POLAND: STEM course – tradition, training & enterprise, the Jagiellonian Fair Lublin

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Tradition, training & enterprise: culture heritage & the Jagiellonian Fair Lublin

Update 13th January 2021: We are working with hosts to determine possible dates for NET courses in 2021 as soon as COVID conditions allow for travel. The decision of the UK government to leave the Erasmus+ programme will not affect those projects with a signed contract. We will update participants on any new travel insurance and visa regulations.

Participants from the postponed course in 2020 will be offered first choice on any rescheduled courses in 2021.

As soon as we have confirmed dates and details we will post them here and share through our consortium. The proposed course for 2020 is provided below for information. 2021 course content may change slightly due to COVID regulations.

Host: Agnieszka Wojciechowska (Workshops of Culture Lublin)

Course Dates: 18 – 25 August 2020

Application Deadline: 2nd March 2020

Preparation Meeting Date: 21 May 2020

Aims & Themes: exploring traditional skills, patterns and materials in training, enterprise, heritage and community engagement.

Draft Itinerary:

Day 1: August 18th, Tuesday

Goal of the Day: arrival, Old Town in Lublin – European Heritage Label

Day 2: August 19th, Wednesday

Goal of the Day: multicultural heritage   

  • Visiting Muzeum Wsi Lubelskiej / The Open Air Village Museum in Lublin
    The Open Air Village Museum in Lublin is a permanent public institution of knowledge and science which specializes in creating, preserving and sharing both material and intangible cultural heritage and social background. The Museum recreates historical forms of settlements, habitations, buildings of public services of villages and small towns with their interiors as well as with traditional forms of the rural landscape. The institution plays a significant educational and societal role in popularizing both esthetic and intellectual needs. This role defines cultural identity as a mediator between the interpreted past and the created future.
    The Museum is in charge of legally acquired exhibits and it expands the collections obeying ethical rules.

  • Citi game about multicultural history of Lublin led by the Homo Faber Association

Day 3: August 20th, Thursday

Goals of the Day: modern education of old crafts   

  • Participation in The Summer School Of Traditional Crafts – edition connected with herbiculture / lectures and workshops

  • Visiting Ethnographic Department of The Lublin Museum

  • Visiting Workshops of Culture in Lublin and presentation of Patterns of Europe project as an example of good transmission of folk culture into modern design

  • Meeting with director of Zamek Cieszyn – centre of research and documentation into material culture and design from Silesia Region – Ewa Gołębiowska

Day 4: August 21th, Friday
Goal of the Day: festival as a tool to promote traditional folk culture among audience living in cities

  • Participation in Jarmark Jagielloński (The Jagiellonian Fair) in Lublin
    The Jagiellonian Fair is a festival based on traditional culture from which we draw the most beautiful aspects. We aim at presenting and promoting this culture in its various forms, both strictly source, authentic ones and contemporary.
    The Jagiellonian Fair is a meeting, entertainment, exchange of energy and communication among its participants. We are presenting the most natural forms, in which people express themselves : singing, dance, traditional music. We return to the archaic, and at the same time, the simplest forms of spending time together, we return to forgotten things: a face to face meeting with another human.
    Over 300 artisans and craftsmen take part in the fair every year, among them visitors from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania.
    The Fair is a meeting point of cultures. We invite artists from such countries as Ukraine and Belarus, cultivating  the traditions of ancient fairs who practice traditional and folk art (music, heatre etc) and stree artists. We wan the Jagiellonian Fair to be a manifestation of difference derived from a shared history, we want it to present artists and cultural practitioners who work in various areas and employ diverse forms of artistic and creative expression.
  • Meeting with organisers of The Jagiellonian Fair – Karolina Waszczuk and Agata Turczyn from Workshops of Culture – and discussion about aims of the festival, history, modern ways of promotion cultural heritage and audience development.

  • Participation in re:tradycja / re:tradition concert
    Among the most important points in the programme of the Jagiellonian Fair are concerts. Traditional music is presented both on the festival’s big stage, during nighttime dance parties and in the streets of the Old Town, among the artists’ stalls during the day. We will take part in the unique concert re: tradition. In this production of Workshops of Culture, popular Polish musicians perform a traditional repertoire together with village musicians.

Day 5: August 22th, Saturday
Goal of the Day: traditional crafts and techniques specific in Poland and Eastern Europe

  • Participation in handicrafts part of Jarmark Jagielloński in Lublin – part 1
    The festival is an opportunity to get acquainted with traditional crafts and techniques, even more so because the artists run crafts presentations and workshops at their stalls. When we come to the fair, we have an opportunity to get acquainted with the construction of weaving looms and try to make our own runners. When meeting potters, touching clay and potter’s wheel is guaranteed, and you can see that braiding does not take only the form of wicker but also straw, cattails, pine root or corn leaves.

  • Frame loom weaving workshop

  • Teneriffe lace workshop and meeting with teachers from Uniwersytet Ludowy Rzemiosła Artystycznego w Woli Sękowej / People’s University of arts and crafts from Wola Sękowa

  • Tatting workshop

  • History of Maciejówka cap and meeting with Agnieszka Jackowiak and Maciej Filipczuk from small manufacture Nomad Service reviving the old tradition of sewing this type of hat

  • The Jagiellonian Fair Night Dance Party

Day 6: August 23th, Sunday 

Goal of the Day: traditional crafts and techniques specific in Poland and Eastern Europe

  • Participation in handicrafts part of Jarmark Jagielloński in Lublin – part 2 

  • Story of “nadbużańskie perebory” – meeting with teachers from Nadbużański Uniwersytet Ludowy / People’s University from Bug River Region
    Nadburzański perebor is a decorative element created on the fabric, selected with a board on the warp and interspersed with a colorful thread forming the pattern.

  • Bobbin lace workshop

  • Traditional wheel pottery workshop and meeting with the owner of manufacture Jehn Ceramika

  • Wickerwork workshop and meeting with ŻyWa Pracownia from Cracow

Day 7: August 24th, Monday
Goal of the Day: dark heritage, oral history

  • Visiting State Museum At Majdanek – The Nazi German Concentration And Extermination Camp (1941–1944)

  • Visiting The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre
    The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. In its activities, the Centre draws on the symbolic and historical significance of its residence, the Grodzka Gate, also known as the Jewish Gate. The Gate used to be a passage from the Christian to the Jewish part of the city, a meeting place of various cultures, traditions and religions.

  • Visiting “The House of Words”
    The House of Words is interdisciplinary institution focussing on art and education, and a part of the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre. The programme of the House of Words is structured around the meaning of written word in cultural and social contexts.

Day 8: August 25th, Tuesday
Departure day

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