Folk ensemble Maj was founded in 1996 at Pierre de Coubertino Grammar School in Piešťany by married couple Jan and Viktoria Hornak. Name of the group comes from the Choir named Maj, which originated at the 1970s at Grammar School and performed until the 90's.
The members of the ensemble are students but also working enthusiasts of different ages who try to preserve and promote folk traditions and customs of Slovakia by their art. Currently it has about 35 members and consists of a dancers, singers and musicians.
The ensemble works in the scenic form of tradition from various regions of Slovakia such as Myjava, Kysuce, Orava, Horehronie, Zemplín, Šariš and its performances can be seen mainly in the Trnava region and the surrounding area. Once a year, the ensemble also takes part in a foreign festival.
The members of the ensemble experienced an interesting experience when they performed in the film Optimist directed by D. Tranick about the founder of Piešťany spa - Ľudovít Winter.
The last domestic award in 2014 was the inclusion of the bronze zone at the "Tancuj, tancuj" choreography competition in Liptovsky Mikulas. Among the foreign achievements is the most recent 2nd place at the Bali International Folk Festival in Indonesia in 2016, which was fought in strong international competition.
In November 2016, the ensemble celebrated its 20th anniversary, after which new generation of folklorists took the management.
1997 - Poland, Austria
1998 - Turkey, Austria
1999 - Czech Republic, Austria
2000 - Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Austria
2001 - United Kingdom, Holland, Austria
2002 - Turkey, Czech Republic, Austria
2003 - Sardinia, Austria, Czech Republic
2004 - Israel, Austria
2005 - France
2006 – Spain, Czech Republic
2007 - Czech Republic
2008 - Spain, Czech Republic
2010 - Azores Islands, Poland
2011 - Czech Republic
2012 - Croatia, Malta
2013 - Mexico
2016 - Indonesia Bali