Tradition in freedom, freedom in tradition: Traditional Polish dances workshop

“Tradition in freedom, freedom in tradition” is a special programme within the Jagiellonian Fair (17-19 August 2018) that will weave into the festival the theme of freedom presented in the context of traditional art and folk music. The first event in the special programme related to the celebrations of the centenary of Poland regaining independence is the work of the Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra which is made up of enthusiasts of traditional music, musicians wanting to develop their skills as well as amateur musicians. The Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra play traditional music at the Jagiellonian Fair dance parties every year and this time they will also prepare and perform soldiers’ songs which have been preserved in the repertoire of village brass bands in the Lublin region. We will also hear regional polkas, obereks, majdaniak, podróżniak (ride tunes), marches, waltzes and foxtrots. It will be an opportunity to get acquainted with the richness of Polish music.

The square in front of the former Andersen theatre will feature a dance stage where the theme of freedom will resound the most on Saturday, 18.08.2018, when the invited artists, led by Warszawska Orkiestra Sentymentalna will present the repertoire from the war and interwar period without abandoning folk music themes. Live folk music will let us dance the night away.

Every day in the afternoon, Marta Domachowska and Katarzyna Zedel’s band will conduct traditional Polish dance workshops, which will help everyone interested in finding their way around the dance floor. The workshops are addressed to beginner and intermediate levels. Registration for the workshops will launch at the start of August.

The theme of freedom perceived in the context of tradition will also appear in the form of folk versions of “maciejówka” caps, symbolizing the values upheld by the people who once wore them, including villagers. Maciejówka is a round, soft cap made of cloth with a short hardened peak, usually made of black or brown leather, often adorned with a decorative rope or braid. It was worn by the marshal Józef Piłsudski himself and made it the official headgear of riflemen’s associations and then the soldiers of the Brigade I of the Polish Legions. It was very popular among the military during World War I but it also found its way to the villages. During the festival, they will be worn by the members of the Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra. “Maciejówki” caps will also be used as props in the photography atelier in po Farze Square. The attendees of the festival will be able to take commemorative phots in the caps and folk costumes. Similar “maciejówki” caps will be available for purchase at the stall of “Nomad Service” manufacture.

Events making up the programme “Tradition in freedom, freedom in tradition” are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the “Economic marketing of Lublin voivodeship II”.