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.