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Unexpected final of the International Dance Festival „Folk Harbor” Gorzów Wlkp., Poland 2016


The last concert at the International Dance Festival in Gorzów Wielkopolski in Poland was a part of Gorzów City’s Days celebrations. After 5 days full of intensive work, performances and meetings, folk dance groups performed for the last time during the 23rd edition of the “Folk Harbor” festival. At this concert we also found out, who is the winner of the dance competition…


From the 27th of June around 450 young people from Europe and Asia were hosted as guests in Gorzów. It was not hard to notice that they have bewitched polish audience. From the very first performance on the 28th of June our dancers gathered huge audience. There was a lot to admire – every dance group presented different, unique folklore – varied costumes, props, tempo, tones, emotions…

On Wednesday the 29th every group had a chance to perform in front of the international jury. Each group presented 15-minute-long artistic program, as a part of the Competition Concert which in total lasted for 4,5 hour. The next day our guests spent actively by the lake Nierzym and in the afternoon had a performance in the near city Kłodawa. Foreigners were impressed by the green surroundings and we all enjoyed the favourable weather.

On Friday emotions took even a higher level– the participants were waiting in suspense for the great Gala Concert, during which we were to find out, who has won the dance competition. The big final started in the evening at the main stage. At this concert the International Dance Festival “Folk Harbor” became officially acknowledged as the member of the world organization FIDAF (Federation of International Dance Festivals) – the reception was made by the Vice Secretary General of FIDAF Emil Dimitrov from Bulgaria and the guest of the festival Gabriel Frontera Mestre Local Chairmen in Europe FIDAF from Spain.

After the dance presentations the time came to announce the results of the competition. The Artistic Board decided for the first time in the history to not award 3 places in one area, but to award 3 first places (500 Euros prize for each winning group) in 3 specific areas, namely: Traditional Folklore, Evolved Folklore, Stylized Folklore. The winners became, analogously: Children’s Regional Group “Orawianie” from Poland, Folk Dance Theater “Rodina” from Bulgaria and Children’s Folk Dance Ensemble “Arfan” from Russia – North Ossetia. The rest of participants got a statuettes of participation. Some of dance groups were happy, some of them disappointed – as it always happen at competitions.

The last chance to see our guests in Gorzów was on the 2nd of July at the Grunwald’s Square, where official celebrations of 759. anniversary of the city founding took place. Unfortunately, the next day we had to say good bye to our guests from the world. Some of them cried because they were already missing new friends met in Gorzów. The 23rd IDF “Folk Harbor” was a great time and experience, full of emotions and unforgettable memories. Next year we will host the modern dance edition of the festival named “Landing place for dance” and in 2018 we will be back with the folklore edition “Folk Harbor”.


Organizer: Youth Culture House in Gorzów Wlkp., Poland

Festival Director: Krzysztof Szupiluk

Festival Artistic Director and concerts directed by Maria Szupiluk

13 participating groups:
  1. Folk Dance Ensemble "ZORA" - SERBIA

  2. Song and Dance Group "BESKID" – POLAND


  4. The People's Dance Group "ORLYATKO" - UKRAINE

  5. Children Folk Dance Group "KLNKA" - SLOVAKIA

  6. Folk Dance Ensemble "IASOMIA" - MOLDOVA

  7. Children Regional Group "ORAWIANIE" - POLAND

  8. Cultural and Sports Association "UDBHAV" - INDIA

  9. Bahçeşehir University Folk Dance Group Youth and Sport Club Association - TURKEY

  10. Folk Dance Ensemble "RAŠKA" - SERBIA

  11. Children's Folk Dance Ensemble "ARFAN" - RUSSIA

  12. Folklore Ensemble "CRNA GORA" - MONTENEGRO

  13. Folk Dance Theater "RODINA" - BULGARIA


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28.08.2016                                                     Prepared by Maria Szupiluk - FIDAF Poland



XXIII International Dance Festival "FOLK HARBOR" 23 June-3 July 2016, Gorzów Wlkp., Poland

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