History

FS Kunovjan was founded at the turn of 1969 – 1970 in Kunovice.  Kunovjan commemorated 40th anniversary of foundation in 2009 and it is regarded as one of the best folklore group in the Czech republic.  The group regularly appears in important culture and social events at home (premiere performances once a 2 or 3 year in which they represents extraordinal and original ways of musical, lyric, dancing and dialect material on stage; between the latest belong Psáno životem, Podoby ohně, Staré dobré nové časy).

Štěpánská beseda is part of favourite events  with untraditional programmes at cimbalom such as: Snídaně se Starou, Dolejte řediteli, Miss Transvestit, Možná přijde i kotelník, Foscar, Hodina folklóru, Letem světem, Cirkus PAREPA, Bylo nebylo..., Folklorníček aneb Mocná erotika, Dobytí folklóru K2. The group also gives performances at festivals and celebrations in the region or elsewhere in the Czech republic.

In the last five years the group has participated at festivals in England, Austria, Thailand, USA, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and South Korea.

Cimbalom music represented within the frame of world exhibition in German Hanover.  In 1981,1983, 1986 and 1989 the group received award in nationwide folklore shows in Třinec and Košice, Cimbalom music released LP "Na kunovských lúkách" and five CDs "Moravské a slovenské lidové písně", "Ej, u Hradišťa pršalo", "Ej, lásko, lásko", "Od Hradišťa na pomezí"a „KUNOVJAN 2011“.

In the last decade the group with band has received a number of awards. The most appreciated is award of Ministr of Culture "Za osobité zpracovávání tradičního lidového umění – For individual processing of traditional folk art" in 1988.

- At the International folklore festival in Straznice the group received:

- In 1994 award LAUREÁT MFF „for absolutely outstanding art level on stage“

- In 1997 LAUREÁT MFF „for brilliant presentation and orginal interpretation of musical, lyric and dancing material“

- In 1999 LAUREÁT MFF „for high interpretative level of shown programme“

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