“The Dracula Investigation” – an exhibition opened in Sighisoara, central Romania

“the dracula investigation” – an exhibition opened in sighisoara, central romania Eight young people have developed an interesting project in Sighisoara

Eight Romanian-born Dutch brothers very fond of Romania's history, as they were raised in Sighisoara, a medieval city in central Romania, one day decided to enrich the travel offer of the city of their childhood. We recall that this medieval city in central Romania is arguably a top travel destination for all those interested in visiting Transylvania.


So, the eight brothers decided to open an interactive exhibition as an invitation into the fascinating world of Wallachian ruler Vlad Tepes, aka Dracula, who was born in Sighisoara in 1431. He inherited the name from his father, a nobleman who had been admitted to the monarchical chivalric Order of the Dragon founded by Hungarian king Sigismund of Luxembourg.


Tepes, who achieved notoriety thanks to Bram Stoker's famous novel Dracula, ruled Wallachia in 1448, then again between 1456 and 1462 and in 1476. The exhibition bears a suggestive name, '"The Dracula Investigation" and is presenting major historic events and moments in the life of this famous Wallachian ruler. One of the initiators of this project is 26-years old Timon who told us how things started rocketing.

Timon: "For many years we had seen a real exodus of young people lea

ving Sighisoara, in search of a better future. Also very few are getting involved in fresh projects and activities for tourists. After a couple of hours of sightseeing, tourists are usually leaving the city as there is not much to see. And we believed we could change that one day. It was a long process, we did a lot of talking and had arguments, but in the end we came up with something good. Now we are also considering other projects, we also have divergent opinions but we know than we shouldn't take them personally. We initially wanted to take up design too, and this is how we hired Silvia, because we cannot do everything."


Stage designer Silvia Ioana Horobeanu told us how she joined the project.


Silvia: "I got contacted by Timon who told me about the project and I thought it was interesting that someone may want to present our history in such a new way. I came up with a modern, minimalist version of the exhibition, as I believe in simplicity when you have to present major moments in history. I was also considering the idea of screening animated films in several rooms."


The exhibition consists of animated films, shadow performances, molded artefacts and visitors are invited to all the exhibition's five rooms where the Wallachian ruler is telling the story of his life. This interesting exhibition is combining technology and history because those who initiated the project are young people. Here is Timon's younger brother Lemre with more.


Lemre: "I like this medieval thing because I like history a lot. We knew we had potential but didn't exactly know what we could do. Then we thought of Sighisoara, the city of our childhood, a beautiful city in Transylvania on UNESCO's heritage list. And when people think of Transylvania, they think of Dracula first without any concern for the real story. They prefer to think of vampires and all that stuff. We believed the true story is also interesting and we wanted to present it in a unique manner."


Design was created from scratch in this exhibition showcasing events from the life of the famous Wallachian ruler. Here is Silvia Ioana Horobeanu with more on the issue.


Silvia: "I wanted something special, I wanted to impress. Because the main story was actually placed outside we had to figure out how to bring that atmosphere inside in these halls. In order to achieve that atmosphere of authenticity, my idea was to pave the rooms with gravel, to recreate that specific outdoor sound. The boys hated me for that as they have to carry a lot of gravel inside, but the final result eventually paid off. "


Several Romanian artists, from sculptors to narrators, have also joined the efforts to put in place this special exhibition, which takes visitors 20 minutes to see it all. Organizers are open to criticism and visitors can get their money back if they aren't satisfied with what they see in this exhibition, which, like the Old Princely Court in Bucharest or the palace in Targoviste, southern Romania, may enable visitors to get a clear picture of the famous Wallachian ruler.



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