Olšava folk ensemble

The Olšava is not only the name of the river flowing through a picturesque countryside in the south-eastern part of the Czech Republic. The Olšava is also the name of the group of folk musicians with cimbal, singers and dancers. They are one of the best amateur folklore ensembles originating from the town of Uherský Brod.

The members of Olšava perform dressed in beautiful original costumes. Their songs and dances are characteristic with the temperament and melodiousness typical for the region, which is, in addition well-known as a producer of excellent wines and plum-brandy. The ensemble was founded in 1951.

In addition to stage forms of interpreting the folklore material the audience is shown original carnival, Easter, feast, Christmas and other customs typical for the region. During many years of its existence the Olšava visited more than 20 countries of Europe and Asia. It has been awarded several highest prizes at international festivals, e.g. the Golden Necklace of Burgundian dukes in Dijon, France, the Golden Temple in Agrigento, Sicily, the Silver Vase of the Italian government and many other awards. In the homeland the Olšava ensemble often releases gramophone records, gives performances for Czech radio and television. The ensemble can offer performances with various numbers of dancers, singers and musicians (from 6 to 35 persons) in accordance with organizers wishes.

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