The Folk Song and Dance Ensemble „Sokołowianie” was created in 2002 in Sokołów Centre of Culture to teach and entertain, but also to represent not only Sokołów Podlaski city but traditional dances and widely understood folklore too. Nowadays more than 150 dancers, 2 teachers, and 5 musicians can make a signature under this device. Over the 18 years of activity “Sokołowianie” won native audience approval. They are known for their enthusiastic attitude to music, singing, and dancing in the region. They are disseminating Polish folk culture not only in our country but also behind its borders. With their repertoire, “Sokołowianie” visited, among others, Turkey, Greece, Italia, Croatia France, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Czech Republic, Singapore, and Indonesia winning awards and honors.
Initially, the folk group consisted of gymnasium and high school youth. However, interest in folk dance among children prompted the founders in 2006 to create a group named “Little Sokołowianie”. In September 2011 this group gained a certificate from the Polish Division of CIOFF (International Council of Folklore Societies, Festivals, and Folk Art) which authorizes to represent it in the country and abroad for 3 years.
Except for the festivals and dance reviews the Folk Song and Dance Ensemble “Sokołowianie” participates and wins awards in Folk Dance Tournaments organized by Polish Division CIOFF throughout the country.
Folk Song and Dance Ensemble “Sokołowianie” works in House of Culture in Sokołów Podlaski. Presently it counts 5 groups of dancers in different age fields. Every year it increased by the new members and repertoire. The ensemble is an ambassador of Polish folk culture in Poland and behind its boards.
Iwona Kopiwoda – artistic director, choreographer tel. 505 824 400
Anna Maliszewska – teacher of singing
Kazimierz Soszka – musical director, accordion
Dariusz Zawadzki – drum
Michał Soszka – clirinet
Tomasz Mirowski – violin