Brăila is considered the city of the 13 ethnic groups, with the passage of time the minorities losing their identity in the consciousness of the younger generations. Here, in the inter-war period the presence of the most numerous minorities in România was recorded. Turks, Jews, Roma, Lipovan-Russians, Bulgarians, Armenians, Greeks, Hungarians, Germans, Ukrainians, Polish, Albanians and Italians lived “in good friendship” with the Romanians settled here, each of them having their well-established place in the community, each of them writing in their own way a page in the history of Brăila.
Now, the image of the old citadel, but also the original traditions and customs of the ethnic groups are lost with the passage of time, and it is imperatively necessary for these traditions and customs to be “collected”, reconstituted and valorized in an organized manner under the form of holograms to be presented in a public place. Holography and quasi-holography are modern methods of recording and rendering of tridimensional images in general on a bidimensional support.
Holography is an advanced form of photography captivating the present generations and a holographic representation of the historical moments – the Citadel wall and the life of the ethnic groups, including Roma, in a carefully organized series of performances with a well-established frequency would mean an irrefutable bridge among generations and cultures, an original form of perpetuation and encouragement of the culturai-artistic act, a constant support for artists and professionals in the multiethnical cultural field, a special form to promote them among new categories of audience, even beyond their home countries. Acording to the 1932 statistical data of the Registry Office of Brăila Municipality, in the city of Brăila Romanians used to represent 66% of the city’s population, followed by Jews and Greeks. Important and active communities were the ones of the Italians, French, British and Belgians, each with approximately 1,000 citizens and diplomatic attache.
Brăila, the spiritual center of all Christians living in the territories occupied by the Turks
At present the Roma population still represents a substanţial population, approximately 10,000 people, for whose social inclusion and desegregation European countries are working within well-defined strategies. Each ethnic community in the inter-war Brăila has worked around a leader or multiple personalities who honoured that ethnic group.
Brăila has evolved from the fishing village of 1300 to the harbour of intense commercia! trade together with the opening of the country’s main road, linking Braşov to Brăila and farther to the Black Sea thanks to the ethnic groups who used to live and are still living here.
During the Turkish administration between 1538 – 1829, the harbour has preserved its importance by maintaining the tradiţional commercial links, although most of the exported products reached Istanbul. In the same period, Brăila was the spiritual center of all Christians living in the territories occupied by the Turks. 1829 marked the beginning of the emancipation of the city and harbour, due to the fall of Brăila Citadel, the strongest Turkish fortress of the Lower Danube.
The city was rebuilt according to an unique urban plan. Located on the left bank of the Danube, Brăila Municipality is situated in the South-East of the country, the restoration of its multiethnical history being imperatively necessary and leading to its social-economic and cultural development so that Brăila could again become the cultural capital of Wallachia.