Ensembles of the IFF Faces of Tradition 2018

BULGARIA - Zlatna Trakia

"Zlatna Trakia" Folk Ensemble from Haskovo, Bulgaria was established in 1992.

The chief artistic director and choreographer of the ensemble since its establishment is Mrs. Zlatka Timonova, a graduate of the Academy of Music, Dances and Theater in Plovdiv. „Zlatna Trakia” popularizes the rich of the Bulgarian folklore in Bulgaria as well as abroad. The repertoire includes songs, dances and traditions from all folk regions of Bulgaria. The age of the dancers in the Ensemble varies between 6 and 30 years. The ensemble participated in many Bulgarian and foreign competitive festivals and has a big collection of diplomas and awards. It presented the great Bulgarian dances in Cyprus, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Italy and others.

INDONESIA - 49 Junior High School - East Jakarta

Ensemble 49 JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - EAST JAKARTA was founded at SMPN 49 JAKARTA TIMUR school. Students of the school are honesty and have a lot of independence, strong fighting spirit, noble character. The mission of the school is to transfer cultural knowledge to those who love music and dance tradition.

During the festival the ensemble will present the program titled "WONDERFUL LAND of NANGROE ACEH". The land of Nangroe Aceh is characterized by a harmonious combination of music and dances of Malay and Muslim culture. The variety of figures reflects the community bond in maintaining and building the Nangroe Aceh culture. The ensemble took part in many international folklore festivals in Malaysia, Thailand and Korea.


„Bitola” Folk Dance Ensemble from Bitola (Republic of Macedonia) was established in 1994 and since then it has been dealing with culture and art.

Bitola is an expression of the good will and the needs of the citizens for cultural identification. FDE ”Bitola” has a status of an amateur ensemble. The ensemble has over 300 dancers. They are divided into three groups according to their age.

The Bitola’s goal is to preserve and present Ethno-Macedonian folklore in all its aspects. The elements of song and dance tradition constitute a rich source of spiritual inspiration for the Macedonians from centuries to the present and beyond.

POLAND - Hulajniki

The ensemble "Hulajniki" was established in 1999. The team leader is Wanda Cojda-Potasiak. The name of the band was taken from the dialect of Zywiec highlanders, where the "hulajnik" is a young shepherd who likes to play. The ensemble evolved from a typically children's to a multi-generational Regional Ensemble. In their repertoire the ensemble has children's plays, bunches of highlander songs and dances as well as carols and pastorals characteristic of Żywiec. "Hulajniki" performs at festivals in Poland and around the world. Their most important achievements include the Award for Artistic Values of the Program at Festivals in Croatia, Italy and Macedonia.

SERBIA - Branko Radičević

Folk Dance and Song Ensemble “Branko Radičević” from Ruma, Serbia was founded in 1969.

At the moment there are 8 active groups in the ensemble: six folk schools groups and a Folk orchestra. The ensemble has more than 250 members. Our aim is that the youth get to know and love rich cultural heritage and tradition of their nation and present it in the best way. All choreographies are based on the national customs, original songs and music of our folklore area.

„Branko Radičević” has successfully participated at many international festivals in the world:
Sicily, Crete, Sardinia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania.


POLAND - Lubuski Song and Dance Ensemble (Host of the Festival)
Lubuski Song and Dance Ensemble exists in the structures of the Regional Centre of Animation of Culture in Zielona Góra. It is a multigenerational ensemble. This year the group is celebrating its 65th anniversary. The folk ensemble presents the program artistically elaborated which is consulted with the authoritative sources in the field of music, dance and singing. The ensemble has got national dances and artistic programs based on folklore of the given region: „Wkupywanie do kawalerów” (Spisz folklore), „Wołowe wesele” (Kujawy region) or „Łowickie dyngusowanie” (Łowicz region). Small children have the repertoire based on children plays and games. Singing Group presents folk songs for votes coming from various regions of Poland. Aniela Anna Sidło – artistic director, Grzegorz Łukasiewicz – music manager, Michał Kiszowara – dance instructor, promotion and marketing, Teresa Gradzik – costiums, Lidia Remblewska –Drozdek - vocal instructor, Marta Chudy – instructor of the children group.