16 August 2018

The Jagiellonian Fair – you can’t miss this!

As always, the programme of the Jagiellonian Fair in Lublin (17-19 August 2018) is full of surprises and delights. It might be impossible to take part in all events, which is why we have compiled a list of 10 most interesting events you simply cannot miss.


  1. re:tradition | special project

An extraordinary original project by Workshops of Culture, during which renowned Polish musicians meet with master 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, *no language barrier*


  1. Handicrafts Fair

The festival’s programme is filled with presentations, demonstrations and workshops focused on traditional arts, crafts and dance. Such knowledge can only be passed on by real masters. Therefore, Lublin will welcome artists, craftsmen and artisans from Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary and Slovakia, and, for the first time, Bulgaria, Sweden and Morocco. The organizers invite only those artists who represent regional designs and techniques. The Jagiellonian Fair differs from other similar events in that you cannot buy a stall.  In Lublin’s Old Town, we will see several hundred best artisans presenting unique crafts. The presentation of crafts will be accompanied by workshops and demonstrations that will help the viewers enter the world of forgotten techniques and appreciate the precision and meticulous character of the work of the artisans. This year’s main theme is lace. We will see a wide range of lacemaking patterns and techniques.

17-19.08 | 10.00-18.00 |Old Town and Krakowskie Przedmieście


  1. The Jagiellonian Fair Dance Parties

We will be able to dance three nights away, all to the tune of folk tunes. The  Jagiellonian Fair Orchestra consisting of over a dozen members plays traditional music at the dance parties every year and this time they will also present soldiers’ songs preserved in the repertoire of village brass bands from the Lublin region. We will also hear regional polkas, obereks, majdaniak, podrózniak (ride tunes), marches, waltzes and foxtrots.  A new element will be the performance of Warszawska Orkiestra Sentymentalna who will present the repertoire from the war and interwar period, without abandoning folk themes.  We will also see kapela Braci Pańczaków featuring Adam Tarnowski who present the music from central Poland. Another band to play is kapela Zdzisława Marczuka, one of the most distinguished musicians from Polesie Lubelskie, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Kapela Gołoborze will perform melodies from Prosno river basin in a microregion of Greater Poland. Trio Wowakin will sweep us into obereks, polkas, mazureks and kujawiaks.  We will also hear the family band Mażurki, Kapela Dudziarska Manugi from Bukówiec Górny, Kapela Diabubu and the Ukrainian US Orchestra

17-19.08 | 22.00-2.30 | Square in front of the former Andersen theatre


  1. The Jagiellonian Fair Playground

The incredible Jagiellonian Fair Playground invites families to an  inter-generational journey through traditional games. It is a place where we can all spend time together away from technology. It is also an opportunity to strengthen bonds between the participants. All thanks to traditional games- once known, largely forgotten today. Parents will become guides and show children how they used to play. Perhaps when they see familiar games they will feel like children again and let themselves be swept away by the fun? The Playground will also feature a traditional carrousel and an educational memo referring to selected  areas of traditional culture. On returning to the archaic and simplest forms of spending time together, we will move towards live meeting with another person, something we sometimes forget to do these days.

17-19 August | 11:00-19:00 | Błonia


  1. Around the hen

There would be no Jagiellonian Fair without our copper hen, the festival’s symbol. The attendees will find it in Po Farze Square. We will be invited to join the fun among others by the band Timingeriu. Timingeriu is a family band who play and sing lively, dancy interpretation of gypsy, Balkan and jewish music, creating an atmosphere of uninhibited fun. Around the hen we will also see Teatr Makata. It’s an independent group of professional actors whose plays border on theatre, happening and visual culture. They combine most of their plays with live music. What will they present at the Jagiellonian Fair? That’s a surprise!

17-19 August | performances between 10:00-18:00 | Po Farze Square.

