Dunedin Dancers

Our 22nd International Folk Dance Festival ran from 20 to 28 July 2013

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Our 22nd Festival was again a great success. The weather was (mostly) clement, and we had a great time with our visiting groups. We hope to be back in 2015.

Schedule of Performances

Dunedin at Stirling Castle

FALKLAND PALACE, Palace Gardens
Sunday 21st July

EDINBURGH, Grassmarket
Monday 22nd July

PEEBLES, on the Tweed Green and at the East Gate Theatre
Tuesday 23rd July

EDINBURGH, the Mound (cancelled due to rain) and the National Museum of Scotland
Thursday 25th July

EDINBURGH GALA THEATRE PERFORMANCE
Church Hill Theatre, Morningside, Edinburgh

Friday 26th July

STIRLING CASTLE
Saturday 27th July


General Information

The three groups visiting us for the 2013 festival were:

Dophei from Belgium
The Flemish group Dophei from Vosselaar in Belgium was founded in 1962. We first invited them to our festival in 1973 and this will be their 7th visit. We have also visited their international folk dance festival 6 times from 1972 onwards and met many of their guest groups from around the world. Dophei celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012 with many of their original members whilst welcoming many new members along the way. Dophei feature dances and music from the Campine culture including traditional instruments eg Flemish pipes and accordion. Their beautiful costumes - based on historical dress of the region and handcrafted by the members are complimented by the traditional Flemish music, dance and flag waving.
Dophei from Belgium
Rasa from Lithuania
We are very pleased to welcome Rasa back to our festival. They visited us in 1991 and 2007 and Dunedin Dancers visited them in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1992. The Rasa Folk Ensemble features a folk orchestra, choir and dance troupe who perform a variety of traditional dances from across Lithuania. Rasa also show case many unique musical instruments, musical composition and dance styles. They wear beautiful handcrafted historical costumes. The group was formed in 1967, making it one of the first dance groups founded in Lithuania. Rasa has always worked with schools to attract new members. They are therefore an important link in ensuring the continuance of national folk heritage in their region. The group comprises youth, adult and senior members sections and their dancing is colourful and energetic.
Rasa from Lithuania
Háj from Slovakia
The folklore ensemble HAJ was established in 1975 working with schools and a youth centre in Rimavska Sobota, South Central Slovakia. Their dances embody the traditions of the Gemer-Malohont, Horehron, Liptov, Saris and Zemplin regions featuring both all female, all male and mixed dances. The "cardas" is a typical pair dance rhythm showing dances from different villages. Likewise their costumes originate from the different regions and are worn according to which dance is being performed. The group dance to traditional musical instruments such as violins, contrabass, cymbal, accordion and clarinet. HAJ performs in Slovakia frequently and the group regularly visits festivals abroad. We are very pleased to welcome them to our festival for the first time.
Haj from Slovakia

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