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Festival Academic Nitra 2020 is canceled


Due to the nationwide ban on the organization of public cultural events, as well as other current restrictions on the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the Academic Nitra 2020 Committee cancels the 42nd International Academic Festival – Academic Nitra 2020 (AN 2020).

We are all experiencing a pandemic for the first time, and the actions we are taking today may be beneficial in the future. We hope to manage the consequences of the crisis together.

Thank you for understanding.

doc. PaedDr. Miroslav Tvrdon, PhD. – President of AN 2020


The President of the Slovak Republic, Ms. Zuzana Čaputová, has agreed to take the folk festival Academic Nitra 2020 under her auspices.
The international festival Academic Nitra 2020 (hereafter AN 2020) is organized by the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra and by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic Ms. Zuzany Čaputovej. Festival is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

Based on the longstanding tradition and very positive reviews on the academic festival of the folk ensembles the organizers are expecting participation of 11 finest Slovak and 5 foreign academic ensembles with which the Slovak ensembles have been in contact for many years.

The international academic festival of folk ensembles AKADEMICKA NITRA 2020 (ACADEMIC NITRA 2020) is a competitive exhibition of the domestic and foreign ensembles. The festival will be held from 5th July 2020 to 11th July 2020 in the premises of the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, in the city of Nitra and in the Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra.

Along with the AN 2020 several side events will be held – a festival street parade in the city of Nitra, stage performances of the participants of the festival and several gigs of the foreign ensembles around Nitra. Interesting exhibitions will also take place as the part of the festival.

Our university has taken over the baton of the festival
Even though the 42nd international academic festival of non-professional folk ensembles Academic Nitra 2020 will not start until July, the “baton” reminding Nitra and Constantine the Philosopher University of their pleasant but endless organizational duties has been passed on to our hands. At a gala concert at the Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theater, the Rector of the Technical University in Zvolen Prof. Rudolf Kropil handed the baton off to doc. PaedDr. Miroslav Tvrdoň, PhD., CPU's Vice-Rector for External Relations and Social Affairs. It was the Zvolen university which, along with its partners, organized the last festival of academic folk ensembles, the Academic Zvolen 2019.














“What did I feel when I was handed off the baton? Mainly this sense of immense responsibility to put together an event worthy of being called an important celebration of folklore. I felt it was my duty, our duty, to ensure that Slovak and international folk ensembles as well as the audience and all folklore lovers would enjoy their time at our festival,” doc. Miroslav Tvrdoň said.
This festival has become a showcase of the best Slovak and international academic folk ensembles. From the 5th to 11th July 2020 Nitra and Constantine the Philosopher University will become home to young folklorists from far and wide. These dancers, singers, and musicians will compete for awards at the festival Academic Nitra 2020. Nitra inhabitants and visitors to the city can look forward to superb performances of Slovak and international folk ensembles which will take place at two evening contests and a gala event at the Andrej Bagar Theater. The festival will also host a folk parade through the city and many accompanying events.

Text: Ing. Jana Černáková, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra – the Media Department
Photo: P. Koreň 

Academic Nitra 2020 – materials

History of the festival

  • History of the festival – electronic brochure

AN 2020 Organization

  • Main organizers: Constantine the Philosopher University and the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic
  • Co-organizers: Slovak University of Agriculture, City of Nitra, Nitra Self-Governing Region, International Organization of Folk Art (IOV)
  • Room and board: Halls of Residence UKF Zobor and Halls of Residence UKF Nitra
  • Contest performances and gala event: Andrej Bagar Theater
  • Representative performances: Nitra and the nearby region

Contact us
E-mail: an2020@ukf.sk   
Address: Tr. A. Hlinku 1, 949 74 Nitra