New Centre of Polish Folklore showcases country’s rich and wonderful dance traditions
A new Centre of Polish Folklore has opened near Warsaw to showcase both the country’s regional folk cultures as well as the beauty of its national dances: the polonaise, mazur, kujawiak, oberek and krakowiak.
Based in the headquarters of the internationally acclaimed folk song and dance ensemble ‘Mazowsze’, the centre’s permanent exhibition will show the entirety of Polish folklore in all its regional variants and how each region differs in its folkloric traditions.
It will also present the history of ‘Mazowsze’ and its performances on stages around the world, including a history of the group’s stage outfits.
On display will be the colourful and diverse folk dress, regional music, song, instruments and dances of Pomerania, Warmia-Mazury, Eastern Mazowia and Podlasie, Western Mazowia, Greater Poland and Kujawy, Silesia and Lesser Poland.
Katarzyna Pasieczna, Press Officer for ‘Mazowsze’ told Radio Poland: “In the Centre of Polish Folklore we will also make use of the latest technologies and it will be possible to make use of multimedia projections as well as to listen to archival recordings of folk music from the beginning of the 20th century and how Mazowsze restyled this early folklore by watching fragments of their concerts and listening to their music.”
Situated just over half an hour outside of the centre of Warsaw in the village of Otrębusy, The Centre for Polish Folklore ‘Karolin’ will be located in the recently renovated Palace of Karolin, which has served as the headquarters of the Mazowsze folk dance troupe for 70 years since it was established by Tadeusz and Mira Sygietyński.
The Centre’s permanent exhibition was designed by the same design house of Mirosław Nizio that created the permanent exhibitions for some of Poland’s most popular museums: the ‘Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews’ and ‘The Warsaw Rising Museum’.
To read more about the centre click HERE.
To read about the history of Mazowsze click HERE.