26 July 2018

Melodies of Tradition

Natalia Kukulska, Paulina Przybysz, Barbara Wrońska and Wojtek Mazolewski –  this year, these singers will take on  traditional repertoire during re: tradition – a special project of Workshops of Culture produced for the Jagiellonian Fair (17-19 August 2018). We will also hear traditional music from Cyprus, Morocco, Norway, France, Mogolia, Bulgaria and folk tunes from all over Poland. However, there is a lot more music in the festival’s programme.

re: tradition
An extraordinary original project by Workshops of Culture, during which renowned Polish musicians meet with masters of traditional music. We will hear Paulina Przybysz in a repertoire from the Kajoki microregion (Radom region), together with Maria Pęzik – a singer from Gałki Rusinowskie accompanied by ladies from the ensemble “Gołcunecki” and Kapela Pańczaków with Adam Tarnowski. Songs from Biskupizna (Greater Poland) will be presented by Anna Chuda, who will perform with Barbara Wrońska. Tunes from Rzeszów will be taken on by Natalia Kukulska and Helena Szpytma from Markowa, whereas Wojciech Mazolewski will penetrate the world of the Lasowiacy with the help of Jurek Wrona’s band. The exceptional character of the project is that the artists learn from one another and inspire each other through their student- master relationships. Their music ceases to be just one defined music genre and begins to transcend cultures and worlds. It gains a completely new dimension, and the final effect can be enjoyed and admired at the Jagiellonian Fair.
17.08 | 19.30-21.30 | Lublin Castle Courtyard

The Jagiellonian Fair will also host musicians from abroad. It’s an opportunity to hear  live Cypriot sounds, Norwegian tunes or Moroccan sounds without leaving Lublin. The band fusing French, Bulgarian and Mongolian traditions will also be an interesting event. Ukraine will also be represented. What to choose? Go for everything!

Monsieur Doumani | Cyprus
Monsieur Doumani was formed in 2011 in Nicosia, Cyprus by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (trombone, flute). The band’s members come from different musical backgrounds but all of them are influenced by the Cypriot tradition. Monsieur Doumani compose music that draws inspiration from contemporary Cypriot society as well as from the shaky conditions of our era. The original identity of the project was determined by the adaptation of Cypriot traditional pieces, with a special contemporary color in sound and mood, forming a style distinctively their own.
18.08 | 19.30-20.30 | Lublin Castle Courtyard

Violons Barbares | France, Bulgaria, Mongolia
Violons Barbares is a meeting between three musicians from Bulgaria, France and Mongolia. Using the traditional Mongolian violin Morin Khur, the Bulgarian Gadulka and percussion, the trio brings a refreshing and skillful mixture of their traditions using both instruments and vocals. The band’s repertoire predominantly consists of traditional pieces that take you on a journey across the world, travelling on wild Mongolian horses from the melodic, romantic country of France to Bulgaria and all the places that lie between the three countries. The best elements of the three worlds have been brought together in an energetic package. It’s an irresistible combination!
18.08 | 20.30-21.45 | Lublin Castle Courtyard

Cherifa band | Morocco
Pieces and songs performed by the band talk about everyday life, social issues, while at the same time highlight the value of community, tolerance and living together.
The group have always focused on social issues, culture, identity, language, the fight against discrimination, violence. The band also sing about life, love, young people, women and at the same time, they promote the artistic heritage of Tamazight and the Middle Atlas. The members of the group, both women and men, are dressed in traditional clothes and use traditional instruments characteristic for the region: drum, loutar (a three-stringed lute) and the instrument violent.
19.08 | 14.00-15.30 | Square in the front of the Crown Tribunal,

Trivo Drevo | Ukraine
A mixture of traditional songs from Eastern Ukraine and a selection of traditional Ukrainian instruments, such as the bandura, kobza, and turban. Nadiya Rozdabara and Nina Rewa, members of the group Drevo from the village of Kriachkivka, together with Jurij Fedynskyj will perform together as “Trio Drevo” to present many famous folk songs from Poltava. During the concert, Jurij Fedynskyj, the creator of “Kobzarskiy Tabir” in Ukraine will also perform traditional songs on the traditional Ukrainian torban, kobza and bandura.
19.08 | 16.00-17.30 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a, 2nd floor – auditorium

Raabygg | Norway
Raabygg leads you onto the varied paths of folk music from the inner villages in southern Norway. It’s rough, fragile, danceable, humorous and beautiful. The trio play several instruments and offer exciting musical arrangements. The members of Raabygg have had the opportunity to meet many of the old heroes from south Norway, also known as the old raabyggelaget. They learnt tunes in their living rooms and listened to tales at tables covered with crocheted table cloths.
19.08 | 20.00-21.00 | Dominican Monastery – Courtyard

The Jagiellonian Fair could not happen without the Jagiellonain Fair Dance Parties which begin just after sunset. This will be the case this year as well. Over three festival nights, we will dance to  music played live by the best village bands or young artists who take lessons from village masters.

The Jagiellonian Fair Dance Parties

Special attention should be given to the work of the Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra, made up of enthusiasts of traditional music, musicians wanting to develop their skills, both professionals and amateurs. 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

An innovation at this year’s dance party will be the performance of Warszawska Orkiestra Sentymentalna, who will present a repertoire from the war and interwar period, without abandoning folk themes.  We will also see kapela braci Pańczaków (Pańczak brothers band) featuring Adam Ternowski who will be representing the music of central Poland. We will also hear Kapel;a Zdzisława Marczuka, one of the most outstanding musicians from Polesie Lubelskie, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Kapela Gołoborze will perform tunes fron the Prosno river basin, a microregion in Greater Poland.  Trio WoWaKin will sweep us into obereks, polkas, mazurkas and kujawiaks. We will also hear the family band Mażurki, Kapela Dudziarska Manugi from Bukówiec Górny, Kapela diabubu and the Ukrainian US Orchestra.

Live folk music will give us an opportunity to dance the night away.

17-19.08 | 22.00-2.30/3.00 | Plac przed dawnym Teatrem Andersena | Square in front of the former Andersen Theatre

  •  17.08 The Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra, kapela Braci Pańczaków z Adamem Tarnowskim, Kapela Zdzisława Marczuka, Kapela Gołoborze
  • 18.08 The Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra, Warszawska Orkiestra Sentymentalna, Trio WoWaKin, Mażurki
  •  19.08 The Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra, Kapela Dudziarska Manugi z Bukówca Górnego, Kapela Diabubu, US Orchestra

Throughout the fair, from Sunday to Friday in the streets of the Old Town we will also be able to hear traditional tunes played by kapela Timingeriu, Teatr Makata, kapela Zdzisława Marczuka from Zakalinki, Kapela Dudziarska Manugi from Bukówiec Górny, kapela Biskupianie z Domachowa i Okolic (Biskupianie Folkloric Ensemble from Domachowo and the Area)  kapela z Jarosławia i Okolic (Kapela from Jarosław and the area) and Kapela Diabubu. While strolling among the stalls at the Handicrafts Fair, we will be able to feel the rhythm once felt in the villages.

All events are free

Organizers: Workshops of Culture and the City of Lublin

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

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

 Photo: Bartek Żurawski