Kościelisko Commune is a centre for people with artistic talents, who thanks to their hard work make this place a unique one. It is hard to point to or mention all of the artists from the commune as they are numerous. What is important, they pass on their skills to next generations. In this way they create lively Podhale culture and continue skills and professions that may disappear in the future such as dance, music and local dialect, embroidery, carpentry, folk tailoring, production of regional shoes, shepherding, sculpting, mountain rescuing and guiding, horse cab riding or glass painting. Every artist has their own history of life and talent.

Wandering along the streets of Kościelisko, Witów or Dzianisz one can visit the workshops of our artists and learn about their work listening to interesting stories at the same time.



In our commune there are a lot of well known musicians, dancers and singers who have been passing on typical tunes, songs and Podhale dances to the young for a very long time. These activists work for a few, mainly children, regional ensembles which are a part of a cultural landscape of the commune and which enrich a lot of events by their performances.


Youth Highlander Ensemble Polaniorze at Podhale Association in Kościelisko:

34-511 Kościelisko, Chotarz 453 tel./fax: 00 48 18 20 70 306 e-mail: imprezy@koscieliska.pl

Manager: Małgorzata Karpiel

Art managers: Maria and Stanisław Krupa


"St. Nędza Kubiniec Ensemble of Song and Dance POLANY" at school in Kościelisko:

tel. 00 48 18 20 70 724

Manager: Halina Urbaś

Art manager: Anna Michalik

„Highlander Ensemble  MALI DZIANISZANIE” at school in Dzianisz

tel. 00 48 18 20 72 578

Manager/art manager: Małgorzata Łowisz


„Highlander Ensemble MALI DZIANISZANIE” at school in Dzianisz

tel. 00 48 18 20 717 26

Manager: Agata Szeliga

Art managers: Czesława and Stanisław Sobczyk




Shepherding arrived in Podhale in the 15th century brought by Vlachs who wandered with their sheep along the Carpathians looking for areas for cattle grazing. Vlachs looked for uninhabited, inaccessible, mountainous or even alpine areas. Local people acquired from Vlachs the skill of shepherding and sheep breeding adapting it to local climatic conditions.

Shepherding traditions are still alive in our commune. One can come across flocks of sheep grazing in clearings and taste such sheep milk products as oscypek, bundz or żyntyca. In the Tatras the shepherding activity was discontinued in 1960s. As a result crocus flowers faced extinction. To prevent it, in 1981 regular mowing and culture shepherding were introduced in some clearings. Currently shepherding activity is carried out in 30 clearings, including clearings Chochołowska, Lejowa, Wyżna Kira Miętusia and the Kościeliska Valley in our commune. In this way, a small violet flower made sheep return to mountain alps and helps to protect tradition and culture.

There are a few bacówkas (small chalets where sheep milk products are made) in our commune. They offer traditional sheep milk and cheese products; the best known are located in the Chochołowska Valley, Siwa clearing in Baligówki and Biały Potok clearing. The biggest culture event held in our commune Polaniorski Osod, which takes place on the second Sunday in September, fosters the shepherding tradition and presents customs connected with the return of the sheep from alps/mountains.