Malopolska Days of Cultural Heritage 2012

2012-05-19 - 2012-05-27
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In the beginning there were forests: spruce, oak, larch, beech. Their wood was used to build mansion houses, village huts, farmhouses, workshops and churches, which remain a part of Małopolska’s landscape to this day. The charms of some of the most beautiful wooden buildings will be revealed by the 14th Małopolska Days of Cultural Heritage.

It’s one of the largest regular events promoting the region. This year’s festival, running under the motto Tree of Life, covers two weekends: 19-20 May, and 26-27 May. And all this so the participants can visit all twelve buildings strewn across Małopolska.

And there’s plenty to see! There are buildings with different shapes and functions – from farmhouses, through manor houses, villas and old industrial buildings, to places of worship for three religions. The programme is action-packed with concerts, lectures and workshops. We’ll be shown round the wooden buildings by experts and amateur fans sharing their knowledge and information. The ethnographer Prof. Jan Święch will introduce us to the mansion from Droginia and the farm from Staniątki at the Nadwiślański Ethnographic Park in Wygiełzów. At the outdoor museum at Zubrzyca Górna, the Oravian musician and weatherman Ludwik Młynarczyk will talk about the history and operation of sawmills, and the role played by music. In Łosie, artisans of traditional crafts will reveal their trade secrets. Podhale’s richest ethnographic collection, at the cottage of the Gąsienica-Sobczak family in Zakopane, will be presented by the architect and musician Jan Karpiel-Bułecka. During May weekends, visitors will also be able to see the Greek Catholic church in Bartne, boasting a beautiful, 18th-century iconostasis, and an evangelical collection from Stadła and a Roman Catholic church from Łososina Dolna (buildings of the Sądecki Ethnographic Park in Nowy Sącz), demonstrating the cultural diversity and religious tolerance of the region’s inhabitants.

Ancient buildings still bear the traces of their old residents; for example, the 19th-century furnishings of the mansion in Dołęga still remembering their original owners, or the inscription in the Oksza villa proclaiming that “On A.D. 1899, 7 February, was the silver wedding of Marcin and Helena, nee Rey, Kęszycki”. In Zalipie, Felicja Curyłowa’s cottage, adorned with colourful flowers, recalls the folk artist’s days, while the Moniak manor, inhabited by the family until 1937, evokes its constructor – the 18th century mayor of Zubrzyca Górna. The fates of objects, people and places will be described in a special free guidebook, distributed during this year’s event, gathering information on all buildings included in this year’s festival.

Do you know how old wooden buildings were made? Of course it’s easy enough to find out online, but it’ll be much more fun to see for yourselves. So forget Google and Wikipedia: Małopolska awaits! (Barbara Skowrońska)
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