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Portal into a Timeless World

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We live in an era, when the folk culture in its full form as known for centuries is no longer a natural part of everyday or ceremonial life. Many elements of traditional culture have already lost their practical meaning and stopped to fulfill their original functions. Others have gradually been transformed and have adjusted themselves to the needs and concepts of the people of today and the contemporary way of living. The expansion of new cultural elements has taught today´s people that it is necessary to perceive their own culture in a different way. Together with the globalization spread also the idea naturalized concerning the protection of the culture of previous generations’ heritage.

Preservation and enhancement of folk culture heritage presents an important challenge for today’s societies, as far as it contributes to the continuity of their historical awareness. At the same time it represents a source of values connecting and melting the past, present and future into a continuous and comprehensive whole. Corresponding to the UNESCO recommendations European nations trace a substantial part of their identity just from the folk culture heritage.

ETNOFOLK portal provides valuable information about folk culture heritage in Central Europe not only for researchers, teachers, students, museum employees, local and regional administration representatives, but also for every creative and active person searching for a source of timeless inspiration.

The ethnological institutions of the four countries in Central Europe - Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia - have joined their efforts in order to provide access to archive graphical, audio as well as audiovisual documents concerning the historical forms of folk culture as well as further information about the capitalizing on this cultural heritage. Because the international character of the project the portal was designed as multilingual – details about each record are available in the language of its origin, the general information is available in English. In addition, the automated translation feature has been implemented in the Knowledge base.

Several examples of the portal use by various target groups can be found below:


Etnofolk portal aims at tourism deliberately. Data about traditional culture and it’s use in the present, which this portal gathers and presents, belong to popular and wanted kind of information for holiday planning (family as well as individual) and recreation. With the combination of data about current events, traditional architecture or local traditional dishes, user gets to the brand new kind of information, based on professional platform. Moreover, Etnofolk concerns all the region of central Europe.

Use case Tourist - I’m going for a vacation (Domažlicko region)

"This year our family plans to go for a vacation in the beginning of august and we would like to spend it in western Bohemia, namely Chodsko. During our stay we would like to see local traditional architecture and try local dishes. In television we have recently seen a programe about pottery in Chodsko, so we would like to see it on our own."

How can be the Etnofolk portal helpful?

On the map (Map search section) find and zoom in the region, which you would like to visit - Domažlicko. You can find various kinds of icons on the map.  

Special icon refers to expert records in the Knowledge base. Through them you can browse pictures of typical architecture of selected region (houses of Chodsko, farming structures), or records of local traditions, customs and crafts (production and painting of Chodsko pottery). Photograpic, video and audio records are supplemented with texts written by experts from partner institutions of the ETNOFOLK project (Partners).

Would you like to visit a folklore festival or some other event during your vacation?

On the map look at records marked with special event-icons.

In Domažlice there takes place a traditional Chodsko Folk Festival (Chodské slavnosti) along with St. Lawrence Festival in the beginning of august. You can find there not only exhibition of traditional customs and dance performances, but you can also listen to the bagpipe music traditional for this region performed live by local bands (bagpipe music of Domažlice – list of Services under the Map).

The overview of all reported events is possible to find in the Events section.

Would you like to visit a local museum?

If  you got interested in local traditional culture and customs, you also might be interested in museum (Museum of Chodsko in Domažlice). Visit also local information centre (Domažlické Íčko), where you can get the best tips for trips in the region (see list of Services under the Map).

Other kinds of icons refer to various kinds of services, which are built on local traditions. In Domažlice region, for instance, you can find a bakery of Chod pies in Bořice or accomodation in original Chodsko guardhouse in Pelechy. Other links are in the list of Services under the Map.

Use case Tourist – I am searching for information about my neighborhood

Would you like to find out more about traditions in your neighborhood (for example Příbramsko)?

If you would like to know more about the folk culture in your region, look at your region on the map at our portal (Map search / Příbramsko). Here, under the icons of expert records you can find lots of pictures of original houses and their typical equipment - flails, scythes, milling device, but also photographs of inns, blacksmiths etc. (in the Knowledge base section).

In records in the Knowledge base you  can find information about traditional labor and work of our ancestors, which were done in places where no road leads anymore. For example there are pictures taken in areas which are now at the bottom of the dams (for example Orlík dam - rafting, livestock breeding).


In a professional domain, Etnofolk portal focuses primarilly at presenting an extensive collection of photographic, image and audiovisiual material, which has its origin in many years of scientific work of project partners, ie in most of Central Europe. Scientists, researchers and students may find here not only a specialized database of above mentioned collections, but also a large number of articles, maps and links. The structure of sources of information is synchronized for all countries and there also is a possibility of translation. Scientific and other professional institutions may also become project partners and promote their collections and publications through the Etnofolk portal.

Use case Expert – an architect

"I am an architect and I have a contract with a client who would like to reconstruct his semi-timber house in the village Světnov (District of Vysočina), which has been rebuilt several times in the past. The owner said he would like to reconstruct the object to its original state and use it on weekends."

Would you like to find out, what professional texts say about architecture of this particular area?

First, look at the map (Map search section), where does the area lies, then select a keyword Traditional architecture and focus on the area of Vysočina – here you will find out if there is any record of the village Světnov or any village nearby in the knowledge base. The village does exists and there is a photograph of a typical building of this region in the base – concrete object. Visit also the Articles and videos section, there chose  keyword and area Traditional architecture in Czech Republic, Vysočina Region. The article House of East Bohemia and West Moravia wil appear, which describes a form of traditional regional architecture in the wider region. There also will be an article Highland house, which relates directly to the area of Světnov. In addition, you also have a place to stay in this region, a guesthouse (list of Services below the map).

When you will be in the village, you may have a little time and mood to know it better. Will anything take place there at the time?

As a matter of fact, there is a local festival taking place soon in the village Světnov (Events section) – Festival of Světnov.

Has there been anything published on the subject of folk architecture?

In section Product catalog there is an offer of a CD B. Gergelová, J. Otčenášek and J. Novotný: Traditional architecture in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, which is possible to buy.

Use case Expert - researcher

"I am working on a study about traditional wheelwrights in Moravia and I would like to gather relevant information on the subject."

What is the fastest way to get to the information?

Moravia is a part of the Czech Republic and  wheelwrights is a part of  Traditional crafts, more specifically Woodworking – Wheelwrights, cartwrights. It has been documented in Moravia for example in the Bukovec village. You can also find here a general text about wheelwrights in Bohemia and Moravia. For more information, see CD B. Gergelová a J. Otčenášek: Traditional crafts and agricultural work in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, CD-ROM. If you want to see wheelwrights live, soon there is a Festival of Světnov taking place, where wheelwrights will be performed. Moreover you can visit practicing craftman-wheelwrights in nearby Nový Hrozenkov. For more information on the subject visit Moravian-Silesian Research Library in Ostrava or the State District Archives Frýdek-Místek.


Etnofolk portal provides a platform for connecting business sphere with the domain of cultural and scientific institutions. Etnofolk is suitable to use for business in tourism, hospitality, accommodation facilities, for private cultural enterprises, construction, recreation and retail industries. Entrepreneurs can become both, the project partners (the project is unprofitable), or they can only use portal services according to their needs in advertising on the territory of all the project partners.

Use cases Entrepreneur