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About festival

More than 100 artists from 10 countries and 4 continents will come to Krakow at the beginning of July for the 20th anniversary edition of the EtnoKraków / Crossroads festival. The event will be inaugurated with concerts by Alim and Fargana Qasimov (Azerbaijan), Alireza Ghorbani (Iran) and the Teofilović Brothers (Serbia), who will perform in the space of the City Engineering Museum in Krakow on the 4th of July. The Festival will run until the 7th of July 2018.

For attentive observers of Polish musical life, it should be obvious that the EtnoKraków / Crossroads festival is one of the most important annual events in our country, and probably in Europe, presenting traditional, ethno, folk and world music (the multitude of terms heralds the richness of styles and references). Of course, it is also one of the most interesting and original festivals held in Krakow.

"The twentieth anniversary festival is held in July, and I am convinced that once again the top level of artistry will resound far and wide," says Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of the city of Kraków. "Over the last two decades, the past festivals have brought together countless artists from all over the globe - close to 400 ensembles representing an incredible diversity of styles, always reaching for inspiration to traditional, source music. This is not the time or place to list the stars of previous festivals, but the fact is that Rozstaje has welcomed promising artists at the threshold of their careers and leaders in their field."

Jan Słowiński, the founder and director of the EtnoKraków / Crossroads Festival assures us that “The anniversary edition of the festival will abound in artistic phenomena of the highest calibre. The inauguration promises to be sensational, and the programme of the first evening should delight both faithful festival attendees, fans of the genre and experts, as well as audiences who do not interact with this form of music on a daily basis. It is an evening that will be enjoyed both by the enthusiasts of traditional, source “in crudo” music, as well as to all listeners open to original sounds, passionate searches and artistic presentations at the highest world-class level. These formulations are fully justified, as the stars of the first evening will be artists with just such reputations: Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova (Azerbaijan), Alireza Ghorbani (Iran) and the Teofilović Brothers (Serbia).”

The Guardian hailed Alim Qasimov as “one of the most thrilling, unashamedly emotional performers on the planet, and the finest exponent of mugham”. His specialty is mugham, a sophisticated form of traditional Azerbaijani sung poetry and music. For years, Alim has been accompanied in his artistic undertakings by his also extremely musically talented daughter, Fargana Qasimova. Their ecstatic vocal outpourings delight audiences and reviewers in all corners of the world. Alim Qasimov was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999.

Alireza Ghorbani is also one of the most prominent figures. He is one of the icons of Iranian music, an artist who directly refers to the greatest vocal achievements of the Persian tradition. Alireza Ghorbani is a performer of exceptional talent and international recognition. His recordings from the last dozen or so years, perfect from an artistic point of view and highly acclaimed, have given him the reputation of one of the leaders of the new generation of classical Persian singers. This recognition results from the scope of his repertoire, his accuracy and natural performance, as well as from his flawless taste and uncompromising character.

Finally, we have the twin brothers Ratko and Radiša Teofilović. The musical culture of Serbia and the Balkans as a whole became their greatest creative inspiration. In their own interpretations, the reach for an original two voice a capella formula, which has not been used before. They are well received by both music reviewers and audiences.

4th july 2018 18.00-19.10 Alireza Ghorbani (Iran)
4th july 2018 19:30-20:30 Teofilović Brothers (Serbia)
4th july 2018 21.00-22.30 Alim Qasimov & Fargana Qasimova (Azerbaijan)

Tickets and passes for the festival concerts are available via www.eventim.pl as well as via InfoKraków information points: św. Jana 2, Szpitalna 25, Józefa 7, at the Wyspiański Pavilion (Wszystkich Świętych 2), at the Cloth Hall (Rynek Główny 1/3), at the Tourist Services Centre (Powiśle 11) at at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre (Marii Konopnickiej 17).

Meet us at the Crossroads. In EtnoKraków!