Carnival House of Traditional Dances

Location: Bratislavský kraj, okres Bratislava I, Bratislava

GPS: N48°8'42'' E17°6'36''

Venue: Bratislava

Date: 1/30/2020 - 1/31/2020

Event type: Carnival, folklore event, concert, dance event, event for youth, music event, TIP, workshop

Are you a fan of traditional culture? Not yet? After your experience with Slovak traditional dances and music at this event, you will become one. Explore the magic of folk culture whilst attending the next session organized by the House of Traditional Dances in Bratislava during the Carnival season.

Every month there is a House of Traditional Dances organized by the Dragúni NGO – a dance party in the centre of Bratislava where you have a chance to learn how to dance to the classic folk music or music of various minority groups. The idea of these events is that there are no performers and spectators, there is just dancing and fun! So what is House of Traditional Dances all about?

Rich cultural resources, unique geographic location preserving various shades of temperament, natural communicativeness of music, dance and interactions with the public are the fundamental pillars on which the project The House of Traditional Dances was built. It has been organised in different towns and cities of Slovakia regularly since 2002. The art project applicable in any region of the world makes space for active entertainment – direct enjoyment and development of traditional music-dance art in its entire spectrum.

A flexible and well-working concept based on knowing the history and traditions, and respecting it, has the ambition to enable all participants to experience first-hand – and help create – a splendid atmosphere of live music, making it a good prospect for applying the project in local, national, international and inter-genre context.

This Dance House has two parts. In the first part, the instructors use video projection of authentic records, focusing on teaching one or two folk dances. In the second part, participants try what they have learned in the first part in a form of free entertainment.

Taking place at KC Dunaj in Bratislava city centre on January 30th, 2020, this Carnival edition of The House of Traditional Dances will be dedicated to lively dances from Orava cultural region in the northern part of Slovakia, but also to foreign dances from Romania. You can also look forward to public presentation of elements included Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Slovakia.

Come over to enjoy the evening under the leadership of the leading personalities of Slovak folk revival movement Alfred Lincke and Martina Lincke as well as Gábor Gálik and Klaudia Gálik with their guests. Pure joy of life expressed in dance will be this time presented through couple dances “prostá”, “zajačí” and “polka” from village of Zuberec in Orava region in northern part of Slovakia and also through funny dances Őves, Kezes, Kecskés from north-eastern Romanian region of Western Moldavia. Music will be provided by dashing Martin Pagáč Folk Band.

Cheerfulness shown in dance is not enough, therefore you can look forward to special concert guest. A family band Csángálló will be presented this evening. As you see, Dragúni NGO hold Slovak traditions in high esteem. The House of Traditional Dances project itself was inscribed in the prestigious Register of Best Safeguarding Practices in Slovakia in 2018 thus becoming the best traditional dance party in the country.

The Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Slovakia is a listing of remarkable elements and practices acknowledged by both society and individuals and preserved in compliance with universal principles of human rights, equality, support and mutual respect between cultural societies. The inclusion in the national representative list is a basic condition for applying for the inclusion in the UNESCO World Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The inclusion in the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices in Slovakia is an acknowledgement of exceptional programmes, projects and activities best reflecting the principles and objectives of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. They promote safeguarding and development of the intangible cultural heritage, are accepted by societies and individuals and survive in accordance with the universally observed human rights principles, as well as the principles of equality, support and mutual respect among cultural communities. The Register of Best Safeguarding Practices in Slovakia represents high social recognition and remains a means for popularization activities, which leads to complex care of intangible cultural heritage. It further represents the fundamental step in compiling the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices on an international level.

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