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700th Anniversary of Lublin – Jubilee Inauguration Week

700th Anniversary of Lublin – Jubilee Inauguration Week

Exceptional music gigs, that is, “Zakochani w Lublinie” (In Love with Lublin) and “Wszystkie kolędy świata” (All World Carols) concerts, as well as an international scientific conference on the history of Lublin and posters exhibition dedicated to Lublin. These will be the highlights of the Inauguration Week of the 700th Anniversary of Lublin that is scheduled for the second half of January.

The “Zakochani w Lublinie” concert will be the major music event launching the jubilee of the 700th anniversary of Lublin. Tomasz Momot's jazz and rock cantata will be officially presented in the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures on January 28-29. The main vocals will be from Beata Kozidrak and Krzysztof Cugowski, the artists who are clearly associated with Lublin.

“Who, if not our artists, could perform at the concert? Mr Cugowski has always been attached to Lublin, the same with Ms Kozidrak who is now back again in Lublin to live and work,” says Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of the City of Lublin.

Tomasz Momot composed the music and Jan Kondrak wrote the lyrics for the cantata.

“I have been living in Lublin for over a dozen years now and when the idea of a musical and vocal project about Lublin popped up, I could not refuse,” says Tomasz Momot.

Jan Kondrak emphasises that “Zakochani w Lublinie” is a story about the city and an opportunity to meet different generations and styles of Lublin musicians.

“Tomasz Momot and I, we met during this project as he is composing the music and I am writing the lyrics. Earlier in our stage careers, we met Krzysztof Cugowski with whom we had a chance to discuss music and more. It is, however, my first time working with Ms Beata Kozidrak,” says Kondrak.

Lublin will host archaeologists and historians from Polish academic centres as well as from Germany, Hungary and Russia at the “Lublin – the origins of the city until 15th century” scientific conference which will be held in Teatr Stary on January 19-20. It is Professor Andrzej Kokowski from the Institute of Archaeology of MCSU who first came up with this idea and is now its coordinator. He also delivered a mini-lecture about the history of Lublin in May 2016 in Wrocław during Lublin-related series of events organised within the framework of the European Capital of Culture 2016.

“Professor Kokowski is both a brilliant scientist and artist who carried away the audience assembled at ulica Szajnocha street in Wrocław with his compelling lecture,” points out Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of the City of Lublin.

Grand Jubilee of the 700th anniversary of Lublin – Inauguration Week – major events:

  • “Zakochani w Lublinie” - Tomasz Momot's jazz and rock cantata

A music performance based on the most important events in Lublin's history told by a Lublin bard, Jan Kondrak, and accompanied by Tomasz Momot's music. The best Lublin singers, orchestras and choirs have been invited to cooperate in this project. The first performance of the cantata is to take place in the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures. The event will officially launch the celebration of the Grand Jubilee of the 700th anniversary of Lublin receiving its City Charter.

Date: 28 and 29 January 2017, Centre for the Meeting of Cultures


Tomasz Momot – initiator, composer, arranger, conductor

Jan Kondrak – lyrics author


Beata Kozidrak

Urszula Kasprzak

Krzysztof Cugowski

Piotr Cugowski

Jan Kondrak and Lubelska Federacja Bardów

Natalia Wilk


Crown Tribunal Orchestra

Tomasz Momot's Big Band Orchestra


Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Choir – preparation by Professor Urszula Bobryk

Lublin University of Technology Choir – preparation by Professor Elżbieta Krzemińska


  • “Lublin – the origins of the city until the 15th century” scientific conference

The conference is addressed to a wide audience interested in history and culture: mainly secondary school pupils, university students and the intelligentsia. We count on the Lublin history enthusiasts, but also on those who claim that the “common” opinion of the city's particular importance is not reflected in the facts.

Date: 19-20 January 2017, Teatr Stary

Organisers: Prof. Andrzej Kokowski, Ph.D. and the Institute of Archaeology of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University

Conference agenda:

January 19, 2017

9:00 – Opening of the Jubilee Celebrations

Mayor of the City of Lublin

9:15 – Lublin of Science

Prof. Marian Harasimiuk, Ph.D. (Lublin)

9:30 – Performance by the Choir of the Faculty of Arts of the MCSU in Lublin

Part I – Lublin

10:00 – Introduction

Prof. Andrzej Kokowski, Ph.D. (Lublin)

10:30 – Origins of Lublin. Geographical Conditions.

