Historically from the Beskid and Pieniny highlands around Beskid Sądecki, Beskid Niski and parts of the Pienin mountains, the Lemkos were displaced from their native lands in 1947 and resettled in Western Poland as part of ‘Operation Vistula’, the Communist authority’s forced resettlement of several Polish minorities from the south-east of post-war Poland to the reclaimed territories in the west of the country.
In this episode of the Debrief, we speak to Romana Agnel from Cracovia Danza and Alek Laskowski from the Chopin Institute about one of Poland’s most famous dances and moves to put it on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage.
The campaign was initiated by Polish dancer and choreographer Romana Agnel, founder of the Cracovia Danza Court Ballet in Kraków, the only professional court and historical dance ensemble in Poland.
Today is International Dance Day and to get into the swing of things, TFN’s Nick Westerby takes a look at the history and style of some of Poland’s most popular dances.
The #IlovePolandchallenge has become a hit across the continent with people showing off their moves to the DJ Hazel song.
The #NoBeautyInPlastic exhibition, which opens in Warsaw’s Hala Koszyki on November 8, shows off spectacular images from Warsaw-based photographer and blogger Daniel Petryczkiewicz.
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.
Since it was founded 70 years ago, generations of singers, dancers and musicians have enthralled audiences totalling a staggering 23 million people in over 50 countries on 6 continents. They have travelled over 2.3 million kilometres to put on over 7,000 concerts of folk dance and song, and in so doing have played a huge role in protecting and nurturing Polish identity. TFN’s Stuart Dowell went behind the scenes to find out more.
Since its founding, the Cracovia Danza Court Ballet has worked on the recreation of traditional court dances and ballets of different countries and periods, from the Middle Ages to modern times, including choreographies, costumes and music.