  1. Nespoon’s lacy mural

Lace quickly became Nespoon’s passion and signature style. Why lace? Because each lace harbours harmony, balance and a sense of natural order which, the artist believes, is what we are all searching for. Now, thanks to the Jagiellonian Fair, this harmonious beauty will be available for viewing on one of the walls in Lublin’s Old Town.

17-19 August | 10.00-20.00 | Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio

  1. Her Majesty Koniaków Lace – exhibition

The festival’s main theme – lace won;t be presented just as the artisan’s stalls, but also at  themed exhibitions. We will see the works of some of the best lacemakers from Koniaków. Her Majesty Koniaków Lace, as the exhibition in Gardzienice Gallery at Grodzka 5a is entitled, will present a broad range of lace applications, from the most traditional and archaic forms, namely head caps used in regional costumes through doilies and table cloths and contemporary clothes or jewellery.

17-19 August | 13:00-18:00 | Gardzienice Gallery, Grodzka 5a – 1st floor


  1. Traditional music beyond borders

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 programme features, among others, the Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani 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.

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.

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 with crocheted table cloths. We will be able to feel this atmosphere at their concert in Lublin.

Monsieur Doumani 18.08 | 19.30-20.30 | Lublin Castle Courtyard

Violons Barbares 18.08 | 20.30-21.45 | Lublin Castle Courtyard

Raabygg 19.08 | 20.00-21.00 | Dominican Monastery – Courtyard


  1. Pająk spider chandelier by Tomasz Krajewski and Małgorzata Krajewska

Tomasz and Małgorzata specialise in ritual and decorative art. They draw inspirations and designs from the older people in their commune, literature and from their collaboration with the ethnography department in the Lublin Castle Museum. They also cultivate the traditions passed on to them by their grandparents. They make crepe paper flowers, straw pająki straw hats and pysanky from blown out eggs.  For the past several years, Tomasz has been making pająki decorating the Cracow Gate during the Jagiellonian Fair. The same happened this year.  With the help of his wife, he has made a pająk related to the festival’s theme – lace. Accordsing to tradition, pająki bring good fortune for the household. The Jagiellonian Fair’s pająk  brings luck to the whole city.

17-19.08 | available at all times | the Cracow Gate


  1. Maciejówka cap and the secrets of old photography

Beautiful photos taken with an ancient camera, using noble photography techniques – such things can happen only during the Jagiellonian Fair. In po Farze square we will see a mobile photography studio resembling those of centuries past. Behind the camera we will see Roman Kravchenko – the supervisor of the Photography Studio in the Hartwig Alley. The participants of the Jagiellonian Fair will be able to take a photo wearing folk costumes, most of all in maciejówka caom the symbol if the fight for freedom, They were worn by the marshal Józef Piłsudski and made them the official cao of riflemen’s associations, and then the soldiers of Brigade I of the Polish Legions. Folk costumes have been borrowed from the Lublin Village Museum and the private collections of Paweł Warowny, and the maciejówka cap was made in collaboration with “Nomad Service” manufactory. This is how we are going to celebrate the centenary of Poland regaining independence, celebrated in Lublin under the motto: “Lublin 1918-2018. Inspired by freedom”. The commemorative photo, made using the talbotype technique on a photographic paper 9×12 cm, can be taken home to recall the time spent at the Jagiellonian Fair.

17-19.08 | 11.00-13.30, 15.00-18.00 | po Farze Square |  sign up: tel. 81 533 08 18

All events are free

The festival is organized by Workshops of Culture in Lublin and the City of Lublin.
The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Partners: Lubella, Woda Bystra, Stowarzyszenie Twórców Ludowych, Fundacja Kultura Enter, Dominican Monastery in Lublin, National Ethnographic Museum, Cultural Centre in Istebna commune, Ivan Honchar museum (Ukraine), Ústredie ľudovej umeleckej výroby (Slovakia) and Instytut Słowacki in Warsaw.

Media Patronage: TVP Kultura, TVP3 Lublin Polskie Radio Lublin, Weranda Country, kulturaludowa.pl, muzykatradycyjna.pl, ONET