2018

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“Ekton Korka” Udmurt Traditional Dance Studio was founded in 1997. Inspired by the Hungarian “táncház” phenomenon, the members of the group arranged a series of dance-house gatherings (ekton korka) at the Izhevsk culture house, where traditional, non-stylised and non-choreographed Udmurt dances were danced to the traditional accompaniment. Ekton korka was viewed by many as the long-awaited alternative to the Soviet style folk-revue dance ensembles and their pseudo-folk choreographies. Soon a dance group, now known as “Ekton Korka” Udmurt Traditional Dance Studio was formed of the most active regular visitors of ekton korka's sessions. In twenty years of its existence, “Ekton Korka” Studio became one of the most popular traditional-style performing groups in Udmurtia.

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The Ethnographic Folk Group “Táusen” was founded in 2007. This is an amateur ensemble whose participants are enthusiastic about Russian traditional folk music and Russian native costume. The repertoire of this group consists of ritual, lyric and drawling songs, singing and dancing in a circle and playful songs of different regions of Russia being performed a cappella in the traditional manner.

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Makowska/Kozłowska/Balewicz is a group coming from Suwalszczyzna in the northeastern Poland. Girls live in various parts of Suwalki region so their repertoire is quite large. They perform songs from Weronika Zubowicz, Jan Jakubowski, Rodzinny Zespół Z Rakowicz, Stanisława Czuper. They have participated in the most important traditional festivals in Poland (Ogólnopolski Festiwal Kapel i Śpiewaków Ludowych w Kazimierzu, Ogólnopolski Konkurs Gawędziarzy, Instrumentalistów, Śpiewaków, Drużbów i Starostów Weselnych „Sabałowe Bajania 2017”) where they were rewarded.

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“Vilki” prehistory starts in 1980 when a folklore ensemble named after Jukums Vācietis, a commander of Latvian Red Riflemen forces during World War I, was founded. However, it was badly accepted by the occupying Soviet regime, and the KGB arrested the leader of the ensemble Māris Ošs. Then, another similar folklore group was created, but the KGB pressured it once again. Finally, the group “Liepavots” was founded in 1987 with the goal to promote the cultural heritage of Latvian soldiers. As the group turned its attention to learning the songs and the way of life of ancient soldiers, it decided to change its name and has been known as “Vilki” men's ensemble since 1992.

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The Folk singing group “Leigarite lauljad” (“Singers of Leigarid”) performs Estonian archaic songs called "regilaul" but also newer songs and ballads that were sung in Estonia from the end of 19th century on. Special focus goes on swinging songs, which is a very special tradition of spring songs in North-Estonia. The group also performs many singing games and plays a couple of instruments (kannel, bagpipe).

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