02/07/2019 07/07/2019

Kraków Welcomes the World for 21st EtnoKraków/Rozstaje 2019 Festival

EtnoKraków/Rozstaje 2018 Robert Słuszniak

More than 100 artists from over a dozen countries will meet in Kraków on July 2-7 for the 21st EtnoKraków/Rozstaje 2019 festival, billed as one of the most important festivals in Europe presenting traditional, folk, ethno and world music as well as dance and theatre.

The festival’s programme includes workshops in traditional song and dance from various corners of the world.

The mayor of Kraków’s commissioner for culture, Robert Piaskowski, said the festival resounds “with many voices and instruments,” each having their own audience and influence. “This year, the educational activities will be especially important,” he said. “Workshops created for children and the whole family, bring culture closer through teaching song and dance.”

The festival will take place not only in Kraków’s historic Kazimierz district, but also in the industrial Nowa Huta.

During the workshops, children will have the chance to make Krakow’s traditional ‘Lajkonik’ dolls from straw and fabric, learn traditional Polish, Slovakian and Italian dances and listen to fairy-tale lullabies. Children under three get in to concerts for free while their parents can take advantage of special relaxation zones.