First annual 'Festival of Czech Culture Abroad' opens at Senate Hall
Representatives of Czech communities from all over the world are gathering in Prague this week for a new festival celebrating Czech culture outside the Czech Republic. The first annual folklore festival for krajane, or Czechs living abroad, has the support of members of the Senate, where the festival had its inaugural ceremony on Monday. The highlights of the festival include an exhibit of traditional handicrafts, projections of documentary films concerning Czech culture outside the Czech Republic, as well as presentations of traditional folk singing and dance.
"I come from a Czech family and this festival is very important, because I came here from Zhitomir, from Ukraine and in my family Czech traditions and Czech culture are very important. That is why we are here, to show these old traditions which were raised in my family from my grandmother from my mother, and to show to Czech people that Czech culture is not important just in Czech Republic, but also in Ukraine and in other countries where Czechs live."
"We come from Romania and we are a small ensemble of Czechs. We are called Slavicek, it's a bird in the Czech language, and we are going to present a programme regarding our customs and habits in Rumania that we have still from our ancestors, from Czechs that came from here. They came in 1824 or 1825 thereabouts, and we are already the 7th generation after them, and we are trying to keep the customs that we learned from them. We are very thankful and grateful for this unique opportunity. This is the first time we are coming to Prague to a Czech festival, and we hope that you will enjoy the show that we will provide you with tomorrow."
You can find more information on the festival's website: www.krajanskyfestival.cz
Photo: Martina Stejskalova