SUCCESS OF „WIELKOPOLANIE” IN CHILE
At the invitation of CIOFF International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts in Chile, Folk Group “Wielkopolanie” in late Januaryand early February went up in 104 artistic journey. Chile was 53rd country in the world, which in the history visited Poznan artists. “Wielkopolanie” participated in the first International Folklore Festival organized in Con Con and Santiago de Chile.
Among the invited teams were groups representing the both Americas, Africa, and the only one group from Europe - "Wielkopolanie", groups presented a very high artistic level by presenting dances, customs and rituals of their countries. It was a great honor for “Wielkopolanie” group which was selected by CIOFF Poland.
Dancers and Musicians presented folklore of Wielkopolska region and other regions of the country on the stages in Santiago de Chile, Maipu, Casa Abierta, Plaza las Petras, Plaza Ptricio Lynch, Campo Deportivo, Talagante and Olmue.During the 16 concerts and street parades "Wielkopolanie" were applauded by the audience of thousands gathered in large numbers. For their presentations of polish folklore Wielkopolanie always received a standing ovation. The big surprise for the Chilean public was performed by the "Wielkopolanie" chilean song „YO VENDO UNOS OJOS NEGROS”. Prepared by Stanislaw Horbik especially for this trip folk, well-known song was a great surprise to the natives. They sang along with the dancers applauding them during and at the end.
Organizers also guaranteed for the "Wielkopolanie" visiting the most beautiful places of Chile: President Palace and other beautiful monuments in the capital of Chile, amazing monuments in Vina del Mar, Valparaiso and Renaca.
Twelve day stay in the longest country in the world, the most developed among the countries of South America, extremelyexotic andfaithfulto their traditionswill always remainin the memory of"Wielkopolanie", who are glad to be able to show the Polish dances, customs, present popular folk chants several thousand kilometers from the native Wielkopolska.