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Midsummer House of Traditional Dances

The real Saint John’s Eve entertainment in the centre of Bratislava will surely get your blood flowing. Whether young due to age or spirit, welomed are all those who like traditional dances in a new way

Experts of dance motion will guide you through original dance variations, and excellent band will play stylishly to make your feet moving. Come and shake a hoof at the spring dance, an extraordinary experience awaits you.

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In recent years, folk culture has become more and more popular, and new generations of people has fallen for its various forms. Combining traditions and motion of the dance is one of the most engaging ways to bring the art of the ancestors closer to everyone who likes dancing. In addition, The House of Traditional Dances series of the Dragúni NGO has received a prestigious award. In 2018, it was included in the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices in Slovakia. The dance house is thus officially the best traditional dance in Slovakia.

Taking place in legendary Umelka Gallery on June 23, this edition of The House of Traditional Dances will be dedicated to dances from Horehronie cultural region in central Slovakia, all under the guidance of the leading personalities of Slovak folk revival movement Slavomír Ondejka and Agáta Krausová as well as Peter Hrabovský and Martina Vargová with their guests.

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In its XX. annual season, The House of Traditional Dances will be brightened up by dance “do skoku” from village of Polomka and Roma czardas from village of Telgárt in Horehronie region. Music will be provided by respected Roma musical group Pokošovci. You will experience it for yourself if you come to try it out, have a good time and indulge in a proper portion of amazing traditions in an unusual way at the magical Midsummer open-air dance party.

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The Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Slovakia is a listing of remarkable elements and practices acknowledged by both society and individuals and preserved in compliance with universal principles of human rights, equality, support and mutual respect between cultural societies. The inclusion in the national representative list is a basic condition for applying for the inclusion in the UNESCO World Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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The inclusion in the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices in Slovakia is an acknowledgement of exceptional programmes, projects and activities best reflecting the principles and objectives of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. They promote safeguarding and development of the intangible cultural heritage, are accepted by societies and individuals and survive in accordance with the universally observed human rights principles, as well as the principles of equality, support and mutual respect among cultural communities. The Register of Best Safeguarding Practices in Slovakia represents high social recognition and remains a means for popularization activities, which leads to complex care of intangible cultural heritage. It further represents the fundamental step in compiling the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices on an international level.

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