11th International Festival of Slovak Folklore “Jánošík´s ducat”
7 to 9 August 2009, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm The Slovak minority in the Czech Republic has various ways of preserving and developing their national culture. A number of folk groups are devoted systematically to Slovak folklore, and their performances form a substantial part of this festival, which bears the name of the Slovak folk hero Juraj Jánošík. The proximity of Rožnov to the Slovakian border facilitates the participation not only of the Slovaks living in the Czech Republic and of folk ensembles from Slovakia, but also of groups of Slovaks settled in more distant countries, such as Hungary. The program includes an encounter of folk artisans and handicraft displays. A curious component is the Wallachian Butter Churning Championship, which is of course intended only for women. Another curiosity is an encounter of chaps with the family name of Jánošík. The cultural sights of Rožnov include the Wallachian open-air museum founded in 1925, the nearby Radhošť mountain with a statue of the pagan god Radegast, Pustevny on the Radhošť mountain ridge with beautiful buildings by Dušan Jurkovič, and other places of interest. More information at www.roznov.cz.