Agata Mazepus

Agata Mazepus

Agata does not spend much time in one place - in the past three years she lived and studied in five European countries. She is an aspiring journalist writing mostly about travelling, culture, and politics. Holding a degree in International Relations from four Central European universities, she is interested in the societies of the Visegrad Four. True admirer of Scandinavian nature, Western philosophy, Central European literature, and Balkan lifestyle.

Bavaria is not only the wealthiest federal state in Germany in economic terms, but also one of the richest European regions respecting culture. From beer traditions, through romantic trails and classical music, all the way to its knightly heritage from the Middle Ages, Bavaria is a cultural wonderland. Keep on reading to make sure you get to know all the faces of Bavarian culture.

Generally, people can be divided in two groups: mountain lovers and sea enthusiasts. But what if I told you that there is a place where you can have both at once? Great, right? And what if I added that at the same time you can enjoy an amazing cultural experience? Welcome to Dalmatia, one of the four historical regions of Croatia.

Who does not love mountains? Breathtaking views, real closeness with nature, hiking, and winter sports. But in addition to that, Central European mountains give a chance to get to know the specific folklore of their peoples – including the Gorals. Did you know that one of the most notable highlanders in history was Pope John Paul II? Keep reading to find out more about the Gorals, the native ethnic group of the Carpathian Mountains.

What to do when, year by year, an indigenous group is getting closer and closer to becoming extinct? International organizations and national governments may come up with legal solutions, nonetheless a lot depends on us and our will to remember the great traditions of our ancestors. Read the article below to find out more about the folklore of the world’s smallest ethnic minority – the Livonians.

A language like no other, spoken by a people whose appearance on the European continent is shrouded in mystery. Delicious food, amazing music, and four hundred different dances. The heritage of the Basques is not only enigmatic but also rich and fascinating. Are you ready for a culture trip? Read the article below to find out the best ways to encounter Basque culture.

Two weeks ago we took a look at the reviving regionalisms around Europe. In the next few articles we will focus on the small ethnic, national, and cultural communities that live in some of the most beautiful regions on the continent. Some of these groups were once discriminated against or forgotten, but today are becoming an object of interest for scientists as well as travelers and lovers of distinctive cultures. Draw your own inspiration from our upcoming pieces about the oldest European peoples.

In the age of urbanization, technology, and a fast pace of living, people search for ways to reconnect with nature and look for basic forms of spirituality. One of the recent reactions, which might not be very spectacular or visible on a daily basis, is the revival of paganism.

23/3/2016 - 12:00 am

Revival Of Regionalisms

Two years ago, during the Eurovision contest, Polish women dressed in traditional clothes conquered the hearts of European men. Not so long ago associated mostly with rustic lifestyles and thought to be unfashionable by all means, folklore today is becoming more and more fascinating and finds its place in today's societies.

For most people the terms “Roma” and “Gypsy” have a rather pejorative undertone. Only a few realize how rich and colorful the culture of the Roma people actually is. Separate and distinct from the rest of society, the Roma and their existence are often enshrouded in mystery. Understanding the core of the Romani culture by active participation is the best way to avoid these misunderstandings and build a bridge between the groups.

For a while now, once marginalized cultures have been recovering their former luster. Others that were previously considered as niche are seen today as fashionable. Our new column, scheduled to appear every week, aims to present the revival of various cultures and trends and showcase their modern manifestations in our societies, from art and museums to festivals and nightlife. We will also try to find out the reasons why we are experiencing a comeback of particular cultural phenomena.

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