Strážnice Folk Festival

Strážnic is an annual folk festival that takes place in Strážnice, a town located in the Zlín Region of the Czech Republic. The festival celebrates traditional folk music, dance, crafts, and culture from the Czech Republic and other parts of the world. It typically features live performances, workshops, exhibitions, and various cultural activities.

The Strážnice Folk Festival is known for its vibrant atmosphere, colorful costumes, and diverse range of folk traditions. It’s a popular event that attracts both local residents and visitors from different parts of the country and beyond. The festival provides a platform for folk artists and performers to showcase their talents and preserve cultural heritage.

At the Strážnice Folk Festival, you can experience a wide variety of Czech traditional events and foods.

Here are some examples:

Traditional Events:

  • Folk Music and Dance Performances: The festival showcases authentic Czech folk music and dance performances. Folk ensembles and groups from different regions of the Czech Republic often present traditional dances, songs, and instrumental music.
  • Craft Workshops: You can participate in or observe workshops where skilled artisans demonstrate traditional crafts such as pottery, weaving, woodworking, and more. These workshops provide insights into the craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations.
  • Costume Parades: Colorful and elaborate traditional costumes are an integral part of Czech culture. The festival often features costume parades where participants showcase different regional attire.
  • Cultural Exhibitions: Exhibitions displaying Czech folk art, artifacts, and historical items provide a glimpse into the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Traditional Foods:

  1. Svíčková: A classic Czech dish made from marinated beef served with a creamy sauce, dumplings, and cranberry sauce.
  2. Goulash: A hearty stew made with tender beef, onions, and paprika, often served with bread or dumplings.
  3. Trdelník: A sweet pastry made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, grilled, and coated in sugar and nuts.
  4. Koláče: Sweet pastries filled with fruit, poppy seeds, or sweet cheese. They come in various shapes and sizes.
  5. Czech Sausages: Grilled sausages, often served with mustard and bread.
  6. Palačinky: Thin pancakes filled with jam, fruit, chocolate, or other sweet fillings.
  7. Czech Beer: The Czech Republic is famous for its beer, and you’ll likely find a selection of local brews to enjoy.
  8. Czech Pastries: A variety of traditional Czech pastries, such as buchty (sweet buns), vánočka (braided Christmas bread), and more.

These are just a few examples of the types of traditional events and foods you can experience at the Strážnice Folk Festival. The festival provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Czech culture, try authentic dishes, and appreciate the country’s rich traditions.

Czech-Slovak Oklahoma Queen Anna Laurie Sedivy

At the Straznice Festival, Czech-Slovak Oklahoma Queen also participated this year. She took part in the parade and graced the stage to represent Oklahoma’s Czech community in the USA.

The Czech community in Oklahoma has played a significant role in shaping the state’s cultural identity. They have created a vibrant and enduring legacy, which is celebrated through festivals, events, and community organizations. Anna Sedivy Thompson continues to uphold these cultural experiences back in the USA and visits traditional events every year in the Czech Republic.


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