Like the rest of the cultural sector, the most famous Slovak Folklore Festival Východná is reacting to the current situation in an innovative way – by realizing its program in the online space in combination with television and radio broadcasts. This way of realization can be considered an interesting solution for several reasons – older film and sound recordings of folklore performances, which you will have the privilege to watch during the festival, often remain unappreciated by the general public, despite the fact that they are key material for educators, choreographers, directors and stage designers. It is material suitable not only for research, but also for teaching folklore performers, a window into a bygone world. It is also an inspiration for what audiences see each year in the portrayals of 21st century young people on the stage of the annual festivals. Besides, this year is the anniversary of a number of important folklore-themed films and series, which it is fitting to commemorate in this way – the film Jánošík (1921), Ground Is singing (Zem spieva) (1965-1966), Folk Dances of Slovak Regions (Ľudové tance slovenských regiónov) (2001) and many others.
This year, immerse yourself in your own cultural heritage with the help of archival materials presented by the Festival Východná. Also, get to know the village of Východná and its own cultural heritage, which often remains somewhat in the background in the festival’s frenzy.
Date: June 30 – July 4 2021
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