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5 July Sunday

12:00Folk instruments – Workshops – Fairs – Presentations workshops Old Tram Depot

Craftsmen and makers from all over Poland will present their work. Beside classical instruments, one could admire old Polish bagpipes from various regions of the country, knee fiddles ­ Bilgoray suka and Plock fiddle, as well as hurdy gurdy, herdsman instruments from different parts of Europe and avant­garde, cello "wspaki".

Sunday / July 5th / 12.00 - 6.00 pm

15:30Workshop of Eastern Slavic songs workshops Ethnographic Museum

Workshop of Eastern Slavic songs led by Justyna Piernik (Warszawa Wschodnia).

Sunday / July 5th / 3.30 - 5.00 pm

17:00Slovak dance workshop workshops Old Tram Depot

Workshop devoted to regional Slovak dances led by Muzička.

Sunday / July 5th / 5.00 – 6.30 pm

19:00EtnoKraków / Crossroads Opening Concert concert ICE Kraków

The opening concert of EtnoKraków, prepared by the organizers of Rozstaje / Crossroads was named VISEGRAD CIRCLES. On 5th July from 7 p.m. the space of ICE Kraków Congress Centre will be filled with sounds coming from Visegrad countries. A musical bridge between local traditions will be built by members of a new Polish­Slovak music project. Agata Siemaszko and Kuba „Bobas” Wilk, awarded with the Grand Prix of 14. Nowa Tradycja Polish Radio Folk Festival, will perform together with an excellent Slovak cymbalist Miroslav Rajt. Agata Siemaszko has been cooperating for many years with Slovak artists who play traditional music, electronics or pop. Working now with prominent Slovak bands, Miroslav Rajt graduated from British Conservatory in a class of Hungarian dulcimer, but he plays also the violin, viola, accordion and some other instruments.

A very interesting part of the concert will be the appearance of a Hungarian group Buda Folk Band. Musicians, who reside in right­bank Budapest, belong to the second generation of artists exploring Magyar traditions through the activity in the movement of Hungarian dance houses (Táncház). They follow tradition and merge it with virtuosity and imagination straight from the 21 The members of Buda Folk Band act together since 2007. They are inspired by the music of masters, including a famous group Muzsikás. Today, they make part of the Hungarian scene themselves, and their albums are published by a prestigious label Fonó.

The evening will be crowned with the inauguration of the etno­electro stage. Participants of the EtnoKraków superfestival will be shown a special act of Archipelag / Kraków project inspired by the motives of Polish and Slavic ritual songs. On one stage will appear: Joanna Słowińska, Stanisław Słowiński & AKT, members of Muzykanci and excellent instrumental improvisers: Paweł Kaczmarczyk (pianist, author, performing all over the world, alongside internationally famous artists), Marcin Oleś (contrabassist, for many years has worked with main Polish improvisers and outstanding American jazz musicians) and Tomasz Kukurba (violist and vocalist known mainly from a group Kroke).

Sunday / July 5th / 7.00 pm

23:001st Dance Night concert Old Tram Depot

The first day of EtnoKraków will be completed with a Dance Night. There will be a performance prepared by musician and dancers of a great Slovak group Muzička, a formation set up in 1990, by a group of students, residents in Bratislava, which rapidly became one of the most important folk groups in Slovakia. Traditional music from different regions of the country will be accompanied with a presentation of regional Slovak dances.

Sunday / July 5th / 11.00 - 2.00 am
6 July Monday

12:00Workshop for children and parents workshops Ethnographic Museum

Anna Broda will invite childen and their parent to singing and playing instruments. A significant part of her musical activity is aimed directly towards children, although the simplicity, musicality and charm mean that this work is also for adults. She says of herself: "My inspiration is children’s poetry, especially the unpredictable and mysterious, in which words ring. In music, I look for moods, colours, secrets and improbable stories, plucking the strings of the imagination. I perform songs accompanied by cymbals, piano and voice."

Monday / July 6th / 12.00 - 1.30 pm

16:00Bum Bum Orkestar - Concert on the roof concert New Jewish Square

In May this year, they won second place and the audience award during the eighteenth New Tradition Festival. As one of the best bands at that festival, they were invited to perform in Kraków. The Bum Bum Orkestar take their inspiration from the Balkan and klezmer traditions, as well as traditional Polish music. These influences and the interpenetration of these three musical worlds mean that the band create surprise on stage with their energy, and immediately afterwards move the audience with wistful melodies, to finally make them surrender to the rhythm of the music. Each concert is unique and unpredictable at the same time. They are all new and different.

