Experience Polish Midsummer

On Saturday, 19th of July Liverpool residents will have the opportunity to listen to a live Polish band and experience an atmospheric night fire show as part of the Polish Midsummer celebrations.

Merseyside Polonia, Liverpool based Polish cultural organisation, invites Liverpool audiences to the first day of Polish Folklore Weekend, as part of The Liverpool Polish Midsummer Festival. The event will include live Kraków based Polish band ‘The Magic Carpathians’ as well as Liverpool ‘Bring the Fire Project’ performances.

Inspired by the ethnic music from the region of the Carpathian Mountains as well as fire in motion this performance will be a great way to experience the fantastic Polish midsummer celebration. Spanning through Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia this has been considered to be one of the most exciting music projects in Poland exploring ethnic music.

‘Bring the Fire Project’ is a new bright spot on entertainment map of Liverpool and city’s first fire dancing group. Created by a couple of dedicated Polish fire dancers Szymon & Kalina, giving you a chance to see modern fire performance at its best but also spread the idea of flow arts in Liverpool by organising workshops. Come and enjoy the opportunity to experience first-hand wonderful live Polish ethnic music and fire and light performances in motion, combining elements with the movement of the human body to create beautiful symmetric patterns.

Polish community organisation, Merseyside Polonia, has decided to present a Polish folklore to the local residents and hopes that the Liverpool Polish Midsummer Festival will be part of the cultural calendar of Liverpool from now on, alongside other fantastic community based festivals such as Africa Oye, Chinese New Year, Liverpool Irish Festival and the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.

The Night of Saint John – a pagan feast uproariously still celebrated in Poland – has been the the inspiration to organise a Polish Folklore Weekend in Liverpool. During the shortest night of the year, Poles are celebrating two opposing elements – the fire and the water.

The show will start at 8pm at Camp and Furnace.

The event is funded by International Festival For Business, Liverpool Vision and supported by Liverpool City Council and Camp and Furnace.

More about the event via: http://www.merseysidepolonia.com/en/polish-folklore-weekend

Notes on artists performing:

The Magic Carpathians
The Magic Carpathians Project has been active since 1998, established by Anna Nacher and Marek Styczyński (who previously had been a leader Theatre of Sound ATMAN). Influenced by musical traditions of Eastern and Central Europe free jazz, the philosophy of sound of classical music and contemporary classic the duo creates compositions based on improvisation using plethora of traditional instruments from Asia, Europa and Australia. Anna Nacher is also praised for her vocal technique – she has mastered various types of traditional styles of singing known as throat singing, developped through Central Asia and Eastern Europe. She regularly run voice trainings through a series of workshops (Poland, Greece, Germany, Slovenia).

Released 10 albums, present on many compilations released in the UK, Sweden, the U.S, Italy, toured the United States in 2001 and 2006 (from Knitting Factory, NYC through SXSW, Austin to Bottom of the Hill, SF). They also regularly play and run workshops in Europe (Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Slovenia Central Europe). The recent cooperations include the split CD with the American group Cerberus Shoal released on Northeast Indie.

Bring the Fire Project
Bring the Fire Project, an up-and-coming Liverpool performance collective, Liverpool’s first fire dancing group. The collective is made up of fire performers, circus skill teachers and flow arts promoters. Fire dancing is rapidly growing in popularity, and Bring the Fire Project are bringing this visually stunning art form to the people of Liverpool. The group deliver workshops for both adults and children on what is known as object manipulation arts; this includes poi, staff spinning and juggling. They are also teaching fire-dancing courses at Merseyside Dance Initiative, TiLT Dance Studio, and the Black-E.