NIVA IS 15 YEARS
Folk group Dobrona was formed in
1983. She is developing and keeping rich traditions of folk customs and habits
from Dobra Niva and close by surroundings.
She is bringing to the stage historic
folk songs from the region between Zvolen
and Krupina in the valley under Javorim and Stiavnice Mountains and also
interesting customs, traditions and costumes that are beautifully embroided.
All of this they are making available
to the people of Slovakia and other countries in their individual style, with
the eyes of today's modern folks for all to try to understand that the folk
traditions have place not only in the history of the nation but also in the
life of today's society, which they are making spiritually richer.
They have represented their region on
numerous occasions at different folk festivals at home and abroad including 17
times for Slovaks in Hungary and their national festival in Banka and in 1996
at international festival of authentic folklore in lower Danube region towns:
Kalocs, Baja and Szekeszarda.
The celebration of their 15th
anniversary has taken place in Dobra Niva on February 27 with Gala program
with songs and dances of their region followed by banquet after guest
performance of their friends from Plachtince and Pribelce. The atmosphere was
very homey and friendly thanks to their artistic director Mgr. Jan Skoda who
was also the master of ceremonies and acquainted us with Dobrona since
their beginning. We have learned that Dobrona is very short on male
members, only six, however has no problem with girls and women. They performed
songs from Dobra Niva, parts of Dobra Niva wedding, Young boys songs, Funny
songs about men, Funny customs at the end of spinning season, music and fujara
solo by Jan Babiak, Dances from Dobra Niva, Song and dances around the
summer solstice celebrated on St. John's name day with fires on the hills-Janske
photographs are for sale
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Published in the
Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 6, No. 2, Summer 1998
Copyright © Vladimir Linder 1998
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