Bohemia, Bohemia, Budvar a Buchta

A celebration of Czech folklore

Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

The folklore and the fairytale are so intertwined in Czech culture and its mentality that it’s hard to see where reality starts and the fairytale actually begins.

“The Bohemia project presents traditional Czech folk values… by engaging the public and opening the door to a better understanding of the relationship between traditional and contemporary art,” explained Moje Bohemia, the organizers behind the project titled Bohemia.

One of the main organizers behind Bohemia, Jiri Burian- a Prague-based musician and producer known for his work on Southpaw, Republic of Two, Kapitan Demo, and Ghostmother- is more of the driver behind the idea of blending new and old. His album titled, Bohemia, “revisits folk songs clad in a new sound” where multi-genre artists have been asked to lend their voices to the respected project.

The event not only blended folkloric music with a modern twist but also represented well-known factions of Czech society and culture. Libena Rochova, a respected clothing designer and professor at The Academy of Art and Design in Prague, had her students design a collection based on “traditional folk costumes” found throughout both Bohemia and Moravia.

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For those looking to discover or perhaps rediscover a Bohemian lifestyle you need not look any further than along the banks of the Vltava River where “interactive micro-events” will be held throughout the summer months.

Modern dance was choreographed to tell the stories of young lovers

Modern dance was choreographed to tell the stories of young lovers
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Flying acrobatics kept the crowd entertained Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Flying acrobatics kept the crowd entertained
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Field flowers and grasses were used as adornments for all clothes during the event. Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Field flowers and grasses were used as adornments for all clothes during the event.
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Organizers of the event Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Organizers of the event
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Anna Hulacova's installation using corn, tree branches, and other natural materials for a new take on old traditions Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

Anna Hulacova’s installation used corn, tree branches, and other natural materials for a new take on old traditions
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A little bit of country in the middle of the city Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

A little bit of country in the middle of the city
Photo Credit: Benjamin Vales

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