DATA: 27 - 30 June 2019
PLACE: Straznice, Czech Republic
The verbuňk, also known as the Dance of Recruits, is an engaging dance, typical of the Slovácko region.
It has been included in the 2013, in the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, by UNESCO and, it is said, that it is not possible to learn how to dance it.
You have the verbuňk in your blood!
The dancer must know how to dance and camtare. What makes this dance unique, though, is the fact that it is pure improvisation. No choreography. No preparation. The verbuňk is only inspiration and everything is left to the dancer.
The dance is an integral part of many Slovacko festivals. Anyone wishing to attend this fantastic Czech dance can do so during the traditional Straznice Folk Festival.
What better occasion?
The Festival takes place, from 1946, in the city of the Czech Republic, every last weekend of June. Everything is focused on folklore. And in this land, dancing, singing, dancing, there is plenty of it. You can watch fantastic shows, in the amphitheaters and on the stage of the Castle of the Village Museum. And of course, watch the enthralling verbuňk.
Fun, and entertainment, get insured.
Photo, 1975 Bogusław Linette
HOW TO GET
Anyone wishing to reach Strážnice, directly by public transport, could find many difficulties. Links are not very frequent. The nearby airport of Brno, due to the small number of connections, is an impractical solution.
The best way, considering the position on the border of the country, is to reach the international airports of Bratislava and Vienna, not far from the city. Just landed, you can rent a car and reach your destination comfortably. The Slovak capital is just over an hour's drive away. Vienna, however, about 90 minutes.
During the 4 days of the Straznice folk festival, there will be lots of events and activities. Folk dances and songs. Dances. And lots of shows at the Strážnice Open-Air Museum - Southeast Moravian Village Museum. A truly unique open space with rural technical buildings, vegetable gardens, vineyards, historic presses and cellars.
You too can be protagonists and dance and dance.
As per tradition, ample space at Verbunk, with a special race that will establish the best dancer of this traditional dance.
WHERE TO SLEEP
By being able to move on your own, the choice to find accommodation should not be limited to only Straznice. Rather.
Not far away, in Vracov, Dj-penzion It is an excellent choice for value for money. The property offers air-conditioned rooms and rooms with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is free.
Start your day with a continental breakfast.
Free use of bicycles is available at the property and the area is popular for cycling. It is about 3 kilometers away from the venue of the Straznice folk festival. Book your room at a special price, from here.