The Jagiellonian Fair is in little over two days! Let’s meet between 21-23 August to celebrate the annual festival of traditional culture. Registration for most events is already closed, so today we would like to present those events that you can visit without registration.

Crafts Fair

This year, we will be able to meet about 100 artists from Poland who continue the traditions of their families and regions or find inspiration in them. As always, we will meet artisans who specialize in pottery, embroidery, lace, making instruments, folk painting, ritual art, plaiting, sculpture, weaving and making toys. The meeting with the artists is not just an opportunity to buy beautiful and carefully made items, but also to have interesting conversations with people with tremendous knowledge and skills. As always, we encourage closer contacts, although this time we especially remind you of safety Remember to keep a safe distance from other participants and disinfect your hands, which you will be able to do at the artists’ stalls.
When: 21-23 August (Friday – Sunday) Friday: 11.00-18.00, Saturday-Sunday (10.00-18.00)
Where: Old Town in Lublin

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The Jagiellonian Fair Playground

Traditional games and activities for families. In this space adults will recall their childhood and children will discover the incredible variety of traditional games. Some toys are wooden and natural, others painted in traditional patterns, and through play they introduce you to the richness of traditional culture. The toys are much larger than those we play at home. Special tables for tiddlywinks, tracks for bottle cap games, rubber band games, traditional folk toys such as wooden toy birds with wheels on a stick (klepoki) or chicks on a ramp will absorb you during your stay in the Playground. This year, we will also get acquainted with the incredible collections of Obwoźne Muzeum Baków (Mobile Bittern Toy Museum) and moving toys made by Jan Puk, a folk artist from Trześnia. Thanks to Jan Puka’s toys, we will learn how cabbage used to be pressed, how wood was sawed and chopped, what it was like to work in a smithy or how grain was threshed.
When: 21-23 August (Friday-Sunday), Friday: 12.00-18.00, Saturday – Sunday: 11.00-18.00
Where: Błonia near the Castle

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SKENDE and IKEA’s route of wonders: Discover and win!

SKENDE and IKEA’s special event. Do you remember playing memory as a child? This year’s partner of the festival is bringing back those fond memories. They will use a large-format board with 40 small plates. In order to get SKENDE’s gift cards, you need to pick as many matching icons as you can. You can also win a special prize to shop in Ikea Lublin. Just fill in a special card that you will get in the event zone, creatively answer the question and put it in a special box. Win awards!
When: 22-23 August (Saturday-Sunday), 11.00-18.00
Where: Błonia near the Castle

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Folk pająk | Installation

The installation has been accompanying The Jagiellonian Fair since 2015. Each year, it takes on a different form to refer to the main theme of the festival. This year, it’s inspired by herbs. This pająk has been made by Małgorzata and Tomasz Krajewski and Wiesława Kucharzyk, artists specialising in ritual art.
When: 21-23 August (Friday-Sunday)
Where: Krakowska Gate

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Life is beautiful (if you don’t think about it for too long), Jarosław Koziara

Jarosław Koziara graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He is a Lublin-based artist, author of land art images, posters, and stage designs for theatre and concerts, including for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. He’s also an interior designer for music clubs (Stodoła Club in Warsaw). He has worked with the band Voo Voo, creating visuals for their activities. His efforts have resulted in the publication of a book about the life and work of Lublin’s artist- illustrator, Andrzej Kot. For the past several years, he has been cooperating with Workshops of Culture in Lublin, creating, among other things, the stage design for The Jagiellonian Fair. This year, he’s also creating the art installation Life is beautiful (if you don’t think about it for too long) in Grodzka street.
When: 20-23 August (Thursday – Sunday)
Where: Grodzka street, Lublin

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FishHens | exhibition of Małgorzata “Ryba” Rybicka’s work

Małgorzata „Ryba” Rybicka is the artist that has created most of the posters of our festival, becoming a permanent part of its long history. Aside from the official posters of The Jagiellonian Fair, the exhibition presents their rough sketches and alternative versions, pieces at different stages of the creative process, the so-called “drafts”. We can see concepts that came to her and sometimes transformed into official posters, and those that were abandoned and forgotten.
When: 21-13 August (Friday – Sunday)
Where: Po Farze square in Lublin

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Eternity was born in a village – Zaharia Cușnir (1912-1993)

The exhibition Eternity was born in the village presents the Moldovan Photography Archive of Zaharia Cușnira (1912-1993). The collection of photos is a narrative about village life: changing seasons, important events, routines and various feelings hidden in the black earth of Moldovan villages lost in secluded valleys. Come and listen to the shy giggle of a bride, experience the togetherness of family celebrating with a red wine of their own production and witness the sorrow of the village filled with the salty smell of bread and tears during funerals. Listen to the thoughts of children born at the time and feel the crunchiness of dry sticks from yesteryear branches over which they all once walked. From now on, all these lives and moments will shine forever, framed by their rural alma mater.
When: August 2020
Where: The Hartwig Alley

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Colours (out) of this World | exhibition of Aleksandra Bystry’s work.

Aleksandra Bystry is an artist specialising in dyeing fabrics using dye plants. It’s both her work and her passion. She has followed artistic education but nature is as close to her as art. Apart from dyeing, she designs and creates artistic and utility fabrics in her studio in Łódź, and conducts classes all over the country.
When: 21-23 August, 11.00-19.00
24-31 Augusts, 11.00-17.00
Where: Gardzienice Gallery, Grodzka 5a, 1st floor

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The Summer School of Herbalism Field Research Exhibition

The exhibition focuses on people who have always used herbs in their everyday and professional lives. During this research trip, we visited Biruta Raglis (Żegary, Podlasie Province) who told us about the application of herbs in traditional medicine. We also met Anastasia Sidor (Puńsk, Podlasie Province) who introduced us to herbs used in various annual and family rituals. We talked to Zbigniew Bliziński (Gorajec, Podkarpackie Province), a herb gatherer knowledgeable about herbal medicine, herb cultivation and the use of herbs in the household. We visited Renata Płoskoń (Folwarki near Ciechanów, Podkarpackie Province) who is passionate about herbs, especially their application in agriculture and horticulture. Finally, we talked to Danuta Radulska (Wasilówka, Podlasie Province) who specialises in double weave and uses plants to dye wool. All protagonists of the exhibition talked to us about their experiences and knowledge they have gained over the years.
When: 21-23 August (Friday-Sunday)
Where: Cloister in the Dominican Monastery, Dominikańska 1

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Cosmic herbarium | exhibition
Plants have accompanied humans since they first appeared on earth. Plants were our first foods and served as raw materials for making clothes or building houses. Even though over the course of thousands of years, we have gone through many significant changes, we still depend on earth and its produce, both wild and cultivated. The exhibition “Cosmic herbarium” is a tale about individual herbs and a recipe for their various uses. Texts about the role of plants in rituals, magic and love, but also in treatments and household, are illustrated with archival materials from the collections of the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, along with examples of herbs that can be found in the Lublin region. The exhibition has been organised by Workshops of Culture in Lublin and the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.

When: 17-28 August (Monday – Friday, 11.00-16.00) and during The Jagiellonian Fair between 11.00-17.00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 7 – room 204 (exhibition room), 2nd floor

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Please note!

Every visitor is obliged to:

– disinfect hands before entering the venue;
– keep a safe distance from others complying with the seats indicated by the Organiser
– cover your mouth and nose during your whole stay in the event venue;
-participants queueing for an event are obliged to stay 2 metres away from others or to cover their mouths and noses