The Danaj folk ensemble was established in 1959 in the Czech town of Straznice, on the border between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Its activities are rooted in the rich folk traditions of the town, where international folk festivals have been held since 1946. Strážnice is a town famous for its living folk culture. Typical folk costumes as well as seasonal traditions have been preserved there. Musical folk art is very important for its people. Generation after generation of dancers and musicians have developed and preserved the precious folk traditions, not just of Straznice but of the whole region.
The Danaj Folk ensemble consists of about 30 people . The ensemble takes inspiration from the rich folklore of the town and its surroundings, as well as from archives and song collections. The repertoire of the ensemble also includes dances from the borderland of Moravia and Slovakia. It consists of short breathtaking dance pieces as well as those based on seasonal rituals (carnival, welcoming of spring, harvest, winter customs) and the key moments of life (birth, wedding, joining the army, etc.).
Danaj has represented Czech folk art many times abroad. The group has participated at festivals in Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, Rumania, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Sicily, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Ireland, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Lithuania, Croatia, Malta, Korea, Azores, Mexico, Bali and Slovakia. In this time the ensemble has won many international awards.
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