Welcome to the festival of folk music in the Uckermark 2020!

The second edition of the folk music festival „umtanzt“ takes place in Prenzlau – about an hour drive further to the north of Berlin – starting on the 14th until the 15th of August 2020.

We are looking forward to all people who want to dance and make music with us or who simply wish to have a listen and watch – there are going to be great concerts and music / dance workshops.

We are currently still setting everything up – the fesival schedule as well as this website will fill up with more information little by little – feel free to check out the changes every now and again!

Throwback to the festival of 2019 → here.

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Die Uckermärkische Kulturagentur ist unsere Trägerin und gefördert wird das Festival vom Landkreis Uckermark und der Stadt Prenzlau.



 Friday 14th August


♦ 20.00 – Balfolk with UFO (D) and Zirp (D)


 Saturday 15th August


♦ 11.00 – 13.00  – ensembleworkshop with UFO

♦ 13.30 – 15.30  – dance workshop „Pisany+Wiwat“ with Balsam

♦ 16.00 – 18.00  – dance workshop „Quadrillen“  with Vivien and Ursula

♦ 20 Uhr – Balfolk with Balsam(Pl) and Sesken (D/UK)

(Subject to changes)



The Uckermärkische Folkorchester

UFO launched this festival to make the BalFolk tradition more popular in the Uckermark.

The „Uckermärckisches Folkorchester“ is playing music to dance European couple and circle dances to since 2008.

Thrilling dance music, 11 musicians – this sounds like a promising and jolly get-together.

On a regular basis in the Uckermark, every now and again in Berlin. 2012 at Folklorum in Einsiedel.


Uli Stornowski – Percussion
Martin Mehner – Bass
Henning Storch – Bugle, Accordion
Heike Reinhold – Accordion
René Bartkowiak – Trumpet
Katja Heber – Guitar
Ulrike Aust – Guitar
Steffen Munk – Guitar, Ukulele
Carolin Große – Transverse Flute
Roderick Bouvy – Klarinet
Sandra Rösler – Percussion
… und alle – Gesang

→ folkorchester.de


ZirpmusicHurdy Gurdy Fusion Folk

ZiRP are instantly recognizable by their trademark sound: a vibrant hurdy gurdy, embedded in a soundscape of acoustic guitar, bass, and groovy jazz drums. The hurdy gurdy is at times primal and organic, occasionally abstract with wild electronic effects – you’ve never heard this extraordinary instrument played quite the same way before!

On their debut album “Drehvolution” (2012) and at their live stage shows, ZiRP charm their audiences with spirited, infectiously joyful performances, harmonious and dreamy melodies, and progressive arrangements. It’s folklore meets the loop station – music for the free-spirited dancer in all of us.

The quartet fronted by hurdy-gurdy player Stephan Groth (Faun, Folk Noir) has performed at numerous renowned international festivals, including TFF Rudolstadt in Germany, Castlefest in the Netherlands, and FaerieWorlds in the USA. These days, the band is at home on any stage, from huge festivals to neighborhood clubs or the dance floors of the burgeoning bal folk scene.

On that note: Viva la Drehvolution!

Stephan Groth – Hurdy Gurdy, Low Whistles
Olaf Peters – DADGAD Guitar, Cister
Florian Manuel Fügemann – Drums, Sampling Pad
Florian Kolditz – Double Bass, Electric Bass

→ zirpmusic.de

Zespół Balsam

Balsam is a Poland-based balfolk trio of friendship and family. First and foremost, they play for the dancers. With energetic chapelloises, unifying hanter-dros, romantic waltzes and intimate mazurkas in their repertoire, they compose and arrange European dance forms with respect for the traditional pulses and with bravely creative approach.

Balsam goes its own original way. They combine dance music with self written poetry sung in Polish, which results in a subtle, emotionally honest and heartwarming journey both for the dancers and the listeners away from the dance floor.

Ewa de Mezer – Chromatic Accordion, Vocals, Lyrics
Michał Zajączkowski-de Mezer – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jakub Szczygieł – Irish Flute, Low Whistle, Tin Whistle

Balsam on fb


Sesken wurde in einer rauschenden Ballnacht auf einer Farm in Südengland gegründet.

Sechs Musiker, die es ebenso lieben, zum Tanz zu spielen wie zu tanzen, kamen auf die Idee, ein Experiment zu wagen: Was wird geschehen, wenn man drei bestehende, befreundete Duos zu einem Sextett zusammenbringt?

Das Ergebnis: mitreißende Musik, die zum Tanzen und zum Zuhören einlädt, Balfolk–basierte Stücke mit aufregenden Variationen, ein Crossover mit Klassik, Jazz, Barockmusik, Hiphop und mehr.

Aus den unterschiedlichen musikalischen Hintergründen der sechs Musiker entsteht ein schillerndes Gewebe, in dem die verschiedenen Fäden immer wieder neue Farben und Strukturen erkennen lassen – alles auf der Basis eines energiegeladenen, gemeinsamen Grooves.

Wenn wir jetzt noch zusammen mit Euch zu unserer Musik tanzen könnten…..

Vivien Zeller – Violine
Ursula Suchanek – Violine, Quinton
Daniela Heiderich – Böhmische Hakenharfe
Merit Zloch – Böhmische Hakenharfe
Callum Armstrong – Dudelsack
Matthias Branschke – Dudelsack



with UFO

… coming soon …

♥ Saturday, 15th august 11.00 – 13.00

Pisany and Wiwat

with Balsam

… coming soon …

♥ Saturday, 15th august 13.30 – 15.30

New square dances

Quadrilles – in the old days the dance No. 1 in Europe, now are these really fun set dances in four pairs nearly forgotten.
Vivien Zeller went in search of the most famous and beautiful figures that appear in quadrilles.
Together with Ursula Suchanek, she shows you the basic structure of the dances and a wide selection of figures and possibilities of how these can be freely combined into so-called doors.
In this way, each dance set can design its own choreography during the dance.

♥ Saturday, 15th august 16.00 – 18.00


Our festival this year takes place in the assembly hall of the Gymnasium am Seepark (formerly known as Blumenhalle). You can find it here:
Seeweg 6 – 17291 Prenzlau

You can spend the night e.g. at Solaris – a 15 minute walk from the event location. There are small huts as well as an area for camping.
Unfortunately another campsite will only open in Prenzlau in 2021.

Hotels and guest houses are available in town.

You can park a camper van at Ucker-Promenade near BALU upon request – a 5 minute walk from the event location.


Friday + Saturday


· Festival-Ticket (earlybird – latest 1.6.)

35,00 €    

Friday 14th August


· 20.00 – Balfolk ·

20,00 € red. 15,00 €  

Saturday 15th August


· Ticket for all Workshops ·

15,00 €


· 20.00 – Balfolk ·

20,00 € red. 15,00 €  

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We’re happy to answer your requests and seek to get back to you asap!

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Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Stadt Prenzlau und des Landkreises Uckermark.


Die uckermärkische Kulturagentur ist unsere Trägerin.

Angaben gemäß § 5 TMG:

Uckermärkische Kulturagentur
Geschäftsführender Direktor Jürgen Bischof
Preußisches Kammerorchester
Grabowstr. 18
17291 Prenzlau


Telefon 03984 / 83 39 74
Telefax 03984 / 8 35 78 57
E-Mail: kontakt@umkulturagenturpreussen.de