In connection with the decision of the Government of Czech Republic to ban cultural events, with a view to preventing the spread of COVID-19, and according to current government regulations, valid from 8th June 2020, only up to fifty persons can take part of, City Council of Strakonice had canceled the 24th International bagpipe festival 2020.
We hardly regret it, because for this year we had a record confirmed participation of foreign ensembles and the date of opening the borders is unknown yet.
Also, from our point of view, we don´t know how other states will proceed to file travel, as the problems with this disease are considerably worse abroad then here now.
Another reason for the cancellation of the festival is also the fact that folklore groups cannot meet and rehearse properly for their performances.
We hope you will understand these reasons for this decision and together with us will look forward to see each other at next festival on 25-28 August 2022, by us, in Strakonice again.
Dear friends of bagpipes, bagpiping and folklore, we are very happy to can invite you to 24th International Bagpipe Festival in Strakonice 2022. On 22th of August we start and than we follow on four stages till August 28rd, and exactly on that day we start to work on the next, and we hope very special 25th International Bagpipe Festival. As you could enjoy it in the last two venues, we want to show you a colourful mixture of programe from important and sometimes newly explored countries. Influences do not know any borders. We hope to see all of you by us and are looking forward to enjoy beautiful moments together again. So do not forget to highlight the right dates in your calendar and come to us!
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.