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  • FestivalA country where folk is the lore of culture

    Slovakia has fought long and hard to keep its traditions and customs alive and today folk song and dance are  treated as family heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation.   Historically all districts and regions had their own  music, dialects, customs and costumes.  Today these are kept alive, not only within families, but are also taught ...

  • © Christopher BentleyGo East: the Sensual Sounds (and Sights!) of Female-led Czech and Slovak Pop From the ’60’s to the ’80’s

    We’re all about niche on this site, and one of my greatest pleasures over the last year or two has been finding out just how many people have something fascinating to say about Slovak culture past and present. Today we have the first of two articles by Czech and Slovak pop music expert Christopher Bentley ...

  • ©LucnicaLúčnica’s Take on Slovak Folk Music

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqTlL4tJRcw Lučnica – the Slovak National Folklore Ballet – have been the international face of Slovakia’s traditional folk music for over seven decades. Their performances, complete not just with the vocals and rhythms, but also the costumes of Slovak folk, have been instrumental in preserving and showcasing to the world what is surely one of the ...

  • Levoča's Indian Summer Festival ©David ConwayLevoča: In Full Swing During the Indian Summer Festival

    As you journey east from the High Tatras, the next stop on the classic traveller’s route (before Bardejov and then Košice) is Levoča, one of Slovakia’s most striking medieval towns, with its historic centre a Unesco World Heritage Site. For this article, the founder of what is now one of the town’s foremost annual events, ...

  • Elán hit New York ©Jaro NemčokDeath Watching Over Us: Introducing Elán

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lEsolPBmo4 Whenever the Prague Old Town square’s Astronomical Clock strikes you’ll see one of the figures emerging to do the chiming is Death (a skeleton). Here’s the premise for one of Slovak rock group Elán’s greatest ever hits, smrtka na pražskom orloji (The Grim Reaper on the Astronomical Clock). In case you ever wanted to know what Czechoslovak ...

  • Jana Kirschner ©Pavol FrešoWhy Jana Kirschner is Great for Slovak Music

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbNE6n2mXU It’s true. I did make some comments about Jana Kirschner being Slovakia’s Kate Bush which are, admittedly, a little previous. But what is undeniable is that the lady is a cornerstone of Slovak music today and, especially with her most recent work, is flying the flag for what is being achieved amongst contemporary musicians in ...

  • ©Jonno TranterTrenčin: Pohoda – Thoughts (and Pictures!) on the 20th Edition of the Festival

    Report By Jonno Tranter. We arrived at Pohoda festival exhausted, dirty, and deprived of social interaction, having hiked all the way from Bratislava along one of Slovakia’s most beautiful long-distance trails. Fortunately, the festival was to provide the cure to all our woes. It seems that everyone here really loves this festival: it’s their baby. We ...

  • The Pixies hit Pohoda in 2006 - Image by Jo FjompenissedalheibakkeTrenčin: Pohoda!

    Imagine it: a delightful medieval castle town in Western Slovakia with a buoyant arts scene on the cusp of where two of its main ranges of hills, the Malé Karpaty and the Biele Karpaty, come together. The town in question is Trenčin, the quirkiest parts of which are going to get a lot of publicity ...

  • Marek Brezovsky & Hrana

    Ladies and gents… end of the day or start of the day = time for music, and as we’re all about Slovakia on this blog it’s time to introduce you to one of Slovakia’s all-time greatest musicians – if you haven’t already heard of him. This is Marek Brezovský. The variety and imagination in his ...