International Folklore Festival

The multicoloured folk costumes, the live music, and dancing drive folklore companies from the Czech Republic and abroad to Pilsen for the International Folklore Festival. Visitors can listen to the traditional instruments and songs from around the world, revel in the colourful traditional costumes, and become convinced that folklore still lives on. Each year the programme also includes local ensembles, folk music from Moravia and Slovakia, and exotic guests with a completely different idea of folklore than us.

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dancers dressed in folk costumes during the folklore festival in Pilsen
07.06.2023 - 11.06.2023
Admission free

Programme for the 2023 International Folklore Festival CIOFF

Thursday 8. 6. – Old Farmhouse “U Matoušů”, Pilsen – Bolevec
18:00 – “U Matoušů lipka…” – Bolevec Folklore Performance

Friday 9. 6. – Pilsen, stage “U Branky”
17:00 – Brass band Horalka
18:00 – Award ceremony for the “Master of Traditional Handmade Production of the Pilsen Region” and the “Winner of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Pilsen Region”
18:30 – 1st main festival show: „V dobrém jsme se v Plzni sešli“ (“In good spirits, we gather together in Pilsen”)
21:00 – Slavic dance illustrations

Saturday 10. 6. – Pilsen, stage “U Branky”
11:00 – Liebe Grüße aus Regensburg – show to commemorate the 30th anniversary since Pilsen and Regensburg became Sister Cities
13:00 – Brass band Chodovarka
14:00 – Parade through the historical city centre with traditional costumes – starting at the Křižíkovy sady park
15:00 – 2nd main festival show: “Pilsen Folklore Performance”
18:00 – Dancing street, dance workshops – held in the area in front of the Bedřich Smetana statue
19:00 – FS Šiňava – stand-alone show of Slovak folklore
20:00 – JISKRA 65 – stand-alone show by Jiskra from Pilsen for the 65th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding

Sunday 11. 6. – Pilsen, stage “U Branky”
10:00 – 13:00 – BUDEME SI HRÁT – fun games, workshops, and an accompanying programme for families with kids, held at “U Branky”
11:00 – Show for children: „Nebudem pořád tak maličký“ (“We won’t always be so small”)
13:00 – Brass band ZUŠ Chválenická

Sunday 11. 6. – Habrmannovo nám., Pilsen 4 – Doubravka
13:00 – Doubravka Folklore Afternoon

Accompanying programme 9–11. 6. 2023
Old Bohemian fair and food with seating options at “U Branky”

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