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Good Practices

Please note the following information is available in English only.
The toolkit of of good practices is one of the outcomes of the project ETNOFOLK that involved project partners from four countries of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia). The objective was to collect examples of good practices in preservation, promotion and utilisation of folk culture heritage. Browse the Good Practices below or read more about the toolkit.

  • Kassai01 The Kassai Method of Horseback Archery
    Hungary | Other

    The Kassai Method of Equestrian Archery (www.lovasijaszat.hu) provides a transmission of knowledge, experience and a way of life that brings modern day people closer to nature and facilitates the development of inner balance and harmony.

  • The Pottery Tradition of Mezőtúr
    Hungary | Clay-industry

    In the mid-19th century, pottery making rose to fame among the abundance of rich handcraft traditions in Mezőtúr – a town in the southern part of the Great Cumanian region of East-Central Hungary. The practical household crockery as well as the exclusively decorative pieces quickly spread throughout the country. Historically, Mezőtúr earned a place of distinction for its country market-fairs and its dishware – a heritage that is still very much alive and continually developing today. The pottery tradition of Mezőtúr has been inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hungary in 2009.

  • The House „U Lukáčov“ in Dobrá Niva
    Slovakia | Structures and Buildings, Performances, Costumes

    The village of Dobrá Niva is situated in Central Slovakia. A number of houses in the village have kept their original architectural characteristics. The house „U Lukáčov“ has been a protected architectural monument since 1992.

  • Reconstruction of Public Spaces in Dobrá Niva
    Slovakia | Structures and Buildings

    After devastating floods (1990 and 1999) and storms (2007), the main square was severely damaged and needed a reconstruction. The local authorities decided to do it in a way that respects and reflects the history and rich folk culture traditions of the village.

  • Grondali – A Revitalized Homestead with a Winery in Slovenian Istria
    Slovenia | Traditional crafts

    Abitanti, typical village in Slovenian Istria hinterland, bordering Croatia, was abandoned for twenty years. Many houses stood empty for fifty years or more. The inhabitants were left to live and work in Slovenian or Italian coastal towns or migrated to foreign countries.

  • Homestead Bežaj
    Slovenia | Traditional architecture

    Building interiors reflect general economic, social and cultural developments as well as natural conditions, which affect the form of the building, the way of life and its quality. The historical development is significantly connected with the use of fire and the development of the kitchen; in Slovenia, different historical types of kitchen (hearth, smoke room, black and stove kitchen, white kitchen) are still preserved.

  • Chodsko Folklore Festival
    Czech Republic | Folk music, dance and literature

    The Chodsko Folk Festival, held since 1955, is one of the oldest folk festivals in the Czech Republic. Nowadays, it always takes place during the first weekend after the 10th August and is connected with the St. Laurence´s Fair. The major part of the programme is devoted to local folk music and folklore dance groups.

  • The Dragon Day in Csökmő
    Hungary | Folk ceremoniousness and annual customs

    The Dragon day in Csökmő is organized every year in August since 1991. The central and most specific part of the event is when early in the morning young men pull a large papier-maché dragon figure on wheels along the main street of the village, which is a scene curiously based on a legend connected to a shameful local incident. Choosing this as a central theme for the village day is an innovative idea, which shows much self-irony. A fair and other entertainment and cultural programmes accompany the event, which aims to strengthen local community and identity.

  • Hontianska paráda – The Hont Parade in Hrušov
    Slovakia | Rest Days and Celebrations

    The Hont Parade (“Hontianska paráda”) in the village of Hrušov evolved from a small local festival of Hont folklore into a widely known and popular meeting of all lovers and supporters of traditional culture. It presents rich cultural heritage of the village and of the entire region of Hont.

  • Radvanský jarmok – The Radvaň Fair in Banská Bystrica
    Slovakia | Rest Days and Celebrations

    The fair has a continuous tradition of more than 350 years. It has developed from an originally economic regional event to a significant cultural and social event. Today it is oriented toward a presentation of best craftsmen that keep traditional character of folk crafts.