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The Slovacko   Verbunk. ©National Institute of Folk Culture (NÚLK) 2004
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The Slovacko Verbunk

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The Slovácko verbunk is an improvised dance performed by boys and men living in the South Moravia and Zlín districts of the Czech Republic. The name of the dance is derived from the German term Werbung (changed into verbunk), meaning “recruitment”, reflecting its historical origins in the recruitment of dancers and soldiers for the military in the eighteenth century.Today, it is performed by folk dance groups in most towns and villages of the Slovácko region, mostly in connection with festivities, such as the annual Hody community celebration.

on this subject: proclamation of masterpieces 2005-Element inscribed on the Representative list 2008

Place/country: Czech Republic
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Credits: Narodni Ustav Lidové Kultury, producer.
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