The annual WOMEX festivities commence with a grand Opening Concert, focusing on music from a particular country or region and celebrating the start of five days bursting with music, networking and cultural exchange.
The WOMEX 17 Opening took place on Wednesday, 25 October in NOSPR concert hall. Afterwards everyone was invited to the Królestwo Club for our Folk Dance Night.
For the 2017 Opening Concert, three Polish folk groups freshened up perceptions of what folk music can be in the 21st century. The performers on show reinvent regional music traditions in their own way, making them ideal to start the first ever WOMEX in Poland.
Kapela Maliszów, Lautari and Vołosi each performed their interpretations of the Polish musical heritage individually as well as collaborating on a few pieces with the Aukso Chamber Orchestra (Aukso Orkiestra Kameralna Miasta Tychy), conducted by Marek Mos.
Aukso Chamber Orchestra
The Opening aftershow party was open for all delegates from 22:30 - late at Królestwo Club.
The dance and music traditions of Poland are being revived. Old masters have new apprentices, and the Polish society returns to its roots. Dance parties, summer tradition camps, house parties and other spontaneous activities where live traditional Polish dance music is played attracts thousands of people all over Poland.
We invited all WOMEXicans to such a dance party after the Opening Concert. It featured music that is live, full of spontaneity, as well as hypnotic trance. Mr Piotr Zgorzelski hosted the party, with the following music troops to entertain:
Photos: Audience at the WOMEX 14 Opening, by Yannis Psathas; Aukso, by Krzysztof Lisiak; Lautari, by Tomek Ogrodowczyk; Vołosi, by Dominika Szczech; małpa potańc by LeszekSzczasny.
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