Winter Holidays in Karolin

This year's winter break in the Mazowsze region coincides with the final days of Carnival, tradionally a time of merrymaking, feasting, dressing up and generally having fun! In the spirit of the carnival season, the Centre for Polish Folklore is hosting a series of workshops and events to brighten up the winter holidays.

Date and time

DATE: 13.02.2023 - 26.02.2023


Karolin - Centre for Polish Folklore
ul. Świerkowa 2
05-805 Otrębusy

Recommended for...



These are ticketed events.
For reservations, please contact us on:
+48 22 208 87 00, +48 605 501 770
or by e-mail: kontakt@karolinmazowsze.pl

Couples on stage in colourful costumes inspired by the folk dress of the Kielce region
Workshops for Families
Traditionally, Carnival was a time when the everyday order was upset and the world turned upside down. Singing and dancing masqueraders would take to the streets of towns and villages, and there seemed to be no end to the merrymaking! During this season, we are taking a closer look at the traditions of the Kielce region. Who was the Carnival Prince? What is a "turoń", and what dies it look like? How was Carnival celebrated and what are the traditional dances of the Kielce region? If you'd like to find out more and have fun with the whole family, join us at the Centre for Polish Folklore this winter break!
Planned Workshops
14 February at 12pm / Dance and be merry!
Dancing is a must during carnival season, and we'll be doing plenty of that during this worskshop - we'll learn the steps and figures of a number of popular folk dances from the Świętokrzyskie region.

18 February at 4pm / Carnival fun
Led by Mazowsze Ensemble performers, this workshop is themed around the fun and games which charaterised the final days of Carnival in the Świętokrzyskie region. 

21 February at 12pm / Dress up and dance!
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, and as such was the most "merry" day of the carnival season. People would parade between houses in fancy dress and dancing was a must. During this workshop we'll be dancing along to festive polkas and making carnival masks. 

25 February at 12pm / One stork does not make a spring
Shrovetide processions featured bears, goats and the enigmatic "turoń" but also storks, which signalled the arrival of the long-awaited spring. During this workshop, we'll discuss the meaning and significance of the stork in folk culture and will design a model inspired by traditional toy-making.
Useful information
Workshops are designed for children aged 6 years and above and accompanying adults.

20 zł per person
approx. 1 hour
Places are limited. To reserve yours, contact us:
tel: +48 22 208 87 00, +48 605 501 770
e-mail: kontakt@karolinmazowsze.pl
Smiling participants of a social dance worskshop, left legs out to the side, lined up one behind the other and holding the waist of the person in front.
Social dance with a folk band from the Świętokrzyskie region
The festivites of the carnival season in Karolin will culminate on 18 February with a social dance led by Krasocka Kapela - a folk band from the Świętokrzyskie region. Be prepared for singing, dancing, local culinary specialities and a few surprises during this evening, which is scheduled to start at 6pm. Tickets cost 30 zł per person, and can be reserved by contacting us by phone or email.