Ethnic communities who live here together have made an important contribution to the culture of Moldova Noua, through festivals, traditions, folk dances and specific folk costumes.
Besides the predominant Romanian community, in the town Moldova Noua can be found the following ethnic groups: Serbs, Czechs, Roma:
- the Serbian community is concentrated in two cities: Moldova Veche and Macesti and religiously comply with the old calendar (Christmas – January 7 New Year January 13 to 14, etc.). The celebrations of the two localities and the two churches bring, through customs, tradition, dance and costumes, a specific Serbian color in Moldova Noua’s culture.
- the Czech community is a small community, catholic religion, with specific traditions.
- the Roma community is characterized by specific Gypsy art dances and craftmanship.
The Ensemble “Brotherhood” of the House of Culture of Moldova Noua has four dance groups (Romanian, Serbian, Gypsy, modern dance and society) and participate annually in a number of festivals, both at home and abroad, namely :
- “Spring Parade” Festival, Resita – May 1
- Marathon of Serbian folklore, Timişoara – May 15
- International Folklore Festival “Hercules” Herculane – July 13 to 15
- “Proetnica 2007 Festival,” Sighisoara – August 22 to 24
- International Festival “Velikogospoinski Sabor 2007 ‘from Rusko Selo, Serbia – August 28 to 30
- “Pasuliada 2007,” Veliko Gradiste, Serbia – September 14 to 15
- National Festival artistic groups of towns and villages – Bucharest
- Danube Folk Festival (Braila, Tulcea)
- New Year Celebration – 31st December.
“Brotherhood Ensemble” was founded in 1968 by merging the authentic Romanian songs band from Moldova Noua (Boşneag) with the authentic Serbian songs band from Moldova Veche. The ensemble was awarded in 1989 in numerous festivals in the country and abroad.
In 1980, the band of authentic Serbian songs toured for one month in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden. It is present every year on the stages of the former Yugoslavia. Since 2001, the ensemble was joined by the authentic Gypsy songs band and the modern dance band.
Since 1990, the ensemble has participated in the following festivals:
- Spring Parade – Resita
- Hercules Festival – Herculane
- Serbian Folk Festival – Timişoara
- Gypsy Dance Festival – Tg. Mures
- Euro-regional festival DKMT (Romania, Hungary, Serbia)
Together with kindergartens and schools in the village, the House of Culture Moldova Noua takes part in cultural-educational activities related to certain anniversaries:
- Europe Day – May 9
- Children’s Day – June 1
- Army Day – October 25
- National Day of Romania – December 1
- Performing carols during Christmas feasts – December 22
Other cultural activities taking throughout a year:
- The event aims to promote Romanian contemporary art and encourage creative exchange of ideas between the consecrated Romanian artists and their younger colleagues.
- it consists of individual or group exhibitions with works of fine art;
- artistic shows take place, where bands from various genres, classical and modern dance, are invited;
- organizing competitions, for example. “We are free to express ourselves as we feel” of drawings, photographs, short films, posters, collages, compositions or any other material which artistically express an idea, a concept.
Traditionally Winter customs:
- Pre-holiday season events dedicated to cultural exchange with neighboring localities, but also further afield, guests presenting various folk customs and traditions;
- Presentation of traditional Romanian cooking recipes from various corners of the country.
Among the leading cultural figures of the town Moldova Noua culture can be mentioned the poets Mihai Leonte and Aleksandar Stoicovici and the painter Bogdan Braila.
Currently there are no local cultural publications as periodical magazines.
Moldova Nouă cultural Agenda
The main cultural events in Moldova Noua’s agenda are as follows:
The Fasanc/Farsangs holiday (the origin of the name is most likely German and signifies the mask or carnival) precedes the fasting of the holiday and begins on the first Sunday after the sect (February-March) has been left with the baby’s beans. The next two days are assigned respectively to wedding and funeral. The symbolism of the event is a complex one. Through satire, irony and masks, we can highlight the negative aspects of life seen with humor, but also the move toward a new year, hoping it will be better (the symbolic burial is of the year just passed, with all the evils). This traditional outdoor show is interactive, offering the chance of physical cleansing and symbolic souls by touching participants with a nick. In the evening, the Culture House orchestra is in office the “Masks ball” where the most beautiful masks are chosen and honored. The event is followed by a ball, obviously masked.
