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Group Visits
The Centre for Polish Folklore in Karolin runs educational activities and workshops for visitors of all ages and levels. Our group sessions are tailored to the needs and interests of playgroups, schools, senior citizen clubs and organisations, sightseeing groups and other organised parties.
Group Entry
Entry to the exhibition for group sessions and guided tours is with a
group ticket – 12 zł per person

Groups of over 10 people are eligible for group tickets to the exhibition.  A tour guide service is included in the ticket price.

Tickets for workshops – 15zł per person

The maximum size of groups for group sessions, guided tours and workshops is 25 people. Larger groups may have to be divided.

To book your educational sessions, guided tours and workshops, contact us on:
+48 22 208 87 00 or +48 605 501 770
or by email: kontakt@karolinmazowsze.pl
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Playgroups and Preschools
The Centre for Polish Folklore in Karolin invites pre-schoolers on an inspiring journey through traditional folk culture. Educational activities aim to engage and stimulate the imagination. Sessions are curriculum-focused  and are planned to promote creative thinking and independent learning.
  • Polish Folk Culture – Educational Session
Unique headdresses from the Kurpie region, wedding goats and devils’ fiddles... discover the world of Polish folklore through stories, movement and creative activities. This session is specially prepared for our youngest guests and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • All Dressed Up – Workshop
In the past, residents of Poland wore traditional outfits on special occasions. These differed from region to region. What is a “zapaska”? Who wore “portki”? What colour is a “bielunka”? The costumes of Mazowsze National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble inspire us to design our own special outfits. This workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Handmade Toys for Girls and Boys
Rocking horses, wooden birds, tin tops, cloth dolls... In the past, a piece of wood, a sheet of paper, some straw or scraps of material were all that was needed  to create some great toys. What did children play with in the past? How do you make a mobile toy? During this workshop, visitors will find out more about traditional toy making and will have the chance to make their own, unique toys. The workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Folky Feet
Folk games and dances often emerged from old customs and rites of passage. All village residents, irrespective of age, participated in them. What did people do for fun in the past? Discover Polish folk games and dances. This workshop, led by artists from Mazowsze Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, is held in a dedicated rehearsal space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
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Primary Schools
We offer a diverse range of learning activities to bring Polish folklore to life for all ages. Sessions and workshops are designed to support your curriculum and be easy to access and engaging. Thematically, they focus on Polish traditional culture, national and regional dances, folk music and instruments and the work of folk artists and musicians.
YEARS 1-3
  • A Musical Journey Through Poland – Educational Session
Polish folk culture is exceptionally diverse and colourful. How does it differ between regions? Why? How does Mazowsze National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble present traditional dances, songs and music on the stage? This educational session takes pupils on a colourful journey through Poland, its folk music, instruments and costumes. This session is held in our exhibition space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Around the World with Mazowsze - Educational Session
Mazowsze Ensemble has been delighting audiences around the world for over seventy years. What is it like to work for Mazowsze? Where in the world has the ensemble performed? Participants will embark on a colourful and musical journey following in the footsteps of Mazowsze performers. As well as discovering the history of the group, they will find out about traditional games and pastimes from countries which Mazowsze has visited. This session is held in our exhibition space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Cut outs and Stickers – Workshop
Paper cut out decorations are one of the best known forms of Polish folk art. What were they used for? How were they made? How did they differ from region to region and what do they look like today? During this workshop, pupils will have a chance to answer these question while creating their own, unique paper cut outs. This workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Warp and Weft – Workshop
Weaving is acknowledged as one of the oldest crafts in the world. It was a skill which for centuries was passed down from generation to generation, and handlooms were an important element of household furniture. Elements of clothing and everyday fabrics were made from natural fibres such as wool or flax. How is fabric made? What is warp and weft? During this workshop, participants will have a chance to try their hand at weaving. The workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • A Folky Easter – Workshop
Preparations for Easter- a most important holiday for villagers- began at the start of Lent. Why was Palm Sunday also known as Flower Sunday or Willow Sunday? What would you find in a traditional Easter basket? What in the world happens during śmigus dyńgus? What do traditional decorated Easter eggs look like? Participants will learn about Polish Easter traditions and will create their own folk art-inspired Easter decoration. This workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • A Folky Christmas – Workshop
Did people always decorate Christmas trees at Christmastime? What does a pająk and a podłaźniczka have to do with Christmas in Poland? In the past, Christmas decorations were handmade from materials such as paper, crepe paper and straw. During this workshop, pupils will learn about Christmas traditions and will make their own decorations. The workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Dance With Me – Dance Workshop
Danced in couples, processions, circles… full of turns, jumps and stamps, Polish folk dances were often accompanied by songs and the sound of traditional folk instruments. What are Polish regional dances and what do they look like? Which dances do we consider to be the Polish national dances and why? During this workshop, participants discover the steps and figures of selected dances. This workshop, led by artists from Mazowsze Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, is held in a dedicated rehearsal space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Cuckoo, cuckoo! – Singing Workshop
