5th International Folk Festival 2010
5th March to 14th March
Kathmandu/Lalitpur/Palpa/Surkhet/Pokhara

Participant countries:

Country Name: France Folklore group Name: LA SAVOIE

Located at the foot of the French Alps, Chambery, the capital of Savoy, became in 1936 the cradle of « l’Ensemble d’Arts & Traditions Populaires LA SAVOIE ». From their diverse valleys; Maurienne, Tarentaise, Beaufortain, … the Savoyards left their mountain pastures at the beginning of the century to follow the economical evolution and settled down in the fault planes of Chambery, bringing with them the ancestral wealth of "Cultures & Traditions" specific to their villages. As the longest standing folk group organisation in the region, LA SAVOIE represents through its costumes, dances and songs, the complete portrait of the Savoyard tendencies.

Country Name: Slovakia
Folklore group Name: LIPA

The Folk – dance ensemble LIPA with its artistic level ranks among the most successful folklore amateur troups in Slovakia. Numerous prizes as well as honorary mentions can prove its qualities shown both at home and in abroad. The ensemble has been uniting the young from among studying and working youth. Since its origin in 1948 it has gone through many periods of its development shaped by the eminent choreographers and folklore art leaders, and since 1975, a graduate of Academy of Fine Arts Pavel Bútor became its artistic leader. The ensemble represent the songs and the dances from the majority of the traditional regions of Slovakia – Záhorie, Myjava, Tren?ín, Hont,region of Gorali, Zemplín, Spiš, Šariš, Kokava, Podpo?anie, Gemer. the ensemble has given more than 1 700 performances in more than 40 countries of Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America etc.

Country Name: India
Folklore group Name: "Rajasthan Art and Culture group"

Rajasthan is known for its spirit of celebration. Each region in Rajasthan has its own form of folk entertainment. In most parts entertainment is provided by professional communities of entertainers whose livelihood depends on it, and who have evolved their respective arts into fine forms. Certainly the patronage of the former royal families in the past helped to support the entertainers.

Celebrations in Rajasthan range from the religious to the popular linked with commerce, as in the case of the camel and cattle fairs. In more recent years, the tourism department of Rajasthan too has initiated a number of fairs and festivals in an attempt to showcase the performing arts of Rajasthan, region wise. Amazingly, though the soil throbs with the sounds of celebration, its vibrant chords require little sophistry apart from the simple, unsophisticated instruments that include the RAVANHATHA (a stringed instrument), the MORCHANG (a Jewish harp), the BANKIA (Trumpet), ALGOZA (the Twin flutes), the DUFF (Tambourine), and the amazingly innocuous MATKA (earthen pitcher) which is flipped over to play the most amazingly mesmeric beat that resound with the pulse of Rajasthan.

Country Name: Bulgaria Folklore group Name: "Obzor"

Folklore Ensemble OBZOR was established in 2002 by the Community Culture Center of the town of Obzor. The Ensemble is representative for the Municipality of Obzor and enjoys its full support. Obzor is a small town with marvelous natural landscape – it is situated along the coast of the Black Sea in the South of Bulgaria and is a summer-resort location favoured by many Bulgarian and European holiday-makers.

Folklore Ensemble OBZOR has performed in Hungary, Greece, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Egypt, Mexico, etc. The Ensemble was the laureate of the International Folklore Festival “EUROFOLK” of Veliko Turnovo. In 2002, the Ensemble won the first prize in the Project “ARTFEST – Ambassadors of Bulgarian Spirit”. In 2006, the Ensemble won the second prize of the “Orpheus Spring” Festival in Stara Zagora. In 2006, FE OBZOR took part in the first and founding issue of the International

Country Name: Lithuania Folklore group Name: "Gojus"

The name of dance group is symbolic. "Gojus" is the most beautiful place in the forest full of many different kinds of flowers, plants, trees and birds that are singing and make their nests near this place. The dancing group looks like “Gojus” because the people are very different, but they are united by their enthusiasm and excellent feeling of folk dance, folk songs and music style. The dance group consists of approximately 30 young people from aged from 16 to 35. Members of the company are people of different professions, students and school-pupils. The "Gojus" takes part in different national and international festivals. It took part in all - Lithuania competitions "Kadagys" in Vilnius and it has also been to Latvia, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Bulgaria, Croatia, Check Republic, Turkey, Jordan and other countries. This group is very popular with local people. Folk dances give much pleasure to everybody.

