The “Swojacy” Folk Dance Ensemble was formed in 2007 and it is affiliated with the Association for the Development and Cooperation of the villages of Moszczanka and Skrzebowa, and since 2008 it has also been one of the sections of the Urban-Municipal Cultural Centre in Raszków. It consists of two age groups (children and teenagers) and is made up of about 60 members.
Thus far, participating in the “Black Diamonds Cup” 2nd National Folk Festival in Katowice in 2016 has been the group’s greatest achievement, when the children’s group took first place and the teenagers won second prize (in their respective categories). The same year, during the Kalisz Region Folk Festival in Brzeziny, the children’s group was awarded first place, whereas the youth group took second place (in their respective categories). Their other important achievements include: the Cup Founded by the Bishop of Kalisz awarded for a special message and artistic experience during the Contest of Children’s and Youth’s Artistic Creativity in Ostrów Wielkopolski (2010), the Ostrów District Foreman’s Laurel prize (2013), first place awarded to the children’s group during the Kalisz Region Folk Festival (2014) and the Ostrów District Foreman’s Laurel prize at the Contest of Children’s and Youth’s Artistic Creativity in Ostrów Wielkopolski (2016).
“Swojacy” give an average of 30 performances each year. The Ensemble is the ambassador of Polish folk art and the Raszków Municipality and Town at shows in Southern Wielkopolska and far beyond the region. The group’s touring schedule in Poland has so far included the following cities: Białystok, Katowice, Poznań, Leszno, Gołdap, Kostrzyn Wielkopolski, Kowary, Syców, Wołów and Żegocin near Bochnia. The young dancers have also performed in France (2010, 2011), Serbia (2012), Moldavia (2013), Romania (2014), Latvia (2015) and Georgia (2016). It participates and co-organizes the annual Folklore Meetings “Swojskie Spotkania z Folklorem” held in Skrzebowa, during which folk groups from Southern Wielkopolska and abroad demonstrate their artistic skills.
The Dance Group’s repertoire includes:
The Ensemble prides itself on its impressive collection of traditional costumes from the regions of Wielkopolska (Biskupizna, Szamotuły, West Wielkopolska), Lublin, Kraków, Rzeszów, nobility suits and Beskid Żywiecki.
The instructor and choreographer of the Ensemble is Mrs. Jolanta Marszał,
phone number +48 506 099 419.