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The folklore ensemble Partizan was founded in October 1958 in Slovenska Lupca in Biotika-pharmaceutical factory. It belongs to one of the best folk ensembles in Slovakia. Their repertoire focuses on traditional folk culture of the Horehronie, Gemer and Podpolanie regions of Slovakia. The ensemble was awarded with numerous prizes at world’s festivals, such as the Silver Chain of the World Festival in Dijon, France; prize of dance competition at Szeged festival in Hungary, Vychodna folk festival, and it has also been awarded many prizes at folklore festivals and competitions in Slovakia and abroad. For forty years the artistic mastership of the ensemble was appreciated by audiences in over 260 towns in 24 countries in Europe, Asia and North America.

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I had first seen the Partizan folk ensemble at Detva's folk festival in 1987 and felled in love with their dance, singing, and their music and as a matter of fact it was the first time I heard the music of Horehronie. 

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Since then I have learned many Horehronie region songs, thanks to Partizan and I became friend with their long time artistic director and choreographer Igor Kovacovic, who is also the first deputy of Matica Slovenska, a Slovak Cultural organization with 135-year old history. 

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I never miss any of their performances at the folk festivals, as they are always more than 100% perfect. This year I had enjoyed their performances at Vychodna, Detva and Kokava nad Rimavicou festivals. Kokava nad Rimavicou in the Gemer region is also the birthplace of Igor Kovacovic. Earlier this year Igor was celebrating his life long jubilee as he turned 60 and also was awarded honorary citizenship of Vychodna for his almost lifelong help in organizing and participating at Vychodna festivals. November 26, 27 and 28 the 40 year of Partizan anniversary celebrations took place in the national theater of Jozef Gregor Tajovsky in Banska Bystrica with program called "Returns to our roots."

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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 7, No. 1, Spring 1999
Copyright © Vladimir Linder 1999 
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