Małopolska Region Days 2013

Diverse, colourful, surprising – this is what the Małopolska Region is all about. This year, it will amaze us again with its cultural image. During the Małopolska Region Days that are to be held on 12–22 September, Brussels will be visited by an unconventional exhibition in the form of a huge coral necklace from Małopolska. Additionally, musicians from the Capella Cracoviensis ensamble will perform a concert of Polish Baroque music together with their colleagues from the Oltremontano ensamble playing historical wind instruments (Belgium).



Place de Jamblinne de Meux / De Jamblinne de Meuxplein
1030 Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek, Bruxelles / Brussel

See what Małopolska has in store – the “Małopolska coral” open-air exhibition
Come to Place de Jamblinne de Meux and see the great variety our region is characterised by. You will only need to look into the gigantic coral. The most precious treasures and flavours of the region are waiting to be discovered. But this will only be a portent of attractions to come. If you want to see them in full, you simply must visit the Małopolska Region!

Red beads constitute an element of the traditional Małopolska folk costume. Women used to love coral – they would wear coral necklaces passionately. Men often wore rings with coral. This liking was partly due to the beauty of the red beads and partly to the belief in their magical, protective or even healing power.

It is not known if red beads can actually heal, but one will definitely smile when looking at them. And laughter is healthy.

We encourage you to check it out yourself!





Église Notre Dame de la Chapelle / Kapellekerk
Place de la Chapelle / Kapellemarkt
1000 Bruxelles / Brussel
12.09.2013, 19:30

Listen to early music sounds – “Polish baroque” concert
High mountains, hills and valleys, primeval forests, rivers, castles, historical towns, medieval and baroque churches, best Italian architecture taking forms proper for the specific local character. The richness of the Polish culture is concentrated around Krakow, which was the capital of Poland until the end of the 16th century and is now the largest city in the Małopolska Region. It was home to a university (still the best in Poland), the Royal Castle (Wawel), best royal, church, monastic foundations, and the group of magnates concentrated at the royal court.

Music has played a considerable and indispensable part in this community. Historic music traditions of the region are revived today by Capella Cracoviensis, one of the most dynamic ensembles specialising in stylish performances of music of past epochs. When playing baroque operas and oratorios on historical baroque instruments, Capella Cracoviensis cooperates with the most distinguished soloists and musicians of such renowned ensembles as L'Europa Galante, Orchestra of the 18th Century, L'Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, L'Arpeggiata.

CAPELLA CRACOVIENSIS – orchestra playing early instruments and chamber choir, specialising in the presentation of 17th- and 18th-century music. A particular feature of the ensemble is the combination of contemporary instruments with historical ones, which helps achieve the perfect sound proportions in classical and early Romanticism music, provides a unique flexibility in repertoire, and makes the band the leading group of its kind in Poland.

The repertoire of Capella Cracoviensis encompasses both chamber music (trio sonatas, string quartets, chamber music featuring voice, etc.) and symphonic, oratorio, and opera pieces. Performances of vocal and instrumental pieces and the presentation of Polish Baroque music (concert cycles of compositions by Mielczewski, Pękiel, Gorczycki; with registration on records) have become a showpiece of the band. Theatrical and paratheatrical projects—staged operas (Händel, Gluck, Mozart) and alternative events—occupy a particular position.

The most distinguished Polish and European musicians, for example, Alessandro Moccia (as guest concertmaster and conductor), Alberto Stevanin (concertmaster), viola da gamba player Petr Wagner, members of the wind instrument ensemble Oltremontano, perform together with the ensemble. Capella Cracoviensis plays with the most prominent conductors specialising in early music, e.g., Andrew Parrott, Paul McCreesh, Konrad Junghaenel, Alessandro de Marchi, Fabio Bonizzoni, Christophe Rousset, Andreas Spering, Paul Goodwin. Since 2008 Jan Tomasz Adamus has been the head and art director of the ensemble. He developed his artistic personality in cooperation with many splendid singers, and through contact with the achievements of the most important European centres of art: in paintings, sculptures, architecture or philosophy of art, noticing a regular counterpoint of all musical activities.


