Baraban is a large drum with a deep loud sound, with bilateral tension. Musical instrument from membranephones group. It consists of a cylindrical resonator body and one or two membranes. The sound of baraban is varied with a metallic plate, or a triangle. It is played with both hands and was one of instruments of folk band.


Very famous is the custom of Easter baraban sticking in Iłża. Ten men walk through the village with a big drum with a diameter of 1 m and 50 cm high, made of copper sheet and covered with foal or calf skin. The drum is worn since the midnight on Easter Saturday until 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday, when the Resurrection starts.

Two men take the instrument, and the other eight men hit it with wooden sticks during a five-minute pause. The drumming announces the Resurrection of the Lord. This custom is practised in Iłża since ancient times and is not known anywhere else.
Baraban is stored in a local church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Is it possible to create MUSEUM OF SOUND?

In our project, the old folk instruments with unusual names such as: gadulka, sarangi, Bilgoray Suka, Plock fiddle and others will come to life in the hands of professional musicians. Fusing the sounds will help to create SOUND BANK. Thanks to modern, motion-sensitive controllers will be possible to create original arrangements.

Under the project we will conduct workshops where participants will compose and play a variety of tunes - we will create  together THE ORCHESTRA OF INVISIBLE INSTRUMENTS. The lasting effect of the project will be also a website that will enable to compose and play music by using PC keyboard.

During the workshop participants will get acquainted with folk instruments and know the rules of composing contemporary music. They will learn what is silence in music, the importance of the roles in the Orchestra and what does a Conductor actually do. They will find answers to the questions: whether noise can be melodic? whether silence only serves as a break during broadcast of music?
We will look for connections between the old, folk instruments and the advantages of the latest technology - each workshop participant will be able to perform a piece of music by using motion sensitive controller.

The workshop will be held at the Janusz Korczak Children's Museum in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The workshops conducted during week will be for organized groups and the workshops for individuals - on weekends.

The workshops are free. The project was implemented by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Orange Foundation.

The workshop took place at the Children's Museum. Janusz Korczak in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (18 - 30 May 2013).

Workshops were performed for organized groups - workshops conducted during the week and individuals - workshops on weekends.

The project was implemented by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Orange Foundation.

  • 10.05.2013

    We are pleased to announce that the project was under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Education.


  • 06.05.2013

    There is no longer available for workshops for groups. You can type on a reserve list.


  • 22.03.2013

    The recordings ended up in the National Ethnographic Museum. We recorded the entire tonal and sound range of more than twenty folk instruments.