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18 August Tuesday

12:00exhibition opening and result announcing / International Poster Competition: EtnoKrakow/Crossroads Virtual Gallery

Exhibition opening and annoncing the results of the International Poster Competition: EtnoKrakow/Crossroads: meeting - dialouge - openness

admission free
19 August Wednesday

20:00Indialucia (Poland/UK) concert Strefa club

The project brings together two fascinating musical styles: music of India and flamenco. It started in India in 1999 with teachers and students of the Academy of Music in Nagpur, and many other consummate musicians from Asia and Europe. The man behind the idea, producer, and the artistic head of the formation is the guitarist Michał Czachowski.

That musical meeting resulted among others in a CD released in 2005 that won acclaim in Poland and over the world. Precisely that album won them the Best Record of 2005 in the competition Folk Recording of the Year organised by the Polish Radio, and a year later earned them a nomination to Fryderyk 2006 Awards in the Album of the Year – Folk/Ethno category. Amalgamation of the music of Spanish Gypsies and India may seem exotic. However, if we recall that the people arrived in the west of Europe from nowhere else but India, we can treat the project as a return to the roots: the phenomenon may be compared to the first revolutionary meetings of the musicians of Europe and Asia in the 1960s.
The band played more than 300 concerts on four continents, including countries such as India, Mexico, the US, Russia, Singapore, Oman, Colombia, Spain, Turkey, Austria, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Czechia, Finland, Hungary, and Romania. The special guests who have cooperated with Indialucia include Leszek Możdżer, the Aukso Orchestra, Blas Córdoba, Macarena de la Torre, Jorge Pardo, Pepe Habichuela, Paquito González, Carlos Troya, Pierluca Pineroli, Domingo Patricio, David Huertas, L. Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Avaneendra Sheolikar, Ghatam Giridhar Udupa, Mukesh Sharma, Emam, Marek Bałata, Maria Pomianowska, and Tuomas Kantelinen.

Michał Czachowski – flamenco guitar
Leo Vertunni – sitar
Piotr Malec – tabla
Janek Kubek - tabla

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20 August Thursday

15:00ŻyWa Pracownia / wicker trays workshops ŻyWa Pracownia

Delicate and simple in their form, the zarzo trays have their roots in Spain and provide a great exercise in wickerwork both for beginners and for weavers. Join us in ŻyWa Pracownia (ul. Celna 5, Kraków) at 3:00pm–4:30pm on 20 April for a crafts workshop being part of EtnoKraków/Crossroads Festival. Supervised by Adam, a weaving instructor, to be introduced step by step to the basic weaving techniques and patterns. This will be your opportunity to make a round wickerwork tray from osier growing by the Vistula.

ŻyWa Pracownia is a group of craftsmen, artists, arts and crafts instructors and landscape architects, musicians, art therapists, a doctor and machine operator, engaging together into cultural, social and educational activities at the crossroads of art, traditional crafts, design, architecture and urban gardening.

Two instructors of artistic crafts, landscape architects with a diploma in crafts – basket-weaving and pottery, graduates from the University of Artistic Folk Craft in Wola Sękowa and the Faculty of Architecture at Krakow University of Technology – Małgorzata Warchoł and Magdalena Żyłka – are the founders and originators of the group’s activities, By operating on the border of architecture and traditional crafts, the ŻyWa Pracownia collective also deals with regional, ecological and architectural education, design of interiors and green areas, using elements inspired by tradition and folk art in the activities taking place in urban space.

tickets: 40 PLN / registration: warsztaty@zywapracownia.pl
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20:00Mustapha El Boudani & Anna Witczak (Morocco/Poland) concert Strefa club

Anna Witczak, famous for her appearances in Dikanda, and Mustapha El Boudani, a nomad from Morocco, decided to enter the stage with a joint project following years of friendship and musical practices.

