Silesian culture is characterized by diversity, which result from the merging of different cultural traditions and new forms of expression presented by contemporary artists. Silesian voivodeship is a multicultural area, shaped by the influence of Polish, German, Czech and Jewish populations (history of the region and social processes which take place here are typical for the border regions). It is a region with a culturally diversed areas, and a strong sense of ethnic identity.
Cultural centers Among the 18 institutions of art belonging to the self- management of Silesian Region are three theaters: Dramatic - Theatre of Silesia in Katowice, Music - Entertainment Theatre in Chorzów, opera - Silesian Opera in Bytom, where events are always premieres. There are also educational activities run in these institutions, inter alia including acting studies at the Silesian Theatre, and the impresarios at the Entertainment Theatre in Chorzów, which allow viewers in our region to see the most interesting theatrical plays from the whole Poland.
Women's dress - an essential element of women's clothing in Silesia is called "oplecek with a skirt, and a corset sewn into the skirt. Other items of clothing such as apron, kabotek, hat and kerchief are worn also by similar groups in a similar manner. A simpler element of women clothing is "Jakl" - a loose jacket used to date. Mans dress - characteristic element of mens dress is a coat with a cape. When Silesian people started growing their wealth "Gazda", or the host, started wearing a thin shirt, usually embroidered. There was also a change of shoes to Polish zgrzyboki.
The most popular profession for Silesians is mining, because there are many natural resources (inter alia hard coal or copper) at Silesian area. Thats why there are so many coal mines. Unfortunetly, the profession of a miner is connected with the higher risk than the other jobs. This is due to the fact that there is a risk of methan explosion, ignition of pulverized coal or strong crumps. Miners pray every time before going down for shift.
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