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6th Children’s Day in Żelazowa Wola

6th Children’s Day in Żelazowa Wola 6th Children’s Day in Żelazowa Wola

6th Children's Day in Żelazowa Wola

At the Chopins' and the Skarbeks'

31 May, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Żelazowa Wola

Nineteenth-century customs – the history of Żelazowa Wola against the backdrop of the history and culture as well as customs and fashions of the time – were the leitmotif of the 6th Children’s Day in Żelazowa Wola. The picnic organized on 31 May 2015 by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute was a perfect occasion for family celebration and attracted over 5000 people.

Just as in previous years, this year as well innumberable attractions awaited our youngest guests, including concerts and workshops, as well as numerous surprises. This year’s Children’s Day was of exceptional character: it was graced by a special event – the opening of the third permanent exhibition in the history of post-war Poland at Fryderyk Chopin’s Birthplace. The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was performed by Małgorzata Omilanowska – Minister of Culture and National Heritage, together with Artur Szklener – the Director of The Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

The new permanent exhibition accentuates Żelazowa Wola’s connections with two families: the Chopins and the Skarbeks, presenting their history against the backdrop of this place. But before and during the opening, an artistic picnic took place – a joyful and colorful encounter with culture and art on the occasion of Children’s Day, entitled At the Chopins’ and the Skarbeks’. Surprises prepared especially for this occasion awaited the children, among others a field game, dance workshops led by the Cracovia Danza Court Ballet, and workshops in such areas as singing, costume-making, arts and crafts, flower arrangement, and even musical activities for babies. Our youngest guests also had the opportunity to create large-format models of a 19th-century manor house and hear stories that were told to children in Chopin’s time, as well as spend time creatively in the Little Ones’ Zone.

Obviously, there was also plenty of music by Chopin, performed live by pupils at the State Elementary and Secondary Music School in Sochaczew and the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex no. 4 in Warsaw, as well as by the winner of the 23rd Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Szafarnia, Gabriela Sęk-Mastej. As part of our traditional Sunday recital series, two participants in the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition performed: Łukasz Mikołajczyk (12:30 PM) and Piotr Nowak (3:00 PM).

The 6th Children’s Day in Żelazowa Wola was a wonderful occasion to, if only for a moment, travel back in time and experience the realistic details of 19th-century life.