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International Festival of East Slavic Carols.
Here you can get acquainted with the rich history of this already more than 20-year-old music event. Publikujemy reportaże filmowe, relacje z występów poszczególnych wykonawców, galerie fotograficzne. In addition, you can find here a lot of information and tools useful for participants of this international festival.
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About the Terespol festival
The festival is a appreciation of this culture, which is so peculiar to each of us without distinction. For we present both Catholic and Orthodox tradition, for the incarnation on the land of Christ Our Lord is a common denominator for every Christian. It is a great value that choirs and ensembles come to Terespol both from Poland and abroad, as well as the fact that the audience is so eager to gather not only from Terespol, but also from Biała Podlaska, Lublin, from the region and from all over Poland.
The idea of the festival from its first edition was primarily to praise the Newborn Savior, because the time of Christmas, New Year, Baptism is a time of joy, love and peace. Here, on the borders of our homeland, on the borders of the European Union, at the crossroads of faiths, cultures, nationalities and languages, the idea was born to save from oblivion christmas carols, Christmas songs, which for centuries the inhabitants of villages and cities praised the Newborn Savior.
We are pleased because we host nearly 700 people every day at the festival. It is certainly related to the fact that our festival is interesting. We try as organizers to see new choirs and bands every year that the audience has not yet seen. And It seems to me that the audience is thanking us in such a way that so many participate in our event. And the audience comes to us and from the farthest corners of Poland. For us organizers it is a huge reward and satisfaction.
The festival, which began in 1996 as a Review of Caroling Choirs, later changing names, but also formula, for many years he saw the jubilee of the 20th anniversary. It is a festival already grown up. Of course, the teams changed, but his heart didn’t change. This event is still a testament to the Eastern traditions of Christmas. In Terespol, not only Orthodox, but also Roman Catholics and atheists meet, which pleases us very much. At the festival we want to show the whole range of Eastern carols.
I am infatuated with the festival, because after 30 years of absence in Terespol I am pleased to participate in it, especially since I am with my dad, with a senior family. Antek mentions that as a child he ran, sang, caroled with various jokes, related to New Year’s traditions, epiphany. And now he can listen to these beautiful christmas carols himself. This is a beautiful idea, creating intergenerational connectivity, preserving tradition, and conveying above all these greatest values to our next generations.
The Terespol Festival, and especially the concert in Lublin, which unfortunately has not been held for several years, is for me a way out of everyday life to another World, where you can feel the joy of shepherds, when they heard joyful news from singing angels – Glory at the heights of God, and on earth peace to people in whom he likes. The mood created by caroling choirs makes everyday things seem less engaging, and the listener fills with peace, serenity and solac.