On the last three days of December, men in the village of Sławatycze dress up in carefully crafted costumes, wear fake beards and chase young women and children with sticks to say goodbye to the old year. But no one can remember how or when it started.
In this week’s show host John Beauchamp speaks to Justyna Dominiak, a passionate educator who has just made a prize-winning boardgame to get kids interested in cultural heritage.
Having signed the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society, Poland has joined a group of 28 states which have already inked the document.
In this edition of The Debrief, we speak to chairman of the Cultural Heritage Foundation, Michał Laszczkowski, about the protection and promotion of Polish cultural heritage both in Poland and abroad.
Describing the game as a “poignant slice of Polish culture”, video game critic and reviewer Robert Zak said: “Amid all these Polish made games, few have depicted Poland itself. The Medium breaks this unfortunate tradition beautifully.”
The list of intangible cultural heritage is part of an international effort to preserve traditions under the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The tradition of making cribs dates back to the 14th century and shows no signs of waning.
UNESCO's Evaluation Body has issued a positive recommendation for the inclusion of traditional Krakovian 'szopki' or nativity scenes on the prestigious UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.