In Brussels, Capella Cracoviensis is to perform with Oltremontano – a band of musicians using wind instruments, established in 1993 upon the initiative of the producer from the Belgian Klara radio station, which focuses on classical music. The name of the ensemble refers to the Italian name for musicians of the 15th and 16th century from Flanders – “from across the mountains” (i.e. Alps). Its repertoire covers early baroque music, and pieces from this epoch will be played in Brussels at the concert with Capella Cracoviensis.

Since its very inception the ensemble Oltremontano has been intimately linked with Klara. It was brought together in 1993 by producer Koen Uvin for a radio recording of the motets of Andreas Pevernage. Oltremontano was subsequently a guest at the Festivals of Bruges and Antwerp and has since gone on to make a name for itself both in Flanders and abroad as one of the prominent performers of renaissance music for wind ensembles.

The name “Oltremontano” is a reference to the Flemish polyphonies, which dominated and defined the European music world of the 15th and 16th century and were know in Italy as the “oltremontani” or “those from across the mountains”. The core of Oltremontano consists sackbuts, cornetti and double reed instruments which correspond with the old altacapella formation of the municipal bands.

Oltremontano also makes frequent use of vocalists. This has led, amongst other things, to joint projects with the Capilla Flamenca and the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam. In recent years Oltremontano has expanded its scope to include music from the 17th century. In October 2000 the ensemble was a guest at the International Early Music Festival in Saint-Petersburg. The Russian press proclaimed these concerts the “revelation of the festival”. In 2007 Oltremontano recorded a “world premiere” with sacred masterpieces from Lambert de Sayve, successor of the great Philippus de Monte at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna. Oltremontano was invited by the major European Early Music festivals and will make his debute in the United States of America in March 2009.
The ensemble is supported by the Flemish Authorities.


Polish Baroque concert registration

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It is not known if red beads can actually heal, but one will definitely smile when looking at them. And laughter is healthy. We encourage you to check it yourself! Download the application to try on the beads!
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Małopolska Region

Where can you see unique museum collections and witness unusual customs? Where will nature amaze you with its diversity? The answer is simple – only in Małopolska!

Małopolska features the most picturesque areas of southern Poland. There are six national parks and eighty nature preserves. The Tatra, Pieniny and Beskid Mountains, as well as lakes and rivers combine to create great conditions for all forms of active, specialized and therapeutic tourism, agrotourism and ecotourism.

The southern part of Małopolska is Poland’s best known region of mountain tourism. The capital of the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane, plays the role of a winter sports centre famous for its ski jumping hills and trails for Nordic and Alpine skiing.

The diverse climate of the region and the abundance of therapeutic and mineral waters make the region the second largest concentration of health resorts in Poland. The best known of them include Krynica, Rabka and Szczawnica.

Nature is part of the exceptional cultural scenery of Małopolska. Also, the region is second to none in Poland as regards the number of historic landmarks. Only here, within a 50-km radius, will you find as many as eight places listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Old Town of Kraków, the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim-Brzezinka, the Bernardine Monastery in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, 15th- and 16th-century wooden churches in Binarowa, Sękowa, Dębno and Lipnica Murowana, and wooden Orthodox churches in Powroźnik, Kwiatoń, Brunary Wyżne and Owczary). In many areas, you will discover folk customs, traditional forms of celebrations, regional costumes and numerous elements of colourful folklore.

Kraków is the capital of the Małopolska Region. A city with traditions dating back over a thousand years, it is known for its many tourist attractions which include the Market Square with its Renaissance Cloth Hall, Wawel Royal Castle, myriad works of art and the charming Old Town streets. In the hierarchy of Polish cities, Kraków has always had a special place. In 2000, along with eight other cities of the continent, it had the honour to serve as a European Capital of Culture. Every year this city of unique historic sites of the past millennium, the city of museums and galleries, attracts millions of visitors.

Małopolska is a region with a strong historical identity and deep-rooted heritage, but at the same time it is open to innovations.

We cordially invite you to Małopolska!



Malopolska Region Brussels Office
Rue du Luxembourg 3
1000 Bruxelles

Małopolski Instytut Kultury
ul. Karmelicka 27
31-131 Kraków





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