GROUPS: Czech Republic , Hungary, Poland
CHILDREN'S GROUP OF HUNGARIAN DANCES "KISALFOLD" FROM GYŐR
The the group consists of two groups at the age of 10 to 12. The children learn traditional Hungarian dances at the Art School of Győr. They are touring country and regional festivals with a group of adults. They present dances of their own region called rábaközi and dances of other regions of Hungary called somogy, gömör and kalocsa. The artistic programme is accompanied by traditional Hungarian string-orchestra.
CHILDREN'S FOLK GROUP "CYBINKA-GRODZISK" came into being in 1999 on the initiative of Waldemar Łyczykowski, the Principal of the Community Centre in Grodzisk Wielkopolski. The group is composed of two subgroups- children (aged 6-13) coming from Grodzisk Wielkopolski and the nearby villages and interested in Polish folklore, tradition and folk customs. For the last 8 years Cybinka has worked out an impressing repertoire encompassing folk dances, songs and rituals, mainly originating from the traditions of the Great Poland region as well as national dances and folk dances from other Polish regions. The group has also cooperated with the professional folk band from Poznan "PO ZAGONACH". The Group participated in a variety of cultural enterprises and charity projects, both domestic and international, and awarded prizes on festivals. The number of performances given around Poland and Europe (for instance in Germany, Belgium, France, Serbia and Hungary) have proven Cybinka to be a professional and experienced folk group, able to present the richness of the Polish regional culture in an interesting and colourful way.
CHILDREN'S FOLK DANCE AND SONG GROUP "MODRAKI" was founded in 2001 at Cultural Centre “Sezam” in Tarnowo Podgórne, a community close to Poznań. The “Modraki” Group collaborates with a folk band called ”Po zagonach”.
As much as 50 children of 6 to 17 years of age are performing in the dancing group. Dances from Wielkopolska, Łowicz, Śląsk, Rzeszów, Kaszuby and Kraków regions can be found in group’s repertoire. The Group participated in numerous events in the commune of Tarnowo Podgórne and in the city of Poznań as well as abroad. They have also recorded three CD albums with Christmas carols and popular Polish songs.
CHILDREN'S FOLK GROUP 'ISKERKA" FROM BRNO was founded in 1979. The artistc program consits of children dances, songs and games from Wallachia region in the north of Moravia. Children spend their free time in the group, stimulating their interest in folklor and cherishing their national feelings. The group currently consits of 50 children an the age of 5 to 20. They present their skils during performances in Czech Republic as well as in other countries such as Poland, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia.
THE FOLK DANCE GROUP 'MALI POLIGRODZIANIE" was founded in 1985 and since then has been working with The Poznan University of Technology - National Dance Band „Poligrodzianie”. Its members are 40 young dancers of age between 6–13. Their programme, apart from national dances is from Wielkopolska, Szczyrzyce, Żywiec and Silesia regions. Authentic sources, as close to the roots of the Polish folklore as possible, are used while preparing dances and songs. The attempt is to preserve the characteristic behavior and performance typical of a particular region, as well as the unique set of instruments and costumes. The band has given numerous concerts, both in Poland and abroad, applauded e. g. in Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Greece, Spain, France, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, Lithuania. Lively and coulorful performances are enriched by spontaneity of dancers and talents of solo singers.
CHILDREN'S FOLK GROUP 'CEPELIA-POZNAŃ'" of the Youth House of Culture No 3 in Poznań was founded in 1988. Approximately 80 children in the age of 6 to 15 take part in dance, vocal and folk instruments workshops. Our folk band consists of professional musicians, who also take part in workshops.
Children present their skills during performances in Poznań, Wielkopolska district and all Poland. They are also ambassadors of Polish culture abroad as they performed in France, Croatia, Holland, Germany, Russia, Austria, Macedonia, The United Kingdom, Latvia, Hungary, Cyprus, Taiwan, Italy and Turkey. In the Vatican children performed for the Pope. When visiting international folk festivals, our group becomes popular and therefore often attracts media attention. Approximately every two years the group presents its programme at district and all-Polish parades of folklore children's groups, always winning prizes. Since 2002 The Children's Folk Group "Cepelia-Poznań" is a member of the International Council of Associations, Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF).
The only one in Poland INTEGRATION OF POLISH DANCES CLUB came was established in 2004 at the School with Integrated Sections nr 2 in Poznań. Its participants are disabled children and members of Children’s Folk Group “Cepelia -Poznan”. Through their involvement dancers desire to overcome barriers and show to their contemporaries that dance is most of all a great aesthetic feeling, wonderful fun, panacea for the concerns and inconveniencies of everyday life and meeting the needs of social contacts. The founder, choreographer and master of education of the group is Jadwiga Banaś. Multiple performances in Poznań, at the festivals in Kołobrzeg, Warsaw, Olsztyn always aroused applause of audience, leaving an unforgettable impression. The group won the First Prize at the VII Festival of Disabled People’s Artistic Creativity in Gniezno as well as Audience Award. They also represented Poland at II Worldwide Festival of Disabled Children “Smiling Child” in Istanbul.