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Contact:
e-mail: rosina.mato@gmail.com
FB / Instagram: @fsvahpuchov / fs_vah_puchov
 
Presentation of the group:
The ensemble name Váh is inspired by the name of the river Váh in basement city of the ensemble – Púchov. The artistic director and choreographer is PhDr. Richard Benech. Ivan Sadloň has lead Váh´s musicans section as the musical coordinator for the last 25 years. The basis of the ensemble is stylistic treatment dances, traditions and habits from Púchov‘s Valley and Middle Váh region. The repertoire of the group is complemented by dancing and music from other regions of Slovakia.

The group has about 15-20 performances yearly and has more than 30 members these days.
 
Púchov’s folk ensemble Váh is excited to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2021. The ensemble works with support from the municipally funded group, The Culture of Púchov (Púchovská kultúra, s.r.o.) and Civil Association The Púchov’s Folklore Heart (Folklórne srdce Púchov, o.z.).

Some of Váh’s past achievements include three-time laureate of the International Folklore Festival “WARMIA” (2000, 2001, 2003), in Olsztyn (Poland) and an award at the “ROZTOCZE” festival in Tomaszow Lubelski (Poland, 2009). The ensemble won two awards - for overall scenic impression and musical expression at the 18th International Folklore Festival Velika Gorica (Croatia) in 2018.
 
In 2014, the group was assigned between top eight spot in the National Contest of Creative Choreographies of Folk Ensembles in Liptovský Mikuláš.
 
Váh has also recorded Púchov’s first folklore CD (in 2010) with the help of the local children’s ensemble.
 
The group visited Croatia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Austria, Serbia, Russia and of course the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.
 
Presentation of dances, costumes, music:
The basis of the ensemble is stylistic treatment dances (e.g. female´s wedding dance, typical pair dances), traditions and habits from Púchov´s Valley and Middle Váh region. The repertoire of the group is complemented by music from other regions of Slovakia like Zemplín, Orava or others. During our performace we use music on live and wear a lot of slovak folk costumes.
 
Total time of performance: 30-60 min.
 
The man's folk costumes comprises: embroidered shirt, embroidered waistcoat, embroidered trousers, high boots or shoes, long belt, hat.
 
The woman's folk costumes comprises: embroidered blouse, pleated skirt, apron, petticoat, high boots or shoes.
 
The typical musical instruments: 1st and 2nd violins, contrabass, cymbal, violine.
 
List of references in some International Festivals:
1994, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 - The International Folklore Festival in Dubnica nad Váhom (Slovakia) - exIOV
1998 - The International Folklore Festival “Mario Manzoni” in Olgiate Molgora (Italy) 
2000, 2001, 2003, 2015 - The International Folklore Festival “WARMIA” in Olsztyn (Poland) - CIOFF
1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011 - The International Folklore Festival "Adámkovy folklorní slavnosti" in Hlinsko (Czech Rep.)
2005 - The International Folklore Festival in Myjava (Slovakia) - exCIOFF
2009 - The International Folklore Festival “Jánošíkov dukát” in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (Czech Rep.) 
2009 - The International Folklore Festival “Roztocze” in Tomaszów Lubelski (Poland) 
2011 - The International Youth Dance Festival “Petro-dance” in St. Petersburg (Russia)
2011 - The International Folklore Festival "Jánošíkove dni" in Terchová (Slovakia)
2014 - The International Folklore Festival in Východná (Slovakia)
2015 - 30th International City Folklore Festival "Chodníčky k domovu" in Opava (Czech Rep.)
2016 - 21st International Folklore Festival "Marburg-Biedenkopf" (Germany) - CIOFF
2017 - 6th "South Gate" International Folklore Festival - Pécs / 21st Mohács International Folkdance Festival - Mohács (Hungary) - CIOFF
2018 - 22nd International Folklore Festival CIOFF Pilsen (Czech Rep.) / 18th International Folklore Festival Velika Gorica /Zagreb/ (Croatia) - CIOFF / 19th International FEDO Festival Zlín (Czech rep.)
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