Pupils sing along to Mazowsze’s most well-known and best-loved songs while honing their breathing techniques and working on vocal projection under the professional eye of instructors working with the ensemble’s celebrated choir. This workshop is held in a dedicated rehearsal space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
YEARS 4-8
  • Polish Folk Culture – Educational Session
What is folklore? How does it differ around Poland and why is it so diverse? The permanent exhibition and collections provide a point of entry into discussions about Polish history and culture as well as the work of Mazowsze National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. During this session, pupils embark on a colourful and musical journey across Poland, developing their knowledge of folk song, dance, music and traditional dress. This session is held in our exhibition space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Warp and Weft – Workshop
Weaving is acknowledged as one of the oldest crafts in the world. It was a skill which for centuries was passed down from generation to generation, and handlooms were an important element of household furniture. Elements of clothing and everyday fabrics were made from natural fibres such as wool or flax. How is fabric made? What is warp and weft? During this workshop, participants will have a chance to try their hand at weaving. The workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Needle and Thread – Workshop
Embroidery is a key element of Polish traditional dress. Rich and colourful, the art differed across Poland. What kind of stitches were used? How do you use an embroidery hoop? During this workshop, students learn about the varieties of embroidery characteristic for different Polish regions and carry out their own piece of work. The workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Putting Pen to Paper – Workshop
Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting. In the past, it was compulsory to teach it in schools. The first members of Mazowsze Song and Dance Ensemble, who arrived in Karolin in the late 1940s, received a general education as well as specialist music and dance lessons. Living in Karolin Palace, far from their families, they sent handwritten letters home.  During this workshop, pupils will work on their writing technique and compose their own letter. The workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • A Folky Easter – Workshop
Preparations for Easter- a most important holiday for villagers- began at the start of Lent. Why was Palm Sunday also known as Flower Sunday or Willow Sunday? What would you find in a traditional Easter basket? What in the world happens during śmigus dyńgus? What do traditional decorated Easter eggs look like? Participants will learn about Polish Easter traditions and will create their own folk art-inspired Easter decoration. This workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • A Folky Christmas – Workshop
Did people always decorate Christmas trees at Christmastime? What does a pająk and a podłaźniczka have to do with Christmas in Poland? In the past, Christmas decorations were handmade from materials such as paper, crepe paper and straw. During this workshop, pupils will learn about Christmas traditions and will make their own decorations. The workshop takes place in a dedicated workspace and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Dance With Me – Dance Workshop
Danced in couples, processions, circles… full of turns, jumps and stamps, Polish folk dances were often accompanied by songs and the sound of traditional folk instruments. What are Polish regional dances and what do they look like? Which dances do we consider to be the Polish national dances and why? During this workshop, participants discover the steps and figures of selected dances. This workshop, led by artists from Mazowsze Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, is held in a dedicated rehearsal space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Cuckoo, cuckoo! – Singing Workshop
Pupils sing along to Mazowsze’s most well-known and best-loved songs while honing their breathing techniques and working on vocal projection under the professional eye of instructors working with the ensemble’s celebrated choir. This workshop is held in a dedicated rehearsal space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
A wooden friction drum known as a burczybas. A Polish folk instrument
High Schools/ Adults
Polish folk culture is exceptionally diverse and colourful. It is born out of and reflects the rich and often complicated history of the country. Through its workshops and educational sessions, the Centre for Polish Folklore brings history to life in practical and creative ways, to engage, inform and excite visitors.
  • From the Village to the Stage – Educational Session
What is folklore? How does it differ around Poland and why is it so diverse? The permanent exhibition and collections provide a point of entry into discussions about Polish history and culture as well as the work of Mazowsze National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. Get a behind-the-scenes insight into the work of one of the largest folk-inspired artistic ensembles in the world and consider how it adapts Polish traditional song, dance, music and traditional dress for the stage. This guided tour of our exhibition lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • The Polish National Dances – Dance Workshop
How does one dance the stately polonez, dynamic mazur and fast-paced oberek? How does the kujawiak differ from the krakowiak? There are five Polish ‘ national’ dances, which in their heyday were known and loved well beyond their country of origin. Discover their fascinating history, while trying out their basic steps and figures. This workshop is held in a dedicated rehearsal space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
  • Cuckoo, cuckoo! – Singing Workshop
Practise some of Mazowsze’s most well-known and best-loved songs while honing your breathing techniques and working on vocal projection under the professional eye of instructors working with the ensemble’s celebrated choir. This workshop is held in a dedicated rehearsal space and lasts approximately 60 minutes.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tours, workshops, or educational sessions at the Centre for Polish Folklore in Karolin.