“Folklore is our love”
Folklore ensemble Hornád is a traditional artistic representative of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. Its history began in 1963 but since 1992 this amateur entity is known as Hornád. It is considered as one of the top folklore ensembles in the country. The main reason of this success is the continuous searching for new creative ways of self-realization and self-expression. This philosophy has set the group into the position of pathfinder and trendsetter.
Individual approach, work with traditional material, innovative way of thinking – this all had a positive effect on huge number of artists who grew up in Hornád. As an example: Members of the group gathered 9 laureate titles and more than 30 stage places in the national solo dancer competition – „Šaffova ostroha“ (Saffa´s spur) in the last years. On the other hand Hornád holds several laureate titles also in solo singers´ national competition called „Makovická struna “ (Makovica´s string)
Considering whole-group successes – a lot has been achieved thanks to cooperation and support from Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice. As the university representative Hornád became the laureate of national academic ensembles´ competition – Akademická Nitra (Academic Nitra) in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In 2015 it added the laureate award of Akademický Zvolen (Academic Zvolen) to its collection.
Folklore ensemble Hornád represents the university also at the top folklore festivals in Slovakia and abroad. It is regular guest of the biggest festivals in Slovakia like Východná, Heľpa, Myjava, Hrušov or Raslavice. In 2016 it gained the laureate award of festival in Dubnica nad Váhom. In 2018 he got the laureate title of festival “Jánošíkov Dukát” (Ducate of Jánošík), Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (Czech Republic). Abroad, Hornád performed in numerous number of festivals in Russia, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Hungary and many more.
The biggest success though came in 2017. Hornád became the laureate of national competition of folklore choreographies with nowadays most awarded choreography “Maľovaní” (The Painted).
2017 also brought a new experience and challenge to the group. Hornád reached the semifinal in very popular local TV Show – Zem Spieva. The choreographer of the group – Štefan Štec became a memorable personality of the whole competition and thanks to participation in final he started his successful singer´s career.
The ensemble is covered by civic organization FS HORNÁD.
President and manager of the group: Ing. Martin BAČA
Artistic manager and choreographer: Mgr. Štefan ŠTEC