The duo offers a music journey, a dialogue of different cultures that unveils shards of history of the world’s nomads, passed from times immemorial from generation to generation. Both the world music and Moroccan artists are inspired by the music of the Sahara; the lyrics are sung in hassaniya dialect, and speak of nature, love, people, animals, and of stars and the desert. Anna Witczak-Czerniawska has for 15 years been a charismatic vocalist of Dikanda, the band she also plays the accordion and orchestrates for. She has played hundreds of concerts in Poland, in Europe, and also in India. Mustapha El Boudani was born to a large, traditional, nomadic family, and hails from the southern part of Morocco. He is a vocalist, guitarist, and percussion player; he plays the karkabat castanets and dances. In Poland, he has participated (among others) in the Górale na Saharze – nomadzi w Beskidach project. He loves the Sahara, but he has also come to love the mountains of the Beskid Śląski and Żywiecki.

Anna Witczak-Czerniawska –vocals, accordion
Mustapha El Boudani – vocals, guitar, percussions
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21 August Friday

12:00Wassim Ibrahim / „Sounds from the Orient" workshops Strefa club

Every one of us has their nature, their emotions, their language, and their music experience. Many of our reactions and coping strategies are connected to childhood, the language(s) spoken at home, and background. Let’s meet and talk through the sounds, in each language that is exceptional only for us – let’s support the idea of unity among people of the world – and let music be the point of convergence for us all. Join us whether you want to shout, sing, speak (or even cry. You’re invited to a workshop of oriental music, brimming with song and fun with sound. The workshop consists of songs in many languages (Aramaic, Arabic, Greek, with a touch of music from Andalusia), the teaching of the rhythms, and of improvisation.

The workshop will be conducted by Wassim Ibrahim, who started his adventure with music from playing the flute and the oud at the age of six. He studied at the Faculty of Theory of Composition at the High Institute of Music in Damascus, where he later lectured history of international music, and at the Kraków Academy of Music, where he was granted doctorate in music composition. His artistic, scientific, community, and educational services have earned Wassim the title of the Kraków Ambassador of Multiculturalism 2019.

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20:00Wassim Ibrahim & Tomas Celis Sanchez (Syria/Mexico) concert Strefa club

A duo of experienced musicians with different cultural and musical background. A percussionist from Mexico and an instrumentalist from Damascus have both made their home in Poland, and now invite the audience for a musical journey that will let us hear ancient melodies from the cultures of Mesopotamia and the Levant in the different dialects of Aramaic and Arabic.

The meeting of Wassim and Tomas is a tale of personal inspirations of each, a dialogue of two travellers, either of whom has walked a different road. It is an echo of their artistic experiences building together a universal language, a sign of cultural variety, and joint experience of harmony and beauty. In the context of the lavishness of cultural, ethnic, and religious differences, it is also a constant search for the paths that they could share.
Wassim Ibrahim began his adventure with music at the age of six, by playing the flute and the oud. He studied at the Department of Theory and Composition at the High Institute of Music in Damascus, where he later lectured History of International Music, and at the Academy of Music in Kraków, where he was conferred a doctorate in musical composition. Granted the title of the Kraków Ambassador of Multiculturalism 2019 in recognition of his artistic, academic, community, and educational achievements. Tomas Celis Sanchez is a percussionist of Cuban extraction hailing from Mexico, where he graduated from the Academy of Music, He has lived in Poland for over 20 years, working with such musicians as John Taylor, Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai), Kelvin Sholar, Jarosław Śmietana, Leszek Możdżer, Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Bernard Maseli, and Krzysztof Ścierański.

Wassim Ibrahim – oud
Tomas Celis Sanchez – percussions
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22 August Saturday

12:00Dariush Rasouli / workshop of Persian songs workshops Strefa club

The workshop includes a short introduction to the system of intervals applied by Persian music, work on reciting the poems that are used as lyrics, and explanation of their meaning. Also differences between Sufi, classical, and traditional music in Persian culture will be explained. Dariush will also discuss the traditional perception of the rhythm in Persian culture, and explain the rhythmic divisions (such as 7/8, 5/8) in Persian poetry and music. Most of the works presented are based on the poetry of Rumi, a Sufi poet, Persian mystic, and Islamic theologican. Participants of the workshop are welcome to learn the songs by singing them, but also by playing them on own (percussion and string) instruments. 

The workshop will be conducted by Dariush Rasouli, a graduate of the Academy of Music in Teheran, who has studied the ney (flute) and tora (percussion), and mastered traditional Iranian music with Majid Kiani. He has frequently performed in Iran, and taught to play the nay in the music schools of Teheran and Gorgana. Since 2004, he has lived in Poland, where he established PersoPolish, a band to which he has invited Polish and Ukrainian musicians.