Monday / July 6th / 4.00 – 4.30 pm

16:30Oberek Session workshops Ethnographic Museum

Traditional Polish dance workshop with Kapela Na Krzywych Dźwiękach.

Monday / July 6th / 4.30 - 6.00 pm

18:00Southern Italian dance workshop workshops Old Tram Depot

Southern Italian dance workshop led by Banda Corapi from Calabria.

Monday / July 6th / 6:00 - 7.30 pm

19:00From Podserednieje with Love screening Galicja Jewish Museum

"From Podserednieje with Love" - screening of film directed by Tomasz Knittel with participation of the Warszawa Wschodnia band. Podserednieje is a village located in the heart of Russia, 700 km south of Moscow. In the 1970s it was discovered by Russian folklorists, and the local band toured half the world. During one of these journeys, the band met Mary, a meditating Catholic from Texas, in love with Dostoevsky. The American chose Podserednieje as her second home... 

Monday / July 6th / 7 pm

20:00Warszawa Wschodnia concert Galicja Jewish Museum

Warszawa Wschodnia is a beautiful return to original singing traditions. The group’s main objective is recreating old and disappearing styles of singing and documenting the most valuable parts of Eastern Slavic musical culture. The musicians find their most important inspirations in contact with rural maestros – the older generation of singers – who they have been visiting for many years. From them, they learn from both songs and the original way of singing.

Monday / July 6th / 8:00 pm

21:00Bum Bum Orkestar concert Alchemia

In May this year, they won second place and the audience award during the eighteenth New Tradition Festival. As one of the best bands at that festival, they were invited to perform in Kraków. The Bum Bum Orkestar take their inspiration from the Balkan and klezmer traditions, as well as traditional Polish music. These influences and the interpenetration of these three musical worlds mean that the band create surprise on stage with their energy, and immediately afterwards move the audience with wistful melodies, to finally make them surrender to the rhythm of the music. Each concert is unique and unpredictable at the same time. They are all new and different.

Monday / July 6th / 9.00 – 10.00 pm

22:00Banda Corapi concert Old Tram Depot

The fascinating sources of magnificent, dynamic, southern Italian dance tradition are brought to you by Banda Corapi. Full of energy and great emotion, the work of the band makes the tradition of Calabria an important point of reference for listeners fascinated by the music of Mediterranean cultures.

Monday / July 6th / 10:00 pm

23:002nd Dance Night concert Old Tram Depot

The second Dance Night with performances of Banda Corapi, Bum Bum Orkestar and others.

Monday / July 6th / 11:00 pm
7 July Tuesday

12:00Workshop for children and parents workshops Ethnographic Museum

Anna Broda will invite childen and their parent to singing and playing instruments. A significant part of her musical activity is aimed directly towards children, although the simplicity, musicality and charm mean that this work is also for adults. She says of herself: "My inspiration is children’s poetry, especially the unpredictable and mysterious, in which words ring. In music, I look for moods, colours, secrets and improbable stories, plucking the strings of the imagination. I perform songs accompanied by cymbals, piano and voice."

Tuesday / July 7th / 12.00 - 1.30 pm

15:00Throat singing workshop workshops Ethnographic Museum

Throat singing workshop led by Tsogtgerel Tserendavaa and Johanni Curtet.

Tuesday / July 7th / 3.00 - 4.30 pm

16:30Oberek Session workshops Ethnographic Museum

Traditional Polish dance workshop with Kapela Na Krzywych Dźwiękach.

Monday / July 7th / 4.30 - 6.00 pm

18:00Cigarety a pesničky screening Galicja Jewish Museum

"Cigarety a pesničky" - screening of the film by Marek Šulik and Jana Kovalčiková and meeting with Janka Belišová. This film – discussing the world of Slovak Roma music – will introduce the performance by the duo of Martina and František Duda. Belišová. is the author of the high-profile research projects “Phurikane Gila” and “Neve Gil’a” on old and new Roma songs in Slovakia. She has collected hundreds of songs, and organised creative workshops. It was her unusual explorations that inspired the film.

Tuesday / July 7th / 6.00 pm

19:00Martina & František Duda concert Galicja Jewish Museum

František, known as Ferko, and Martina, who is referred to by the diminutive Martinka, are two unusual Roma artists from Slovakia. Most often they perform a cappella songs, with Martina singing the main melody, and Ferko imitating the sound of a guitar, beating the rhythm with his hands. Their songs featued on two albums from the series “Phurikane Gila”.

