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Exploring a Cultural Melting Pot
August 29, 2012   
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Visitors to Gorajec, a small village in the Roztocze region of eastern Poland, traveled through the centuries and across cultures during the Folkowisko Borderline Culture Festival in July.

“For several days, Gorajec revived the microcosm of the eastern borderlands, which were once inhabited by Poles, Ukrainians and Jews,” said Małgorzata Kawka, one of the event’s organizers.

The three festival days from July 13 to 15 were packed with activities including workshops, while in the evenings, audiences were entertained by storytellers and musicians.

The Storyteller’s Night featured Aniela Mrówka, an elderly lady from the village of Cewków, who spoke about folk customs. She was a hit with the festival audiences who listened to her with as much interest and attention as Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk. The latter also showed off photographs from his expedition to Mongolia. A lot of fun was then had by all during a two-hour concert by the Klezmaholics group.

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors were encouraged to get to know Gorajec and its neighborhood. The good weather allowed everybody to explore the area in canoes, on bikes, on foot and by car.

The Village Game was one of the most successful festival events. As they tried to find their way to the treasure of Count Brunicki, which was the goal of the game, contestants met a Soviet border guard, the ghost of the Count and a Jewish inn-keeper.

Festival concerts were divided into two categories. Lyrical performances by Jacek Kleyff and Kuba Blokesz were held on the small stage and more energetic gigs took place on the large stage.

The next Folkowisko Festival will be held July 12-14 next year.
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