GROUPS: Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine
CHILDREN FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE “KYJOVÁNEK”
The group has been working since 2007. Now there are over 30 children aged from 7 to 14 years playing, dancing and singing. Our folk group remakes folk customs, dances, old adages and nursery rhymes-mostly from the part of South Moravia- called Dolňácko. The dulcimer music played by some children is a very important part of this group too.
The ensemble has taken part in many important folk festivals in various regions of Moravia as well as in Germany, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Croatia, France and Taiwan. The ensemble regularly enters competitions for children’s folk groups run by the Folk Association of Czech Republic and it was chosen in 2003 - 2011 to represent Moravian Slovakia in the nation-wide competition.
The ensemble Kyjovánek is a member of The Folklore Association of the Czech Republic and CIOFF.
"DESTAN" FOLK DANCE GROUP
"Destan" Folk Dance Group had many chances to get famous, both in national or international contests or festivals. With the awards that "Destan" has awarded so far, "Destan" has proudly represented its hometown Denizli, and its country Turkey. Until now, "Destan" has represented Turkey in the festivals, which were held in Greece, Poland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Egypt, Czech Republic, France and Slovenia and moreover "Destan" was ranked as the 1st(Champion) in many times in many national contests.
THE CHILDREN'S FOLK GROUP "CEPELIA-POZNAŃ"
The group works at the Youth House of Culture No 3 in Poznań and 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, Turkey, Serbia, Bulgaria and India. In the Vatican children performed for the Pope. The Children's Folk Group "Cepelia-Poznań" is a member of the International Council of Associations, Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF).
CHILDREN'S FOLK DANCE GROUP "MAŁA WIELKOPOLSKA"
The group was formed in 1974 in the Palace of Culture in Poznań. Since 1994 it works at the Youth Culture Centre No. 2. The main objective of the group is learning and promoting Polish folklore. "Mała Wielkopolska" has a wide palette of costumes modelled on authentic folk costumes. The program of the group covers dances and songs from the region of Wielkopolska, Rzeszów, Silesia and Tatra Mountains, as well as Polish national dances: polonaise, cracovienne, kouiaviak, oberek and mazurka. The repertoire is steadily expanding with dances of different nations of the world. Currently there are Hungarian, Spanish and Mexican dances. The band often performs for audience in Poznań, performing in schools, on various events organized by the City and its partner institutions. The band also participated in international dance festivals in many European countries: France, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Hungary and Lithuania, where it is always warmly received and loudly applauded by the audience.
CHILDREN'S SONG AND DANCE GROUP "WIWATY"
The group works at the Culture Centre in Pobiedziska. It counts approx. 30 young dancers aged 5-12. In its program the group presents games, songs and dances from Western Wielkopolska, Silesia and Kashubia. We care about preservation of our cultural heritage and folk traditions. The group performs in schools, community centres, charity actions and special events. The group has performed abroad in Slovakia, Belarus and Ukraine. Many members later concerts in the adult group "Wiwaty
FOLKLORE CHILDREN’S ENSAMBLE „ERA”
The Association of Citizens “ERA” has about 350 members. The main porpose of its activity is to preserve and show traditional culture of the people from its region, but also from different part of Serbia. One of the Association’s groups is Folklore Children’s Ensamble. During 13 years of activity “Era” got many awards and recognitions. It participated in many manifestations and festivals in Serbia and abroad. Some of them are festivals in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Macedonia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Swiss, Czech Republic, Romania, Portugal. “Era” is the organizer of The International Folklore Festival “Licidersko srce” in Uzice in Serbia.
CHILDREN'S SONG AND DANCE GROUP "VYKRUTASYKY"
The group was founded in November 2002. Approximately 200 children in the age of 3 to 16 take part in workshops. The artistic programme contatins of Ukraine folk songs and dances. Also folklor of Carpathian population like Boikivskyi, Łemki, Hucułowie is cultivated. The Group presented its artistic programme in Poand, Bulgaria, Estonia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Croatia and Lithuania.
INTEGRATION OF POLISH DANCES CLUB
The only one in Poland Integration of Polish Dances Club was established in 2004 at the School with Integrated Sections no 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 inPoznań, 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 inGniezno as well as Audience Award. They also representedPoland at II Worldwide Festival of Disabled Children “Smiling Child” in Istanbul.
FOLK GROUP "MALI POLIGRODZIANIE"
The group was formed by the Folk Dance Group of Poznan University of Technology "Poligrodzianie" in 1985. It counts approx. 40 young dancers aged
Fundamental ideas behind creation of the Group are creating sensitivity to the arts, education in the spirit of the folk tradition and respect for the Polish culture. In preparation of dances and songs authentic sources are used, as close as possible to the "roots" of Polish folklore. Character is extracted, the conduct, and performance appropriate for the presented region, the typical instrumental composition is retained. "Mali Poligrodzianie" have visited almost 20 countries on three continents (including Turkey, Canada, South Korea), danced and sang on hundreds of concerts, including charity ones, revealing the richness of Polish folk culture with special emphasis on local folklore. The high artistic level of the Group has been rewarded many times at competitions, festivals and reviews.
CHILDREN'S SONG AND DANCE GROUP "ŁANIKI"
at the Poznań University of Life Sciences
"Łaniki" are a folk group that above all promotes dances and songs from region of Wielkopolska. The repertoire includes dances from other Polish regions, including Lublin, Kurpie, Kashubia, Silesia, Żywiec and national dances such as kouiaviak, oberek, cracovienne, polonaise and mazurka. The band gives concerts in schools, community centres, at various events, and charity actions, and participates in international folk festivals. "Łaniki" also go to international folklore festivals and meetings, i.a. to Greece, Sweden, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Finland, Scotland, Germany and Hungary. Thanks to the university authorities that provide the band with facilities for rehearsal and rooms for costumes, "Łaniki" have the opportunity to develop their activities. The band include children aged 5 - 18. Dance and vocal classes are conducted in three age groups. Many members of "Łaniki" later perform in the Song and Dance Group "Łany".