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GoPoland!: Where to Go: Zakopane: Music Festival

logo 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.

dancers 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...

22 August
Saturday
--Coachman of the Year contest
--Best men's song competition
--Highland wedding
--Opening of exhibitions

23 August
Sunday
--Street parade with participating groups
--Opening Ceremony

24-28 August
Monday-Friday
--Concerts & Events

29 August
Saturday
--Prize-winners' Gala Concert

30 August
Sunday
--Grand Finale Concert

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