Tuesday / July 7th / 7.00 pm

21:00Valentin Clastrier concert Galicja Jewish Museum

Valentin Clastrier is regarded as one of the most accomplished artists performing contemporary music on a hurdy-gurdy. Before he burst on the scene, the instrument remained in the realm of mediaeval and folk music. Valentin Clastrier was a pioneer of using it to perform contemporary repertoires.

Tuesday / July 7th / 9.00- 10.00 pm

22:30Teatr Rodzinny Hałasów "Zegar Bije" concert Galicja Jewish Museum

Zegar bije” (“The Clock Chimes”) is a performance originating from the traditions of carol singers wandering from village to village, from cottage to cottage, from person to person. It is sensitive to viewers’ reactions, and perfect for sensitive viewers. It is a lyrical tale of death, love, wandering. Each scene is a new story performed against the background of old banners and embroideries, woven with music and onomatopoeic narration aiming to enchant and beguile listeners and take them on a journey to a world of ludic, simple, unpretentious imagination.

Tuesday / July 7th / 10.30 - 11.30 pm

8 July Wednesday

14:00Throat singing workshop workshops Ethnographic Museum

Throat singing workshop led by Tsogtgerel Tserendavaa and Johanni Curtet.

Wednesday / July 8th / 2.00 - 3.30 pm

15:00Kapela Maliszów's music workshop workshops Ethnographic Museum

Workshops nad instruments presentation led by musicians from Kapela Maliszów, the laureates of the Old Tradition competition, New Tradition and Mikołajki Folkowe.

Wednesday / July 8th / 3.00 - 4.30 pm

16:30Wooden Wawel Dragons workshops Living Lab

Wooden Wawel Dragons - toy workshop for children and adults.

Wednesday / July 8th / 4.30 – 6.00 pm

17:00Jewish music in the memories of village musicians screening Ethnographic Museum

"Jewish music in the memories of village musicians" by Andrzej Bieńkowski - film screening and meeting with the author. Bieńkowski is a painter, ethnographer, writer, and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 1980 he began ethnographic research as part of the project Music Rediscovered. He is interested in rural life and all its problems, but above all music, and the fate and position of musicians – rural artists. He looks for instruments, restores them, and reconstructs old rural groups. He began his documentary in the Radom, Rawa and Łódź regions, and later also Lublin, and since 2003 in Ukraine and Belarus. During his expeditions into the countryside he has amassed a huge private ethnographic archive, containing thousands of audio and video recordings and photos.

Wednesday / July 8th / 5.00 - 6.30 pm

18:30Traditional song workshop workshops Ethnographic Museum

Traditional song workshop led by Maria Siwiec, an outstanding folk singer. The artist, a native of Gałki Rusinowskie, knows hundreds of local songs, and is one of the main vocalists of the ensemble who work in the village. She is keen to share her knowledge.

Wednesday / July 8th / 6.30 – 7.30 pm

18:30PungRyuJiAk concert Galicja Jewish Museum

On Wednesday evening, the Korean creators of PungRyuJiAk will present their own programme, “Sound of Wind”. During this performance they will present works belonging to various forms of Korean tradition: court, folk, pansori, shamanic, sinawi and sanjo music.

Wednesday / July 8th / 6.30 – 7.30 pm

20:00EtnoKraków / EBU opening concert concert ICE Kraków

During the EtnoKraków / EBU opening concert will start with performance of Kroke - One of the finest groups on the Polish music scene and one of Europe’s most original ensembles, they started from enchanting audiences with klezmer music traditions to soon develop their own unique fascinating style. The audience of ICE Kraków will hear the Rakesh
Chaurasia Duo with Zakir Hussain - one of the greatest legends of world music, virtuoso of the tabla, and artist who tours and records with many other acclaimed musicians, including those form the world of jazz.

Wednesday / July 8th / 8.00 - 10.00 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

23:003rd Dance Night concert Old Tram Depot

The third Dance Night will be inaugurated with concert of Kapela Brodów, the classic of Polish folk. We will hear also Kapela na Krzywych DźwiękachKapela Maliszów and others.

