Folk Show at Jama Michalika

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 7:00 PM

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 25, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 1, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 8, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 15, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 22, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 29, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 5, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 12, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 19, 2020, 7:00 PM
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Meeting with Polish folklore, traditional and culture: see beautiful folk dances and costumes, listen to traditional Polish songs. During the show you can also try typical Polish dishes. The Folk Show takes place at Jama Michalika Cafe, located in a historic tenement house called Berezowska, built in the 15th century.

An encounter with Polish folklore through music brings together the tradition and culture of the country. A performance by a folk band combines exceptional dancing, singing, and regional costume.

The band consists of professional musicians, a pair of dancers and a Lajkonik (one of the city’s unofficial symbols; a bearded man dressed in Mongol attire, with a wooden horse around his waist).

Each of their performances in Jama Michalika is divided into two parts. The first one lasts approximately 25 minutes; the national dances and folk traditions (such as the legend of the Lajkonik, and of the Bugle Call) are demonstrated to the audience. The second part begins after the main course, and lasts about 25 minutes. The performers entertain the audience with folk songs and invite them to dance. The dances are arranged and prepared by a professional choreographer. Such events are held in the café Jama Michalika, situated in a 15th-century building at Floriańska 45. During performances, guests are offered an opportunity to try the traditional Polish cuisine, which makes the whole experience one of a kind.

The concerts take place every Wednesday and Saturday.

Jama Michalika (Michalik's Den)

ul. Floriańska 45

The origin of the name under which the former Lwowska Confectionery of Apolinary Jan Michalik (est. 1895) is known, Michalik’s Den, is easy to explain: the room the artists enjoyed most in their favourite haunt lacked windows. It is here where the literary cabaret Little Green Balloon (Zielony Balonik) commenced operation in 1905 and met intermittently until 1915. It mocked the prevalent customs of the bourgeois and artistic milieux, and ridiculed snobbery and the fetishes of the time. Its brightest star was Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński: a writer, poet, satirist, essayist, and translator of French literature (which won him the French Legion of Honour), literary and theatre critic, physician, and a community activist. Michalik’s Den brought together the crème de la crème of early 20th-century Kraków literary circles, such as Stanisław Przybyszewski, Lucjan Rydel, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, and Stanisław Wyspiański. Another of its patrons was Józefa (Pepa) Singer: the daughter of the innkeeper from Bronowice and role model for Rachel in Wyspiański’s drama The Wedding. The fame of the Den reaches far beyond the borders of Poland: it was visited by Gabriel García Márquez himself, who published his impressions in a report With my Eyes Staring at Poland Boiling over.

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