Celebrations of the National Day and of the anniversary of 1989 Velvet Revolution
27.11.2012 / 17:28
In commemoration of the National Day and the anniversary of the democratic changes in former Czechoslovakia (1989 Velvet Revolution), the Embassies of the Czech Republic and of the Slovak Republic in Beirut presented at the American University of Beirut on November 20, 2012 a performance of the Czech and Slovak traditional music and dances, presented by DANAJ Cimbal Group and CAROVNE OSTROHY Dancing Troup.
„DANAJ Cimbal Group“ is one of the leading folk ensembles from Southern Moravia, a charming region close to the Czech borders with Slovakia and Austria, known for its wines and traditional music.
The group was founded in 1988 and since it performed in most of the European countries, in China, USA and Nigeria. Several times DANAJ accompanied the Czech President and Prime Ministers on their visits abroad and in 2004 the group participated in the official cultural program during the Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
In 2000 DANAJ became the laureate of the most prestigious International Folklore Festival STRAZNICE. Both the music group and its two singing solists (artistic leader and cimbal virtuose Magdalena Muckova and the violine primas Jan Gajda) have earned FOSKAR titles, appraised annual folk-music awards.
"Čarovné ostrohy" (Magic Spurs) is a leading dancing troupe in Slovakia representing an excellent combination of style, dynamism, tradition and modern dances.
The company released several projects and shows at home and abroad including in collaboration with world famous personalities such as the opera singer Jose Cura, the flamenco dancer Bettina Castaño, famous Slovak singers and dancers. „Čarovné ostrohy“ is the only Slovak dance group performing every year in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In summer of 2012 they performed in London during the Olympic Games at the opening ceremony of the Slovak national house.
Photos from concert and cocktail
Slovak Ambassador Ivan Surkos and his wife Lubica, Minister of Education and Higher Education Hassan Diab, Ambassador Svatopluk Cumba and his wife Katerina
Ambassador Cumba and Mrs. Katerina
Slovak Ambassador Surkos with his wife, Ambassador of Ukraine Volodymir Koval, Mrs. Katerina Cumbova, Ambassador of Poland Tomasz Niegodzisz, manager of Audi Bank and sportsman Maxime Shaya, Ambassador Cumba
Ambassador Surkos and his wife, Ambassadrice of Philipins Leah B. Ruiz with husband, Mrs. Nayla Kettaneh, Mrs. Katerina Cumbova, Ambassador Cumba, Member of Parliament Hagop Kassardjian and his wife
Defence Attaché Col. Karel Nejedly with colleagues
DANAJ presenting national anthems
Ambassador Cumba during his speach
Speach of the Slovak Ambassador Surkos
DANAJ during the concert
CAROVNE OSTROHY during the performance
Entirely full Assembly Hall of AUB
Wifes of Czech and Slovak Ambassadors drawing winners of the raffle
End of the performance
Czech diplomat David Mertl with Slovak dancers
DANAJ with Ambassador Cumba and Mrs. Katerina and with the hostesse Eva Jurinova
CAROVNE OSTROHY with the two Ambassadors couples
All performing artists with the two Ambassadors couples and with Kamel and Mona Morkos (sponsors of the concert)
Fashion designer Blanka Matragi and cimbalist and artistic leader of DANAJ Magdalena Muckova
Sheikh George El Andary, Ambassador of Russia Alexander Zasypkin, Ambassador Cumba, Walid Zreik
Ambassador of Chile José Miguel Menchasa, Mona and Kamel Morkos, Member of Parliament Talal Sahili