SONCAHRAJ FESTIVAL OF BELARUSIAN TRADITION 2023

Second edition of the SONCAHRAJ Festival of Belarusian Tradition - coming in June.

This will be another opportunity to experience the song and music traditions of Belarusians, as well as to learn about various elements of the creative and culinary heritage of our ancestors. As part of the festival, we have been organising a series of authentic song workshops for local groups from the Bialystok region. This year, ensembles such as Zespół Śpiewaczy z Dubicz Cerkiewnych, Czerwone Szpilki and Zespół Żurawinki are meeting with an instructor of folk singing techniques and a well-known researcher of Belarusian folklore. As part of the workshop, they learn about and revive the traditional Belarusian folklore of their area.

They will present the results of their work at festivals:

9th of June in Dubicze Cerkiewne, from 17:00 next to the GOKSiR building, ul. Główna 67.

10th of June in Sokole, from 17:00 p.m. at the CPL.

18th of June in Supraśl, from 17:00 in the Municipal Park.

24th of June, the Grand Finale of the Festival will take place in Bondary at the beach on the Siemianówka Lake. The concerts start at 19:00.

June 9, 2023 (Friday) at 5:00 p.m. we will meet at the square next to the GOKSiR building

in Dubicze (ul. Główna 67).

Musical accompaniment for singing and dancing will be provided by:

  • Zespół Śpiewaczy z Dubicz Cerkiewnych;
  • Malinki Kalažanki (Belarus)
  • Kapela Koliśnija (Belarus)

Also ahead of us:

  • "Spieŭny schod" hosted by Siaržuk Doŭhušava,
  • traditional Podlasie towel workshops with Alina Dębowska
  • fair of local Rural Housewives' Clubs.

On 10th of June 2023 (Saturday) we are getting together with the SONCAHRAJ Festival of Belarusian Tradition and having fun together in Sokole!

At 17:00 we meet at the square of the Local Product Centre in Sokole (Sokole 59).

Join in the fun with:

  • Czerwone Szpilki;
  • Nawzajem from Bielsk Podlaski
  • Kalažanki (Belarus)
  • Kapela Koliśnija (Belarus)

In Sokole we are also looking forward to:

  • “Spieŭny schod" hosted by Siaržuk Doŭhušava,
  • traditional Podlasie towel workshops with Alina Dębowska
  • fair of local Rural Housewives' Clubs.

On the 18th of June 2023 (Sunday) we conclude the Supraśl Week with the SONCAHRAJ Festival of Belarusian Tradition and invite you to a common feast with singing and dancing!

At 17:00 we meet in the Municipal Park in Supraśl.

Musical accompaniment for singing and dancing will be provided by:

  • Żurawinki
  • Żemerwa
  • Biełaruski cud (Lithuania)
  • Kapela Koliśnija (Belarus)

We are also looking forward to:

  • “Spieŭny schod" hosted by Siaržuk Doŭhušava,
  • traditional Podlasie towel workshops with Alina Dębowska
  • fair of local Rural Housewives' Clubs.

On the 24th of June 2023 (Saturday) we will celebrate Midsummer Night together! We are looking forward to a bonfire, garlands, joy, summer, love and the finale of the Festival of Belarusian Tradition SONCAHRAJ on the beach in Bondary!

The following workshops begin at 16:00:

  • Midsummer herbs with Agnieszka Prymaka
  • traditional scarf with Iryna Maziuk
  • Podlasie ceremonial towel with Alina Dębowska papercutting with the Oni - To my Foundation
  • traditional instruments (bagpipes, lyra and others)
  • traditional Belarusian dance workshops shared garland weaving and workshops of Kupala songs.
  • And at the Creators' Fair you'll buy cool traditional crafts and have a heavenly meal from local housewives at the traditional "Kupala" drink - krupnik, which is honey and spices dipped in the crystal and potent gift of wilderness 😉

Fed, clothed and nourished by a wilderness drink, we will set off to dance and sing together!

The Grand Finale will feature:

  • Zespół Śpiewaczy from Dubicez Cerkiewne
  • Czerwone Szpilki
  • Żurawinki
  • ZHRAJA
  • Kapela Aleny Mialeszki (Belarus)
  • Zespół Śpiewaczy from Dobrowoda
  • Biełaruski cud (Lithuania)
  • Kapela Koliśnija (Belarus)
  • Miareža (Belarus)
  • Hajda Banda / Гайда банда

In addition to dancing and singing, there will be the traditional 'Kupala' procession and singing around the campfire!

You can also bring your own tents and stay overnight at a local campsite. See the Facebook event for details. We are playing with SONCAHRAJ together!

 

For all events, bring along your baskets for a shared feast! Admission to the festival is free!

SONCAHRAJ is a tribute to past generations, but also an inspiration for the present. You are more than welcome!

 

Organiser:

TUTAKA Foundation

Main partner: Municipality of Michałowo

Partners: Community Centre for Culture, Sports and Recreation in Dubicze Cerkiewne, Supraśl Municipality, Centre for Culture and Recreation in Supraśl, Community Centre for Culture in Michałowo, CPL Sokole, Infinity Group, Białystok Puppet Theatre.

Task co-financed by the Ministry of the Interior and Administration as part of the "Spieŭny schod" project.

Festival co-financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Warsaw

DUBICZE CERKIEWNE 9.06.2023:

SOKOLE 10.06.2023:

CIASNE 18.06.2023:

GRAND FINALE - BONDARY 24.06.2023:

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