GROUPS: Egypt, Georgia, Latvia, Poland, Romania
GEORGIA-AMERICA ART BRIDGE YOUTH ENSEMBLE
The ensemble has won numerous awards since the first four month of its formation in 2011. They are known for the unique choreography stunning technique and precise execution of the most difficult dances. Their director and teacher is a world renowned elite soloist and choreographer who returned to his native country to continue the great Georgian dance tradition by teaching the new generation.
"EL-BEHIRA" CHILDREN’S FOLK DANCE GROUP
Folk Group „EL-Behira” was founded in 1964 in Damanhour. It consists of 40 artists – dancers, musicians, singers and presents dances and traditions from almost all regions of Egypt. The group has in the repertoire the dances of farmers, fishermen, religious dance Tanoura, dance with sticks from the North part of Egypt and Egyptian wedding. Each concert of the group is accompanied by the musicians playing such instruments as oud, mizmar, tabla, duf, rik na violins. “EL-Behira” took part in many international festivals in Spain, Turkey, India and China.
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, Maroco 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).
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 6-14. 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 FOLK DANCE GROUP „VIZBULITE”
We live in Sigulda - a small town located on the banks of the picturesque Gauja River. Every spring thousands of small blue anemones bloom and the Gauja banks awakening to the sun and spring. That is why our dance group named after this beautiful flower. Dance group founded in 1963. At present about 220 participants, aged 7 to 19, is dancing in „Vizbulite”. We are proud of the fact that during several Latvian Student Song and Dance Festivals „Vizbulite” has received first prize awards. Each year we prepare new and original dance performances and several theatrical performances. We have had the pleasure of dancing in Germany, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Austria and Brazil.
CHILDREN'S GROUP "MUGURI DE PE ARIEŞ"
The "Muguri de pe Arieş " group consists of children aged 5-14 years. They revive the local folk tradition, conveying dances of their ancestors for generations. Their dances are part of the folklore of the plains of Transylvania,and of other parts of Transylvania: Codru, Bihor. Te group has a rich and diverse experience and activity supporting performances in competitions, festivals, TV-shows, public and private events.
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 centers, 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".
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 performe with the adult group "Wiwaty”.