IMiT Establishes Traditional Music Laboratory

The Pracownia muzyki tradycyjnej [Traditional Music Laboratory] of the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw was founded on June 17, 2015, during the conference Przekaz międzypokoleniowy w kulturze tradycyjnej i rola państwa w tym zakresie [Transgenerational transmission in traditional culture and the role of the state in this area] at the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The Laboratory’s task will be to initiate, implement and coordinate permanent and long-term programs and tasks that support the preservation, transmission, and continuation of traditional musical culture in Poland. The establishment of the Laboratory is a follow-up to previous actions undertaken by the Institute, in particular the projects launched in the Oskar Kolberg Year, when the Institute served as the anniversary celebrations coordinator.

In its operations, the Laboratory will focus in particular on formal and informal education, as well as the transmission of tradition, both among local communities and at the institutional level, and on integrating people and organizations working for the preservation, continuation and popularization of traditional music and dance.

The programs and tasks assigned to the Laboratory follow from the National Strategy for Cultural Development passed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Development, the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the strategy of the Institute of Music and Dance’s operations for 2014–18, as well as the long-standing experience of the participants of the Forum of Traditional Music and other people and organizations working in the field.

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