Mazurkas of the World Festival is a Spring carnival in the heart of Warsaw, a celebration of traditional music, dance and song. It provides concerts and dance parties with the participation of the best folk bands – renowned musicians and their students. There are also workshops, children’s activities, instrument building shows and meetings with more than one hundred craftsmen from Poland and abroad. Finally, there is also the Dance Night – ten hours of great music, more than 30 bands and dance craze until dawn.
The festival was held for the first time in 2010 on the celebrations of the Chopin Year. Mazurkas of the World was established to promote Polish music and dance in their original non-styled forms taken directly from village musicians and dancers. Besides Masters from across Poland it features performers from other countries inasmuch as mutual influences are an important element of traditional music, next to the migration of Polish rhythms: the mazurkas that occur in different shapes in many countries of Europe and the World.
The festival stage presents not only folk performers in crudo, but often times also jazz musicians, modern composers, early music ensembles – those who are willing to take up a dialogue with traditional music in their own language. Mazurkas of the World has seen such famous artists as: Tomasz Stańko, Michał Urbaniak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Kawalerowie Błotni.