The "Mali Gorzowiacy" Folk Dance Group from Poland was established at the Youth Community Centre in Gorzów Wielkopolski in 1981.
The members of this group, about 160 persons, are children and youth in the age of 5-21 from the local schools.
There are fourth concert groups in different age with their own programme which can last about 60 minutes each of them:
- youth-group I - age of 16 to 21
- teenagers-group II - age of 13 to 15
- children-group III - age of 10 to 12
- adult-group MGO - age 20 and more
- and folk band which consists of professional musicians.
Our group won 2nd prize at the Cheonan International Folk Dance Competition South Korea, Cheonan 27.09-5.10.2011
2013 we success is: III place winner among Folk Bands and II place winner among Ensembles of traditional singing, V International Folk Contest-Festival " The Flower of the Sun ", Siauliai - LITHUANIA
2015 I place and miejsce and Audience Award on Polish Folk Band Competition, Chojnice POLAND
2016 1st WINNER on the International Folk Dance Festival, Bali, Indonesia 4-18.10.2016
2017 2nd place in VII. I N T E R N A T I O N A L FOLK DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL ’’PIERIA FEST 2017", Greece, Nei Pori
Gorzów Wlkp. as a Polish town was inhabited after II world war by Poles from different parts of country. And that's why The “Mali Gorzowiacy” presents folklore of those regions, including their characteristic elements such as: dances, songs, costumes, instrumental band composition, cries, dialects. The group presents Polish National Dances having the special place in the history of our country, as well. Those dances came into existence during the partition of Poland in the nineteenth century. They became the symbol of Polish cultural independence and national spirit. Both musical and dance forms are very developed and make inseparable integrity.
Group leaders, while preparing the artistic programme, seek to adapt the programme to the age and performance abilities of the members. Moreover, they work to develop youth interest in music and dance and to improve their knowledge of different folk regions of Poland. One of the goals is to perform Polish folk dances and songs on the stage. The group has participated in several International Folk Festivals.
- Krzysztof Szupiluk – director, choreographer
- Maria Szupiluk – art director, choreographer Director in Europe of FIDAF
- Jadwiga Sokulska – vocal preparation
- Beata Byczkiewicz – folk band director
Participation in the International Folk Festivals:
Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czek Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovakia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Serbia and Montenegro, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela.