The International Folklore Festival Strážnice is in its 70th year and runs concurrently with the Folklore Festival Strážnice for Children in this South Moravian town. Authentic folklore is presented alongside artistic and stylized interpretations in some 30 events held in venues of the National Institute of Folk Culture. On this occasion Czech Post released specially designed stamp depicting joyful dancer.
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A young man in a stylised folk costume from the Podluží region in one of the many figures of the "verbuňk" recruit dance. This dance was performed exclusively by young men just entering military service. This equal combination of dancing and singing is so unique that it was placed on the list of the UNESCO cultural heritage in 2005. A major competition in "verbuňk" is held at the annual folklore festival in Strážnice.
The festival, called "Czechoslovakia through Dancing and Singing", was held for the first time from 5-7 July 1946. From the beginning, it was conceived as a national event although its origin is inseparable from the development of regional folklore movements especially in southeast Moravia. In the context of the changing political and social circumstances, the evolution of the festival was rather complex.