Ladies and gentlemen, dear guests, dear members of the international jury,
We meet again after two years at the Svetozár Stračina Grand Prix – the international competition of folk music recordings. We were supposed to celebrate a jubilee 10th edition of the competition this year, however due to the current progress of the pandemic the competition might be held online. No matter how the situation turns out, we are going to commemorate two jubilees related to Svetozár Stračina in this year’s edition: in December 2020, 80 years have passed since his birth and February 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of his death.
Folk music plays a role in the lives of whole generations of performers and listeners, not only those who devoted their professional lives and special interest to folk music. Folk music is incorporated into various activities of musicians, dancers, artists and architects thanks to a wide array of possibilities of its adaptation. Folklore elements are an evidence of our own identity and culture that need to be preserved for the generations to come. Our competition presents folk music in all its varieties: arrangements mixing folk music with modern electronic music, as well as attempts to reconstruct the sound of olden times with recordings presenting the music of our ancestors in its original form. This is a guarantee of diversity that is so important for further development of folk music.
I believe that the jubilee 10th edition of the Svetozár Stračina Grand Prix will be a source of mutual inspiration and creative energy for all its participants.
Michal Dzurjanin, Director of Radio Programme Services, Radio and Television Slovakia