Summer Hafla brought dance and joy to Medical Garden

THOSE who braved the late-July heat wave to attend the seasonal teahouse within this year’s Summer Hafla in Bratislava’s Medical Garden on July 20 were rewarded with live jazz-fusion music, various styles of Oriental and tribal dance, delicious teas and Oriental snacks, and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

(Source: Zuzana Vilikovská)

THOSE who braved the late-July heat wave to attend the seasonal teahouse within this year’s Summer Hafla in Bratislava’s Medical Garden on July 20 were rewarded with live jazz-fusion music, various styles of Oriental and tribal dance, delicious teas and Oriental snacks, and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

This year’s Summer Hafla was a repeat of last year’s premiere within an event called FestTeaval. Hafla translates roughly as “party” in Arabic, and a private hafla thrown by a belly dancer usually involves Middle Eastern music, performances by belly dancers and an open-floor dance that gives everyone the chance to get up and move to the music. This year’s Hafla offered a variety of genres performed by different dancers and dance groups, from traditional folklore (Belledi, Shaabi, Saidi, dancing with finger cymbals) through a more modern take on Oriental folk dance (Melaya, Hagala), as well as cabaret-style, tribal and tribal fusion, and the Egyptian-Gypsy style, Ghawazee.

The event culminated in an improvised tribal dance involving all of the performers, who took turns leading the circle with the others following the leader’s movements. This unique finale highlighted the friendly and non-confrontational character of the whole event. It also reached back not just to the roots of tribal dance but also to the roots of Oriental dance as a joyful celebration of togetherness.

The Hafla civic association’s next event, the Pressburger Dance Festival on September 27 to 29, will be more “confrontational and competitive”, but there will be more informal and playful Haflas to come, like the “Halloween Hafla” on November 2.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Owls indicate the spring is coming

Male owls lured by bird calls fly in to take a look at the intruder.

Long-eared owl

“By a sharp knife” cuts through the heart of injustice in Slovakia

A film inspired by the 2005 murder of student Daniel Tupý will be premiered to the Slovak public on February 21.

Director Teodor Kuhn behind the scenes of Ostrým Nožom.

The moment that changed my perception of the media

One flew over the newsprint: Images from the history of the Sme daily

Alexej Fulmek (right) and Karol Ježík in the early days of Sme.