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  • Baďan – Podsitnianske Days of Plenty

    The village of Baďan is situated in Central Slovakia in the Banská Štiavnica district. Podsitnianske Days of Plenty is an event that connects several villages of the microregion.

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  • The Grape Harvest Festival in Sebechleby 48.275947, 18.953840

    The village of Sebechleby is located in Central Slovakia in the Krupina district. The wine-making village architecture constists of stone or wooden houses raised on top of traditional tuff cellars.

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  • The Carnival in Podlavice 48.742190, 19.108900

    Podlavice, originally a small village, is now a neighbourhood of the city of Banská Bystrica with a predominantly concrete „socialist“ achitecture, and partly also remaining rural architecture. Local Civic Committee Podlavice-Skubín and Pensioners Club Dúbrava are active organisers of events inspired by local folk culture traditions that are held in the local House of Culture. The Carnival festival with all segments of traditional ceremony is one of the most popular of all events. In addition, traditional pig-slaughtering, cibuľačka – onion meals cooking or traditional sledge competition (krňačky) are also annually organised.

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  • The Woodcarvers’ Days in Štiavnické Bane 48.439442, 18.865273

    Woodcarvers´ Days (Rezbárske dni) is a regular and popular event in Štiavnické Bane. The village is located near the city of Banská Štiavnica which is the centre of the region with a long and important mining history. The city and its surroundings (including the village of Štiavnické Bane) is listed on the World Cultural Heritage UNESCO register.

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  • Competition of Cart-Horse Owners (Preteky furmanov) 47.635784, 23.818359

    The furman cart-horse competitions are popular events in Slovakia which present special skills of furmani and their horses in overcoming different obstacles and disciplines. This kind of event takes place in several places in Slovakia (eg. in 2013, the 11th year of the Furman horse competition called „O valašku“ took place in Detva).

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  • Wooden Carved Crosses in Detva and the Detva Calvary 48.560376, 19.419143

    Wooden carved crosses that can be found along roadsides, by churches or other sacred places are typical material culture phenomena of the Podpoľanie region in Central Slovakia.

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  • The Slovak and European Championship in Cooking and Eating Halušky, Turecká 48.848516, 19.087788

    Halušky competition in Turecká is a part of a broader annual event called Fest Halušky Turecká which is a combination of a competition in cooking and eating traditional dish “halušky” with musical and dance performances on stage. The main attraction remains the competition in cooking and eating halušky which is considered the Slovak national dish. The competition promotes traditional culinary culture and supports its preservation.

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  • Competition in Cooking Štiarc (Traditional Dish of Miners) 48.807523, 19.132042

    The event of cooking traditional dish štiarc has been organised since 2001 in the originally mining village of Špania Dolina, the reservation of folk architecture.

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  • Easter in the Ski Resort Chopok South 48.957093, 19.596950

    Employees of the restaurant at the ski lift annually prepare an Easter feast for visitors. The offer reflects regional culinary culture (lamb goulash, ham, eggs). In order to emphasise a festive Easter atmosphere, regional folk musical ensemble/ band plays local/ regional repertoire of songs. This small event is not a reconstruction of the folk version of the Easter holiday, but it reminds all visitors of the festivity and the significance of Easter traditions. At the same time it demonstrates identity and regional belonging of local organisers.

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  • Salamander Parade in Banská Štiavnica 48.458653, 18.893035

    Banská Štiavnica (and its surroundings) has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1993 due to its unique symbiosis of architecture, environment and technical landscape.

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  • Radvanský jarmok – The Radvaň Fair in Banská Bystrica 48.736277, 19.146192

    The fair has a continuous tradition of more than 350 years. It has developed from an originally economic regional event to a significant cultural and social event. Today it is oriented toward a presentation of best craftsmen that keep traditional character of folk crafts.

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  • Hontianska paráda – The Hont Parade in Hrušov 48.154567, 19.090600

    The Hont Parade (“Hontianska paráda”) in the village of Hrušov evolved from a small local festival of Hont folklore into a widely known and popular meeting of all lovers and supporters of traditional culture. It presents rich cultural heritage of the village and of the entire region of Hont.

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  • Reconstruction of Public Spaces in Dobrá Niva 48.472914, 19.102027

    After devastating floods (1990 and 1999) and storms (2007), the main square was severely damaged and needed a reconstruction. The local authorities decided to do it in a way that respects and reflects the history and rich folk culture traditions of the village.

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  • The House „U Lukáčov“ in Dobrá Niva 48.472914, 19.102027

    The village of Dobrá Niva is situated in Central Slovakia. A number of houses in the village have kept their original architectural characteristics. The house „U Lukáčov“ has been a protected architectural monument since 1992.

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  • Wooden Houses with Traditional Ornamental Painting in Čičmany 48.955830, 18.516571

    Traditional timber houses in Čičmany are famous for their ornamental decorations. The ornaments are inspired by the local embroidery tradition. Owners of private houses preserve the objects in their original state and maintain the spirit and a representative symbol of the village. In 2013, the Čičmany ornament was inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Slovakia. Selected ornaments were used for the design of the dresses of the Slovak Olympic team (London 2012, Sochi 2014).

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  • REVITALISATION OF TRADITIONAL CULTURE AND LOCAL IDENTITY 49.817492, 15.472962

    Krišková, Zdena (Ed.): Revitalisation of Traditional Culture and Local Identity. Cracow: Towarzystwo Słowaków w Polsce, 2013, 39 p.

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  • Lomidrevo/Valibuk 49.817492, 15.472962

    Lomidrevo (name means something like "timberbreaker"), also called Valibuk or Valihora is a traditional Slovak folk character typical for his unnatural strength, but also for his cleverness and diligence. This fairy-tale is known from collections of Božena Němcová (1857), and Pavol Dobšinský (1880/1883).

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  • ETNOLOGICKÉ ROZPRAVY

    Odborný recenzovaný časopis pre etnológiu a príbuzné vedné disciplíny.

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  • ETNOKULTÚRNE KONTEXTY VÝROBY MODROTLAČE. Modrotlačiarska dielňa v Hranovnici

    KRIŠKOVÁ, Zdena: Etnokultúrne kontexty výroby modrotlače. Modrotlačiarska dielňa v Hranovnici. Banská Bystrica: Inštitút sociálnych a kultúrnych štúdií UMB, 2012. 212 s.

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  • Juraj Jánošík Jánošíkova družina

    (baptized Jan 25 1688 in Varín – executed Mar 18 1713 in Liptovský Mikuláš) was a legendary Slovak thief, who later became a part of folklore. In years 1707 and 1708 he took part in the uprising of Francis II. Rákoczi, later became a member of an imperial army. In 1710 he begins to brigand in the band of Tomáš Uhorčík, in 1711 he becomes a leader of this band. He was executed by hanging by the left rib in 1713. During Romanticism Jánošík´s story was commonly used motif used by writers of the Slovak national movement. In the folk tradition, there is plenty of songs, legends (often with miriculous motif) and paintings on glass with depictions from the Jánošík legend. The most dominant message of the Jánošík tradition is an emphasis on social righteousness.

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