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49th Festival of Highland Folklore will be organized in Zakopane 17 - 25 of August 2017

folklore festival in Zakopane

FESTIVAL of HIGHLAND FOLKLORE in Zakopane:

is the most important cultural event organized in Zakopane every summer, since 1965. In the beginning, the folk groups were just a small element of a wide ranging programme. In September of 1965 four local groups performed on the stage of the Giewont cinema to great acclaim. The organizers realised that the success of these performances indicated a great interest in folklore and tradition, paving the way for a successful future attraction in Zakopane. And this is precisely what happened. In 1968, folk groups from other countries were invited to take part alongside their Polish counterparts, thus the first truly international festival was born. Initially all the folk groups competed in one single category and vied for one prize - the golden Highlanders axe. However, immediately following this first competition the judges realised that there were considerable differences in style amongst the various folk groups. They recommended a review of the competition regulations. The esteemed ethnographer, Roman Reinfuss, was enlisted to assist with these changes. He introduced a system of three separate competition categories.

49th International Festival of Highland Folklore in Zakopane 17 - 25 August 2017:

The festival tent, festival village and outdoor stage are located on the Lower Rówień Krupowa. Admission to all events, with exception of the opening and final concerts and “On the Folk Note” are free of charge.

Sunday 20 August

08.00 Morning concert with bonfires in the meadow (intersection of Bogdańskiego and Strążyska streets)

10.30 Holy Mass- Church of the Holy Cross, Zamoyskiego street

11.30 Street parade of Zakopane – Zamoyskiego and Krupówki streets

14.00 Shepherds dogs from Podhale show- Upper Rówień Krupowa

18.00 The Inauguration Concert – festival tent (entrance by ticket)

21.00 Dancing party – outdoor tent, festival village

Monday 21 August

10.00 Traditional children’s fun. Animation for children-outdoor tent, festival village

11.00 Workshop of paper cutouts of Łowicz style and folk toys for children. outdoor tent, festival village

12.00 The Władysław Trebunia-Tutki International Competition of Folk Bands, Instrumentalists and Singers. outdoor stage, festival village

15.00 Kazakhstan National Day- festival village

17.00 Competitive concerts: PORTUGAL, FRANCE, HUNGARY, BULGARIA, festival tent

20.30 Competitive concerts: ROMAINA, USA-WANTA, festival tent

Non-competition concerts: SLOVAKIA, MACEDONIA, festival tent

21.00 Dancing party – outdoor tent, festival village

Tuesday 22 August

10.00 Haymaking. Animation for children - outdoor tent, festival village

11.00 Workshop of Artistic Weaving – outdoor tent, festival village

12.00 The Władysław Trebunia-Tutki International Competition of Folk Bands, Instrumentalists and Singers – outdoor stage, festival village

15.00 France National Day – festival village

17.00 Competitive concerts: SlOVAKIA, POLAND- ŚWARNI ŁOJCE, SERBIA, RUSSIA –YAKUTIA, festival tent

20.30 Competitive concerts: POLAND- GIEWONT, TAIWAN, festival tent

Non-competition concerts: HUNGARY, UKRAINE, festival tent

21.00 Dancing party – outdoor tent, festival village

Wednesday 23 August

10.00 Traditions of Construction. Animation for children. outdoor tent, festival village

11.00 Workshop of painting on glass for children. outdoor tent, festival village

12.00 The Władysław Trebunia-Tutki International Competition of Folk Bands

Instrumentalists and Singers – outdoor stage, festival village

15.00 Serbia National Day – festival village

17.00 Competitive concerts: MACEDONIA, POLAND- JAKUBKOWIANIE, KAZAKHSTAN, TURKEY festival tent

20.30 Competitive concerts: UKRAINE, POLAND –MAGÓRZANIE, festival tent

Non-competition concerts: Project Nowej wiesny przseł cas Group 9SIYŁ and BULGARIA - festival tent

21.00 Dancing party – outdoor tent, festival village

Thursday 24 August

10.00 Sounds won with the fingers of one hand. Animation for children. outdoor tent, festival village

10.00 The meeting of the festival jury with participants of the 49th International Festival of Highland folklore – Zakopane Town Hall, conference room, 13 Kościuszki street

11.00 Workshop of embroidery for children- outdoor tent, festival village

12.00 Results and prize winners concert for folk bands, instrumentalists and singers – outdoor stage, festival village

14.00 Polish Highlanders’ Day – outdoor stage, festival village

17.00 Non-competition concerts: PORTUGAL, USA- WANTA, RUSSIA –YAKUTIA, RUMANIA festival tent

20.30 Non-competition concerts: The groups, Grojcowianie, Zielony Jawor and Zornica will perform the show: Cłopcy pośli na zbój and SERBIA, KAZAKHSTAN, TURKEY, festival tent

21.00 Dancing party – outdoor tent, festival village

Friday 25 August

10.00 Tastes of Podhale- We Bake Potatoes. Animation for children – outdoor tent, festival village

11.00 Workshop of pottery for children – outdoor tent, festival village

11.00 Press conference. Zakopane Town Hall, conference room, 13 Kościuszki street

12.00 Head-dress of the participants of the International Festival of Highland Folklore (2005-2016) In the photograph by Jerzy Z. Kosiuczenko. Zakopane Town Hall, conference room, 13 Kościuszki street

13.30 Prayer for world peace. Our Lady of Fatima Sanctuary in Krzeptówki

17.00 Announcement of results and award ceremony and final concert: Highlanders World – festival tent (entrance by ticket)

Accompanying events

1-30 August post-competition outdoor exhibition of children’s festival posters. Town park , named after Marshal Józef Piłsudski

17-30 August Post-competition exhibition of photographs: Folklore Element 2016 – Krupówki street (water pond area)

17-25 August Photographic competition, The Passion of Folklore.

18-25 August. Festival village

10.00-18.00 Fair of Folk Arts and Crafts

20.00 Bonfire gathering

Outdoor photographic exhibition, Child in Traditional Culture

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