Folk musicians and artists have been gathering in the Polish town of Kazimiers for one of Europe's most important folk festivals.
SV PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR Fifure of King Casimir in market of Kazimierz, Poland.
SV Woman selling rungs in market place.
SV People in market place looking at paintings and pottery.
SV Market stalls with colourful hats and linens. (2 SHOTS)
GV Couple in traditional dress dancing to band standing on wooden cart.
SV People watching as band of Mazana Dolna play in market square. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Folk musicians and artists have been gathering in the Polish town of Kazimiers for one of Europe's most important folk festivals. The 14th Festival of Polish Folk Musicians and Singers attracted ensembles, soloists and musicians from every region of Poland.
SYNOPSIS: Kazimierz takes its name from the Polish King Casimir the Great and his figure dominates the market square.
Every year, in the last week of June, the picturesque Renaissance town hosts not only the nation's largest folk music festival but also a folk arts fair. The market is filled with stalls of ceramics, artwork and weaving.
But the main purpose of the festival is to protect the most valuable traditions of Polish folk music and dancing.
Colourful costumes and headgear are part of both the market stalls and the festival itself. The organisers hope it inspire the search for unique forms of Polish folklore.
The various bands compete for the much-prized Golden Tower. The Festival Jury includes musicologists, choreographers and ethnographers. They are looking for the bands who best keep folk traditions alive and resist stylization.
The festival aims to popularise non-professional bands like this one -- the Wielkopolska folklore and highlanders band Mazana Dolna.
This was the fourteenth Kazimierz Festival and the event continues to maintain Poland's vibrant folk traditions.