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Folklore festival will bring life to Ostrava’s streets this month

Folklore festival will bring life to Ostrava’s streets this month

Ensembles from Czechia, Serbia, Poland, and Slovakia will perform on 16-20 August

This week, the Czech City of Ostrava announced that the twenty-third edition of the Folklore without Borders festival will take place from Monday 16 August to Friday 20 August. However, unlike in previous years, the 2021 edition of the event will feature dancers and musicians performing in homes for the elderly and people with disabilities.

As its name suggests, the festival will not only consist of domestic ensembles but also folklore groups from other countries such as Serbia, Poland, and Slovakia. What is more, some of the domestic groups will consist of individuals from national minorities.


On Monday 16 August, the streets of Ostrava will come to life as folklore performers will gather to inaugurate the festival at 5 pm in Masaryk Square. Ensembles will then perform in the new square in Ostrava-South on Tuesday.

Wednesday will consist of two concerts, with one taking place in Ostrava-Mariánské Hory in the afternoon and another in Sanatoriums Klimkovice in the evening. On Thursday, dancers and musicians will perform in Porub's Hlavní třída before the final day of the event.

The last day of the Folklore without Borders festival will feature three different concerts at the castle in Silesian Ostrava. First, children’s ensembles will perform from 4 pm. Then, they will be followed by the Musica Balkanika group at 5 pm with the closing acts beginning at 6:30 pm.

Entertaining people of all ages and abilities

It is important to reiterate that this year’s folklore festival will not only take place in the city’s squares but also in homes and centres for seniors and people with disabilities. More specifically, dancers will perform in the Sluníčko and Slunečnice homes as well as the Centre for People with Disabilities Čtyřlístek.

The statutory city of Ostrava, the Czech Ministry of Culture and several municipal districts will finance the five-day folklore festival.



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