Folkdance ensemble Slavutich comes from Zaporozhye region, from Dnipro river, Ukraine. It was founded in 1980 with an aimto preserve and restore the Cossak way of life, Ukrainian songs and folk dances and to present them to the worldwideaudience. The Ensemble's repertoire comprises dancing performances which cover a wide area of Ukraine from theCarpathian Mountains to the Black Sea and show the rich variety of the Ukrainian cultural inheritance, characterised by soft lyric, lively humour and fiery artistic entertainment.
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The group Ipoly comes from town Salgotarian, Hungary. The group performs dances and songs from all regions of Hungaryusing characteristic instruments, like cimbal and violins. The most characteristic dancing element is 衲da well as the dance when men try to defeat one another thumping boots.
The folkdance group Gronie comes from town Zywie Moszczanica and they perform songs and dances, wedding and other traditions from their region. The group is known on the national level and has won many awards on International folklore festivals (such as in Hamburg). The choreographies are very lively, fast, usually whistling and shouting by boys as well as girls. The dances performed in pairs are round dances. Each dance is interrupted by songs - presented by soloists, duets or the whole group. The band plays on instruments like: Fujarki, dudy, rogi, trombity.
The folkdance group "Paloina"comes from Amsterdam. The group was founded in 1971. The group performs in a variety of colourful costumes and the shows are accompanied by the group's own band. They perform Dutch songs, dances based on traditional Dutch folk-dances. The costumes represent many of the regions, towns and villages of the Netherlands, including Amsterdam. They have performed in many countries from England to Aruba, Portugal to Israel etc.
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The group is coming from town Minturno. Through a sequence of vaulting and exchange with one or more flags in synchrony with the roll of the drums and the ring of the trumpets, every figurant exhibits with elegant gait and honours the coat of arms of the own family. The whole representation, from the procession of entry with salute and challenge, to the victory with the throwing of the banners, is the result of long training in the open air and it is a demonstration of strength and physical ability. They represent the forehand heirs of the noble fifteenth century ensigns.
The group started 1954 first under the wings of the Tourist Association Bohinj, and afterwards in the frame of the Cultural Association Bohinj. Members of the group are young dancers in the range of 16 to 30 years and 4 musicians (2 accordions, 1 bass and 1 clarinet). The group performs dances, songs and music from the region Gorenjske, north-west part of Slovenia. The dances are dynamic, fast and cheerfully and for that reason are rhythm, vivacity and suppleness the most important characteristics of the dancers. As the costumes, the costumes from Gorenjske as well include some characteristics typical for Bohinj.
The folk group "Matija Gubec" was found in 1936. And in 65 years of it existence it's been working on the preservation of the traditional Croatian culture, "tambura" music, folk singing and the preservation of customs and dances. The group gathers young people form the town and has profiled itself as a town folk group. Compared to best folk groups a repertoire is achieved which enabled the approach to the world organisation for folk groups CIOFF. Unfailingly are many tours and performances in Croatia and abroad. The group participated on known international folk festivals in the organisation of CIOFF, UNESCO, Paris (Algeria, Sardinia, Holland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Germany, France, two big tours in USA 1993. and 1996. Canada etc.) The group performs dances from all regions in the Republic of Croatia, in original folk costumes and with folk instruments.