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Festival of the Children of Mountains, Nowy Sacz


International Festival of Children’s Folk Ensembles FESTIVAL OF THE CHILDREN OF MOUNTAINS is organized in Nowy Sacz since 1992 by SOKOL Malopolska Culture Centre. The main principle of the Festival is to teach through play, and so the Festival is not competitive. The ensembles’ programmes should be adjusted to the child’s age and interpretive skills, and their foundations should be children’s games and play characteristic of a given region. The Festival participants: Polish and foreign ensembles (up to 14 years) are paired up to form comrade couples who perform together at concerts and during attendant events. This allows the children to get to know each other better during everyday Festival life and to forge closer rapport. Each comrade couple has its “national day.” On that day during the main concert the ensembles initiate shared fun with the audience, as well as they have an opportunity to present the culture of their own country and region in various forms of off-stage activity (national cuisine, exhibitions, fairs). During the final concert all the ensembles perform a joint stage programme following one specific idea. Such a concert formula makes it possible to make the children realise that cultural differences are no barrier to the achievement of common goals and creation of new values. During the Festival week there is also a number of attendant events, providing the participants with the possibility of relaxation and fun, as well as allowing the children to see the beauty of southern Poland. The Artistic Committee is in session during the Festival. In meetings with ensemble leaders it evaluates the programmes and stage performance.

The Festival has been recognized as a CIOFF® Recognized International Festival.


21.07 - 27.07.2024

Next dates:  20.07 - 26.07.2025  / 19.07 - 25.07.2026



Nowy Sacz
ul. Dlugosza 3
33-300 Nowy Sacz  (See in )



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