Advantages of the commune of Dębno:
Spending free time in the Dębno commune
The commune of Dębno is a place where many tourist attractions are located and which you can find late Gothic buildings such as the Castle and the Church. Various cultural events are organized on its area in which tourists and residents participate. The rich cultural offer is adapted to every age group , from the youngest children to seniors.
INTERNATIONAL KNIGHT’S TOURNAMENT “FOR THE GOLDEN BRAID OF TARŁÓWNY”
The International Knights’ Tournament “For the Golden Braid of Tarłówny” annually gathers over 20,000 spectators from all over Poland and abroad. The event takes place in the surroundings of the beautiful castle in Dębno and is a great historical spectacle. The main show arena is the castle moat, where, thanks to the excellent visibility and extensive area, various armaments and horse-riding formations can present themselves. The tournament is attended by knights from all over the country and foreign brotherhoods of knights (including from Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine). A large audience participates in a beautiful live history lesson. All fight shows, battle scenes, knightly customs, dances and games, complemented by music, light, sound effects and professional and colorful commentary, allow the viewers to feel the atmosphere of the old times. The International Knights’ Tournament “For Tarłówny’s Golden Braid” is an excellent lesson in Polish history, a great family festival and at the same time the best promotion of the Dębno commune and its monuments.
REVIEW OF CHILDREN’S FOLK GROUPS OF THE KRAKOW REGION “KRAKOWICZEK”
The Review of Children’s Folk Groups of the Krakow Region “Krakowiaczek” takes place in June at the Summer Amphitheater in Łoniowa. Young dancers and musicians come to the village of Łoniowa to nurture the most valuable values and traditions of the children’s folklore of the Krakow region. By performing, they want to interest other children in traditional music-making, folk singing and dancing, and instill in them respect for the folk culture of their small homeland. There are several categories of teams, including: those that present authentic forms, artistically developed forms and children’s folk bands. As a result of the evaluation of the presented artistic programs, the Artistic Committee awards cash prizes and distinctions. The winner of the competition is nominated to participate in the Carpathian Festival of Children’s Regional Bands in Rabka. These colorful programs presented by bands give the opportunity to spend free time in an unconventional way for many people, i.e. a wide and diverse audience. About 20 children’s regional groups and children’s folk bands and nearly 600 performers take part in Krakowiaczek.
The Communal Harvest Festival is an outdoor ritual event. Every year, other towns in the Dębno commune take on the role of hosts and host farmers with harvest wreaths. The main point of the event is the competition and the “singing” of the wreath. Each village from the Dębno Commune prepares a traditional harvest wreath, which is presented by a group of several people dressed in regional costumes. The Artistic Committee composed of ethnographers and folklore specialists evaluates individual wreaths in terms of: compliance with tradition, materials used, aesthetics, ingenuity. The harvest wreath competition ends with the awarding of prizes funded by the Head of the Dębno Commune. The last element of the harvest festival is a concert of a popular band, followed by a dance party accompanied by live music.
An event gathering gourmets of traditional dishes, accompanied by a musical, folk entourage. Dozens of farms and agritourism clubs prepare colorful, rich stands where you can find dozens of great dishes. All delicacies take part in the Dishes Competition, and the authors of the tastiest ones receive attractive prizes funded by the Head of the Dębno Commune. There is also a presentation of agritourism farms. Concerts by amateur and professional artists take place on the stage throughout the afternoon.
The name of the event is not accidental, it was taken from the past, when the inhabitants of Łoniowa were called “łopołcorzami”. In this town at that time, many people were engaged in the mass production of “łopołka”. “Łopołka” was a braided, oval basket for carrying and drying cereals or leguminous vegetables. Small children were also kept in it when they were taken with them into the field. This type of event is designed to recreate and recall regional traditions and encourage other towns to learn about their customs. The “Feast of Łopołka” takes place in the amphitheater in Łoniowa and falls on the last Sunday of June. The “Łoniowiacy” Association offers a colorful and interesting artistic program featuring children’s and adult folklore groups, folk bands and professional performers.
CHILDREN’S DAY IN THE COMMUNE
Is an event for the youngest residents. On this day many attractions wait for children including: bouncy castle, spherical ball, animations for the youngest children, jumping stilts, popcorn, cotton candy and much more. The offer is systematically enlarged every year for the youngest to give tchem opportunity to have fun together.
DĘBIŃSKI RUN FOR THE FLAG
Is an event to popularize running and nordic walkig as active form to spend a time and draw attention to the relatively young holiday, pointing out the role and importance of national symbols. The organizers distribute white and red flags to encourage everyone to manifest national identity.
MEETINGS AT THE CASTLE
Quarterly meetings over drinks is a series of events organized in the Dębiński branch of the District Museum, aimed at expanding the cultural offer of the Tarnów subregion through communing with visual art and music.
Each event begins with a concert of chamber ensembles or soloists referring to the history of the castle, combined with an exhibition of various artistic fields. The meetings end with a tasting of drinks assigned to the season.
Ceremonial singing of patriotic songs and songs in the walls of the Dębinski castle to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of May 3 and regaining independence by Poland. Participants of the event meet to sing together the history of Poland to the accompaniment of the piano. This is a very important initiative, which is a source of many beautiful emotions and a sense of unity among the inhabitants of the commune.
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT OF MUSEUMS
An event organized in Europe since 1997, which attracts real crowds of European city dwellers. Similarly, in Dębno, where many fans of night tours of museums come to the castle every year.
The Night of Museums is a unique opportunity to see exhibits that are not part of any exhibition on a daily basis. On this only evening of the year, there is an increase in interest in museums, their collections and the proposed artistic programme.
WELCOME TO SUMMER
Every year, on the first Sunday of summer holidays, the school year ends with concerts, singing and dancing in the historic wooden “Krakus” Amphitheater in Łysa Góra and summer is joyfully welcomed. This event has a long tradition and gathers crowds of spectators. A carefully selected repertoire and good performers guarantee great fun. In the evening, after the end of the concerts, firefighters from the OSP in Łysa Góra invite you to a dance party.
The first Open Air Painting in Dębno took place in 1923 on the initiative of the then owner of the castle in Dębno – Jan Jastrzębski. Referring to this event, the Castle in Dębno decided to continue this idea.
For many years, artists have been gathering in Dębno to immortalize unique architectural monuments; medieval castle, church of St. Małgorzata, the neo-Gothic Jastrzębski chapel, as well as a number of roadside crosses, shrines and monuments. During the three-day work, colorful paintings are created by participants in various techniques. These works are always presented at post-open-air exhibitions.
THE PROCESSION OF THE THREE KINGS
is an educational and cultural event organized in the commune since 2020. A procession of carolers led by the three Wise Men sets off from the Dębno Castle to the Church of Saint Margaret in Dębno. An element of each procession are artistic performances, as well as joyful caroling of people who follow the Three Kings dressed in colorful costumes. On this day, everyone can wear a paper crown, which has become an attribute of the holiday over the years.