A new Polish Folklore Center has opened near Warsaw to present both the country’s regional folk cultures as well as the beauty of its national dances: polonaise, mazur, kujawiak, oberek and krakowiak.
Based at the headquarters of the internationally renowned folk song and dance ensemble “Mazowsze”, the centre‘s permanent exhibition will show the entirety of Polish folklore in all its regional variations and how each region differs in its folk traditions.
It will also present the story of ‘Mazowsze’ and its performances on stages around the world, including a history of the band’s stage outfits.
Colorful and diverse folk clothing, regional music, songs, instruments and dances from Pomerania, Warmia-Masuria, East Mazovia and Podlasia, West Mazovia, Wielkopolska and Kujawy, Silesia and Lesser Poland will be on display.
Katarzyna Pasieczna, press officer of ‘Mazowsze’ told Radio Poland: “At the Polish Folklore Center we will also use the latest technology and it will be possible to use multimedia projections as well as listen to music recordings from the beginning of the year. 20e century and how Mazowsze redesigned this primitive folklore by watching fragments of their concerts and listening to their music.
Located just over half an hour from the center of Warsaw in the village of Otrębusy, the Center for Polish Folklore “Karolin” will be located in the recently renovated Karolin Palace, which served as the headquarters of the troupe of Mazowsze folk dance for 70 years since its inception by Tadeusz and Mira Sygietyński.
The Centre’s permanent exhibition was designed by the same design house of Mirosław Nizio that created the permanent exhibitions of some of the most popular museums in Poland: the “Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews” and “The Museum of the Warsaw Uprising ”.
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To learn more about the history of Mazowsze, click on HERE.