Gypsy Village, Wojciech Januszkiewicz


  • outdoor exhibition,
  • culinary workshops,
  • art workshop,
  • dance workshops,
  • car ride,
  • bonfire with sausages and potatoes,
  • divination,
  • Gypsy Heart concert,
  • shared campfire

Freedom and joy of life – Gypsies from the village of Igryła have cultivated their separate culture and customs for a long time and to this day their descendants of the fifth and later generations live in this place. They are referred to by the locals as the ‘Gypsy village’. However, in the other villages, the Gypsy community assimilated quickly and merged into the majority society, ie the local population. Today, they do not even know that they are Roma descendants.

Our ancestors dealt with blacksmithing and horse trading. In our village, horse trading has survived to this day. The descendants of the settlers had a “gypsy line” to trade. On Mondays, our village was deserted because, according to the custom, residents traded horses at the market in Sokółka. After successful exchange transactions, the Gypsy wanderers came to the Igrył, the bonfire was lit and in the cauldrons a chicken dish with vegetables and mushrooms was boiled. According to the Gypsy tradition, it must necessarily have been bal (barsz) – finalizing the sales market – buying, consisting in flattening alternately in the hands of who puts alcohol. Feasts at the bonfire enjoyed the interest of the rest of the residents, because it could not miss the Gypsy musicians of good music and dances.

The tradition of meetings of assimilated descendants of Gypsy gypsies with native Gypsies survived until the 1970s. Older Roma have grown old and there was no one to continue with the boisterous feasts. Gypsy camps have gone into oblivion, but the Association “Cultural Heritage Igrył” restores the Roma culture of their ancestors. And just like in the old days, the Roma come from Białystok and Sokółka, and together we feast, dance and sing.

Adres: Igryły 32, 16-100 Sokółka
Telefon: 606 965 560

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