THE INTERNATIONAL Gajdovačka (Bagpipe Party) festival lured over 120 bagpipers from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Scotland, Croatia and Italy. The festival, which took place in mid September, included bagpipe performances, numerous exhibitions and the 13th international competition of young bagpipers, O Zboroňovu Nôtu (For Zboroň’s Tone).
The Gajdovačka festival in Oravská Polhora, now in its 14th year, aims to support young bagpipe talents and preserve the traditional style of playing in regions of Europe where the instrument is played. An international jury evaluated 25 young talents in two categories: in the category of up to 15 years of age, Martin Machajda of Oravská Polhora won, while Jakub Dostál from Prague, the Czech capital, won in the category of up to 25 years of age.
The festival commemorated two famous Orava-region bagpipers, Jozef Zboroň and Ján Ferneza, with a visit to their respective graves in Sihelné and Oravská Polhora, head of the Dolný Kubín District Cultural centre Miroslav Žabenský told the TASR newswire. Bagpipers also performed in the open-air museum of Orava Village in Zuberec, in the Polish municipality of Milowka and in the northern-most point in Slovakia on the bagpipers’ path in Modralová, a borough of Oravská Polhora.
It was also announced at the festival that bagpipes will be inscribed on the list of Slovak non-material cultural heritage on October 24. Žabenský expressed satisfaction that the application of the Guild of Slovak Bagpipers was approved, but added that it is more important that this tradition is successfully passed down to younger generations.
14. Oct 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská