Chełmno – the City of Love!

The city's name Chełmno comes from the old Polish word for hill: "chelm". After the arrival of the Teutonic Knights in 1232 the Latin name Colmen was used.

The first written mention of Chełmno is known from a document allegedly issued in 1065. The Old Town is one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii), as designated April 20, 2005, and tracked by the National Heritage Board of Poland.

Chełmno specialties have also become quite popular. Heart-shaped cakes, biscuits and chocolates are prepared by local confectioners and bakers all year round. Alchemy and romance culinary workshops attract a lot of attention, the same as the Valentine competition for culinary schools held in the Practical Education School Complex in Grubno. Romantic atmosphere can be felt in Chełmno not only on Valentine’s Day.

General Rules

The "Fathers' Village" World Folklore Fest 2019 will be held on following dates 04.07 - 08.07 2019  and 29.08 - 02.09 2019 . Also we can organize performances for you on following dates: 18.07 - 22.07 2019, 25.07 - 29.07 2019, 08.08 - 12.08 2019. Participants will choose which period they prefer. The Festival will take place in Chelmno and Kuyavian-Pomeranian area in Poland. It is possible for you to stay longer in Poland. We can organize accomodation and touristic programme in Chelmno, in another part of Poland, in Belarus or Lithuania.

The Festival Committee will provide groups with English/French/German/Spanish/Russian speaking guides during their stay in Poland. Some of the festival events will be covered by press, radio and TV programs. You grant the Organizers all rights to make photographies of your group including individual members of your group, and all rights to use these photographies in the Festival's materials. The Organizers guarantee that your rights shall not be violated or abused. Your ensemble must be composed of max. 54 people, including drivers, etc. There is no age limit, and also we accept not only folklore ensembles, but also dance ensembles, choirs, orchestras, etc. Beside the performers, other persons can also travel with you at the same price. The group must bring souvenirs for exchange with the Organizing Committee, the Mayor and the other guest groups. During the Festival the group may sell souvenirs, CD-s, etc. The group must bring flag of their country. The group must have live music and/or CD and USB-stick with music. You can plan the Festival's events on your own instead of following our schedule! The Festival is not a competition. The group will perform 1 – 3 concerts during the Festival. The group must prepare programs from 25 to 55 minutes long and one promenade. Performances will be placed in open-air stages, as well as under the roof.


The Organizing Committee provides full board and lodging. Everyone will also get a packed meal for their journey back home.

For every 20 paid participants, 1 participant is free of charge.

The guest group must provide for its own travel expenses to the Festival and back. The fuel for the local transportation throughout the festival program is given to the groups, but no more than 200 liters of fuel.

All groups are responsible for their own health insurance and medical costs.

We are sponsored by the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship Marshal and the Mayor of the City of Chełmno.

Detailed costs of excursions are specified in the Application Card. Excursions to Toruń and Chełmno (at Friday) are free.

We offer accommodation in student dormitories (shared bathrooms), to hotels (individual bathrooms).

The festival fee is 93€ - 128€ per 1 person per 4 days and it depends on chosen accommodation. The fee covers full board and lodging, and refundation of the fuel (max. 200 liters).


Hotel „Astra” in Kłobuczyno, at Kaszuby region

Hotel „European Youth Exchange Centre” in Chełmno

Hotel „Gromada” in downtown of Toruń

Student Dormitories of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

Hotel „Ibis” in downtown of Toruń


  • 29/08/2019 - 02/09/2019


29/08 - 02/09
  • 5 days (4 nights) = 93 € per person


How to get there

For groups that travel by their own bus, we refund fuel but no more than 200 liters of fuel.

For groups that travel by plane, etc., we organize transfer from/to Warsaw Okecie Airport (or any nearer Polish airport) for additional fee.

The city of Chełmno is located in Kuyavia-Pomerania Voivodeship in Poland, approx. 50 km from Toruń, 150 km from Gdańsk and 300 km from Warsaw.

Coordinates for Main Square of town of Chełmno: 53.3492195,18.4228408

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