Wednesday / July 8th / 11:00 pm
9 July Thursday

16:00Quartett Robin Mark concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

The quartet, led by Robin Mark, performs new Swiss folk music in their own, unique style. The ensemble, active on music stages since 2010, intertwines elements of jazz, folk and traditional music. Their works feature a wide range of sounds and moods, from the lyrical and melancholic to emotional impulses.

Thursday / July 9th / 16.00 - 16.45

16:30Fabrics decorating workshop workshops Living Lab

Decorating fabrics in floral designs with Krakow cut-outs - art workshops for children and adults.

Thursday / July 9th / 4.30 - 6.00 pm

17:00Lautari concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

Lautari - one of the stalwarts of the Polish folk scene make a welcome return after taking a break for a few years.

Thursday / July 9th / 5.00 - 5.45 pm

17:30Sanjo - Shinawi - Mazurek music workshop workshops Galicja Jewish Museum

"Sanjo - Shinawi - Mazurek" - workshop on three-dimensional instrumental melodies led by Maria Pomianowska and Polish and Korean musicians.

Thursday / July 9th / 5.30 – 7.00 pm

18:00Sher on a Shier concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

Sher on a Shier is a Yiddish phrase that loosely translates as “neverending dance”. It is also the name of the German quartet tirelessly searching for the perfect sound of klezmer music. The ensemble continues to develop its own programme and artistic message all the while keeping in mind works by the great music groups of old Eastern Europe.

Thursday / July 9th / 6.00 – 6.45 pm

18:30Aram Merangulyan Folk Instruments Ensemble concert Church of St. Catherine

The ensemble was formed in Yerevan in 1926, coinciding with the foundation of the Public Radio of Armenia. The orchestra’s sound is based on a subtle, harmonious partnership between the fascinating vocalist and the instrumentalists. The main instrument is of course the magical duduk, played by several of the musicians. There are also wind instruments and strings (including the qanun).The work of the Aram Merangulyan Folk Instruments Ensemble recalls the beautiful, ancient and rich Armenian traditions. The performance is bound to be one of the most emotional concerts during the festival.

Thursday / July 9th / 6.30 – 7.15 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

19:00Jacky Molard Quartet concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

At the head of the group is Jacky Molard – one of the icons of traditional Bretonmusic scene. He plays violin, guitar, and
bass, and has delighted audiences all over the world and inspired his countrymento seek inspirations in their own culture for years.

Thursday / July 9th / 7.00 – 8.30 pm

19:00Ensemble Sinawi concert ICE Kraków

In Korean folk music, “Sinawi” means improvisation. The concept of creating the group came about during meetings and studies into the true nature of traditional Korean music. The meetings featured workshops focusing on rhythms, solo instrumental music, shaman songs, the nature of pansori (a genre often called Korean opera), and many other aspects of traditional music. The participants sought answers to questions on the future of Korean music, including improvisation, sourced in and supported by traditions. The experiences, combining knowledge and passion, intellect and emotions, resulted in the fascinating music created by the group.

Thursday / July 9th / 7.00 – 7.45 pm

19:30Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall concert Church of St. Catherine

Since their foundation in 2010, Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall have been performing live frequently and regularly, both in their native Sweden and all over Europe. The trio perform folk music from the Medelpad and Scania regions, playing traditional pieces alongside their own compositions.

Thursday / July 9th / 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

20:00Laiksne concert ICE Kraków

The folk ensemble Laiksne was founded in 1993 in Riga. Their repertoire includes dynamic ritual songs, Latvian lyrical melodies and traditional dance music. The group’s vocal formula is deeply rooted in tradition, although Laiksne are also open to influences of contemporary music. Their songs and melodies originate from all over Latvia, with the majority from the Latgale region in the east, where folk traditions are particularly well preserved.

Thursday / July 9th / 8.00 – 8.45 pm

20:30Muzykanci concert Church of St. Catherine

Muzykanci are among the precursors of sound based on acoustic instruments and referring directly to the folk template. That plus a huge stage expression, dynamism, excellent vocal parts – sung in harmonies – still emphasises the originality and attractiveness of the group. Muzykanci are today one of the biggest concert attractions on the folk scene. A journey through time and space: in the footsteps of rural musicians, gypsy caravans, and klezmer bands... Every concert heralds an artistic event.

Thursday / July 9th / 8.30 – 9.30 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

21:00Maarja Nuut concert ICE Kraków

Maarja Nuut, the violinist and vocalist from northern Estonia, is fascinated by the works of early rural musicians – the melodic lines, construction and trance quality of their songs. The minimalist sounds of Maarja’s looper take listeners on an imaginative journey to constantly changing soundscapes, intertwining traditional dance tunes, songs and elements of live electronics.

