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The folk festival Východná is the oldest and the most extensive nationwide festival with international participation in Slovakia. Every year, during the first weekend of July, the beautiful village Východná, located near High and Low Tatras, becomes the centre of the Slovak culture, where the folk traditions come to life.
During its 65 year history, the festival became the most acclaimed festival of the traditional folk culture in Slovakia. The festival hosts 1 400 performers, among which there are winners of national competition of folk groups, children folk groups, groups of traditional folk music, singing groups and dance groups.
The festival also hosts traditional folk craftsmen, producers and artists, as well as numerous interactive and entertainment programs- dancing, singing and musical programs, singing workshops, creative craftsmanship programs and also programs for children.
The folk festival Východná is a celebration of the traditional Slovak folklore and its existence greatly contributes to the revival, preservation, creative development and public presentation of the rich values of our culture. Traditional Slovak folklore is deeply rooted in the traditions and culture of the Slovak nation, and this is the reason why it can every time bring us joy and revive not only our history, but also our emotions. Become part of this celebration too.
Border, gap, boundary, transformation. The interface between past and present, dream and reality, life and death, day and night, the border between the stage and the auditorium. People are still divided by more or less real boundaries. These can be natural, geographical, created by rivers and mountains, the ethnic borders of areas populated by Slovaks, Hungarians, Rusyns, Germans, Bulgarians, Gorals, Roma and by other nationalities and ethnic groups, but can be also be the borders of belief. But also our boundaries, social and professional, created by human perception of the world. Borders could be also created by our history – by historical periods, which have also influenced the borders of the development of different forms of dance, music, singing, customs, ceremonies, or the ethical and esthetic perception of the world.
It will be hard to define these borders with a mathematical accuracy, since the human curiosity and the tendency to cross borders of knowledge have no limits. And so, we would find it very difficult to identify, when and which place of residence belonged to whichregion, when the harmonious musical thinking or the old couple dances were discovered, when the „Genofond“ of another ethnicity joined the families of our ancestors, and when and in which environment the Ceremony of Welcoming the Spring was born.
The primary forms of borders are those given by biological principles and by human nature. The borders of age, genus, or the role of a person at a certain stage of life. And perhaps these natural borders do not constitute a barrier of accessibility, but represent a bridge, in fact. Wide bridge, connecting people, regions, continents, the world. Because we all, without distinction, are mainly human beings. Perhaps, the leitmotiv of this year’s festival about the borders between the people, about the border creation and its destruction will help us to never forget our common humanity.
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