Karolin - Centre for Polish Folklore

Mazowsze Ensemble’s repertoire includes educational shows for children and young people, which correspond with the Polish national curriculum for primary and secondary schools. They tackle themes and questions to do with Polish culture, history and tradition in a colourful and energetic yet thought-provoking manner. The song, dance, stunning costumes and sublime live music guarantee our young audiences an unforgettable experience.

A Day in Karolin with Mazowsze Ensemble

Spend the day in Karolin immersing yourselves in Polish history and culture. Check What's On? to see what shows and events are planned. Visit the permanent exhibition at the Centre for Polish Folklore in Karolin Palace - Mazowsze Ensemble’s historic home - and take advantage of the song, dance and craft workshops on offer. Our beautiful park has a playground and a nature trail, as well as plenty of points of historical interest. We also offer on-site dining with special pricing for groups.

Educational Shows

The Supposed Miracle, or Cracovians and Highlanders
Directed and adapted by Andrzej Strzelecki, this musical production based on Wojciech Bogusławski’s comic opera was first performed to mark Mazowsze Ensemble’s sixty-fifth anniversary. Focusing on male-female relationships, Mazowsze’s take on the first Polish opera of the Enlightenment is a humorous and moving story of love, friendship, conflict and reconciliation.
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Polish Bethlehem
Lucjan Rydel’s Polish Bethlehem (Betlejem Polskie) is Mazowsze's signature Christmas Show: a patriotic production alluding to key moments in Polish history, featuring 150 actors, singers, dancers and musicians.
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A Magical Journey – All of our Beautiful Poland
A colourful, musical show which takes our youngest audiences on a magical journey through Polish customs, dances, instruments, costumes and traditional crafts.
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Fantasy on Poland – The Polish National Dances
The protagonists of the this theatrical “fantasy” are schoolchildren studying the Polish national dances under the eye of their teacher - a remarkable violin virtuoso. The audience learns about the five national dances along with the students, but also encounters the works of a number of composers for whom Polish traditional music served as a creative inspiration.
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Romanca à la Kujawiak
The production introduces audiences to the origin, history and form of the five Polish national dances, through the story of two young people, fascinated by music and dance. Popular among school groups and young people, it features stunning performances by the Mazowsze Ensemble ballet group and orchestra.
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The “youngest” of Mazowsze’s productions, showcasing the versatility of Mazowsze Ensemble’s artists, this colourful and humorous show encourages young audiences to reflect on important issues of inclusion and diversity.
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"Kulturalna szkoła na Mazowszu": Programme for Schools

It is our pleasure to announce that the "Kulturalna szkoła na Mazowszu" programme will be running once more in 2024 and is open to schools operating in the Mazovian Voivodeship. School groups can visit a cultural institution of their choice for the special price of 1 zł gross per student. Paper and online applications should be made directly to the chosen cultural institution.


Audience Services
tel: +48 22 208 82 00 / +48 22 208 82 01
e-mail: rezerwacja@mazowsze.waw.pl

How to find us

By Car

40 minutes from central Warsaw
28 km
Karolin is very well-connected with Warsaw and its suburbs. Situated at the junction of the 719 and 720 roads, it is very close to the S7 and S8 as well as to the A2 motorway. There are two large car parks onsite, as well as parking spaces on the road by the Ensemble’s headquarters.

From the Airport

25 mins from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport
27 km
The journey by car from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Karolin takes approximately 25 minutes. By train, take the S2 to Warsaw and change in central Warsaw for the Warsaw Commuter Railway to Otrębusy.

Warsaw Commuter Railway (WKD)

36 min from Warsazawa Sródmieście Station to Otrębusy Station
Walk 800 metres from Otrębusy Station to Mazowsze Ensemble’s headquarters in Karolin
Travel to and from Otrębusy Station is free of charge on Warsaw Commuter Railway (WKD) trains with a valid ticket to a Mazowsze performance at the Performance Hall in Karolin. The promotion is valid for two hours before and after the concert.