The folklore ensemble Železiar has been active in the Slovak folklore scene since 1964. In its work, the ensemble mostly focuses on interpreting traditional art of the Eastern Slovak regions of Abov, Zemplín, Šariš and Spiš. The ensemble is well-known for its outstanding interpretation of traditional dances as well as for its excellent orchestra and women’s vocal group. Železiar is one of the finest, most-recognized and best-known folklore ensembles in Slovakia.
Železiar was named after a steel-producing company which was constructed in Košice area in the 1960s and offered job opportunities to many young people from Eastern Slovakia. They brought along their favorite songs, dances and traditions from the regions of Zemplín, Šariš and Spiš. They also brought their enthusiasm to show this cultural heritage to others.
Thanks to artistic directors, the spontaneity and enthusiasm were shortly complemented with a thorough ballet and dance technique preparation. The ensemble soon rose to a professional level. Its successes can be attributed to its artistic directors and choreographers: Imrich Macko, Jozef Janák, brothers Imrich a Jozef Mészáros, Pavol Širák, Jozef Bakšay, Ján Buranovský, Vladimír Urban. Their work has been recognised by many awards at domestic folklore festivals as well as abroad.
Železiar presents authentic and genuine-style choreographies comprising original traditional cultural expressions of Eastern Slovakia. The group has been highly honored at the most famous folklore festivals. At home, Železiar has repeatedly won prizes for the best interpretation of folklore dances. Members of Železiar have become frequent winners at national competitions for solo singers, musicians and dancers. The ensemble has presented Slovak traditional culture in more then 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.