ANSAMBLUL SAPANTANA 

Sapantana from Romania

It was founded in 1998 at the initiative of the Irina and Ioan Todiut Pop family, with the main purpose of preserving and carrying on the local tradition, folklore and customs. It consists of children and young people aged between 7 and 25 years. The "Sapantana" ensemble carries on the songs, games and customs of the place, authentic and unaltered and has had as members, over time, over three hundred children and young people. They have participated in numerous competitions and festivals, obtaining many diplomas and awards for interpretation and also for authenticity. Their musical accompaniment consists of the three traditional instruments specific to the Maramures area: cetera, zongora and drum. The "Sapantana" ensemble is coordinated by Irina Pop - the director of the Cultural Center and has as honorary instructor Ioan Todiut Pop.