Dziekujemy za przybycie na nasz koncert z okazji naszego 40-lecia!

Jedzą, piją, lulki palą,
Tańce, hulanka, swawola;
Ledwie karczmy nie rozwalą,
Cha cha, chi chi, hejza, hola!

A. Mickiewicz, Ballada, Pani Twardowska

Dziekujemy serdecznie za tak wspaniala obecnosc na naszym wystepie. Juz niedlugo bedzie dostepne nagranie i zdjecia z wystepu, wiec polecamy regularnie sprawdzac nasza strone! Na wystepie pokazalismy tance i przyspiewki z roznych regionow Polski, a byly krakowiak, mazur, polonez, sadeckie, lemkowskie oraz goralskie.


A little bit about Karolinka

Karolinka is an internationally acclaimed Polish Folk Song and Dance Company, formed of three groups and over 80 performing individuals. Karolinka is not just a song and dance company; it’s not just a hobby. We are passionate about dancing, singing, performing and conveying the incredibly fun and entertaining way of a polish party!

Karolinka is part of the fabric of our lives, it’s in our hearts and in our souls and we believe that this passion is demonstrated through our performances. Our desire is to celebrate Polish cultural heritage and convey its authenticity, which remains at the forefront of our aims. These ideals are wholeheartedly conveyed to successive generations of Polish dancers who passionately embrace song and dance.

A distinct cultural aspect of Polish history is the song and dance, which accompanied everyday events and annual festivities. It was this that caught the imagination of a group of teenagers from the Brockley-Lewisham Parish, and in the 1970s, they formed a Polish dancing group. Karolinka was accordingly established in 1978, under the guidance of Maura Kutereba and Jerzy Pockert and took its name from a popular song from the Silesian region of Poland. Karolinka made its debut in Poland in 1991, in the new Post Communist era and successive trips to Poland followed, cementing friendships with other Folklore groups from all over the world. Maura’s daughter, Jolanta Kutereba was already producing major pieces of choreography in the mid 1990’s and subsequently took over the coaching of the adult group; standards of professionalism continued to rise.

Jola Kutereba
Artistic Director and Choreographer

Below is a documentary created about Karolinka and Pani Maura in 2004 following a concert we were doing in Warszawa. It includes lots of current members when they were younger as well as old members. The video is also a really interesting insight into Pani Maura and her life and history.