Ensembles of the IFF Faces of Tradition 2015

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - KUD Piskavica

KUD „PISKAVICA“ was founded in 2002 and operates in a picturesque place called Piskavica - near Banja Luka. There are around 150 active members at the age between 10 and 70 that work in several sections. In the artistic repertoire of KUD „Piskavica“ there are 17 choreogeaphies with authentic costumes and the dances are performed with the accompaniment of a folk orchestra.

During the festival a male and female singing group will sing authentic songs from Kozara mountain "Ojkača". A music player will blow characteristic melody for Kozara "Kolo pod korak” (Dance under step) on a traditional instrument called tambura trožica (tamburitza with three strings). And vocal soloists Aleksandra Vranješ and Dragana Gligić will sing folk songs from Bosnia and Herzegovina accompanied by the orchestra.

COLUMBIA - Asociacion Folclorica Raices de Colombia

Association "ASOCIACION FOLCLORICA RAICES DE COLOMBIA" came into existence in a town Tunja in June 1999. It was a decision of a group of experienced musicians and dancers which decided to meet and to form the team in order to save and propagate folklore of Colombia. They travelled all over the country and abroad presenting valuable traditions included in dance, singing and music of the region Boyacca and the entire Colombia. A main choreographer of this folk ensemble Jose Luis Vega Cassalet cultivates these values. He persevered with single-minded determination thanks to his hard work to preserve the Colombian folklore and show it to all the people.

MEXICO – Conjunto Artístico Saacbé Fuego Nuevo

The folk ensemble „Conjunto Artístico Saacbé Fuego Nuevo” was founded in 2009 as a result of great interest in Latin America history and tradition. The group presents dances and songs which say about the  history of Aztecs and the arrival of Spanish conquistadors. Its members are Mexicans: adults, young people, children - younger and older. They put their hearts and souls into the presentations. They express folk traditions and historical stories through songs, music, dances and theater. The members of the ensemble permanently collaborate with various art groups in Mexico.  At present „SAACBÉ” works with the etnoantropologists to conect old traditions and contemporary artistic trends. The folk group performed in such countries as Taiwan, Korea, Cuba, Russia, Poland and the others.

POLAND – Mały Haśnik

Children Folk Ensemble “Mały Haśnik” was established in autumn 1998. There are about 70 pupils from the primary and secondary schools in Żabnica, a village located in Żywiec region. The little dancers work together thanks to their passion to folk dances, singing, traditions and customs of the Beskid Żywiecki mountain region. The ensemble leaders are particularly concerned on cultivation of folk heritage and they try to preserve the authentic form of the highland clothes, songs and dances. The ensemble repertoire includes plays and folk games for children. “Mały Haśnik” also presents a lot of songs and dances – characteristic for the region (e.g. obyrtka, koło, siustany, hajduk). In the artistic  programs there are elements of ancient customs and rites.

Team members are proud of the traditions of their ancestors, that is why they uphold the alive folk traditions. "Mały Haśnik" continues the rich tradition of Żywiec region. It is a region characteristic for its large variety of songs, dances, with vivid and rich costumes and spectacular presentations of the rites. The management, drawing inspiration from the rich heritage, with passion elaborates new challenges and develops new artistic programs.

The ensemble often performs at numerous folklore and cultural events. The ensemble has also performed abroad, e.g. in Lithuania, the Chech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Greece. The ensemble has been a member of the International Festivals of Folklore (CIOFF) for many years. Grażyna Feil is the ensemble leader and choreographer.

POLAND - Piątkowioki
POLAND - Watra
TURKEY - IDEMM

Our association was established by Training Centre of Istanbul Revenue Department in 2000. Our centre aims to make researches and surveys on Turkish folklore, to form performance groups to present folk dances in a country and abroad. We also want to teach the younger generations what the folklore is. We collect information about various branches of Turkish folklore such as folk dances and music, traditional handicraft, clothes, architecture, cuisine and theatre plays. These values we show to the public.

Our group presents folk dances from 6 different regions of Turkey with a staff of 60 including directors, musicians and dancers. „IDEMM” can present its artistic program  with a group of 30-40 dancers and musicians who play the authentic Turkish musical instruments.