Thursday / July 9th / 9.00 – 9.45 pm

22:00Nomadic Voices concert Church of St. Catherine

Nomadic Voices is a project searching for deep, spiritual, passionate connections between representatives of distant cultures. It brings together artists from Sardinia and Mongolia. The ancient tradition of vocal polyphony from Southern Europe encounters an equally fascinating singing heritage from the heart of Asia. It is an artistic testament of dialogue, openness and tolerance. The project brings together members of the legendary Sardinian formation Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei with Mongolian artists Tsogtgerel Tserendavaa and Ganzoring Nergui.

Thursday / July 9th / 10.00 – 11.15 pm

22:00TaRuta concert ICE Kraków

The ensemble TaRuta from Kyiv is a leading representative of the Ukrainian world music scene. The group’s original sound and energy mean that within six year of their foundation, they were twice winners of the Ukrainian music festival Chervona Ruta. TaRuta is also popular at international festivals, including Poland’s “Z wiejskiego podwórza” held in the village of Czeremcha in the Podlasie region.

Thursday / July 9th / 10.00 – 10.45 pm

23:00Meridian Brothers concert Old Tram Depot

The group has recorded several acclaimed albums. Their latest release “Salvadora Robot”, issued last year, is an explosion of spontaneous, dynamic music. The group comes to Poland for the first time, and their concert may well be the big event of the festival. The musicians use traditional instruments alongside electric and electronic ones. It is this distinctive sound and diversity of inspiration that make Meridian Brothers’ music so unique and difficult to classify. The fascinating blend of Latino rhythms and psychedelic influences makes Eblis Álvarez one of the key figures on the experimental music scene in Bogota and throughout South America.

Thursday / July 9th / 11.00 pm
10 July Friday

16:00Banda Nella Nebbia concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

Winners of the Grand Prix of this year’s Polish Radio New Tradition Folk Music Festival bring music never heard before in our circles! The Banda Nella Nebbia is an explosive mix, enchanting with its blend of energy, precision of performance, spontaneity and discipline, is bound to be outstanding.

Friday / July 10th / 4.00 – 4.45 pm

17:00Komedija concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

Komedija is one of the most popular groups in Croatia today, presenting exuberant, expressive and dynamic music, appealing to wide audiences. Naturally, local, Croatian traditions remain at heart of the group’s style.

Friday / July 10th / 5.00 – 5.45 pm

18:00Mário Bihári concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

Mário Bihári is an extraordinary Roma artist. When he was just eight years old he lost his sight, he was no longer able to practice athletics, so he devoted himself wholly to music. He started off studying in the Slovakian town of Levoča, going on to graduate from the Jan Deyl Conservatory in Prague. His outstanding talent as an accordionist, pianist and composer attracted the attention of the acclaimed Czech artist Zuzana Navarova. He became a member of her ensemble KOA, and went on to compose around a third of its repertoire.

Friday / July 10th / 6.00 – 6.45 pm

18:30Adam Strug & Kwadrofonik concert Church of St. Catherine

The joint work by Kwadrofonik and Adam Strug – “Requiem Ludowe” – is one of the most important phonographic events of the year. During the Kraków festival they will be introducing completely new material.

Friday / July 10th / 6.30 – 7.15 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

19:30Maria Kalaniemi & Timo Alakotila concert Church of St. Catherine

Maria Kalaniemi is an acclaimed European instrumentalists on the world music scene, and one of the most important Finnish artists working today. Her own albums and the stunning results of collaborations with other artists are impressive achievements. Kalaniemi is a virtuoso of diatonic accordion.

Timo Alakotila who joins Kalaniemi on stage in Kraków has been her regular musical partner for two decades, performing alongside her in Aldargaz and in her solo ventures. Even after all these years, their artistic understanding and staggering virtuosity are as fascinating as the refinement and melodiousness of their compositions and arrangements.

Friday / July 10th / 7.30 – 8.15 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

20:00Maria Pomianowska & PungRyuJiAk concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

The Chopin Arirang Project’s artistic side is based on a combination of Polish and Korean traditions, with the triplet rhythm common to both cultures. In Poland it’s known as the mazurka rhythm and is considered an indicator of Polishness in music. Maria Pomianowska found a very similar rhythmic pattern in the music of Korea – where it’s considered a defining characteristic of Korean tradition. This element turned out to be a musical "bridge".