Country Name: Poland Folklore group Name: Poligrodzianie of Poznan University of Technology

The band was started by Zbigniew Solak, a Poznan University of Technology student, as the National Dance Band in 1973. Since 1984, when Marzenna Biega?a-Howorska took over as manager, the band has been known as the Poznan University of Technology National Dance Band called „Poligrodzianie”. Now it is the oldest students´ folklore band in Pozna?. ”Poligrodzianie” can boast many gratitude and congratulation letters, e.g. the Minister of Culture´s Diploma for promoting Polish culture abroad, as well as an order of merit for services for the Region of Wielkopolska. For the last couple of years we have enjoyed many festival in Spain, Sweden, France, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Greece, Southern Ireland, Turkey, Poland, Canada, Bulgaria, South Korea, Croatia, Portugal, Mexico, Ukraine, Egypt, Estonia, Belgium, Brazil, Venezuela and many more.

Country Name: Slovenia
Folklore group Name: “SAVA”

The Folk-dance Group “SAVA” from the City of Kranj is today composed of students, as well as workers from the town and its vicinity. All participants, namely dancers, singers, instrumentalists and the tamburica-players are striving to preserve the rich folklore heritage of their ancestors by giving performances to the best of their abilities. The number of their performances today already exceeds 3.600. The activities of the folk-dance group “SAVA” were initiated in the autumn of 1949. The group was established by young workers of the “SAVA” tyre plant. The programme of its performances improved from year to year, offering a wider variety and a higher quality, making the group members feel self-confident whether performing locally or abroad. The group has already performed several times in Italy (19 times), Austria (15), Poland and Germany (8), France (6), Czech Republic (4), Spain and Denmark (3), Belgium (2). It also visited England, Ukraine, Montenegro, Turkey, Libya, Canada, exotic Canaries Islands, Brazil and Macau (China).

Country Name: “Grand Canaria” Spain
Folklore group Name: “Coros Y Danzas De Ingenio”

The presence of group dates back to the 1940s, with the already disappeared Feminine Section. That is why nowadays our Ensemble is considered, without the hint of a doubt, the cradle of local folklore and the oldest within the Canary Folklore. Parallel to this activity, there is also a “Handicraft School”, in which numerous attendants exercise in the learning of a diversity of artisan works, using as raw materials the palm, cane and pita fiber, with a special dedication to the famous openwork.

The “Coros Y Danzas De Ingenio” has participated the Balearics, Madeira, Lisbon, San Antonio, Texas, USA, Madrid, Spain, Munich, Nuremberg in Germany, Wuzzburg, Brujas in Belgium, France, Rome, Pisa in Italy, the visit of the King of Spain, Ucraine, Kiev, Saint Petersburg, Moscow in Russia, Oslo and Thonheim in Norway, Bremen (Germany) Expo-98, Lisbon in Portugal, Gannat in France, Mexico, China and many more.

Country Name: The Netherlands
Folklore group Name: “Stedeker Daansers”

The folklore club the "Stedeker Daansers" from Diepenheim, also called the "Boer'n Daansers". The group was founded during the 20th Liberation Day Celebration of the 5th of May 1965. The initiative came from the country youngsters organisation, called at the time P.F.G.O Diepenheim. A group of youngsters learned some dances at the farm yard from the family Luttikhedde (Erve Bosman). The dances were thought by Erna Luttikhedde-Wes and Riky Bannink-Blekkenhorst, who were formally member of the Deldense group, the "Midden-Twente". This cooperation between the two groups went well. The younger group caught the folklore virus and started up a club. In the club statutes they wanted to honour old traditions and pass them on in the future. Activities which the “Stedeker Daansers” have taken part in are:

Activities which the “Stedeker Daansers” have taken part in are; the dance group have been to festivals in several different European countries. Some of the dances have taken part in America, Africa, Asia Europ. Registration in the Guinness Book of Records 2000.

