Ansamblul Etnofolcloric Plăieșii
On January 15, 1989, the choreographer and folklorist Nicolae Gribincea founded the first ethnofolkloric group of boys, in addition to the Romanian-French theoretical high school “Gheorghe Asachi”, which he called “Stejăreii”.
He started with children, convinced that he must raise them from an early age, to plant their love of folklore so that it would bear fruit over time. Thus grew several new generations of “Stejăreii”.
In 1999, the ensemble changed its name to “Plăieșii” and worked at the National Palace for the Creation of Children and Adolescents in Chisinau. Such a vocal group consisting only of men was a necessity in the Bessarabian space. Since 2015, the people of Plăieșii have become the business card of the Culture Department of Chisinau Municipality.
The ensemble’s repertoire consists of authentic folklore, men’s songs and dances specific to the Bessarabia area.
Through its artistic activity, the ensemble contributes to the conservation and promotion of the intangible cultural heritage.
A considerable part of the Plăieșii repertoire is the men’s carol that in December 2013, became part of the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO humanity. It was the first element of cultural heritage in the Bessarabian area protected by UNESCO, to which the Plăieșii Ethnofolkloric Ensemble made a considerable contribution.
The ethnofolkloric ensemble “Plăieșii” is the laureate of several district, municipal and republican festivals. It has successfully evolved abroad in Moscow, Bucharest, Milan, Cernăuți, Vilnius, Padova, Bologna, Madrid, London and others.