Mazowsze at The Embassy Festival
The first edition of The Embassy Festival took place on May 11 and 12 in Warsaw, in Bulwary Wiślane and in the square around the Warsaw Mermaid statue. The event, under the Honorary Patronage of the Mayor of Warsaw – Rafał Trzaskowski, accompanied the festive celebration of the 15th anniversary of Poland’s accession into the European Union. It was an international holiday, which gathered representatives from countries all over the world. Mazowsze, as the Ambassadors of Polish Culture, also took part in the event.
The opening ceremony of the Embassy Festival began with the raising of the Polish and EU flags on Saturday at noon. Then, the national anthem of Poland was sung, followed by “Ode to Joy.” Then, there were performances by Mazowsze’s ballet and the Szymanowski Big Band from the Karol Szymanowski Music School Complex in Warsaw.
During the event, the people of Warsaw had an opportunity to experience the attractions offered by the guests at specially prepared stands. Mazowsze’s stand presented Poland. The attractions included dance workshops, finding out curios trivia about other countries, and an opportunity to try regional cuisine of the countries that were taking part in the event. Moreover, on the main stage of the event, over two days, there were presentations and performances by various artistic groups from all over the world.
Mazowsze’s ballet artists, Monika Gwiazda and Marcin Mierzejewski, hosted a dance workshop on Saturday. They taught the visitors to dance the Polonaise and krakowiak. The ensemble’s stand offered various attractions to both children and adults. For example, a renowned folk artist, Mirosława Grochocka, taught everyone interested how to make traditional paper cutouts from Łowicz. There was also an opportunity to meet and talk to the artists of Mazowsze.
Photography by Ewa Żukowska