The International Dulcimer Festival came into existence in 1995. Its organizer is The Czech Dulcimer Association (formerly The Civil Association of dulcimer players in the Czech Republic) with the seat in Valašské Meziříčí. During the period of more than twenty years’ history festival became the prestige and exceptional chance for professional and amateur dulcimer players to present this instrument and also for education of a young generation of dulcimer players. It is the only event with so extensive aim in the Czech Republic and also absolutely unique one in Europe.
The International Dulcimer Festival takes place every two years in representative rooms of the town Valašské Meziříčí. This holiday of dulcimer music is always prepared for a long-lasting time by the team of members of the Czech Dulcimer Association, dulcimer friends and well-wishers, in co-operation with ZUŠ Valašské Meziříčí and other institutions of Zlín county. The regular sponsors of festival are Town Valašské Meziříčí, Fund of Culture in Zlín county, Ministry of Culture in the Czech Republic, foundations and important firms in Zlín county.
The main programme trends of The International Dulcimer Festival:
- The competition for solo dulcimer players: participants from 8 to 30 years from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and other countries.
- The competition for double dulcimer players: it shows new possibilities of this instrument and it also initiates the need of authentic literature for this kind of musical arrangement.
- The author´s competition: winning compositions are presented during the festival. The competition is specified for beginners and also for well-known composers and it supports the rise of new concert literature and results of this competition are necessary for further development of dulcimer play. The competition is appreciated very positively in professional circles.