Cultural diversity

techno-żubrPodlasie, of which the region of Białowieża Forest is a part, is in terms of its ethnic and religious diversity one of the most intresting regions in Poland. The area around the Forest is settled, apart from  Poles, by Belorusian and Ukrainian minorities. In other areas of Podlasie you can find groups of Lithuanians, Tartars, Gypsies, Armenians, Russians and Karaims. In the Forest’s neighbourhood the majority of the local community belongs to the Christian Orthodox Church. Picturesque wooden churches, scattered around the area, are a jewel of local sacred architecture. There are also temples of other native religious minorities. In the region of Knyszynska Forest, in Bohoniki and Kruszyniany, you can also find Tartars’ wooden mosques, whereas the nearest  synagogue is situated in Orla.

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Rich history of the region, which has been a cultural borderland, together with its ethnic and religious mosaic constitute a unique tourist value. Throughout the whole  year there are many events related to the local folklore and religious rites. You can meet here local as well as foreign artists performing in the spirit of contemporary and avant-garde art. Diversity adds to the region a special colour, in which ancient and local values mix with modern and cosmopolitian flows, creating the unique atmosphere of Podlasie.

 

 

 
Find below some cultural events worth to see

 

CZEREMCHA WISEGRAD WAVE”

Festival of Many Cultures and Nations ”Z wiejskiego Podwórza”

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”WERTEP”

International Theatre Festival ”Wertep”

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”ROCKOWISKO”

Rock Music Festival ”Rockowisko”

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,,THE PODLASIE OCTAVE OF CULTURES”

International Festival of Music, Art and Folklore

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,,HAJNOWSKIE DNI MUZYKI CERKIEWNEJ”

Internationa Festival of Orthodox Church Music

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,,HAJNOWSKI FESTIWAL MUZYKI KAMERALNEJ I ORGANOWEJ”

Festival of Organ and Chamber Music

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