3rd INTERNATIONAL FOLKFESTIVAL 2006

Country : Latvia
Name of group: “PEDA”

Young people from Aizkraukle came together for the first rehearsal on 15th December, 1998. Only few years later (summer 1990) they got rights to participate in Latvian song and dance festival. From that time folk dance group “PEDA”( “the foot”) take part in all further Latvian song and dance festivals and also participated in all regional and international folk dances festivals in Latvia. First time group went on a tour august 1990 to Siberia. The group gave performances in the places where the deportated (in 1941-1949). Latvians were settled on the banks of river the Yenisei, from Lrasnoyarsk as far as the Arctic Ocean. The group also participated in several international festivals in Hungary, Lithuania, Israel, Slovakia, Croatia, Italy, Netherlands, and the Portugal. Repertoire of the group includes Latvian original dances and ethographical dances. Una Stakle is an art-adviser and choreograph of the group since foundation of the Group.

Name of the group: “MARUPIESI”

We are “Marupiesi”, a Latvian folkdance group from Latvia. “Marupiesi” is one of the largest groups of middle-aged dancers in Latvia the group composed of 46 dancers, 15 married couples; all together and 57 children. They carry Latvian traditions from generation to generation. “Marupiesi” has been showing the beauty of Latvian folkdances and national costumes at many different festivals, competitions and concerts all around Latvia and as well as in Germany, South Korea, Majorca, Hungary, England and Italy. Latvian Folk Costume. Latvia is a small country on the shores of Baltic Sea, and thought it is situated in zone of a temperate climate; the climatic conditions are rather hard. Thus since ancient times the inhabitants of the country had to provide hard clothes. The necessary materials for clothes – linen and wool – were produced and woven on the spot; therefore the clothes of Latvia’s native

inhabitants were made of local materials – linen, wool and leather.inen was used for men’s and women’s shirts and summer clothes. The other main materials used for making clothes were wool. The threads used in the cloth of the garments were very fine. In the 18th and 19th centuries woolen cloth was mainly used for wearing clothes. Women wore woolen skirts, jackets, waistcoats, that should covers, mittens, stockings, belts. Men wear woolen coats, trousers mittens, socks and scarves. Woolen cloth are used for overcoats, Pure woolen cloth was mainly used for women’s and men’s festive garments. As the adornment areas on Latvian folk clothes were not large, the background of its main part and of the ornaments was white or light grey (till the middle of the 19th century). A brighter contrast of colors can be seen on clothes made in the 2nd part of the 19th century when bright chemical dyes were used. In Latvia in the 1860-ies traditional national folk dress was no more worn. At the time a rapid transition to urban-type clothes took place in all regions of Latvia. Clothes began to be made by specialists – tailors and dressmakers. The specific ethnic national features disappeared. Mutch - head hair ornaments for wives. Crown - head hair ornaments for maids. Crown from flowers – typical head hair ornament for midsummer night festival used by wives and maids. Folk Dance Group “Marupiesi” dance in traditional Latvian folk costumes, which presents the 19th century traditions from all Latvia cultural-historic districts.



Italy

Italy is a Republic of southern Europe. Its mainland area Projects as a peninsula into the Mediterra, near Sea, and it includes among others, the Islands of Elba, Sicily and Sardinia. Language, Italian. Currency Lira. Capital; Rome. Population 56830,508(1997) Area 301,323 sq.km./116341 sq.km. official name Italian Republic. Name of group: “Gruppo Folkloristico CITTA’DI BORGOSESIA” Established in 1958 the Gruppo Folkloristico CITTA' DI BORGOSESIA is one of the oldest in folk performing group Italy. After a long historical search old costumes, ancient musics and dances were found out. At present the Group is composed of famous dancers and musicians. It's world wide famous for the magnificente dances like red silk costumes of the XVII century trimed with laces, adorned with solid silver and ancient jewllery. Dances and musics going from fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, are all different from each other and offer a very bright and varied show. Borgosesia Folk grop's made several journey to all over the world and we can remember ARGENTINA, ESTONIA, LETTONIA, NORD AFRICA, TURKEY, POLAND, ENGLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, RUMANIA, SPAIN for it extra ordinary performance.



