TONY HALIK EXPLORERS’ ACADEMY - Festiwal Górski 2017 w Lądku-Zdroju
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22nd edition of Ladek Mountain Festival – the oldest and the biggest event of its kind in Poland – is history now. Go to our social media profiles to get a glimpse of the emotions and great moments that we shared during those 4 days of September.

TONY HALIK EXPLORERS’ ACADEMY

TRAVEL WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS

Do pineapples grow on trees?
What do mariachi sing about?
How long and difficult route do children of the Himalayas have to take to get to school?
Why are cows in India “sacred”
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How does the Amazon look like and what are its secrets?

Children and teenagers will find answers to these and other questions by participating in Tony Halik Explorers’ Academy. We are planning activities for younger and older children (there are tickets for particular workshops). Apart from the Academy, there will also be a free Festival Kindergarten in which we will keep children busy with animations, games and plays.

Friday, September 22, 2017

13.00 – Kasia Biernacka – Mexico, age 5+

Where are tomatoes from and do pineapples grow on trees? What edible plants come from Mexico? Can you eat cacti? Why, according to the beliefs of the ancient Mexicans, people were created from corn? What is the Sun Stone and the Mayan pyramid? What were cocoa beans used for? During Mexican workshops we will find out where this country is situated, get to know the legends associated with the image on the flag, visit the rainforest, see mountains and beaches, and learn a few words in Spanish!
At the end, we will make an artwork entitled “corn people”.

15.00 – Ania and Robb Maciąg – Tea workshops, age 5+

Can you explore the world through tea? Of course! We will take you to several countries by preparing five completely different teas. There will be sweet teas, bitter, salty, and even such ones that are not teas at all. We will travel across China, India, Tibet and reach Africa. You will find out where the word “tea” comes from, what kind of water we pour over green tea and how many sugar cubes you need for one cup of Turkish tea.  We will reveal the following secrets: Why there is butter in Tibetan tea?, What tea do the Ethiopians drink?, Why do the Moroccans need mint? and How much cardamon is there in Indian Chai? As always, our workshops are full of props, and during them we will taste, touch, and brew.

17.00 – Aneta Szlacheta, Dariusz Dżugan-Wassa, wassa, wass – African joy, age 8+
We invite to a journey through West Africa, rhythm and movement workshops with elements of traditional African dance. We will answer the questions: Why and when do people dance in Africa?, What are the African rhythms?, Can everyone dance? We will also learn a few words in the Malinké language and get to know traditional instruments of the Black Land. Then we will check whether the rhythm lives in all of us and dance together to the rhythms of African drums.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10.30 – Kasia Mazurkiewicz – Going to school up the hill, children from Himalayan trails, age 6+

The story about the children encountered while hiking in the Indian and Nepal Himalayas. Why do children in the Himalayas have to go to school up the hill? What games do they play after classes? How high is the highest mountain in the world? Is there snow in the Himalayas in the summer? What do children in the Himalayas eat and are they choosy? What hairstyles do they wear? How does a Buddhist monastic school look like? Is it easy to meet the Yeti? How does it look like? These and other questions will be answered by Kasia Mazurkiewicz during her presentation illustrated with slides.

12.00 – Ania and Robb Maciąg -Tibetan workshops, age 5+

During the workshop all participants will get to know the culture and customs of the Land of Eternal Snow-Tibet, and its people. They will find out how Tibetans celebrate the New Year- Losar. We will learn what mandala is (and try to make it ourselves) and what the prayer flags and brass bowls are for. We will learn a few words in Tibetan and to write Tibetan characters. We will also brew “butter tea”- Tibetan tea. We will taste the unique salty tea, touch the props (masks, flags, bowls, prayer wheels), and in the end prepare our own Tibetan flags and mask.

14.00 – Aneta Skórnicka, Colourful South America, age, 5+

South America is a world full of colours, vibrant, lively. During the workshop we will travel to the green Amazon jungle, get to know its people, discover what is important when we meet people from other cultures. In the second part of the workshop, inspired by the above stories and what our imagination tells us, we will paint our own jungle, where anything can happen.

