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Multicultural Melting Pot
June 29, 2012   
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The small village of Gorajec in the Roztocze region in Lublin province, eastern Poland, will host the second Folkowisko Borderline Culture Festival July 13-15. Dedicated to the forgotten culture of communities living on Poland’s border with Ukraine, Folkowisko seeks to promote the multicultural tradition of the Roztocze region, which for centuries was a melting pot of Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish culture.

Among the attractions promised are folk music, story-telling, sightseeing and a range of open-air events.

What started as an informal meeting of friends has evolved into an official, annual festival welcoming visitors from across Poland. During this year’s events such as the Storyteller’s Night, Sabbath Night, Folk Night and Orthodox Church Day, the festival audiences in Gorajec will meet with special guests such as Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk, musician Mikołaj Trzaska, a Polish-Ukrainian trio called Dagadana , folk band Lyudy Dobri from Lviv, Ukraine, and the Klezmaholics band from Lublin which plays Jewish songs.

Since Folkowisko is far more than a music festival, visitors can take part in a number of sightseeing trips, including hiking, biking, canoeing and a bus trip to Lviv. Or they can sign up for workshops in Yiddish, handicrafts and Jewish tradition and culture.

Visitors can also try regional cuisine and wear local folk outfits, or spend the day drinking beer and lying on the grass. You can sit by a camp fire and talk to a new friend all night, or spend the night dancing under the stars.

For further information go to www.roztocze-gorajec.com and www.facebook.com/chutorgorajec
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