Festival History

First International Folklore Festival "Etnovyr" burst with the brightest paints in the threshold of Independence Day holiday from 20th till 23rd Augusts 2008. A real cultural explosion caught citizens and guests of Lviv with a temperament wave, holding them captive for four days at Lviv streets and squares: – Svobody avenue, Rynok Square, Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life.

The musical and dancing program of the festival was very rich, and included  a colorful parade of the festival participants,  a solemn opening of the festival on the 20th of August on the Rynok square, which was followed by a concert of folklore groups from Ukraine and abroad.

On the 21st and 22nd of August the Rynok square was welcoming folklore groups from Ukraine; whereas on the 23rd of August there was a parade and concert of "Etnovyr" festival participants from other countries, which ended with balloons in the air.


The festival carried on explosive fireworks of emotions into Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life, which simultaneously hosted both a concert of folklore groups and a handicrafts fair of Ukrainian artists and the festival participants.

The Gala-concert and Closing of the First International Folklore Festival "Etnovyr" resulted into an evening of friendship, during which orchestra competition of the folklore groups took place.

The Festival turned out to be so bright and colorful, that citizens and guests of the city were looking forward to the next one.  


And Second International Folklore Festival "Etnovyr" in 2009 has not betrayed their expectations! It was as vivid and colourful as in 2008.  Again Lviv streets and squares transformed into dancing grounds, where folklore groups from all over the world were demonstrating their art, using the language of music, dancing, and singing.

The Second International Folklore Festival "Etnovyr" was crowned by a Gala-Concert in Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Solomiya Krushelnytska.

In addition to bright and unforgettable impressions, the festival in Lviv has carved an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding of different cultures, which could be expressed in the following motto: "You see it white, I see it black, He sees it green, She sees it Red. But We all live in the same world: let's make it colourful!"


(North Cyprus):

We are Youth Center from Nicosia - North Cyprus, which was founded in 1986. The activities of Youth Center can be summarized under the following topics. ACTIVITIES: As well as participating in international festivals (Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy). Youth Center has organized or contributed to the hosting of International Folk Dance Festivals in Cyprus. We have adult, youth and children folk dance groups consists of 150 dancers. Youth Center published 6 different books, magazine (every 3 month) and 4 Music CD in North Cyprus. Folk Dance Group Repertoire consists of Traditional Folklore Dances of Cyprus: Bekri, Kına Sirtosu, Orak, Sarhoş Zeybeği, Abdal Zeybeği, Susta, Kadın Karşılaması-3, Kadın Karşılaması-4, Konyalı, Feslikan-Vasilica, besides Traditional Cyprus marriage ceremony with different traditions and songs.
Leader of the group - Ozlem Kadiraga

"Valašsky soubor KAŠAVA"
(Czech Republic, Walachia):

"Valašsky soubor KAŠAVA" was founded in 1971. Through many years young dancers and musicians have prepared numerous and various programme of the great value, which was presented on the stages of Central Europe and Czech Republic. The participants put on 4 types of traditional male and female costumes from different parts of our region. The orchestra uses typical instruments such as: violin, viola, cimbalom, double-bass, clarinet, flute and cello. The group is able to give a course of traditional dances to the adult and children, as some of the members are experienced leaders of the children groups.
During all this time its leader and musician is Petr Kral.

Cultural Association Jil Essaada

(Algerie, Sidi - Bel - Abbes):

Cultural Association Jil Essaada was founded in 2000 and is composed in majority of students. The programme of the group consists of four dances expressing the various elements of the Algerian folk inheritance: Allaoui, Nehari, Chaoui and Tergui. "The Allaoui dance" is composed mainly of male dancers with traditional Allaoui clothes and using traditional musical instruments such as Derbouka, Tbila, Timpani, snare drum and tambourine. "The Nehari dance" - is divided into 2 dances: Nehari and Nehari Bettane. The former is performed by men only; however the latter is perfоrmed by men and women. "The Chaoui dance" shows that peace, friendship and love are the seeds of the everlasting happiness. "The Tergui dance" symbolizes the fighting for supremacy between two tribes. The dance is composed of male and female dancers and uses traditional Tergui clothes and music instruments.
Leader of the group - Belamri Adda Fewzi

