2:00 – 3:30 PM “Fishermen’s Tales” – Caravan of Stories (family meeting / Polish Sign Language translation)

Tent in the garden at St. John’s Centre in Gdańsk, 50 Świętojańska Street


A fisherman’s life is not easy. The weather is changeable and the sea is unpredictable. But with constant vigilance you can also discover what is invisible at first glance, and encounters with marine creatures can lead to various happenings.

Take part in many adventures, discover the ups and downs of a fisherman’s life and immerse yourself in the depths, where reality is magical.

Caravan of Stories – a group of storytellers, improvisers and musicians headed by Szymon Góralczyk and Bart Pałyga (tagelharpa, frame drum, kanklės). 

Szymon Góralczyk – storyteller, searcher, traveller. Once a great passion, storytelling became his way of life. He travels with stories around Poland, but has also performed at festivals in Mexico, Cuba, Palestine, Czechia, Scotland and Finland. He tells stories to children as well as adults, because fairy tales can be useful, wise and fun for everyone. He particularly enjoys telling Slavic, Nordic and Mexican stories. He likes to talk barefoot, without a microphone, in contact with the audience.

Bart Pałyga – cellist, multi-instrumentalist, improviser. He specialises in playing a number of ethnic instruments from all over the world. He pioneered the use of throat and overtone singing techniques in folk and pop music in Poland. He won the Grand Prix and the Audience Award (with Karolina Cicha), as well as the prize for the best instrumentalist at the 2013 New Tradition Festival. A long-time associate of Maria Pomianowska and member of bands such as Yerba Mater, Masala, Village Kollektiv, Mosaik, Milo Ensemble and Laterna. He also explores areas of contemporary and experimental music in cooperation with  Kawalerowie Błotni, Etnofonie Kurpiowskie czy Partytury Fotograficzne formations.