International Folklore Festival 2019 – summary

Unique and intensive festival week was traditionally concluded with the gala concert „Gala of the Traditions”, which took place in amphitheatre in Zielona Gora.
On the main stage we could admire all invited ensembles : Tarina – Romania, Grandinele – Lithuania, Vrstek and Vienok – Slovakia, Perlynka – Ukraine, Sarbaz Rukhy – Kazachstan, Era  –  Serbia, as well as  Song and Dance Ensemble from Cieszyn Region and Ludwik Figas’ Song and Dance Ensemble from Poland.

The Artistic Council consisting of Jerzy Dynia, Ewa Kocój i Anatol Kocyłowski emphasized the professionalism of the director Wiktor Sędziński presented in the rehearsals and concerts organisation, at the same time stating words of gratitude towards the organiser of the Festival  – Regional Culture Centre in Zielona Góra, managed by Izabela Komor-Pilarczyk.

The verdict of the The Artistic Council was:

I PLACE  – Vienok Ensemble, Slovakia –  for performing the repertoire of Slovak dance and songs.

I PLACE   – Perlynka Ensemble, Ukraine – for picturesque presentation of daily family life „ From Dawn till Dusk”

II PLACE –  Song and Dance Ensemble from Cieszyn Region, Poland –  for depicting ceremony of putting a cap on a bride’s head at a wedding.

II PLACE – Tarina Ensemble, Romania – for high skills level in presentation of „logger’s dance”.

III PLACE –  Grandinele Ensemble- Lithuania for presenting exceptional music and dance folklore impressions of their native region.

SPECIAL PRIZE – Sarbaz Rukhy from Kazakhstan, for stage version of certain love story.
We are grateful for commitment, passion and efforts which was shown by the ensembles throughout the Festival. We also would like to thank the wonderful and cheerful public for showing their enthusiastic appreciation during the Festival events.

The IFF Faces of Tradition 2019 was held  under Festival Honorary Patronage of Minister of Culture and National Heritage Robert Gliński and Lubuskie Province Marshal Elżbieta Anna Polak.

We could not thank more for the financial support to our Lubuskie Province as well as to Ministry of Culture and National Heritage hoping for their continuous support in future.