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48th Festival of Highland Folklore will be organized in Zakopane 16 - 26 of August 2016

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.

48th International Festival of Highland Folklore in Zakopane 16 - 26 August 2016:

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.

  • AUGUST 20, SATURDAY
    9:30 a.m. International scientific conference entitled Dance in Culture. Town hall, Zakopane, ul. Kościuszki 13, conference room
    14:00 p.m. Concert entitled Little Highlanders. Presentation of the winners of the 7th Tatra Review of Children's Regional troupes awarded with the Złote Kierpce (Golden moccasin) awards. Festival village, open-air stage
    17:00 p.m. Dancing Zakopane. Meeting of festival participants with local residents
    17:30 p.m. Singing Zakopane. Highlanders singing along with audience members. Festival village
    17:30 p.m. Wedding Procession. Parade from Plac Niepodległości square to the festival village
    18:00 p.m. Traditional highlander wedding performed by the „Giewont” regional group from Zakopane – Olcza. Festival village, open-air stage
    19:00 p.m. Outdoor concert. Presentation of folk troupes. Festival village
    20:30 p.m. Carpathian Arc Music Concert. The main theme is shepherd aerophones. Giewont Cinema, ul. Kościuszki 4
  • AUGUST 21, SUNDAY
    8:00 a.m. Morning concert on Gubałówka hill with bonfire
    10:30 a.m. Holy Mass. The Church of the Holy Cross, Zamoyskiego street
    11:30 a.m. Procession through the streets of Zakopane: along Zamoyskiego and Krupówki streets
    14:00 p.m. Exhibition of Tatra Shepherd Dogs. Lower Rówień Krupowa
    18:00 p.m. Opening concert. Festival tent (admission tickets)
    21:00 p.m. Fireworks show. Festival village
    21:00 p.m. Dance party. Festival village, festival tent

  • AUGUST 22, MONDAY
    10:00 a.m. Highlander dance for beginners. Animations for children. Festival village, festival tent
    11:00 a.m. Workshop – Łowicz-style cutouts and folk toys for children. Festival village, festival tent
    12:00 p.m. Władysław Trebunia-Tutka International Competition of folk music troupes, instrumentalists and singers. Festival village, open-air stage
    15:00 p.m. Albania Day. Festival village
    17:00 p.m. Concert competition. Festival tent
    20:30 p.m. Concert competition and accompanying events. Festival tent
    22:30 p.m. Dance party. Festival village, festival tent
  • AUGUST 23, TUESDAY
    10:00 a.m. Traditional children's games. Animations for children. Festival village, festival tent
    11:00 a.m. Workshops - artistic weaving. Festival village, festival tent
    12:00 p.m. Władysław Trebunia-Tutka International Competition of folk troupes, instrumentalists and singers. Festival village, open-air stage
    15:00 p.m. Indonesia Day. Festival village
    17:00 p.m. Concert competition. Festival tent
    20:30 p.m. Concert competition and accompanying events. Festival tent
    22:30 p.m. Dance party. Festival village, festival tent
  • AUGUST 24, WEDNESDAY
    10:00 a.m. Animations for children. Festival village, festival tent
    11:00 a.m. Workshop of painting on glass for children. Festival village, festival tent
    12:00 p.m. Władysław Trebunia-Tutka International Competition of Folk Troupes, instrumentalists and singers. Festival village, open-air stage
    15:00 p.m. Russia Day. Festival village
    17:00 p.m. Concert competition. Festival tent
    20:30 p.m. Concert competition and accompanying events. Festival tent
    22:30 p.m. Dance party. Festival village, festival tent
  • AUGUST 25, THURSDAY
    10:00 a.m. Tales of Brigands. Animations for children. Festival village, festival tent
    10:00 a.m. Meeting with participants of the International Highland Folklore Festival with members of the festival jury. Town hall, Zakopane, ul. Kościuszki 13, conference room
    11:00 a.m. Embroidery workshops for children. Festival village, festival tent
    12:00 p.m. Announcement of the results and the winners of the International Competition of Folk Troupes, Instrumentalists and Singers. Festival village, open-air stage
    14:00 p.m. Polish Highlander Day. Festival village, open-air stage
    17:00 p.m. Accompanying concerts. Festival tent
    20:30 p.m. Accompanying concerts. Festival tent
    22:30 p.m. Dance party. Festival village, festival tent
  • AUGUST 26, FRIDAY
    10:00 a.m. Exploring the Tatra Mountains. Animations for children. Festival village, festival tent
    11:00 a.m. Pottery workshops for children. Festival village, festival tent
    11:00 a.m. Press conference. Town Hall, Zakopane, ul. Kościuszki 13, conference room
    12:00 p.m. - 17: 00 p.m. Screening of documentary films as part of the project entitled Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Regional Troupes of the Podhale, Spisz and Orava Regions. Festival village, festival tent
    13:30 p.m. Prayer for peace. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki
    17:00 p.m. Final concert Highlanders of the World. Announcement of the results of the competition and awards ceremony. Festival tent (admission tickets)
    author: Zakopianskie Centrum Kultury

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