The conference is a place to meet and share ideas on world music and extensive foreign contacts with the renowned experts.

All events of the conference are open to the general public, preferable music professionals (musicians, agents, PR managers, music researchers, students, etc.). As the number of the participants is limited, it is appreciated to register for the seminar/workshops in advance.



22-nd of September 2017 from 10:00 a.m. (Zichy palace, Ventúrska street 9, Bratislava, 2. floor – Music saloon)

Slovakia and world music

František Morong a Barbora Morongová (SK)

15 years of traditional dance  houses in Slovakia

Rich cultural resources, natural communicability of traditional music and dance, and interactivity with the public are the basic pillars on which the project Dance House stands. It has been regularly organized by the civic association Dragúni in Bratislava and in Slovakia 2002. According to its organizers, the event has become a movement, with many regular, active participants. The Dance House creates space for natural communication and active entertainment - the immediate use and development of traditional music-dance art under the guidance of high-quality lectures. The concept is based on knowledge and respect for tradition. The ambition is to allow participants to experience first-hand and to create an atmosphere of live music production. It has had a stable place at the Pohoda festival for 11 years now, and the Nay Dance House is one of the most popular events at the festival.

What are beginnings, results and visions? Where is the folk movement headed? Who are the main people involved and what can Slovakia offer to both the European and the world music scene in the area? We will look for answers to these questions during F. Morong´s speech. In cooperation with the OZ Draguni

František Morong
Studied at Academy of Music Arts in Bratislava. In 2002 as a leader of Dragúni group he initiated revival movement - Dance House presenting traditional dance and music art for public. He also created brand and festival Nay Tanečný dom, a part of music festival Pohoda. He was artist director of ensemble Technik and for Lúčnica, SĽUK and folk programs for festivals (Východná, Myjava, Detva etc.).

Barbora Morongová
She studied ethnology , pedagogy of traditional dance, get PhD in ethnochoreology at Institute of Musicology at SAS, with professional orientation on dance research. She is active in organizing of cultural events (Dance Houses, workshops for public), festival programs, dance interpretation, pedagogy, choreography, jury of competitions, seminars. Works for Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic as a Head of Department for ICH.

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Katarína Babčáková & Michal Noga (SK)

Folklore festival Východná and traditional music and dance projects in National cultural center

For more than 60 years, the National Cultural Center (NCC) has been systematically working in the field of folk movement development. The NCC is the main organizer of the Východná Folklore Festival, leads 8 national competitions in the field of folk dance and folk music, and organizes several creative workshops under the guidance of professional lecturers. The professional staff is the lecturer of the leadership of the folk groups, which number almost a thousand in Slovakia. It also deals with research and documentation of folk dance (the project of Folk Dances of Slovak Regions), the publishing of methodical and material publications and digitization of objects from folk music and dance culture. NCC is currently preparing the Encyclopedia of Scenic Folklore of Slovakia. Through creative workshops, competitions, training and art programs, the NCC systematically and methodically guides an extensive folklore movement. This, in accordance with the objectives of the Conception of Traditional Folk Culture, contributes to the knowledge, preservation and presentation of the values of our intangible cultural heritage.

Katarína Babčáková

Katarína Babčáková graduated in 2002 at the Department of Ethnology of Comenius University, and earned the Doctorate (Ph.D.) in ethnochoreology at the Department of Ethnology and Ethnomusicology of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. Since 2002 she has worked in the National Cultural Center, where she participates in the organization and conception of national folk dance competitions and the Východná Folklore Festival. She is the author of several ethnochoreology contributions and many artistic programs for folklore festivals. As a dance teacher she has led several workshops of traditional dance and contributed to several folk dance researches.