India

NRUTYA CULTURAL ACADEMY (Unique institution for classical and folk dance) Shivam Nrutya Cultural Academy is dance Institute, where we concentrate on Indian classical dance (Bharatnatyam ) a folk dances of from different parts of India, in a state-wise order Which means an artistic ensemble, attempts to display the rich cultural heritage of the country and the people. It leads the spectators to an extravaganza of colour, rhythm, music & dance & drama which is the pulse of the folkdances & classical dances of India .we research the origins of various folk dance and classical dances of India to maintain their authenticity in our representation. Shivam Nrutya Cultural Academy is the only organization which gives amateur talent a National & International stage. Shivam Nrutya Cultural Academy has represented India in many festivals across the globe. Introduction our Indian classical dance Dance is the primeval suppressions of joy and wonder in any part of the world. Transcending barriers of culture and devesiopment dance as a structured entity was essentially part of the devotional process when combined with song and story dance. Performing artists can be divided in to three major categories Dancers , musicians and dramatists classical dancing in India is deeply religious and spiritual in content compared to those which are danced on more trivial ,yet happy occasion. Indian has to its credit for classical and folk dance. This is often true of folk dances also of the various classical dance forms in the country the more popular ones are Bharatnatyam, India has seven classical dances as kuchipudi odissi, kathak and Kath kali. Mohiniattam and Manipuri . Indian classical dance is very complex. This is truth is that a correct and a graceful step or expression can be perfected only after many years of rigorous training and practice .It is truth of all classical dances forms of India Classical dance forms that are based on ancient dance discipline and have strict rules of presentation. Indian dance attained cultural heritage and tradition having its own Individuality and dignity. The south of India is the land of ancient Hindu traditional and culture Bharat natyam is the dance mainly TamilNadu. it usually danced by a solo woman dancer . its songs are purely devotional love song the dancer being the devotee and god ,the beloved. It has derived its name from the three words Bhava+Raga+Tala i.e. Bharat Natyam and also since it is based on Bharat’s Natyashastra, it is named Bharat Natyam the meaning of Bharatas as a combination of Bhava (expression ) ,Raga (musical mode) and Tala (rhythm) Introduction our Indian folk dance When the folks assemble together and dance in joy, it is know as folk dance . it is usually performed during religious festival and social gatherings. It is the main form of entertainment of villagers in villages. As it is connected with natural beauty, it is simple, vigorous and brings out the inner happiness. Among these folk arts , folk dances enjoy the forest position as it is satisfying to the human eye , ears and the mind . The main factor for the creation of dance is love, battle and religion. Whether it is classical dance or folk dance ,India is a wide country with a variety of culture, dress and food. So we have a verity of folk dance music and costumes. , they sing and beat the drums and inspired by this hypnotic music . some of the folk dances of India are Ras-garba- Gujarat, Bhagra- Punjab, lavni and koli-maharastra, Kummi and kollattam- Tamil- nadu, kaikotikali- kerala, Ghumar -Rajasthan, bamboo dance- Assam Each state has different percussion instruments and very different rhythms and costumes and folk dance. We have batches of duration in a one year up to seven year in a classical dance and the folk dance batches of duration in one month up one year The students are divided according to their ages into adult, youth and child groups.



