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"Warszawianka" Joins High Seoul Festival
Polish Books Will Be at "Nami Children's Book Festival"
Contribution by Polish Embassy
Tthe Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble "Warszawianka"

May is a month of many various cultural activities. Embassy of Poland is always very active but this May there are even more cultural events.

During "Nami Children's Book Festival," a great event, Embassy of Poland shows many Polish children's books, some textbooks, etc.

Through this presentation we would like to familiarize Korean children with Polish books and prove that, basically, all the children read and enjoy the same stories, although written with different characters and in a different language.

On Nami Island there is also an exhibition of works of a famous Polish artist — Iwona Chmielewska, who is, at the same time, an author of children's books. Her works are incredible and stimulate young minds.

Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble called "Warszawianka" will give some performances on Nami Island on May 5, 2005 when we will celabrate "Polish Day." The Folk Song and Dance Ensemble "Warszwianka" is a representative group of the biggest Polish university — Warsaw University.

A Polish folk song and dance group

There are nearly 100 students and graduates of all faculties dancing, singing and playing instruments in "Warszawianka." Polish regional dances e. g. polkas, mazurkas and obereks are performed by future lawyers, economists, ruisicists, mathematicians, computer specialists, historians, philologists, pedagogues, sociologists, etc.

Our group is a member of the Polish Section of the International Folk Festivals and Art Association of the International Folk Festivals and Art Associations (PS CIOFF). The group had several times been recommended to take part in prestige home- and international events.

It also accompanied the ceremonies of signing the partnership between Warsaw and its sister cities: the Hague in Holland and Hammamatsu in Japan.

Together with National Philharmonic and Polish Dance Theater from Poznan it took part in the Chopin Festival in Japan; it was also delegated to Tai-Pei (Taiwan) for the Polish Culture Days there. As the only representative of the country it performed during 98' Kyongju World Culture Expo in Korea.

A Polish folk dance group

During various tourneys the group participated in a variety of international folk festivals in France, Spain, Greece, Holland, Canada, Germany, the USA, Turkey, Hungary, Great Britain, Italy and Israel receiving hot welcome and organizers' high notes everywhere.

"Warszawianka" performed hundreds of concerts on great and small stages of all the world presenting its dance, vocal and instrumental repertoire, which comprised all Polish national dances and regional suites of Rzeszów, Podlasie, Kaszuby, Opoczno, Powisle Lubelskie, Silesian Beskid, a scenic picture of mid-war period Warsaw and theatrical shows thematically connected with Christmas and Easter. The group has also prepared many occasional and educational programs for students.

"Warszawianka" proves that folklore can be an uncommon history lesson as well as fun and entertainment.

The Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of Warsaw University "Warszawianka" also performs during Hi Seoul Festival on April 30 in Dongdaemun and Jongno area and on May 1 in Seoul Plaza (at 4:40 p.m.). Embasssy of Poland will have Art and Food Booth there and will serve some delicious Polish food.

The above article is contributed by Ms. Anna Izabella Paradowska of Polish Embassy in Seoul.






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