New EthnoPoland project to support folk culture

The new EthnoPoland programme is addressed to all communities promoting traditional culture. It will support folk culture and its artists, Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło announced during a press conference on Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło, who is responsible for social issues, and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, also a deputy PM, participated in a press conference devoted to the EthnoPoland programme on Friday. EthnoPoland is a new project of the National Centre for Culture. Its aim is to create conditions for strengthening local cultural identity and participation in cultural activities.

"The programme will surely enjoy great interest in rural communities, in small localities and everywhere that such projects are carried out," Szydło said.

Gliński pointed out that the government wants to considerably extend this programme next year. "We want to intensify our investment in village community centers, rural women’s associations and volunteer fire departments," he said.

He also noted that EthnoPoland is a project which focuses not only on folk artists, but also on the intangible values of culture, that is, the promotion of all customs and traditions which are often a part of the everyday life of villages and have cultural value and, as such, are worth promoting.

Deputy Prime Minister Szydło announced that the government has set aside PLN 7 mln (EUR 1.6 mln) for the EthnoPoland programme. She added that grant requests can be submitted until August 20.