The 22nd International Bagpipe Festival will be celebrated in Strakonice between August 25th and August 28th, 2016. Ensembles from the Czech Republic and from abroad have announced their participation. The bagpipes are a traditional instrument in the popular music, and the town of Strakonice with its surroundings has been a country of bagpipers since time immemorial. In this region, the bagpipes ranked among the most favoured and played instruments. The famous Czech playwright Tyl had been inspired by this fact to compose his known stage-play "The bagpiper of Strakonice" in the 19-th century.
Also in our todays world, the bagpipes have their importance, and so at the festival one can see not only people of every age playing folklore, but also pipers playing historical and rock music.
The festival, first of all, should create an occasion on which musicians, dancers and singers from the whole of Europe meet with visitors and spectators. They meet not only during the shows and presentations, but also in the streets and taverns, having fun and talking without regard to language barriers. Old friends meet or new friendships start in an incomparable atmosphere. National, linguistic, economic and intellectual differences become effaced, which - I believe so - also contributes to rapprochement among the European nations.
The preparations for every new edition of the festival are carried out by a team of impassioned and enthusiastic people. Even though our work is tough, all of us derive pleasure from it.
We would like to share this pleasure with you and this is why we invite all of you to visit the International Bagpipe Festival in Strakonice. Our team and all performers and players are looking forward to see you.