Prof. Radosław Dobrowolski, Ph.D. (Lublin)

11:00 – Origins of Lublin According to Archaeological Research

Marek Florek, Ph.D. (Lublin)

11:30 – Process of Establishing the City of Lublin Under German Town Law

Prof. Ryszard Szczygieł, Ph.D. (Lublin)

12:00-12:30 – Coffee break

12:30 – Military Accessories from the Beginnings of the City

Drużyna Grodów Czerwieńskich

Part II – Poland

13:30 – Origins of the Slavs Split into Eastern and Western Fractions

Prof. Michał Parczewski, Ph.D. (Rzeszów)

14:00 – Early Urbanisation of Eastern Lesser Poland

Prof. Andrzej Buko, Ph.D. (Warsaw)

14:30 – Lublin. In the Foregound of Cherven Cities

Marcin Wołoszyn, Ph.D. (Rzeszów, Leipzig)

15:00 – Lublin. In the Vicinity of Chełm

Tomasz Dzieńkowski, Ph.D. (Lublin)

15:30 – Panel Discussion

January 20, 2017

  • Part III – Europe

10:30 – What the Westerners Knew. Lublin and Its Surroundings in Medieval Written Accounts

Prof. Christian Lübke, Ph.D. (Leipzig, Germany)

11:00 – Lublin Seen from the South. Polish and Hungarian Dynastic, Political and Economic Relations in the 14th-16th Century

István Petrovics, Ph.D. (Szeged, Hungary)

11:30 – Between Novgorod and Lublin: Political and Cultural Relations Between Novgorod, Lithuania and Poland in the 14th-16th Century

Prof. Alexandr Musin, Ph.D. (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

12:00 – Union of Lublin – Moscow's Perspective (end of the 16th-17th century)

Konstantin Yerusalimsky, Ph.D. (Moscow, Russia)

12:30 – Lublin as the Centre of European Culture - Summary

Prof. Andrzej Kokowski, Ph.D. (Lublin)

13:00 – Close of Conference


  • “Lublin oczami artystów. Sylwetka miasta na plakatach” (Lublin Through the Eyes of Artists. The City on Posters) exhibition and educational activities programme

Lublin Museum

Organiser: Lublin Museum and its departments

  • “Lublin oczami artystów. Sylwetka miasta na plakatach” exhibition

Opening: 20 January 2017 at 12:00 in the Lublin History Museum

  • “Lublin oczami artystów. Sylwetka miasta na plakatach” exhibition

An exhibition of posters displaying Lublin and its architectural symbols: Krakow Gate, Lublin Castle and churches of the city centre. These are the oldest monuments of architecture which have witnessed Lublin's 700-year long history. The posters presented on the exhibition were designed to celebrate the Days of Lublin festivities and to promote various artistic events. The poster authors are such well-known Lublin artists as Juliusz Kurzątkowski, Henryk Zwolakiewicz, Henryk Szulc and contemporary artists: Kinga Słomska and Piotr Fąfrowicz.

  • Lublin Museum's agenda of educational activities

All the events scheduled to be held in the Lublin History Museum in 2017 will be accompanied by a wide programme of educational activities involving various attractions addressed to all Lublin citizens. These will include curator-guided tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions, study visits and lectures on important events and personalities in the history of Lublin. The workshops (e.g. on Lublin renaissance and Lublin legends) are addressed to both children and families.

  • Laboratorium Obrzędu Miejskiego (Municipal Custom Lab)

Organisers: Stowarzyszenie Animatorów Ruchu Folkowego and Orkiestra Św. Mikołaja

Inauguration: “Wszystkie kolędy świata” (All World Carols) concert

Date: 18 January 2017 at 18:00 in the Crown Tribunal

General background

A traditional culture, which is an integral part of Polish national culture, has been disappearing as a result of civilisation changes during the last century. It is a branch of culture which, in most cases, has no written sources and is therefore difficult to grasp. Lack of folk culture makes the national culture much poorer and that is why it is important to find ways of keeping it in the contemporary culture and making it suitable for the modern society. The “Municipal Custom Lab” project aims to use some proven activities and artistic forms of expression in the city context in order to teach new artistic skills and make the participants realise that singing and drawing are within their reach. These actions are to raise addressees' interest in traditional culture and encourage them to exploit its resources in the present time. Feeling of community and integration of participants are an important goal of the project.


