since 1961
on many CIOFF festivals
since 1961
and from medieval city of Piran
our international folklore festival since 2003

Welcome to the Folklore Association VAL Piran portal!


The folklore association VAL from Piran has been active already from the year 1961. In its ranks it gathers the youth from the entire Slovenian coast. Each year the group exhibits in many performances. It has been a regular guest all over Europe and also abroad.

The folk dance group has received many prizes and commendations from the Commune of Piran for its work.

The folklore association VAL Piran is the founder and manager of the MIFF - MEDITERRANEAN INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL - that is held on the Slovenian coast every year, from the year 2003 on.


Folklore festivals


The group performs more than 50 times per year and the most important festivals we performed in last few years are:

  • 1996 – International folklore festival Reisbach, Germany,
  • 1997 – International folklore festival Karlsruhe, Germany,
  • 1999 – International folklore festival Karlsruhe, Germany,
  • 2002 – "Midsummer" festival Sweden,
  • 2004 – International folklore festivals in Quaios, Villa Nueva - Figuera de Foz area, Portugal,
  • 2004 – Folkloriada, Augsburg, Germany,
  • 2004 – International folklore festival  Vodnjan, Croatia,
  • 2005 – International folklore festival  »Europa igra« Loznica, Serbia,
  • 2006 - International folklore festival  LENT - FolkArt (festival CIOFF), Maribor, Slovenia
  • 2006 - International folklore festival  ZLATA SOPELA (festival CIOFF), Poreč, Croatia
  • 2006 - International folklore festival  QUIFF, Quala, Malta
  • 2007 - International folklore festival  LA VEGA, Milis, Sardinia, Italy
  • 2007 - International folklore festival  BALLUS, Uta, Sardenia, Italy
  • 2007 - International folklore festival  SINNAI, Sardenia, Italy
  • 2009 - Folkloriada, Augsburg, Germany
  • 2011 – VII. International folklore festival, Larnaca, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2012 – XXVIII. International folklore festival  COFIT (festival CIOFF), Acores, Portugal
  • 2013 – International folklore festival, Sofia, Bolgaria
  • 2014 – V. International folklore festival Parelia Katerini, Greece
  • 2015 - XX. mednarodni folklorni festival »Citta di Vita« (TR), Italy
  • 2016 - Mednarodni folklorni festival Herceg novi, Montenegro
  • 2017 - Mednarodni folklorni festival Rimini, Italy
  • 2018 - Mednarodni folklorni festival XXV Encontro dos pobos, A Guarda , Spain
  • 2019 - XXVI. International folkore festival (CIOFF) Alberobello, Italy



The folkloric group VAL Piran presents a programme of ten Slovenian dances in 8 different traditional costumes:

  • Istrian šagra (festivity)
  • Ća to šuška (What whispers)
  • Night in the Salt Field
  • Juca Moja (Istrian Dances)
  • Dances of Goriška
  • Dances of Karst
  • Dances of Bela Krajina
  • Dances of Gorenjska
  • Dances of Štajerska
  • Dances of Prekmurje
  • Dances of Kostel
  • Dances from Trieste
We occasionally perform also with the ex Yugoslavian dances from Serbia and Bosnia.

Folklore Association VAL Piran groups'


Folklore Association VAL Piran has 6 groups:

  • Folk dance Group VAL (»Wave«) Piran - first and second group
  • Etno music group
  • Etno chore group
  • VAL Senior - the Senior Folk Dance Group
  • Folk dance Group VALČEK (»Small wave« - the Junior Folk Dance Group. Different Junior Folk Dance Groups are set up and are active in the Elementary Schools on the Slovenian coast

Festival - MIFF


Folklore Association VAL Piran organises the MIFF - Mediterranean International Folklore Festival - from the year 2003 on. The purpose of the MIFF Festival is to present to the public the folklore dances, music and singing and the cultural variety of the Mediterranean countries.

The event take part on the Slovenian Coast: in the old medieval city of Piran, on the Tartini Square and The 1st May Square or, in case of bad weather, in the Tartini Theatre, in the congress-spa resort Portoroz in Concert Hall "Avditorij", in Koper on the Carpaccio square and in Izola on Manzioli square or on "Lonka". From the year 2007 till 2009 the festival was expanded also in Croatia, in the city of Umag, and it was organized together with our partner »Pučko otvoreno učilište Ante Babič« from Umag. At that time the festival was unique due to the fact that all the performances were taking place at the same time in four different cities and two countries: Koper, Izola, Piran and Umag.

Nowadays the festival MIFF is the second biggest folklore festival in Slovenia. Good organization, strictly respecting performances time, a lot of free time for the beach or cultural sightseeings, interesting excursions and other festival's events are the reason that many partecipating groups would like to partecipate again..


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