the new opportunities. Over Folklorama’s two weeks, just three pavilions will be held in northeast Winnipeg. However, the pavilion isn’t far removed from the Serbian "Beograd" pavilion at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church at 580 Talbot Ave., as well as from others in the North End or St. Boniface.

As a former Folklorama board member, Giubega knows the importance of pavilion proximity to the festival’s success, citing the large number of bus tours that hop from location to location.

"You want to be close to someone else. You don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere," he said, noting the centre’s hall, kitchen, and parking facilities drew organizers to Bronx Park. "It’s hard to get people to go across town to see just one pavilion."

In terms of the pavilion itself, spectators can expect a youthful dance display, as no performer is older than 24. Giubega’s daughter, Isabela, and Andrea Rozbacher have been working since December preparing new dances for this year’s show. The duo has been holding practices three times a week since February.

During those dances, attendees can enjoy a bevy of Romanian wine and beer alongside dishes like Chicken Dracula, sausage and beans, cabbage a la Cluj, and polenta with cheese and sour cream.

The pavilion will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 11 to 16 and from 4:30 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 17. Seating reservations can be made by calling 204-291-6484.

For more information on the pavilion, visit www.romanianfolklorama.com.

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