Friday / July 10th / 8.00 – 9.00 pm

20:00Gobe Band concert Wolnica Square

The audiences who have already had the pleasure of seeing the Hungarians live know that this diversity gives rise to a delicious and sophisticated cocktail. Gobe Band’s light and friendly-sounding music that captivates and entertains listeners is constructed of closely interrelated elements of jazz, blues, country, classical music and the broad folk traditions of the Carpathian Basin. Their songs which flow attractively on discs as a result of studio sound processing, acquire more power and spontaneity during concerts. You get the impression that the group’s concerts are equally pleasurable for the audience and the artists.

Friday / July 10th / 8.00 – 8.45 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

20:30Piotr "Pianohooligan" Orzechowski concert Church of St. Catherine

A rebellious visionary and enfant terrible of the Polish music scene, the artist brilliantly combines (at times deconstructing) motifs of classical, contemporary and jazz music, as well as folk inspirations.

Najnowszy projekt Orzechowskiego to „15 Studies for the Oberek”. Owe „Studia”, uwiecznione już także na świetnie przyjętej płycie, to zbiór krótkich szkiców muzycznych, poświęconych konkretnym cechom oberka, przywołujących na myśl fortepianową miniaturę. Utwory stanowią próbę odnalezienia uniwersalnych właściwości muzyki ludowej, jak również ich konfrontacji z językiem muzyki współczesnej.

Friday / July 10th / 8.30 – 9.30 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

20:45Hańba! concert Wolnica Square

The group Hańba comprises four musicians with considerable experience in folk, punk, indie-rock and even electronic groups. Together they decided to form a band as a musical provocation, and also a kind of time machine, carrying listeners
back to interwar Poland. They hide behind pseudonyms. Their clothes, style and lyrical subject matter all refer to the 1930s.

Friday / July 10th / 8.45 – 9.30 pm

21:30Arkady Shilkloper concert Wolnica Square

Jeffrey Agrell, associate professor of horn at the University of Iowa, says about Shilkloper, “I think maybe nobody ever told him ‘Jazz playing on horn is very difficult, and probably not natural’ or perhaps the phrase does not translate into Russian.” This statement stresses how difficult Shilkloper’s task is, even according to experts in the instrument. We will discover how successful he is at conquering these obstacles during the Kraków festival.

Friday / July 10th / 9.30 – 10.15 pm

22:30Mbongwana Star concert Old Tram Depot

The musicians released their debut album just a few weeks ago, in May this year. They may well become a major sensation of the season, and not only in Africa. Mbongwana Star is an ensemble formed on the foundations of Staff Benda Bilili – the group which was enthusiastically received in Poland a few years ago. ‘Mbongwana’ means ‘change’, and it is no surprise that the artists selected such a significant name.

Friday / July 10th / 10.30 pm – 12.00 am

22:30Hulajhorod concert Old Tram Depot

Hulajhorod is one of the most fascinating Ukrainian ensembles, Hulajhorod, was founded in 2002 in Kirovohrad.

The group is formed of young artists who study and reconstruct musical folklore of central Ukraine. Their repertoire comprises traditional vocal and instrumental music, and dances they recorded during an expedition to the oblasts of Poltava, Kirovohrad and Ternopil.

Friday / July 10th / 10.30 pm
11 July Saturday

16:00Talaka concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

Talaka (purification) is a popular custom among Belarusians (also widely known in Eastern Europe), meaning joint action within the community, in a group, for example, when the whole village together helps one person. It’s also the name of a band consisting of students of ethnology and ethnography at Belarusian universities – young people fascinated by tradition and so defining their attitude to the modern world. People who believe that today’s reality can be only understood through deep ties with the past.

Saturday / July 11th / 4.00 – 4.45 pm

17:00Madame Baheux concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

Jelena Popržan from Serbia, Ljubinka Jokić from Bosnia, Maria Petrova from Bulgaria and Lina Neuner and Dee Linde from Austria: four voices, sixteen strings, three bows, percussion and drums. Their music is entertaining and wild, feminine and audacious. Madame Baheux present their fresh interpretations of catchy folk songs from Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia alongside their own compositions and songs by Ewan MacColl, Bertolt Brecht and Georg Kreisler.

