Dear friends and lovers of folklore,
On behalf of the Folklore Association of the Czech Republic – the traditional main organizer of the National Costumed Balls of the Association – we inform you that the preparation of the 15th National Costumed Ball, programmed for the second Saturday of February 2014, has been suspended by decision of the committee of our Association and the event has been postponed till February 2015.
The reasons of this unpopular decision are clearly associated with the unfavorable financial situation that the Folklore Association – a nonprofit civic organization – has found itself in already since the end of last year. Our expectations that Czech society would overcome the deep economic recession during this year has not been fulfilled. The funding of organizations like our Association has been reduced not only by the traditional sources represented by central institutions of public administration, but also by different sponsors such as business companies or specialized grant organizations or foundations.
We hope, dear friends and lovers of folklore, that you will understand our reasons for postponing the 15th National Costumed Ball, and that you will still favour the Folklore Association of the Czech Republic and other organizers or promoters of traditional forms of cultural and social life. Although the National Costumed Balls are a precious highlight of the multiform manifestations of folk culture, we believe that the decisive factor for the life of the present and future generations and of the whole society are the variegated, untiring activities of more than 400 folk ensembles members of our Association, as well as of 65 celebrations and festivals organized or co-organized by us.
Chairman of the Folklore Association of the Czech Republic
The abovementioned decision has not affected the organization of other important balls:
78thPošumavský věneček (Ball of the Šumava Region) Prague, 8 February 2014
58th Moravský ples (Moravian Ball)(Prague, 22
If you would like to take part in these events, please contact their organizers:
78. Pošumavský věneček: Sdružení rodáků a přátel Chodska a Pošumaví − Psohlavci,
tel. +420 728 756 680, +420 221 596 221 (box office of the Vinohrady Theatre), www.chodovevpraze.cz
58. Moravský ples: Slovácký krúžek v Praze, Ms Helena Šálová, tel. +420 244 464 459, +420 728 178 017, e-mail: , www.kruzekskp.cz