Programme Principles

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 (6 Polish and 6 foreign ensembles) 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, street happenings, etc.).

During the Festival week each Polish ensemble invites its foreign comrade ensemble to its home town. The foreign participants learn about the environment in which their new Polish friends live – their homes, families, friends, etc.

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 the region and places of interest in southern Poland.

Appointed by the Festival Director and the Polish section of CIOFF®, the Artistic Committee is in session during the Festival. In meetings with ensemble leaders it evaluates the programmes and stage performance.

All-Poland instructors’ workshop is part of the Festival. It is organised for leaders of children’s folk ensembles.