In the middle of summer holidays Terchová will come to life with folklore from 3rd to 6th August during the 55th annual Jánošík Days folklore festival. Dedicated to Slovak national hero Juraj Jánošík, the International Folklore Festival has gained a unique position among other such Slovak festivals and has been declared the tourist attraction of the year several times.
Festival is held in honour of legendary Juraj Jánošík and archaic folk music of Terchová
, listed on the UNESCO
Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2013.
Jánošík Days cover four days in beautiful surroundings
and the organisers have prepared a traditionally diverse and varied program. In addition to the main theme of folklore
, the festival also incorporates world music concerts, exhibitions, presentations of traditional folk crafts
, a theatrical performance, film screenings and support events. Festival goers will also see an attempt to create a new record for the largest number of accordionists playing together.
Besides the dominant folklore, exhibitions "Then and now in Terchová" at the opening program of the festival, "I see it this way..." presenting collection of paintings and photographs dedicated to František Mucha anniversary and also "Zbojstory - stories from the Jánošík region" with illustrations dedicated to Juraj Jánošík theme will take place at this jubilee festival.
The keyword of this year's edition is "exchange" to emphasize the principle that the exchange of cultural values
is a prerequisite for inspiring dialogue and creative confrontation with the outside world, which enriches our lives and contributes to deepening understanding between people.
Following the wonderful experience of recent years, repeatedly separate programs for children will make another appearance and a program of senior ensembles and groups from across Slovakia will also be presented. An essential component of the final day of Jánošík Days is the audience-favourite horse wagon parade, a tradition since 1968, with its proud and costumed horsemen and musicians playing in the wagons. It is the well-known hallmark event of Jánošík Days.
The Jánošík Days in Terchová
will culminate on Sunday, August 6th
with original introductions and the final galaprogramme in the Nad Bôrami amphitheatre where folklore ensembles, groups and soloists from Terchová
, Upper Považie
as well as Folklore Ensemble Kopaničiar from Myjava
as a guest will be presented.
Jánošík Days Festival