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BEST of the folklore in Slovakia

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Slovakia is rich in folk traditions and customs, which vary depending on regions with a comsharedmon history and environment. No European nation has as robust and diverse a collection of folk traditions as Slovakia. Let's explore THE BEST of Slovakian folklore with The Walking Parrot! We will go through some traditions, folk music, and folk tales and show you the BEST folk festivals in Slovakia!


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Slovakia and traditions



A rich culture and tradition influence Slovak folklore. In a broader sense, it alludes to the nation's peasant, shepherd, and craftsman life cycles. Folk traditions continue to be warmly praised across the country, from music and dance ensembles to crafts, outdoor markets, and festivals. Lace embroidery, beekeeping, sheep breeding, ceramics, and woodcarving are examples of Slovak arts and crafts. A portion of Slovak folklore is passed down from generation to generation, but each region still has distinctive characteristics, such as typical costumes, customs, dialects, and general fashion. Folk traditions have a significant impact on the national scene.




Slovak Folk Music



Folk music has deep regional roots, which helps explain why different groups' sounds vary. While string instruments predominate in one region, wind instruments predominate in another. The shepherd's whistle, or fujara, which originates from the Detva region but is played by musicians across Slovakia, is the opposite.


Two reputable folk festivals in Slovakia and abroad frequently feature the professional ensembles Lucnica and Sluk. Additionally, numerous amateur groups perform at national festivals, including Detva, Polana, and Sarisan. Look up Darina Lasciakova if you want to hear one of Slovakia's more well-known traditional folk singers; many of her songs are posted online.




Slovak Folk Tales



Slovakia's literary language developed in the 18th century, but the nation's folktales have a rich or


al history. Consult folk tale collections, some of which have been translated into English and are accessible online, as well as attractive print editions, to get a sense of some of Slovakia's well-loved folk tales. Here is one such collection.








Slovak Crafts



The range of fairs includes wood carving, metalworking, glass making, embroidery, and basket weaving. Regional symbols and recurring stylistic patterns can identify these. Numerous artisans have also established associations from which they have opened shops to sell their creations. Making ceramics in the Modra region dates back to the 1600s; it frequently uses traditional designs and particular firing procedures. Attending festivals is a fantastic way to experience folk offerings because you see exciting professional and amateur performers up close and examine the handicrafts created by skilled artisans at the fair.





Slovak Folk Festival



Throughout Slovakia, folklore festivals showcase local folk culture and customs. As a result, they are a fantastic way to learn about Slovakian folklore and traditions. Additionally, visitors can witness exciting professional and amateur performances by local artists, artisans, and craftspeople. The cities of Východná, Myjava, and Detva host the largest Slovak folklore festivals. The festival atmosphere permeates the entire village, city, or even region during the best when you can sense the folklore on every corner.



Folklore festival Východná


Eastern village situated in the Tatras' Upper Liptov region. The best domestic and international folk groups and traditional folk culture are showcased at the biggest folklore festival in Slovakia, the Folk festival Východná. Since 1953, the festival has always been held on the first weekend of July in an expansive open-air theater with a view of the village. The International Council of the Organization for Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts programs encompass it (C.I.O.F.F.). The number of performers welcomed each year averages 1,500, and there are 70,000 visitors overall. There are smaller programs, exhibitions, etc., throughout the three festival days to complement the spectacular theater schedule. Everywhere offers entertainment and snacks.






Myjava International Folklore Festival


The C.I.O.F.F. (World's Largest Folklore Organization) also oversees the organization of the Myjava International Folklore Festival. It is an illustration of folk art from the Western Slovakia region. The festival has been regularly held in the middle of June at the outdoor theater in Myjava since 1959. The isolated settlement-filled environment of western Slovakia is a significant ethnographic location, with its folk culture and traditions still being shared by various folklore organizations today. The best folklore ensembles and performers from all over Slovakia perform here each year. The first outdoor festival in Slovakia is called the Myjava Festival.



Folklore festival Poľana in Detva


One of the most popular festivals of this kind in Slovakia is the Poľana Folklore Festival, an international celebration of traditional and folk culture. The festival has been held annually in the Slovakian city of Detva during the second week of July since 1966. Around 1500 performers provide music, singing, and a festive atmosphere during these days, which permeates all of Detva. Performances of Central Slovakian traditional music and dance serve as the foundation for the programs.






Undoubtedly, the influence of folk traditions is deeply rooted in the national scene. We hope you liked this article! Remember to follow us @thewalkingparrot to be continually updated on the new releases! In the meantime, you can explore Bratislava or Košice. We will be back soon with a recent article!


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