The Easter Ball
Every year, on Easter days, a ball is organized with the support of the City Hall and the local Council of Moldova Nouă, in which the entire community participates. It celebrates with dance and folk music, with the participants dressed in traditional costumes.
1 st of June, Children's Day
The International Children’s Day is celebrated every year on 1st of June.
The Moldova Nouă Culture House, with the support of the City Hall and the local Council, dedicates this day to children through cultural, sporting and artistic events, performances, workshops, surprises and gifts of all kinds.
Every year, on 29 June, when Christian – Orthodox celebrate the St. Paul and Peter’s day the Danube is celebrated through exhibitions, cultural and sports activities dedicated to young people participating in various competitions – chess, cros, table tennis, sports fishing, measures to make the river greener and to promote its importance for riparian localities. After the competition is over, the cultural House groups are showing a show in honor of the winners and not least of the Danube.
The Golden cauldron in Moldova Veche
Held annually in early August since 2001, Golden Cauldron is a complex, cultural-sports and gastronomic event. Carried out by the local Organization of the Union of Serbs from Moldova Veche with the support of the Union of Serbs in România, the Caraș-Severin County Council, the City Council and the House of Culture of Moldova Nouă, is an international contest, as the participants include teams from Serbia.
The day starts with fishing and sporting competitions (football, chess, tennis). Participating teams then give free replay to mastery and prepare the most tasty fish soup after some secret recipes, hoping to get the trophy. The day ends with a folk dance show, especially Serbian, from different areas, music, good mood, tasting of soup, winning prizes and fireworks.
Ruga / Town's Day
Each city has a protector Saint. The city of Moldova Nouă’ is Saint Mary, which is why every year, on 15 – 16 August, when Christian Orthodox celebrate “Saint Mary or the Worshipful of the Mother of God” the prayer/days of the city is celebrated in the open air. The event is organized by the City Hall, the local Council and the Culture House of new Moldova. The public is welcomed with folk dance and music, sporting activities, but also with performances by nationally-established artists, or even artists from Serbia invited by the City Hall. The Danube’s cliffs are being filled with food. There is even an area reserved for the amusement park, which makes particularly the small ones very happy and a market with stalls selling most varied products. In the end, the people present witness a sensational fireworks show over the Danube.
The Film Festival on the Danube Shore
The International Film Festival is a relatively recent event, which debuted in 2018 at the initiative of the Moldova Nouă Culture House, but has since its first edition managed to capture public attention. Film screenings for all tastes and age categories delight the viewers for a week every evening on the Danube shores.
For a few days, usually in October, Moldova Noua through the House of Culture and with the support of the City Hall and the local Council enjoys cultural events: from performances to film screenings, concerts, symposiums on various topics (European integration, environment, health, engineering, it, literature), exhibitions or book releases. In the evening, the House of Culture in Moldova Nouă’s chorus and the modern, ethno and society dance groups, but also the best similar groups from the schools of Moldova Nouă, are carrying an artistic show, after which a ball for all participants follows. Folk dance bands, together with the Culture House orchestra, are performing folk shows. The event is a traditional one, and it already enjoys over 40 successful editions.
Every year winter holidays are an opportunity for joy and carol concerts of the most varied, performed by groups of all ages. The month of gifts is also the time when new events such as “Christmas in the house of national minorities” (with the aim of promoting the traditions and customs of communities and promoting socialization, but also knowledge and sharing of cultural-traditional values), creative workshops or exhibitions. The beginning of the year brings to the spotlight the Christmas celebrated on the ancient rite by the Serb Community, which retains ancient special rituals.