LUCY ABEL SMITH – FESTIVAL FOUNDER
Bought a house in Richis to save it and conserve it and had the idea of holding the festival to preserve and promote the culture of Transylvania, the first one taking place in the village hall and surrounding countryside in 2013.
BRONWEN RILEY – FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
First visited Transylvania in 1996. She first attended the festival in 2016, speaking about the Dacians in Britain and Britons in Dacia. In 2018 she chaired the festival and was appointed director in 2020.
Ensures the efficient administration of the festival, dealing with bookings and working with colleagues in the UK and Romania to ensure that everyone gets from A to B.
Owner and tour leader of her Brasov-based travel company DiscoveRomania has worked together with Lucy and Bronwen ensuring the smooth-running of tours in Romania for almost 20 years. We are delighted that she has now taken on the organisation of accommodation and travel logistics for the festival.
UK based travel consultant has been organising journeys to Romania for decades and helps festival-goers arrange flights and trains to and from Romania.
Owner of transport company Gammis in Medias, works closely with Laura to organise transfers to and from airports; vehicle hire and transportation around the countryside for visits and picnics.
Originally from Holland, is now a resident of Richis and is in charge of all the superb local cooks, preparing delicious meals and picnics and also hosting guests at her accommodation in Richis.
Ana Bianchi and Louise Russell head our volunteers team. Ana is a professional artist, and author of local history books, who joined us at the Festival in 2018. Louise is a teacher who was enchanted by Transylvania on her first visit in 2007 and has since become a regular visitor. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us