The purest folk festival in Europe - or perhaps anywhere - has just finished in the south Poland city of Zakopane.
GV PAN People assemble in festival field at Zakopane, Poland.
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Background: The purest folk festival in Europe - or perhaps anywhere - has just finished in the south Poland city of Zakopane. This was the eleventh Tatra Autumn festival, named after the nearby Tatra mountains, and the seventh year that folk performers from countries from outside Poland took part.
SYNOPSIS: Zakopane is Poland's folk centre - its inhabitants still wear their regional costume in daily life.
Some twenty folk groups from Poland and abroad took pat, including musicians and dancers from Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Greece, and the Soviet Union. These folk groups have a common link - they are from mountain, or highland, regions in their native lands. At the week-long Tatra Autumn Festival, you see folk law customs, music and handicrafts in their natural, unspoilt state -- nothing drummed up or devised for tourist trade. This makes it a rarity in the modern world, where commercial overtones often distort the original attractions. Inevitably, the numbers of tourists grow each year.
After four years as a regional event, the festival became international in 1972. People from elsewhere were attracted because highland people in many lands have similar music, instruments, and folkways. During the festival, experts and people interested in different aspects of this distinctive folklore hold numerous seminars. Their aim is to preserve these types of folk culture in their natural and purest forms. They are fascinated listening to story tellers who spin their tales in the strong regional dialect.