The Association of Folk Culture Animators is a non-governmental organisation dealing with popularisation of traditional culture. The Association was established on 5 November 2001 in Lublin, Poland. Its founders and members are connected with St. Nicholas Orchestra (Orkiestra św. Mikołaja) - one of the most famous folk music band in Poland and a student artistic organisation of Maria Curie - Skłodowska University in Lublin.
The goals of the Association are: promoting values of traditional culture in all its aspects; shaping the authentic reception of tradition; arousing and stimulating interest in music, singing, dancing and other forms of artistic expression; popularising the idea of multiculturalism and cultural tolerance. The Association implements these aims through: organising and supporting organisation of various artistic events - e.g. concerts, performances, exhibitions, lectures; organising ethnographic camps and expeditions; carrying out open artistic workshops and cultural education trainings; exploring different aspects of folk culture; promoting self-education in various areas of art; keeping up contacts with similar organisations at home and abroad; making audio and video recordings; publishing books, periodicals, recordings, multimedia productions and others; collecting documentation.
Members of the Association are musicians, culture animators, teachers, students and others, experienced in creating and implementing various cultural projects. Some of the projects are long-term ones, but every year new ideas are developed.
The most important projects of the Association are:
International Folk Music Festival "Mikołajki Folkowe" - the first folk music festival in Poland, and one of the most important festivals of traditional music in our country;
Folk Magazine "Gadki z Chatki" - the oldest and the only magazine in Poland dealing with folk music, as well as culture and arts inspired by folklore. Published since 1996, a bimonthly and a non-commercial magazine, available all over Poland;
Jawornik - the place of a former Lemko village in the Bieszczady Mountains (a mountain range situated in the eastern part of the Polish Carpathians). A number of projects have been implemented here, e.g. the "Meetings of the Mountain People" (concerts, film presentations, artistic workshops), "From Jawornik's History" (educational projects for young people);
Korczmin - "Cross-border Polish-Ukrainian Good Neighbourhood Days," aiming at integration of local communities on both sides of the border, implemented in cooperation with The Spiritual Culture of the Borderland Foundation.
St. Nicholas Orchestra - a folk music group, well-known in Poland and abroad, precursor and animator of the Polish folk movement. Recorded 6 albums, played over 700 concerts in Poland and all over Europe; inspired and facilitated the development of many other Polish folk music groups.
Polish Folk Music
The Saint Nicholas Orchestra
The International Folk Music Festival