Saturday / July 11th / 5.00 – 5.45 pm

18:00Belonoga concert Museum of Municipal Engineering

Belonoga is the artistic pseudonym of the outstanding artist Gergana Dimitrova, previously known as one of the vocalists of the unforgettable groups Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares and Eva Quartet. She can be heard on albums including “The Arch”, recorded a few years ago by Eva Quartet in collaboration with the legendary producer Hector Zazou; it was one of the last recordings this eminent artist made before his passing. The album features over fifty guest performers, including Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Djivan Gasparyan, and Bollywood String Orchestra.

Saturday / July 11th / 6.00 – 6.45 pm

19:00Kepa Junkera concert ICE Kraków

Junkera's career has lasted thirty five years so far, and he is one of the symbols of Basque culture. His achievements have revolutionised how to use the trikitixa accordion, as well as the understanding and interpretation of traditional Basque music. Thanks to his openness he has enriched the local culture with influences from other styles, yet his music remains deeply rooted in tradition.

Saturday / July 11th / 7.00 – 7.45 pm

20:00Gro Marie Svidal concert ICE Kraków

Gro Marie Svidal is among the greatest Norwegian violinists playing the Hardanger fiddle – the famous traditional Norwegian fiddle. Her style features a unique musical energy and a distinctive voice. Svidal’s playing evokes great emotions. She mainly focuses on a repertoire of the local tradition of two western regions in Norway – Sogn og Fjordane and Hordaland. To these traditional themes the artist adds distinct elements of personal interpretation.

Saturday / July 11th / 8.00 – 8.45 pm

20:00Kapela Maliszów concert Wolnica Square

One of the greatest discoveries on the Polish music scene in recent years, they are a family band that inspires all listeners with open minds and hearts. The band comes from Męcina Mała in the Low Beskids, and was founded by multi-instrumentalist Jan Malisz and his children. They are inspired by the traditional music of the region: the dancing and singing from around the Gorlice district. The Kapela Maliszów band play traditional instruments – violin, bass and drums – in an archaic way, but with a degree of freedom, joy and improvisation. This is not an educational version of old tunes.

Saturday / July 11th / 8.00 – 9.00 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

21:00Grup Tayf concert ICE Kraków

Tayf in Turkish means “spectre”, “spectrum”. The legendary band with the same name was founded in Ankara in 1992. The group, comprising six musicians, are continuing their musical path that started more than two decades ago. They combine a unique blend of Turkish folk elements and influences from the musical traditions of Central Asia. The musical motifs from the thousand-year cultural heritage of Great Anatolia performed by Grup Tayf in their recordings, and the gripping and soulful interpretations, are clearly of universal value.

Saturday / July 11th / 9.00 – 9.45 pm

21:00Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa & Mercedes Peón concert Wolnica Square

The meeting between one of Poland’s most famous folk groups and an outstanding Spanish artist from Galicia results in fascinating artistic effects. At the grand finale of the festival these artists will present a programme which is the result of nearly three years of musical acquaintanceship – shared compositions announced for the new autumn album from the Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa and Mercedes Peón “Święto Słońca”.

Saturday / July 11th / 9.00 – 10.00 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

22:00Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra concert Wolnica Square

Manou Gallo comes from the Ivory Coast. She debuted on the music scene at the age of twelve. Her personal motto is: “Faith in tradition does not have to stop you from stepping forward”. This, too, is her artistic path. Drawing from African sources, the artist speaks in contemporary language. She plays bass guitar and percussion instruments, sings, dances, and is a born leader. She performs her songs in her native language Dida, but also in English and French. For several years she played in the band led by the Congolese artist Ray Lema. She also worked with another well-known Congolese group – Les Tambours de Brazza – which local audiences might know from their performance during last year’s Ethno Port in Poznań.

Saturday / July 11th / 10.00 – 11.00 pm

Broadcast by Polish Radio 2

22:00Dj Click / Click Here Balkandalucia concert Alchemia

What would be the result of a meeting between a master of modern, club production and Balkan and Andalusian music? A fascinating combination of three elements. The originator of this project is DJ Click, a recognised Parisian DJ and producer. The artist unpretentiously emphasises the relativity of divisions into musical genres with his hauntingly energetic songs. In his work he freely draws from many – seemingly very distant – sources of inspiration, arranging them in an exciting collage which features something for everyone – both admirers of traditional sounds and supporters of contemporary dance music.

Support: DJ EmPe / Halo Ziemia

Saturday / July 11th / 10.00 pm – 12.00 am