Going on 30 years now, the International Highland Folk Festival is one of the oldest and biggest events of this kind in Poland. To date, Zakopane can proudly claim to have hosted over 188 domestically-produced folk groups and over 300 from outside of Poland. Just to ensure you don't get bored, the festival not only offers folk music, but numerous other events: exhibitions, pop-art, a highland poetry contest, visits to the studios of local artists, folk dance workshops, mountain trips, and parades by the performers.
This year groups from China, Croatia, Greece, Georgia, Spain, India, Israel,
Italy, Mexico, Russia, the Republic of South Africa, Romania, Slovakia,
Tadzjikistan, Hungary will strive for festival awards - the Gold, Silver, and
Bronze Ciupaga (Highland Axes). The Artists will compete in four groups: authentic
folklore ensembles, artistically directed groups, stylized groups, and groups
presenting reconstructed folklore.
What you can expect on...
--Coachman of the Year contest
--Best men's song competition
--Opening of exhibitions
--Street parade with participating groups
--Concerts & Events
--Prize-winners' Gala Concert
--Grand Finale Concert