Michal Noga

is well-known primáš – a violin player focused on the traditional styles of musical interpretation. He studied ethnology at Department of Ethnology and Folkloristics at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. The main sources of inspiration for his music are the archaic ways of playing the violin in Slovakian villages. He has been studying many different styles of interpretation since he was young. For many years he has worked as a violin lecturer at almost every important summer camp and folklore venue in Slovakia. He cooperates with many well-known artists and bands in Slovakia such as Borievka, Železiar, Vranovčan, Banda, Partia, Dragúni, KMAF, Kumšt and he has participated in more significant artworks and performances which were presented at big folklore festivals - Husľovačka I., II., RomaFest JAPAN TOUR – 2011, Tanec medzi črepinami - soundtrack – 2012, Vytvorila dedina, tancuje mesto – 2015).

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Jarmila Vlčková & Ľubica Zajacová Záborská (SK)

Slovak world music and its sources, development and current situation

What is the main inspiration for Slovak world music? What is the Slovak scene about and who are its representatives? Members of the World Music from Slovakia platform will try to find the answers to these questions.

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22-nd of September 2017 from 2:00 p.m. (Zichy palace, Ventúrska street 9, Bratislava, 2. floor – Music saloon)

Jana Ambrózová & Michal Noga (SK)

Musical “delicacies” from Telgárt and Šumiac village

Audiovisual presentation dedicated to the traditional style of musical interpretation of Romani string ensembles from Telgárt and Šumiac – the two famous villages in the Eastern part of the Horehronie region. The live music performance will consist of musical examples played strictly according to the style of musical interpretation of leading musicians from the mentioned villages. They will be accompanied by the audio-visual projection, and edifying commentary from ethnomusicologist Jana Ambrózová – a guest violin player in the Michal Noga band.

Michal Noga Band:
Michal Noga – violin
Jana Ambrózová – violin
Ján Tej – viola
Tomáš Čopík – double-bass

Jana Ambrózová

is an experienced Slovakian singer, violin player and ethnomusicologist. She works as a lecturer at the Department of Ethnomusicology and Folkloristics (Faculty of Arts at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra), and focuses during her lectures on traditional violin styles of musical interpretation, among other topics. She was a member of two well-known women’s choirs in Slovakia: TRNKI (based in Banská Bystrica, until 2015) and Vranky (based in Nitra, until 2015), which focus on the study and precise musical interpretation of traditional multipart singing preserved in the villages of Western, and Central Slovakia until today. Regarding her scientific preoccupation, her research is based mostly within the Romani communities of Horehronie region in Central Slovakia. Since 2005 she has recorded many Romani string bands and analysed the style of musical interpretation of the violin players and the structure of rhythm patterns used by players with accompanying function. She is a founder of an organisation called Tradana, which is engaged in researching and popularizing the local musical and dance traditions of Slovakia. She has led various singing and violin workshops as a lecturer, as well. As a member of folk band Borievka and an experimental/contemporary music trio NE:BO:DAJ she gained experience in different playing and singing techniques.

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23-th of September 2017 from 10:30 a.m. (Zichy palace, Ventúrska street 9, Bratislava, 2. floor – Music saloon)

Minna Huuskonen (FIN)

Art of Communication

Communication between artists/their representatives and promoters, back and forth. How to reach booking people and get their attention, and how to make sure agents understand the response received. Small tips and practical advice.

Minna Huuskonen

has worked for Helsinki Festival, the biggest multidiscipline festival in Nordic countries, for 10 years programming and producing a major venue Huvila Festival Tent of 1300 capacity. Previously she worked e.g. for Finnish Music Information Centre promoting Finnish pop/rock/jazz/folk/world music, and conducting many export projects. Huuskonen has been involved both import and export side of music business for over 20 years, and has been a member of various music committees and showcase juries (e.g. WOMEX and jazzahead!). She also runs her own international management & agency Minnamurra focused on jazz and world music.

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Birgit Ellinghaus (GER)

The Music Landscape in Germany/ Organizational structures, clusters and networks of global-local music

An overview on the federal system of culture and music in Germany will be given: public music institutions, organisations of the independent music scene and the German music market. The focus will be on the cultural-political role of these three pillars, their financing and missions towards musical diversity. The connections with European and worldwide global-local music scenes will be a complementary aspect of the presentation. For bands, musicians and other professionals some practical information will be given of how and where and when approaching and collaborating with Germany for tourings and live productions.