Country Name: India
Folklore group Name: “Punjab Folk Art Center”

Punjab Folk Art Center is an organization which is joining the people of Punjab with their culture. The Center working in collaboration with “Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Gov. of India. The group was founded in 2002. At present more than 2000 youths are the active members of this organization. The Punjab Folk Art Center have participated various National and International Folk Festival. This center is organizing Cultural Program at various occasions like Independence Day, Republic Day, National Level Folk Festival and Games etc.

Country Name: France
Folklore group Name: “Kerlenn Pondi”

Kerlenn Pondi gathers dancers and musicians from all over Brittany, and proposes a very exciting show based on Breton culture in general, and especially on dances and musics from Pontivy area, which are famous as the most spectacular dances in Brittany. Kerlenn Pondi initiated the tradition of dance and music shows in Brittany in the 60’s, and is still one of the major Breton bands. The Bagad counts up to 40 musicians, and the Cercle Celtique up to 25 dancers. Both groups compete each year in the higher grades of Breton dance and music, and Kerlenn Pondi won the Bagad championship in 2001.

Kerlenn Pondi likes to promote its culture outside of its territory, and uses to make foreign tours each year : Spain, Italy, Man Island, Poland, Azores, Portugal, China are some of the latest destinatioins. Kerlenn Pondi also participated each year to the major celtic festivals in Paris for Saint Patrick’s Day, at the Stade de France or in Bercy Hall since 2002.

Country Name: Bangladesh
Folklore group name: Nritto Rong Academy

Bangladesh Nritto Rong is a music and dance Academy which was established on 1st September, 2005, with a goal to train and promote dance artists and to provide them a platform. The broader vision of the institute is to develop professionalism among local folk dance artists by proving that dance can be a financially feasible career option for those who are interested. Nritto Rong organizes dance programs all over Bangladesh as well as abroad. It operates a dance training academy which offers five-year certificate course on dance and arranges training for enthusiastic and under-privileged children. So many students participated take part in many dance competition. Recently finished the ETV (Bangladesh) show “Dhoom tana” In this show Nritto rong Academy win Champions. And now they take part in ATN bangle TV Channels show “TATKA NATIONAL DANCE STAR” dance competition. Nritto rong Academy has so many International Dance tour. in India 4 times, Thailand, Qatar, etc country. In “All India women Folk Dance Competition” Nritto rong Academy get Champion prize in 2007 and in 2009 they get First Runners up prize. Not all this, Nritto rong will be able to make a big change in Bangladesh Dance Society.

Country Name: Nepal
Folklore group Name: Everest Nepal Cultural Group

Everest Nepal Cultural Group is registered under the Government of Nepal and is working for the development and conservation of cultural heritage of himalayan country Nepal. ENCG already organized 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th International Folk Festival in the year 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 respectively in various locations in the country. And in the course of adding another milestone in the kind of events, we are proudly hosted 5th International Folk Festival in March 5th to 14th, 2010 and going to host 6th International Folk Festival 2012 in March 9th to March 18th 2012.

ENCG has been running its verities of cultural activities within the country as well as all over the world for decades. It has got experiences in the cultural exchanges with various international communities. It therefore, has a genuine scope and ability to promote the national and international cultural exchange program for the benefit of the people of Nepal and the world.

It is our endeavor to keep friendship and that cordial relationship with other cultural group all over the world. It’s culture that could give us entire satisfaction, peace, cool and the concept of cooperation to each other.