Ensembles of the IFF Faces of Tradition 2017

BELARUS – Gamanina

The folk ensemble "Gamanina" was founded in 1991. The founder and the director is Sazanovich Natalya.

The ensemble is represented by students, graduate students, teaching staff of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics – BSUIR. They are future experts in the field of information technologies nanotechnology, computer programming, economics. All the members of the group are united by their love to folk music, songs and dances.

The repertoire is based on dances and folk songs which has been preserved in Belarus in its raw form until now.

The main part of the costumes in our group is a reconstruction of the traditional costumes from various regions of Belarus, made by Belarusian experts. Some members reconstruct their costumes by themselves and it is done at the highest level, the other ones possess priceless costumes from "grandmother's trunk".

The folk ensemble "Gamanina" performs at many different concerts, both in Belarus and abroad, participates in the TV shows, charity concerts and events. Several times a year the group visits international festivals of folklore in Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Finland.

Czechy/The Czech Republic

This children's folk ensemble from the Czech Republic has been working in Frydek-Mistek for 35 years. It  preserves the traditions of the region and present them at many folk performances in the Czech Republic or abroad. Moreover, it presents typical folklore of the region of Lachy group, Cieszyn Silesia region and the borderland of Moravia and Silesia.

During public performances the members of “OSTRAVIČKA” wear costumes according to the tradition of the Lachy region or Frydek region. 80 children attend the ensemble at present and they work in three separate dance groups and in three dulcimer musical bands.

The folk ensemble has presented over a thousand various performances since it has been established. So far the group has performed in twenty European countries and Turkey, Marocco, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, China.

“OSTRAVIČKA” is the main organiser of the International Folk Festival in Frydek-Mistek (CIOFF/IOV Frydek-Mistek). The Art Director and main choreographer is Mgr. Marie Nováková.

GHANA – Ghana Junior All Stars

“Ghana Junior All Stars” was formed in 1996. The group consists of acrobats, drummers, dancers and musicians. Each performance is a presentation of sounds and movements that are traditional for African culture. Dancers perform  in very spectacular, colorful costumes. Thanks to the credibility of their performances and respect to tradition the ensemble was called the best youth ensemble in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

“Ghana Junior All Stars” present their program at the festivals, funerals, birthdays and other events. They also performed in Holland.

GEORGIA – Khorumi

The "Khorumi" ensemble was founded in 2002 under the patronage of the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and the chairman of the Adjarian government Levan Varshalomidze. The artistic director is a highly appreciated dancer in Georgia - Temuri Bibileishvili.

At the beginning, “Khorumi” was the educational center preserving and presenting Georgian traditional dances. Then tge group became the leading dance ensemble in their native area and was selected by the Government of Georgia to be the ambassador of culture and to present traditional Georgian dances all over the world. In addition, in 2009 the government of the Ajaria region gave the ensemble the status of the Ajarian State Dance Ensemble KHORUMI.

POLAND – ZPIT Kurpie Zielone
Polska/ Poland - Kurpie Zielone

"Kurpie Zielone" Song and Dance Ensemble started its activity in 1953 thanks to the initiative of a professor  Stefan Sobierajski. Since that time the audience has seen the richness of Polish folklore. The ensemble participated many times in major festivals, regional, national and international festivals in Poland and abroad. The group has got numerous awards and distinctions. The artists visited 23 countries (including Turkey, Qatar, Greece, Serbia, Hawaii, Belarus and Romania) giving concerts in small towns and on the big stages. Concerts prepared by Kurpie Zielone are performances full of temperament and colours.

For many years the leading repertoire of “Kurpie Zielone” was made by the choreographer Wiesław Dąbrowski. The ensemble presented national dances as well as songs from several regions of Poland e.g. dances from the Łowicz region, highlander dances, Kurpie shepherds' dances.

The ensemble is constantly developing and does not forget about tradition. Since 2016 he has been working on a new artistic program under the supervision of the choreographer Mariusz Żwierko.

POLAND – Mały Haśnik
Polska/Poland - Mały Haśnik

“Mały Haśnik” Children’s Folk Ensemble was established in autumn 1998. There are 70 members in the group who are pupils from the primary and middle schools in Żabnica, a village located in Żywiec region. The ensemble leaders are concerned on cultivation of folk heritage and they preserve the authentic form of the highland clothes, songs, dances and cultural events. The ensemble’s repertoire includes children’s play and folk games, songs and dances of the region (e.g. obyrtka, koło, siustany, hajduk). The programmes often  includes elements of ancient customs and rites. The ensemble has also performed abroad, e.g. in Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Austria, Macedonia, Croatia, Greece. The ensemble has been a member of CIOFF for many years. Grażyna Feil is the ensemble leader and choreographer.

SERBIA – Mladost Futog

The Information and Culture Center and “MLADOST FUTOG” Song and Dance Ensemble were founded in 1974. The group performs at home and abroad. It is the winner of the "Zlatni opanak", festival which takes place in Bulgaria, Dupnica. The ensemble cultivates the country's traditions and cultural heritage. Artists perform authentic dances and songs in traditional costumes. They performed in Ukraine, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Slovenia.

“Mladost Futog” song and dance group also includes a children's group who received prizes and a group of singers and a string orchestra.

The Information and Culture Center and "Mladost” ensemble organize the Festival of national costume BISERNA GRANA every year in October.

TURKEY - Sarıyer Belediyesi Halk Dansları Topluluğu

The Sarıyer Municipality Folk Dance Society (YURDUM) association was founded in 1988 and since then has conducted research on folk dance and folk music. The study also includes studies on traditional costumes.

Dancers who will come to Zielona Góra are selected from 350 people who attend classes.

The ensemble is successful in national and international competitions and festivals and participated in more than 20 international festivals including Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Poland, Germany and Hungary. Choreographers mainly concentrate on the dances of Anatolia region.


POLAND - Lubuski Zespół Pieśni i Tańca im. Ludwika Figasa
Host of the festival
Polska/Poland - Lubuski ZPiT

This is a host of the festival. It was founded in 1953 in Nowa Sól. It has been working for 60 years in Zielona Góra. The group will present a new artistic program based on the folklore of Kujawy Region. The show entitled "Beef wedding" is a part of a custom from Kujawy and is known as " Shepherds' King" and is a witty story about the games of the people from a village. In this year's festival performance all the group members at the age of 5 to 87 will act in it. The artistic director and choreographer is Aniela Anna Sidło; the music director and conductor of the vocal group is Grzegorz Łukasiewicz; dance instructors are Michał Kiszowara, Marta Chudy, Klaudia Kotlarska; vocal preparation of dancing groups - Lidia Remblewska-Drozdek; preparation of costumes – Teresa Gradzik.