Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Czech Republic 2016 - International Folklore Festival Strážnice

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 22 June 2016
STAMP SIZE: 23 x 40 mm
ENGRAVER: Jaroslav Tvrdoň
STAMP DESIGN: Anna Khunová

Young man in a stylised folk costume from the Podluží region in one of the many figures of the “verbuňk” recruit dance. This dance was performed exclusively by young men just entering military service. This equal combination of dancing and singing is so unique that it was placed on the list of the UNESCO cultural heritage in 2005. A major competition in “verbuňk” is held at the annual folklore festival in Strážnice.

The festival, called “Czechoslovakia through Dancing and Singing”, was held for the first time from 5-7 July 1946. From the beginning, it was conceived as a national event although its origin is inseparable from the development of regional folklore movements especially in southeast Moravia. In the context of the changing political and social circumstances, the evolution of the festival was rather complex.



Stamp images and description thanks to Česká pošta