Folklore Dance Group "JAFFRA"
Israel (Ibillin):

"JAFFRA" in arabic, means deer or a muse who inspires poetry. The group was established in November 1990, it includes about 35 dancers and musicians. The ages range is between 15-25 years old. Jaffra represents a typical Palestinian Folklore dance known as "DABKA". The show includes only Dabka dances. Each dance has different name: the Bedwin Dabka, the Northern Dabka, Eltayara Dabka. The dancers are dressed in traditional Palestinian costumes. They include: Elcumbaz (the robe); Alhata and Aleikal (the head cover) and Alserwal similar to the Indian sherwal. The dancers are accompanied with musicians playing the Yargol and Darbuka - a percussion instrument. Since 1990 the group has proved itself and became very popular locally and internationally. International festivals that Jaffra took part in:
- 1994 and 1998: Wlodawa and Kolobrzeg, Poland.
- 1995: Straznice Festival, Czech republic.
- 1996: Valka Festival, Latvia.
- 1997 and 2000: Voru and Tallinn Folk Festival, Estonian Republic.
- 1997 (child group) Istanbul, Turkey.
- 1999: Kinkunhalas and Budapest, Hungary.
- 2001: Fomged, International Mediterranean Dream Music and Dance Festival in Antalya, Turkey.
- 2002: Polesian summer with folklore Lutsk, Ukraine.
- 2007: Polesian summer with folklore Wlodawa, Poland.
Leaders of the group - Awni Edris and Yusuf Hidar

Mexican traditional musical band "Tsasná"

The Mexican traditional musical band "Tsasná" in Totonac language means Moonlight. The intention of the group is to have the chance to show the real roots of Mexican music. "Tsasná" is a musical group formed with the intention of producing costumes, values and music from the central regions of Mexico, in specific the states of Puebla, Veracruz and the Huastec Region. The participants of the band try to preserve the rich musical traditions in Mexico and make them known overseas. Two of our members are native totonac indians, who has totonac as their native language. We have extensive knowledge of Mexican strings instruments (instruments only found in the Central Area of Mexico). We have been performing for more than 9 years in Mexico and abroad. Internationally we have had concerts in North and South America, England, Turkey, Croatia, the Netherlands, France, Italy.
Leader of the group - Manuel Méndez Alonzo

Folk team "Zywczanie"
(Poland, Zywiec):

Folk team "Zywczanie" was established in 1997 in Zywiec. The group presents a rich repertoire consisting of songs and dances of their own region, trying to preserve their traditional form with the help of traditional instruments like duda, trabita, rog, many kinds of piszczalka, violin, viola and double bass. The program of our folk group is very vigorously, dynamic which includes the elements of old customs and traditions. The musicians are very talented students from School of music. The group "Zywczanie" has got 60 members which includes children and young people, who studies and works, but what unites them is passion for folklore, dance, singing and tradition of their land.
Leader of the group – Andrzej Kurpiel


The band was founded in 2002 in Lviv (Lwów, Lemberg), Western Ukraine with an aim to play music inspired by eastern european and carpathian folklore. We're using acoustic folk instruments for the best reproduction of atmosphere of old dances which didn't change through centuries. But our music is not a real authentic reflection, we play modern folklore. We don't invent any new tunes, we play old and often very famous ones, with our own arrangement and modern influences. We've started from nordic folk music. Also the band is working upon european folk and old dance music. The range of our ethnic interests is not limited to a certain region only, so we play also Belgian, English, French & Italian tunes. And our latest interests includes traditional music of Carpathian region (Hungary, Moldavia and of course, Ukraine). The band took part of the many festivals in Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Bielorus, Russia, Germany and Canada.

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