SONCAHRAJ Festival of Belarusian Tradition 2022

As part of the first edition of the festival, we held singing workshops in three Podlasie towns for traditional music ensembles operating there. For this purpose, we brought from Belarus an ethnomusicologist Iryna Maziuk, who is outstanding in her craft. Our goal is to restore the authentic character of folklore, in this case Belarusian and Podlasie folklore, and move away from the music stage trend. As a result of these workshops, the ensembles have acquired new repertoire and factual knowledge of traditional singing technique. 

The effects of their work and creativity were presented by these bands at local concerts in Podlasie towns - in Dubicze Cerkiewne, Załuki and Nawia, and during the grand finale of the festival in Sokol.

In addition to the bands that took part in the workshops, professional bands performed at the concerts:






We have also shown that it is possible to create contemporary music on the basis of tradition, which enters into dialogue with the traditional music and creates a new quality. All these concerts were also accompanied by folk handicraft workshops. 

19.06.2022 - Dubicze Cerkiewne, performances by:

  • Singing Ensemble from Dobrowoda
  • Kresovki
  • Hajda Banda / Гайда Банда

25.06.2022 - Załuki:

  • Kalina
  • Kresovki
  • Žemerva

 3.07.2022 - Narew:

  • Family band "Triada"
  • Kresovki 
  • Miareža

9.07.2022 GRAND FINALE in Sokole:

  • Astroŭna
  • Guda
  • Kriwi
  • Kresovki
  • Kalina 
  • Triada


  • Organised by: TUTAKA Foundation
  • Main partner: Municipality of Michałowo
  • Partners: Municipal Cultural, Sports and Recreation Centre in Dubicze Cerkiewne, Municipal Cultural Centre in Gródek, Narwiański Cultural Centre, Infinity Group, Białystok Puppet Theatre, Small Homeland Museum in Studziwody, Oni - To My Foundation
  • Task co-financed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration as part of the 'Śpieuny schod' project.
  • Media patronage: Belsat TV , Białystok, Polskie Radio Białystok, Białoruskie Radio Racyja, Gazeta Współczesna, Tygodnik Białorusinów w Polsce "Niva", Nowiny Podlaskie, Nasze Miasto Hajnówka
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