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CHWAL ĆWIK! The Living Tradition of Falconry

Date: 15 August 2017

CHWAL ĆWIK! The Living Tradition of Falconry

IAF Vice-president for Europe Janusz Sielicki writes:

This exhibition on the customs of hunting with birds of prey is a first for Poland, and marks the recent entry of falconry onto the country’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

It will run from 9 June to 29 October 2017 in the theatre building of the palace and park complex in Kozłówka, accompanied by a photographic show entitled ‘Eagles, Falcons ... on Camera’.

It will then move to the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship in Warsaw, where it will be open from 16 November 2017 to the end of April 2018.

Tapestry of houbara-hawking scene  

The exhibition is being held under the patronage of Sławomir Sosnowski, Marshal of Lublin Province, with the support of the National Heritage Institute, the Association for Wild Animals “Falcon”, the National Club of Falconers of the Polish Hunting Association “Falconers Nest”, and the IAF.

This venture has been prepared not only as an important event in falconry circles, but also as a way to bring this environmentally and artistically remarkable topic closer to a public audience, by presenting to them the custom of training birds of prey in Poland, and the history of their use in hunting.

  Heraldic stone carving depicting falcon and dog

With the help of specialists, we have also tried to show how falconry “gives hunting wings” and to contribute to efforts to enter Polish falconry onto UNESCO’s world ICH list.

The displays include a wide range of items, all the way from artefacts of the early Medieval period right up to contemporary art.

You can see some pictures from the official opening here.

(Photos in this article courtesy of Marta Grzeszczak-Szyszka.)