16.00 – Kasia Mazurkiewicz – Through the Himalayas with a yak-workshops, age 6+

The Himalayas are not only the highest mountains covered in ice which climbers ascend. There are also green valleys with terraced croplands where people live. What are they like?, What do they do?, How do they live and pray? During the workshops children will try to play the Tibetan trumpet (which is not so easy), perform a Himalayan dance, make flags with good wishes similar to Buddhist prayer flags, find out why a yak is so useful, talk about the mysterious Yeti.

17.00 – Babywearing – classes with Maria Dorosz for those who would like to learn more about carrying children in slings, presentation of tying techniques and a discussion about toddler’s health and attachment parenting.

18.00 – Aneta Szlacheta and Darek Dżugan – Wassa, wassa, was – African joy – presentation and workshops dedicated to the youngest children aged 3+

We invite to a journey through West Africa, rhythm and movement workshops with elements of traditional African dance. We will answer the questions: Why and when do people dance in Africa?, What are the African rhythms?, Can everyone dance?. We will also learn a few words in the Malinké language and get to know traditional instruments of the Black Land. Then we will check whether the rhythm lives in all of us and dance together to the rhythms of African drums.

Saturday, September 24, 2017

10.30- Aneta Skórnicka – A drawing journey, age 8+

“The art of life is to make life a work of art” Voltaire
South America is a continent full of colours, vibrant, lively. In many cities you can meet unusual murals by local artists, telling about the traditions and history of the indigenous people, emphasizing their identity or alluding to the worship of Pachamama (earth mother). We will take a journey through art, visiting among others Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Chile, getting to know the cultural diversity of those countries. In the second part of the meeting the participants, inspired by these stories and what their imagination suggests, will create their own colourful mural.
The aim of the meeting is to introduce street art of South America and the customs of its people as well as to raise awareness of others and discover the richness of the diversity of cultures. Through play, art activities and expression children learn to creatively perceive the surrounding world and to express their emotions through art. It will also be the opportunity to reflect on taking responsibility for our actions in the public space and the attempt to answer the question what is creation and what devastation.
Workshops are open and both children and their caretakers can participate.

12.15 – Monika Witkowska – Killi jambo! We are climbing Kilimanjaro, age 8+
In 2015 Monika completed the Seven Summits (highest mountains of seven continents). This time she will introduce us to one of them, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

14.00-Ania Maciąg – Moroccan workshops, age: 5+
The workshops are built around an arabesque. Children learn geometric patterns typical of the Moroccan architecture  (colouring). They prepare tissue paper stained glass with Moroccan elements. They learn about Polish storks which fly away to Morocco for winter. They also find out and create Khamsa and Felli (they make the game from cardboard, tokens from nuts and then of course – play), learn about the culture, beliefs, spices and geography of the desert and the Atlas Mountains.

16.00 – Monika Witkowska – “Hello Adventure!”, age 8+

Monika not only climbs the highest peaks on Earth, but above all it she is a great sailor with outstanding achievements. She sailed around the Cape Horn and on the Arctic Ocean from Greenland to Chukotka, her cruises were granted prestigious awards. In total, she has sailed over 30,000 nautical miles on small yachts and sailing ships. During our classes Monika will introduce us to the ins and outs of her great passion-sailing. Come and sail with us!

This year Kindergarten and classes for older children are run by the authors and creators of Tony Halik Explorers’ Academy. The Academy is a program of Social, Environmental and Scientific Education for schools and kindergartens. In addition to presentations/workshops, children will receive deck log-books and worksheets prepared by our author-artist Aneta Skórnicka.
We also invite you to Facebook/Tony Halik Explorers’ Academy or to the website www.akademiaodkrywcy.org
Media Patronage:
National Geographic Traveler, Radio M and Mały Gość Niedziely