FESTIVAL celebrates the talents of the young and old.
THE EVER-growing, open-air folk festival under the Tatra mountains, Východná, has just capped its first 50 years. As many as 10,000 people saw the mosaic of traditions put together by 1,500 artists from the local region as well as those from neighbouring countries during the July 2-4 weekend.
The renowned Lúčnica highlighted the festival's first day with the show Carpathians, which portrayed the cultures of the individual national and ethnic groups living along the mountains. The following day, visitors did not want to let the temperamental Hungarian, Honvéd Budapest, leave the stage, and they also demanded an encore to see more of the dynamic Slovak shepherd dances. The day furthermore involved a retrospective on previous years of the festival, featuring parades of traditional folk costumes put on by the participating ensembles.
SĽUK's show left the viewers with mixed emotions.
The late evening delivered a bit of rain along with Ján Ďurovčík's modern mega-show based on folk traditions, Circus World. Despite the amazing stunts performed by the professional dancers of the Slovak Folk-Art Collective (SĽUK), the show left the audience with mixed emotions; partly caused by the technical problems experienced and partly by the expectation of a more traditionally-tuned performance. Sunday evening finished off with a gala-programme composed of both professional and amateur groups.
KEEPING traditional dance and costumes alive.
The medley of costumes, dance creations, and melodies guides Východná visitors through the traditions of its regions each year. Celebrating a milestone jubilee this year, the event's organisers invited living witnesses of the festival's origin to offer their accounts of its beginnings, as well as children performers, such as the four-year-old singer Maťko Rendošov, to show the audience that Východná will continue to grow.
by Zuzana Habšudová and Peter Košút
12. Jul 2004 at 0:00