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School at the Crossroads

Oberek Sessions

(15-17.07.2013, 6:30-8:30 PM, Museum of Ethnography)


During the oberek workshops, you can learn the most "crazy" dance in Europe from scratch! Obertas, mazurka, okrąglak, owijok, wyrywany or simply oberek were danced like Poland long and wide. For years absent on the dance floors, now it returns with redoubled energy, captivating with its trance character. During the meetings, we will focus on the traditional form of an oberek, triple mazurka metre, interaction of dancers with music and with each other. This will be helped by rhythmic exercises, practicing turns solo and in pairs, in the direction "with the sun" and "against the sun", pair by pair following and the cooperation of all dance pairs. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn how to sing oberek melodies and to learn the most interesting lyrics, sung to mazurka nad oberek melodies. The classes will be conducted by musicians learning dance and music from rural masters living in northern Małopolska (Kajocki microregion). Music during the workshops will be performed live.

The culmination of the Oberek Sessions will be the Friday workshops (19.07): "The Mazurka" and the Night of Dance (19.07) with the participation of masters and adepts – at the Magazyn Kultury festival club | Kolanko No. 7 | Św. Józefa Street 17.

Night of Dance

(19.07.2013, 9:00 PM, Magazyn Kultury | Kolanko No. 7, Św. Józefa Street 17)

Dance party with the participation of masters and adepts; an opportunity to pratice the abilities gained at the festival workshops. There will perform: Maria Siwiec (vocals), Jan Gaca (violin), Jacek Hałas (accordion), and dancing by Jidder Trio (Sweden), Stefan Groot Trio (Denmark) and many others...

ŻyWa Pracownia [Living Workshop]

(Bartosza Street 1)

  • "Dalahast" – Swedish toy (15.07.2013, 5:00-6:30 PM)

  • Scandinavian embroidery (16.07.2013, 6:30-8:30 PM)

  • graphics of the North (17.07.2013, 6:30-8:30 PM)

  • "Rosemaling" – Norwegian paintings on wood (18.07.2013, 6:00-7:30 PM)

  • Scandinavian cut-out (19.07.2013, 6:00-7:30 PM)

ŻyWa Pracownia on the Main Square: 21.07.2013, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Folk Instruments Fair

(21.07.2013, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Main Square)

For the inhabitants of Krakow and tourists from Poland and all over the world, it's a unique opportunity to learn about the secrets of building folk instruments, the opportunity to buy hard-to-reach instruments, an opportunity to meet master builders and violin makers and – if it's possible and you're talented enough – to try playing selected instruments. Folk Instruments Fair is a forum gathering instrument builders, musicians, music lovers, admirers of traditional music, world music and all the festival audience. It is also a forum for inspiration, artistic exchange, promotion and support for the artistic activity of instrument builders from various regions of Poland (Mazowsze, Wielkopolska, Małopolska, Podkarpacie), as well as from the eastern borderlands and Belarus.

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