Birgit Ellinghaus

has a long record of work in culture and music, supporting, recording, presenting and touring artists. She has worked with exiled musicians, directed cultural centers and since 1989 she is a director of the arts management agency, alba KULTUR.  
Since 1997 she has been active as a music publisher as an advisor and expert she has worked with the NRW Ministry of Culture, the German UNESCO Commission and other institutions. 
She is the head of network for Klangkosmos NRW – the network of global music in the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany . She served as jury member for festivals as BabelMedMusic and WOMEX. Since 2009 she is appointed by the German UNESCO Commission as member of the Advisory Board for Cultural Diversity in the National Committee of Culture.

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Tom Pryor (USA)

Touring World Music in a Changing America

The American political scene is turbulent and uncertain right now, but there is still a dedicated network of presenters, bookers, journalists, activists, fans and music industry professionals who continue to champion international music in the United States. This presentation will provide an overview of the shifting political landscape and its impact on touring international artists -- as well as a guide navigating these changes, with emphasis on visas, travel, bookings, showcases, conferences, festivals, and media.

Tom Pryor

Freelance journalist and media consultant, Tom Pryor is the former editor of Nat Geo Music at the National Geographic Society. His writing on international music and culture has been featured on National Public Radio, Afropop Worldwide,Songlines,Billboard, MTV and elsewhere. He has collaborated with Ali Farka Toure, Maarja Nuut, Mokoomba, Paolo Flores and other artists on media and publicity for their North American tours.

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Simon Broughton (UK)

Selling Slovak Music?

The music of Slovakia isn't very well known internationally. How might that be changed? Do you want your music marketed as Slovak? Or just as music? Simon Broughton, editor in chief of Songlines, the world music magazine, discusses ways of getting your music heard.

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Brahim El Mazned (Morocco) – Artistic director of the Timitar Festival in Morocco and the Africa and the Middle East Music Meeting: VISA FOR MUSIC (Rabat), music producer and a member of the Board of the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF)

Simon Broughton (GB) – British television director whose work includes documentaries on music from around the world. He is also editor of Songlines magazine, a leading British periodical as well as co-editor of the acclaimed Rough Guide to World Music

Andrew Cronshaw (GB) – Music journalist (fRoots Magazine), musician (SANS ensemble) and photographer

Zlata Holušová (CZ) – The Artistic Director of Colours of Ostrava festival

Jiří Moravčík (CZ) – Music journalist, radio presenter at Radio Vltava (Czech Radio), programmer at Colours of Ostrava festival and expert on world music

András Lelkes (HU) – Musician, producer and co-founder of Hangvető label and Budapest Ritmo Festival

Bożena Szota (PL) – Programming director of EthnoPort Festival in Poznaň

Johann Kneihs (A) – Music journalist and producer /World music ORF Radio Ö1 (Austrian Public Radio) and jury member of World Music Chart Europe

Jo Aichinger (A) – Artistic director at NOE Festival Ges.m.b.H, founder of Glatt&Verkehrt Festival and programmer at Klangraum Krems

Katrin Pröll (A) – founder of Atlas Promotion Agency, co-organizer of the Austrian World Music Awards, Director of Salam Orient Festival

Martina Laab (A) –Programmer at ORF RadioKulturhaus, co-organizer of the Austrian World Music Awards, Director of Salam Orient Festival

Thorsten Bednarz (GER) – music journalist and Radio presenter at Tonart-Weltmusik and Transglobal World Music Chart jury member

Ľubica Zajacová Záborská (SK) – musicologist, PR manager of World Music Festival Bratislava

Jarmila Vlčková (SK) – founder and director of World Music Festival Bratislava


Joseph Grim Feinberg (USA, CZ) – Folklorist and social theorist. Wrote his doctoral dissertation (soon to be published as a book) on the concepts of authenticity and the folk in contemporary Slovak folklore performance. Has also written on folk tales from the Solomon Islands and on international labor lore. Currently a research fellow at the Sociology Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Philosophy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.