of old Slavic language under
The KrALovA HoLa
I am glad that Slovak Heritage Live
enabled me to describe to you in few words the atmosphere of the II.
Festival of old Slavic songs "Echoes of old Slavic language under the
Festival took place in beautiful
mountain village Telgart, from 18 till 20 of October 1996. From the very
beginning the atmosphere was surprisingly friendly. Welcoming of all
participants of "Echoes" took the place by the spring of the
river Hron. This festival is unique in whole Europe for its intention.
The first part of the festive
exhibition of each folk group was in Greek Catholic Church in Telgart.
Individual chorus presented themselves singing the church s songs. Young
violin player and singer Martinka Kanosova with Matej Lunter playing
accordion opened the performance. You could have seen there for
example Lutheran A.V. Church Chorus from Brezno with one year tradition,
Hajicek from Chrenovec-Brusno, their intention was concentrating on
Christmas songs, Závadka nad Hronom, Gelnica, Liptovska Teplicka,
Liptovske Sliace, Mestecko-Zariecie, Porac, Ruskc Poruba, Kojsov, Strba,
Cabina, Zuberec, Vernar, and of course from Telgart.
The second part of the exhibition
was represented in Cultural Center and we could hear songs with motives of
work, woods, meadow and recruitment, with additional folk groups from
Cierny Balog-Kycera and Dolny Kubin-Trnka, with soloist Maria Strakova.
Saturday evening also children's
folk groups Trnka and Mala Ttrnka from Dolny Kubin and children's folk
group from Telgart were singing and dancing. They were trying to show in
which ways are they able to receive folk tradition of their birth village.
The young people also tried to create the picture of developing folk dance
in Slovakia. At the end of Saturday’s Gala program all participants,
including visitors, were singing the song
Mnohaja Lit - Many years.
If somebody think that Saturday
evening finished with this program, it is a big mistake. Whom had a good
time and felt nice, he or she could spend an unforgettable night with the
folk group from Zuberec, who were playing their instruments and everyone
was singing all night long.
The last day, Sunday, started with
the holy mass that was celebrated by Greek Catholic bishop Mons. Jan Hirka.
The festival finished with awarding
the Crystal Echos for keeping the folk traditions. The top honors went to
the singers of folk singing group Hajicek from Chrenovec-Brusno, near
Prievidza. Festival was not only the pleasure for our ears, but also for
those who admire the beauty of colors. National costumes from different
parts of Slovakia, which created the flood of various colors did not let
anybody to be indifferent.
I wish only the best to all
participants and I hope that we will meet next year again.
972 01 Bojnice
Maria Rybarova has agreed to be our additional Slovak correspondent. She
is second year student of Journalism at the University of Nitra. She is
fluent in English as she worked in London, England for over a year.
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