The project aims to present traditional culture and ways of using and adapting it in a contemporary city. Every single project's event helps to accomplish it. Education through workshops (painting Easter eggs, singing) is one of the major aims. Another one is to integrate the addressees and different artistic groups by means of participating in these activities.


  • “Wszystkie kolędy świata” (All World Carols) (18 January 2017)

Carol singing is an incredibly important part of Christmas. This custom was intended to guarantee prosperity in the following year and it was a good opportunity for meetings, having fun and courtship. It is not easy to adapt it in the city context due to its specific character. However, there are plenty of groups which make attempts to make the custom more familiar and adapt it in the city. There are some parish-based groups of child carollers who raise money for charity as well as some other groups which are formed in educational and cultural facilities. In some cities you can even order a group of carollers by phone! Lublin carol singing will bring urban and folk tradition together. Prominent Lublin personalities, assisted by cultural managers, will act as the members of a family receiving carol singers. Some participants will find place at the family table while others will be sitting in the auditorium. Groups of Lublin carollers will be selected through a contest. A folk custom group will present “Herody” nativity play. They will be accompanied by carollers from Hutsulshchyna, a region, where the carol singing tradition is still present.

  • “Ludzie, malujcie pisanki!” (Let's Paint Easter Eggs Together!) (12 April 2017)

This spring custom associated with folk tradition is still present even in urban tradition. To realise it you only need to take a glimpse at the baskets prepared for blessing, Easter cards and supermarket shelves offering trashy decal designs. A traditional technique of painting eggs in Lublin region was a batik technique, that is, drawing with wax and dyeing with different colourants. It is a relatively easy technique that can be used by everyone. It provides you with a large scope for the use of old motifs and own invention. This forgotten traditional technique gives rise to an astonishing artistic effect. Every participant will have an opportunity to continue this tradition at home as the workshop itself is not complicated. Municipal eggs painting will take place in the Lublin Castle which can boast of a wide collection of Easter eggs. Lublin Easter eggs exhibition would make an introduction to the workshops. There will be stands for eggs painting equipped with pens, wax, candles and dyes. An LED display set in the vicinity of the stands will present the stages of painting Easter eggs and making traditional patterns. A live broadcast of the workshops will also be displayed. There will be an Internet broadcast too. A total of 5-10 people will run the workshops and provide the participants with useful clues. Another attraction will be the participation of Lublin personalities, artists and municipal and university authorities. The workshops are open, free of charge and around 4 hours long.

  • Sobótka (Saint John's Night) (23 June 2017)

“Sobótka” is one of the folk customs that have been best adapted to the city context. The stereotype of this holiday and such concepts as “fern flower” magic, the shortest night of fire, water's purifying power and a feast of youth have all been deeply rooted in the culture of the city dwellers. Sobótka concerts, through which the Sobótka customs have evolved in urban space, symbolise the beginning of summer, holidays and cultural summer season in the city. The most suitable place for the Sobótka concert is the Ogród Saski park's bandshell which is surrounded by old trees, a natural set for such an event. Technical and safety issues are also of great importance. The set is the key element. Folk groups specialising in Sobótka songs are going to be invited for the event. These include “Troitsa” band from Minsk, Belarus, which makes modern acoustic music inspired by Belarusian folk, a Polish and Irish band “Supertonic” and Orkiestra Św. Mikołaja. The whole concert will be accompanied by special stands with fresh herbal infusion for the participants to try as well as by the flower stands, where visitors will have an opportunity to make a wreath, a Saint John's Eve attribute that is also characteristic for the city. Another attraction will be “Opowieści Sobótkowe” (Sobótka Stories) meeting which will feature musicians and ethnographers researching Sobótka customs.

  • Common singing (October/November)

Common singing has long integrated village and local community on almost every occasion: at work, play and during traditional celebrations. Common singing is now an occasion to integrate Lublin musicians and residents. Lublin-based choirs and bands will be invited to participate. Talented city and academic authorities and journalists will also have an opportunity to perform for the audience. The repertoire will include both popular and less known folk and patriotic songs. The organisers will provide each participant with a songbook and white and red cockade. This will be an indoor event that will take place either in university or concert hall and will be around 2-3 hours long.


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