On September 18, 2011, the Institute for Rural Initiatives participated in the annual ethnic festival in the town of Cahul. The event joined together representatives of many ethnic communities that live in the Cahul district such as Jews, Czechs, Bulgarians, Slavs, Germans, and Roma.
The purpose of organizing the festival was to strengthen interethnic relations in the region by emphasizing ethnic friendship between the communities and uniting the people of Moldova.
The IRI participation in the festival is explained by the fact that the Institute for Rural Initiatives has promoted continuous interethnic dialogue and intercultural cooperation for several years. The event was a good opportunity to highlight the need to consolidate society in Moldova.
Ethnic communities in attendance at the festival had the opportunity to present their culture and customs. The different ethnic groups took part in organizing an exhibition and a common cultural program called Casa Mare, or Great House.
Organizers of the festival and local government officials came with congratulations and honorary degrees for participants.
Ruslan Stanga, the director of the Institute for Rural Initiatives, in his turn congratulated the audience of the ethnic festival highlighting the central message of the occasion: “Citizens of Moldova, love your country!”.