Singapore

Folklore Group: Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts Ltd. Sri Warisan is a performing Arts Company led by renowned cultural Medallion recipient, Madam Som Said. Sri Warisan has a professional performers section and activities include performing arts courses, workshops, talks and seminars. Sri Warisan provides services for performing arts needs, such as sales and rental of costumes, props and musical instruments. Sri Warisan‘s performers are trained in multi disciplined art forms (dance, music, vocal, theatre, multi-media). Fusing rich traditional styles with contemporary techniques harmoniously is the unique style of Sri Warisan. Since it’s inception in 1997, Sri Warisan has consistently been producing great repertoires in the multi disciplinary art forms. Mdm Som Said (founder/Artistic Director) has more than 40 years of successful experience in the arts majoring in dance. Sri Warisan has 10 full time staffs, 40 performing artists and more than 200 student members committed to developing professionalism in the performing arts reaching out to children, youths and adults. Sri Warisan local involvements include events such as WOMAD, Singapore Arts Festival, Music Carousel Festival by Singapore Symphony Orchestra, NAC-Shell Arts Reach programme and NAC-Arts Education Programmes. Collaboration works include projects with SIFAS, Dramaplus Arts, Asia In Theatre Research, Chinese Theatre Circle Limited, Temple of Fine Arts, Arts Theatre of Singapore Limited, Dance Ensemble Singapore, Apsaras Arts Singapore and Metta Welfare Association. Sri Warisan recently choreographed a special performance as a tribute to Singapore’s Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong. The event was organized by Malay/Muslim organizations. Since 1997, Sri Warisan has produced more than 30 productions supported by National Arts Council (NAC). Sri Warisan was involved in the mega production, Lagenda Tun Fatimah, supported by National Arts Council Cultural Medallion Grant. This production marks Mdm Som Said’s 40 years of involvement in the arts and pays tribute to Mdm Som’s friends who have been contributing to the art scene for the past 40 years. Sri Warisan has participated in more than 30 international events and festivals in Brunei, Belgium, Canada, China, Holland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.



Japan

Folkdance group from Japan. “Mica’s” is one of the groups of middle-aged dancers in Japan but during the 3rd International Folk Festival they are performed Nepalese and Japanese dance and song. Those artists know about Nepalese dance. From last five year they are research about Nepalese culture. “Mica’s” has been showing the beauty of Japan folkdances and national costumes at many different festivals, competitions and concerts all around the world.



Nepal

Everest Nepal Cultural Group, (ENCG) an organization established in 1998 with the objective of conserving Nepalese cultural heritage and its overall development, registered under the Act of HMG of Nepal. ENCG has already successfully hosted “1st International Folk Festivals 2002” and “2nd International Folk Festivals 2004” at Kathmandu, Nepal. Now ENCG is going to host the “3rd International Folk Festival 2006” from March 17th to 26th, 2006” in Nepal at Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and also in Pokhara.



Introduction


Nepal is the land of multi dimensional beauties, and cultural heritage. It has got so many resources that attract tourists and admires from the outer world. In the last decades Nepal is pretty much exposed to the outer world but still it is not satisfactory as compared to its attractive resources. We believe Nepalese economy is solely depending upon Tourism, where this kind of cultural promotional activity could boost up the Nepalese economy. EVEREST NEPAL CULTURAL GROUP (ENCG) has been running its verities of cultural activities within the country as well as all over the world from the very outset. It has got experiences in the cultural exchanges with various international communities.

It is therefore, has a genuine scope and ability to promote the national and international cultural exchange program for the enefit of the people of Nepal and the world. It is our endeavor to continue friendship and cordial relationship with other cultural group all over the world. Culture provides an unique satisfaction, peace and happiness.

The following group is active under the umbrella of ENCG;

  1. Traditional Folk Dance & Music Groups
  2. Traditional Folk Drummer Groups
  3. Traditional Folk Mask Dance Groups
  4. Traditional Folk Puppet Dance Groups
  5. Traditional Folk Songs & Music Groups
  6. Traditional Folk Cultural Groups
  7. Traditional Classical Dance Groups
  8. Traditional Folk Music Groups
  9. Traditional Children Folk Dance Groups

EVEREST NEPAL CULTURAL GROUP [ENCG] is capable to participate and perform in the folk festival program and has abundant of experiences of observing and participating in various international folk festivals all over the world such as Italy, Greece, Taiwan, France, Spain, India, The Netherlands, Belgium, Qatar, Japan, Korea, Germany, China etc.