The Gala Concert (July 19) of the International Folklore Festival FACES OF TRADITION Zielona Góra 2018 began with a general rehearsal of the evening spectacle. The director of the gala concert „Gala of the Traditions” was Michał Kiszowara, folk dance instructor in the Lubuski Song and Dance Ensemble. Despite unfavourable weather conditions, the ensembles constantly realised the choreography and director’s istructions.
At 17.00 (5 p.m.) at the Marshal’s Office started a ceremonial meeting of the festival ensembles with the authorities of the Lubuskie Voivodeship – the Marshal of the Lubuskie Province Elżbieta Anna Polak and the Director of the Regional Centre of Animation of Culture (Regionalne Centrum Animacji Kultury).
Punctually at 19.00 (7 p.m.) at the amphitheater in Zielona Gora the ceremonial ending of the Festival – Gala of Tradition began. The concert was started by the Lubuski Song and Dance Ensemble. They invited the other festival ensembles to the stage with Polonez dance. Mr. Józef Broda and Mr. Bartosz Jędrzejak were the compeʼres of the Gala Concert. The Festival Director Izabela Kumor-Pilarczyk welcomed the guests and spectators gathered in the amphitheater.
After the official part of the concert the ensembles : „Zlatna Trakia” (Bulgaria), „Hulajniki” (Poland), „Bitola” (Macedonia), LZPiT – children’s and youth group (Festival Host), „49 Junior High School East Jakarta” (Indonesia) ), “Branko Radičević” (Serbia) presented their artistic programs on the stage.
The artistic part ended with the performance of the soloist – the winner of the International Singing Competition “Singers in Ochla” – Nikola Zaceski and harkan dance performed by all the dancers.
The Festival has the form of a competition. The Artistic Council composed of Mr. Gerard Nowak (chairman), Mrs. Michalina Wojtas and Mr. Henryk Dumin were estimating the artistic performances of the groups at the Lubuski Theater for three days. After reviewing all the programs the Artistic Council announced their VERDICT:
“Zlatna Trakia” from Bulgaria
“Hulajniki” from Poland
SPECIAL AWARD – INDIVIDUAL:
Darma Surya – soloist of „49 Junior HighS chool” from Indonesia
“Bitola” from Macedonia
“49 Junior High School” from Indonesia
“Branko Radičević” from Serbia
Thank you to the ensembles, management, participants, viewers and all the people involved in the realisation of this year’s edition.
The organizer of the International Folklore Festival „FACES OF TRADITION” Zielona Góra 2018 is the Regional Center Animation of Culture in Zielona Góra (Regionalne Centrum Animacji Kultury in Zielona Góra).
The project was realised thanks to the financial support of the Local Government of the Lubuskie Province. The project was partially financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.