WIELKOPOLANIE ARE THE BEST
Łowicz’s Cultural Centre hosted and organized Polish National Folk Meeting “O Łowicki Pasiak”. The festival takes place since 2002 in the last weekend of June. It is accompanied by a contest of folkloristic groups selected by the jury, numerous supporting concerts, the concert “Łowickie granie” and hand-made art bazaar. During these friendly events, there are organized workshops for choreographers and managers, art handicraft fairs, horse riding, promotional sales records and publications of Łowicz, tastings of regional dishes and many others. Traditionally, along the road leading to the band shell, has issued a number of stands representing folk crafts. Willing to purchase were enough. There were also stalls with good food, prepared by the Rural Circle and stands with gadgets from Łowicz, where everyone could purchase a local coin Księżaków 7.
Based on notifications submitted by numerous teams, Artistic Commission emerged following groups in order to present themselves before them on stage in Łowicz:
REGIONAL GROUP „KOWALNIA” from Stróża,
FOLKLORISTIC GROUP „WIELKOPOLANIE” from Poznań,
REGIONAL GROUP „MAGURZANIE” from Łodygowice,
“Wielkopolanie” presented before the Committee of Art and many thousands audience the following artistic program:
“W Gościńcu” – dances and songs from Krobie and Domachowo
“Oj siano siano” – dances and chants from the Eastern Cracow
National Krakowiak with Konik Zwierzyniecki
Dances were choreographed by Leszek Rembowski, music by Stanisław Horbik.
– MIRA BOBROWSKA – ethnochoreographer, an expert of the Polish Section of CIOFF, President (Poznań)
– ALICJA HASZCZAK – choreographer, folklorist, an expert of the Polish Section of CIOFF (Rzeszów)
– SŁAWOMIR MAZURKIEWICZ – choreographer (Łódź)
– JANUSZ KAŹMIERCZAK – musician folklorist (Łódź)
– PRZEMYSŁAW HACHORKIEWICZ – musician (Łódź)
In the category of developed groups
The main prize – “Łowicki Pasiak” – won Folkloristic Group “WIELKOPOLANIE” from Poznań
The main prize – “Łowicki Pasiak” – won Folkloristic Group “KOWALNIA” from Stróże and Folkloristic Group “KURPIANKA – CEPELIA” from Kadziło
This is a very great honor for „Wielkopolanie”. We are very proud that we won another so important for folk’s world prize, valued throughout the country. Artistry appreciated by the jury was strongly applauded by the audience gathered in large numbers in Łowicz’s band shell. After the concert the audience approached and congratulated the dancers for a high artistic level. Also asked for DVD with our program, because as Maria Chojnacka (a teacher from Łowicz) said, “Wielkopolanie” made her cry with dancing Kujawiak with Oberek, and she also thought that the group is the professional one.