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Centennial Heritage Festival

06 October, 2018 - 07 October, 2018

[Bohemian National Hall]

 

The two-day festival celebrates the traditional folk arts and two auspicious anniversaries: the Centennial of the founding of Czechoslovakia (1918) and the Millennial of the unification of the Lands of the Czech Crown, under Duke Oldrich (1018). Events include marionette theater performances, folk music concerts with Czech, Slovak, Moravian, Silesian, Roma and Rusyn folk songs (Feels Like Home), and folk song-inspired performances (A Tribute to the Art of the Folk Song), traditional folk costumes kroje presentation, film screenings, a sing-along, and more.

 

A market will offer Czech and Slovak arts and crafts, puppets and an array of traditional Czech foods and beverages.
 
The festival will feature the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) in the US premiere of the mainstage marionette production, “Duke Oldrich & Washerwoman Bozena: The True Story,” and a one-man family marionette show of Czech and Slovak fairy tales; and a USA debut concert of Beata Bocek, the talented Czech Polish folk singer and musician performing on a variety of instruments and in a variety of languages. She will also be performing in the main marionette production.

 

program (subject to change)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

11:30 AM

Water Goblin & Other Czech & Slovak Tales (Vodnik, Cert a Kaca, Pejsek a Kocicka): Vit Horejs one-man-marionette show for families. In English.

 

1:00 PM

Strings! Camera! Akce! (Action!): Film screenings of animated and documentary puppetry films. 

 

2:00 PM

Blue Patterns: Presentation of traditional modrotisk (indigo) textile print by Petra Valentova-Gupta, followed by hands-on block-printing for families.

 

4:00 PM

Feels Like Home: Folk songs performed by Ariana Lem Joy Trio (Slovak and Rusyn), Petra Gelbart (Roma), Karel Smekal and Klara Zikova (Czech songs). James Warhola introduces recording of his grandma, Andy Warhol’s mother. Presentations of traditional costumes kroje by their owners and sharing of their stories. Moderated by Milada Melli-Jones.
 
7:00 PM

Duke Oldrich and Washer Woman Bozena: A full production of CAMT marionette theater. A non-traditional staging of a 374 year-old marionette play based on a story of love at first sight. The 11th century Duke Oldrich, who braved stout opposition from friend and foe alike to marry the exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, nevertheless forgets to mention some details regarding his own marital status. In English.

 
SUNDAY, October 7

11:30 AM 

Water Goblin & Other Czech & Slovak Tales (Vodnik, Cert a Kaca, Pejsek a Kocicka). Vit Horejs one-man-marionette show for families. In English.

 

1:00 PM 

Strings! Camera! Akce! (Action!): Film screenings of animated and documentary puppetry films.

 

2:00 PM

Duke Oldrich and Washer Woman Bozena: A full production of CAMT marionette theater. A non-traditional staging of a 374 year-old marionette play based on a story of love at first sight. The 11th century Duke Oldrich, who braved stout opposition from friend and foe alike to marry the exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, nevertheless forgets to mention some details regarding his own marital status. In English.

 

4:00 PM

Dance Class with Limbora Dancers: A presentation about Slovak folk dance tradition with a dance lesson for the audience. 

 

6:00 PM

A Tribute to the Art of a Folk Song: Artists share their favorite folk songs performed in various genres (jazz, opera, cabaret, rock). Featuring Peter Breiner, Javor Bracic, Pavlina Horakova, Gabriela Mikova-Johnson, Katarina Vizina, Ladi Smigura, Klara Zikova and others. Hanka G, Tomas Kaco and Camilla Mraz via video. Moderated by Pavlina Horakova.

 

7:00 PM

Beata Bocek in Concert: (US premiere) A popular multitalented Czech-Polish folk singer and musician (guitar, flute, accordion). Bocek will perform traditional and not so traditional music, including an array of songs in Polish, Czech and invented languages.

 

venue
Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021

 

Ticket prices: 0-$38
One and Two Day passes and individual tickets are available online at: brownpapertickets.com. Tickets by phone: 1 (800) 838-3006.

 

Vendors for the market, please register by October 1 at suzanna@czechmaters.com. 

 

For more information about the festival, contact Bonnie Stein, bonnie@gohproductions.com GOH Productions/CAMT, or Suzanna Halsey, suzanna@czechmatters.com SVU New York / CzechMatters.


Both marionette theater productions will open at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street, the weekend of October 6-7 and move the following weekend to Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street (in the Chapel, not the Playhouse) where they will play through October 27.
 
The festival is produced by GOH Productions in cooperation with BBLA, Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences New York, CzechMatters, with support by Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York and Consulate General of Slovakia in New York.
 


Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General