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Zajezka Community

New inhabitants of Zajezova valley and places in its close neighbourhood have brought new life into dying out small village. People join efforts to improve quality of life here, to prevent problems, which caused depolpulation in second half of 20th century. They organize common work on public projects (bus stop reparation, waste collection, tree planting, playground making etc.), informal parties and bigger seasonal celebrations, common holidays and weekend trips of families, local activism (nature protection, waste issues,...) and so on.

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Letná slávnosť na sekierskych lúkach 2018

Pozývame Vás na ďalší ročník zaježovskej Letnej slávnosti na sekierskych lúkach. Bude v podobnom duchu ako predchádzajúce roky, takže tí, ktorí tu už boli, vedia, na čo sa môžu tešiť. Podrobný program zverejníme pár týždňov pred akciou.

Termín udalosti: 
22.6. 2018 (16:00) to 24.6. 2018 (13:00)
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Traditional foods

In this workshop we are going to rediscover traditional diets - food made by hand, not machines, food, that kept our ancestors healthy for generations. From friday evening till sunday noon we will be cooking, soaking, sprouting, roasting, baking and tasting traditional and nourishing food.

Termín udalosti: 
14.4. 2017 (16:00) to 16.4. 2017 (13:00)
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Eco-community Sekier

The Eco-community Sekier is a traditional farm house on a meadow above Zajezova, bought in 1994 by the NGO Community for Life in Harmony (PHŽ). It is looking for an alternative to a meaningless consumerist lifestyle, inspired by the modest and self-sufficient life of our ancestors, but also by modern trends like permaculture, natural building and the eco-village movement.

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School of Folk Culture

In the years 1991-1995 the civic assotiation Natura was running a project called School of folk culture (SLK), which was situated in Zajezova-Podlysec. Its mission was to keep traditional folk culture alive, organizing weekend workshops and summer camps where experienced craftsmen and –women were passing on their skills to young people. Their relaxed and friendly atmosphere made SLK’s events popular and attracted not only young people.

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Renovation of traditional shepperd´s house (Pastieren)

Pastiereň is a small traditional log cabin which in 1998-1999 was reconstructed by the local civic association PHZ. Within this reconstruction the cabin was moved from its original location in the neigboring village Vígľašská Huta-Kalinka to the Sekier meadow above Zajezova. The work was done the traditional way without using any power tools, keeping the original and traditionally used materials.

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Original inhabitants of Zaježová

Population of Zaježová was 600 people in 1950s. Currently it is 200, and many new inhabitants came just recently. Original inhabitants, newcomers, people in rented houses, weekend visitors - all of them are mixed geographically. There is big diversity between newcomers, but there is also big diversity between original inhabitants. But most of them are older people closely tied to this place and lifestyle of their ancestors. They keep livestock, fields, agricultural machinery and work till very high age. Cooperation between newcomers and original inhabitants is mutually beneficial.

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Zaježka - new and old in harmony (in German)

TV report of Arte television about relations between ecovillagers and original inhabitants of Zajezova valley. It is in German only.

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Old times in Zaježová

Local school has collected pictures from original inhabitants as part of the project "Zaježová´s Legacy". They show lifestyle in Zaježová in middle of 20th century.

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Zajezova’s legacy

There are several enthusiasts in Zajezova who are trying and record memories of Zajezova’s original inhabitants and preserve them for future generations. Together with the local children they visited several elderly people. Their testimonies were recorded and processed into a 40minutes long film by professional film makers who also live in Zajezova. Apart from that, several short videos were created. Some of the interviews were published in the local newspaper NAOZAJ and are as well published on this website.

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About us

This page was created and is maintained thanks to support from local NGOs and part of local inhabitants who belong to Zaježka Community. Zaježka Community is informal group of local active people, who cooperate and participate on social life in Zaježová.

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