Karolin - Centre for Polish Folklore

Mazowsze is one of the largest ensembles of its kind in the world. Taking its name from the central Polish region in which it was founded and is based, Mazowsze’s artistic programme is inspired by Polish traditional song, dance, music and costume. Since its beginnings in 1948, Mazowsze has become a national institution and for thousands of overseas spectators, the Ensemble's performances are their first point of contact with Polish culture.

Mazowsze Ensemble has travelled over 2.3 million kilometres and performed before 27 million people worldwide, in 51 countries as well as in over 200 Polish towns and villages. In presenting Polish regional and national songs and dances across the globe, the Ensemble has earned itself the title of “Ambassador for Polish Culture”.
A Kaleidoscope of Polish Colours
Mazowsze’s flagship concert, and the essence of what the Ensemble has been presenting on the world’s stages for the past seventy-five years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polish Christmas Carols
Many Poles can’t imagine Christmas without Mazowsze’s carols. Generations of Poles have become accustomed to hearing them on TV and on the radio at this beautiful time of year. It is probably safe to say, however, that nothing compares to a live performance of traditional carols and Christmas songs by the Mazowsze Ensemble choir and orchestra.
Patriotic Songs
Mazowsze National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble’s concert of patriotic songs is a staple for national holidays and state occasions. It is also perfectly suited to chamber halls, churches and smaller venues.
Hymns and Church Music
Mazowsze Ensemble’s symphony orchestra, renowned soloists and award-winning choir delight in this beautiful concert, which also provides a perfect musical backdrop for a mass or church service.
Mazowsze Symphonically
Renowned for the versatility of its repertoire, Mazowsze National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble's symphony orchestra presents classical concerts featuring pieces by the most eminent composers of all time.
Classical Concerts