30 July 2019

Hear Tradition!

See Brodka, Dorota and Henryk Miśkiewicz, Adam Bałdych and Krzysztof Dys, and Katarzyna Groniec like you have never seen them before. The artists will perform traditional repertoire at this year’s re:tradition – a unique production of Workshops of Culture put together for The Jagiellonian Fair (16-18 August 2019 in Lublin).  The programme also includes traditional music from Thrace, traditional Basque music, unique Lithuanian sutartines or Polish music played to dance.

Some of the most interesting elements of The Jagiellonian Fair are concerts. Traditional music is presented both on the big stage, at nighttime dances and among artisan’s stall in the streets of the Old Town during the day. Programme:


Once more, we will experience re:tradition, a concert like no other in the country! This production of Workshops of Culture puts together popular Polish singers with village musicians in a repertoire of traditional music. This August, the big music stage of The Jagiellonian Fair will welcome Dorota Miśkiewicz and Henryk Miśkiewicz with Janina Pydo and the band, Katarzyna Groniec with Zespół Śpiewaczy z Dobrowody (Singing Ensemble from Dobrowoda), Adam Bałdych and Krzysztof Dys with the distinguished fiddler Jan Kmita and his band as well as Brodka with Barbara Biegun and Ficek/Blachura band, who will perform traditional music from Beskid Żywiecki.
16.08 | 19.30 | Lublin Castle Courtyard

The Jagiellonian Fair is also an opportunity to hear traditional music from other parts of the world. Do you know how Dionysian Thrace sounds? Are you curious what a combination of the music of Lebanon, Turkey, Brazil and India in one project might sound?  We will also hear music from Lithuania for the 450th anniversary of signing the Union of Lublin.

Rodopi Ensemble – The Paths of Dionysus / Thrace – Asia Minor” | Greece

The band perform the music of Thrace, a unique cultural community of Greece and a meeting point of the music cultures of the North, South, East and West. This ancient kingdom is the home of heroes and gods of antiquity and is mainly known as the gateway to the worship of Dionysus, the god of wine, fertility and ecstasy. The places of Dionysus have vibrant musical traditions formed during thousands of years of existence. Rodopi continue and pass on these traditions to younger generations. They have excellent knowledge of the musical idioms and traditions of this area and waste no opportunity to entertain the people of the region at every opportunity
17 August | 19.30 | Lublin Castle Courtyard

‘ndiaz | France

The band perform traditional Breton music to which individual members add their own characteristic sounds resulting from many musical experiences. These artistic accents range from themes from Lebanon and Turkey, through Brasilian forrò and traditional Romanian music. Traditional dance events based on group dances accompanied by singing and instrumental music form the framework within which the musicians look for trance-based sounds. At ‘ndiaz’s energetic concerts, the public are eager to dance the Breton dances. You can learn the basic steps in Breton dance workshops to take place a day before the performance.17 August | 21.00 | Lublin Castle Courtyard

Trys Keturiose | The ritual songs of bees | Lithuania

The band have over 30 years of experience in performing original Lithuanian polyphonic songs Sutartines. These songs stand out from the rest of Lithuanian folklore due to their rich use of seconds, entwined voices, accentuated rhythmical patterns and the simultaneous sound of two different texts (main and refrain). All these qualities of polyphonic songs require an extraordinary concord of performers, a habit of singing together or “sutarimas” (the name Sutartines was derived from verb “sutarti” – to agree, to accord). Thus, it is not accidental that since the ancient times, Sutartines have been sung in small groups (2, 3 or 4 women). The singers do not copy sounds from archival records, but seek to retain the authentic colour of sutartinės. The singers try to understand this archaic tradition of the language, experience a deeply spiritual and aesthetic feeling and send these emotions to the modern listener. They also seek to approach contemporary arts and collaborate with composers and media artists.
18 August | 14.00 | Dominican Basilica, Złota 9

Babadag | Poland

Ola Bilińska’s original project offers her a chance to experiment with themes and symbols of traditional music and give them forms and sounds that are rarely associated with it, leaning more towards electronic psychedelia.  Ola Bilińska has invited to cooperation the sisters Kriščiūnaitė from Lithuania. Lauksmina, Raminta and Dominyka have been performing polyphonic Lithuanian songs since their early childhood.  They will perform alongside three renowned musicians of Polish alternative scene: Hubert Zemler, Sebastian Witkowski and Igor Nikiforow. The leader, fascinated with the geographical proximity but also the cultural difference of Lithuania and the beauty of Lithuanian language has taken on sutartines – old Lithuanian songs with incredibly interesting structures. She used those structures as one of the layers of her songs, giving new English and Polish lyrics to traditional melodies and adding new refrains to old verses, as well as new instrumental arrangements to the vocal lines.
18 August | 20.00 | Dominikański Square

The Jagiellonian Fair Dance Parties

The Jagiellonian Fair could not take place without traditional music from Poland or the dance parties which begin after sunset. The same thing will happen this year. For three nights, we will dance to music played live by village bands or young artists learning from village masters. The Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra opens each night. The Orchestra has been working for several months. They all prepare for the most important moment in the year – The Jagiellonian Fair Dance Party. We will hear polkas, obereks, majdaniak, podróżniaki (ride tunes), marches, waltzes and foxtrots. Dance the nights away to live traditional music performed by Kapela Butrynów, Kapela Dobrzeliniacy, Kapela Zwykli Ludzie, Kanka Franka, Kapela Jana Kmity, Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, Kapela Zedel/Gromadzka/Rosik.
16-17 August | 22.00 | 18 August | 21.30 | Dominikański Square 

Over the course of the entire festival, from Friday to Sunday, the streets of the Old Town will also resound with traditional melodies played by Kanka FrankaPrzodkiKapela Ziemi SuskiejKapela BabiogórskąKapela Butrynów and The Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra. While walking among the stalls of the Crafts Fair, we will be able to feel the rhythms of villages of old. The popular parades with the hen – the symbol of the festival will return accompanied by Orquestrina TRama from Spain. This band performs traditional music mostly inspired by the music traditions of the Pyrenees, Basque Country, Aragon and Andorra. The parades will be led by the artists from Fundacja Sztukmistrze.