It was a festive day for the cantorial choir Bystričan – On February 3rd, the Sunday afternoon they organized a Festival of the folklore songs from the region Zahorie being sponsored by the Slovak Matica and the Municipality of Bratislava – Záhorská Bystrica. In the year 2019 we commemorate the Centenary of the Slovak Matica revival, as well, as the 70th anniversary of the Slovak Matica – Local Division Bratislava – Zahorska Bystrica institution. The mentioned two milestones became an occassion for the cantorial choir Bystričan to create a new CD with the songs taken from the folklore song books of Dr. Janko Blaho. The official lead-in life of the brand new CD, which was entitled as „The Singing Záhorie“ opened the Festival. The godparents were Mgr.art. Helena Jurasovova, Mgr. Danka Blahova, the daughter and the granddaugter of Dr. Janko Blaho, the famous gatherer of the folkore songs from the Zahorie region and the mayor of Záhorská Bystrica Ing. Jozef Krúpa. Dr. Martinkovič, the choirmaster welcame the special guests, performers and the audience and expressed the thanks to the Slovak Matica and the Municipality of Bratislava, the institutions, who granted the project. After the festive act, the cantorial choir Bystričan sang some of the songs from the new CD being conducted by the cymbalo band LUDOVKA and the accordion of Štefan Martinkovič, the chairman of the Local division of Slovak Matica in Zahorska Bystrica and, at the same time, the choirmaster of the cantorial choir Bystrican, who has chosen and vocally dressed the songs for the new CD. Followed Denisa Kopačková, laureate of the song contest „Slovak Nightingale 2014“, female cantorial group Kytica from Bratislava, Jana and Jan Zaviačič from the folklore group VONICA, Czech Republic, The folklore group GBELAN, and the last, but not least, Ján Ambróz a famous singer of the folklore songs from Middle Slovakia, who pleased the audience with his well known songs being accompanied by the cymbalo music group LUDOVKA. At the end of the Festival the audience listened to the salutational intercession of JUDr. Marián Gešper, the chairmann of the Slovak Matica, who presented Dr. Martinkovič with a beautifull flower basket for the choir, together with commemorative medal of Slovak Matica on the occassion of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak Matica – Local Division Bratislava – Zahorska Bystrica institution. Followed, the salutational intercessions of Ing. Jozef Krúpa, the mayor of Záhorská Bystrica and Mgr.art. Helena Jurasovová – Blahová, who partook of the collected works of Dr. Janko Blaho entitled as Záhorácke pjesničky. In conclusion, Dr. Martinkovič, as main script-writer and dramagturgist thanked to all the performers, invited guests, as well, as the audience for the rich participation and last, but not least he expressed great thanks to all the sponsors, who helped to organize this great event on a high and worthy level.
Veselú mamičko Cantorial Choir Bystričan in cooperation and the sponsorship with the municipality of Bratislava – Záhorská Bystrica accepted the invitation of the mayor of the friendly related Moravian municipality Brumovice to the participation of their costume Ball, taking place on Saturday, February 16 and to sing some of the folk songs from our repertory. The Municipality of Záhorská Bystrica ordered a bus not only for the cantorial choir Bystrican, but also for the other inhabitants, who were interested to take part. The delegation was led by the vice-mayor Martin Besedič and by the chief of the department of culture, Barbora Besedičová. In Brumovice we were warmly received by the village representatives, and by the representatives of the Folklore music Vonica, who applied themselves to us in the entire evening. We participated at the Costume show and sang several songs. Of course, there was also a free entertainment on a good brass-music. We express our thanks to the Municipality of Záhorská Bystrica for enabling our choir to participate at this event, which contributed to the development of themutual good relationship not only between the municipalities, but between the choirs Bystričan and Vonica, as well.