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Stračina's prize goes to Ukraine folk group

A VOCAL ensemble from the Ukrainian village of Krjatchkivka won the most recent Svetozár Stračina Grand Prix award for best folk music. The competition is held biannually by the Association of Stračina's World. The results were announced on March 15 at the Slovak Radio headquarters in Bratislava.

Forty-nine recordings of Slovak and foreign traditional music were submitted for the Svetozár Stračina Grand Prix. This was the first year that foreign music was included in the festival's three-year history.

The competition was divided into Slovak and international parts, each having a category for traditional music and for folk-inspired modern music. The two juries were overseen by Slovak ethno-musicologist Oskar Elschek.

In addition to winning the festival's highest prize, the Ukrainian ensemble won the prize for best international recording of traditional music. A recording of the Polish Warsaw Village Band scored highest in the international folk-inspired category.

Within the Slovak part of the competition, the best traditional music award went to the female arguing songs performed by Folk Ensemble Detva and Folk Music Detvanček. The thieves songs from the Podpoľanie region, composed and directed by Jaroslav Stráňavský, were the most successful within the Slovak folk-inspired category.

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