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18:00Derico Alves Forró Band (Brazil) concert Forty Kleparz

Derico Alves is a charismatic vocalist and accordionist from Recife, performing solo and with the band, also on chamber and festival stages all over Europe and beyond. For years Derico has been associated mostly with forró, the music he particularly loves. Forró is a musical genre and a dance style that originated in the north-eastern part of Brazil in the 19th century. Quite uniquely for a contemporary genre, the forró music and dance originated simultaneously, coming ever closer and inspiring each other. This correlation, characteristic of folk music, made it possible to develop music that is ideal for dance and dance that was created with drawing for joy from music in mind. Another important feature of the forró is the ease of joining the dance: once you've learnt a handful of basic steps, you can easily have all the fun at forró dance parties.

Derico Alves – vocals, accordion
Junior Arto – zabumba, triangle
Leonardo Mattos – zabumba
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19:00Sokół Orchestra (Polska) concert Forty Kleparz

A project born from the fascination with the music of the Balkans, especially brass. The musicians cultivate a unique style of playing their instruments, characteristic of the Balkans.

This is a return to the primordial and the unbound. A fusion of the traditional and modern, of the solemn and the mocking. A powerful doze of Balkan energy aside, their music also has archaic melodies from Poland entwined in an attempt at grasping the Slavic temperaments and manner of sensing the music. Unusual harmonies, ostensible disorder, and characteristic “wildness of the heart” make the music they play with a highly sensuous passion felt rather than heard. They have been together since 2011, performing in France, Germany, and Serbia, where in 2014 they won the 2nd Prize in the international category at the legendary Guca Festival. They have recorded with Renata Przemyk, Alosza Awdiejew and Maja Sikorowska, and worked with a Balkan vocalist, Alexandra Mandran. The founder of the band is Przemek Sokół, trumpeter and composer who has worked with truly poles-apart artists, to mention Katarzyna Gaertner, Justyna Steczkowska, and Maciej Maleńczuk.

Przemek Sokół – winds, vocals
Piotr Bednarczyk – trumpet
Michał Jańczyk – trumpet
Jarosław Meus – guitar, bouzouki, vocals
Jakub Mietła – accordion
Krzysztof Wyrwa – bass guitar
Tomasz Czaderski – percussions
Grzegorz Bauer – drum kit

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20:00Hamdam Trio (Iran) concert Forty Kleparz

Persian music set in the Sufi tradition. Compositions drawing from radif repertoire; the lyrics of Rumi arranged for traditional instruments.

The Hamdam Trio is a project by musicians hailing from Iran. Their music makes use of a broad range of instruments, whose mastering took them years. Dariush Rasouli studied the ney (flute), tanbur (long-necked lute) and tombak a percussion instrument also known as zarb). Mohssen Hosseini – the tar and the setar, learning for about 14 years from masters of the order of Fariborz Azisi and Keyvan Saket, and for four years from a Persian master, Hamid Motebassem. Arad Emamgholi began to play the daf at the age of five.
In a joint project, they undertook to interpret with their music the lyrics of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, a Sufi poet, Persian mystic, and Islam theologian, known as “the poet of love”. They are inspired by the radif repertoire: classical music from Iran derived from traditional melodies. It is passed orally by masters from generation to generation, providing a foundation for improvisations.
Dariush Rasouli graduated from the Academy of Music in Teheran, and was acquainted with the traditional music of Iran by Majid Kiani. Since 2004, he has lived in Poland, where he created PersoPolish, a band to which he invited Polish and foreign musicians. Mohssen Hosseini was born in 1982, and has lived in Europe since 2008. He performs and wins prizes at numerous festivals, and has frequently performed in Poland with Neyriz. Arad Emamgholi was born in Kurdistan, and started to play music in 1992, gracing numerous festivals in Kurdistan and Iran, winning numerous prizes. He currently lives in Teheran teaching to play the daf, running workshops, and participating in assorted music projects.

Dariush Rasouli – ney, tanbur
Mohsen Hosseini – tar
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21:00KROKE (Poland) concert Forty Kleparz

One of prime bands of the European world music stage. “From the beginning, the idea behind the band was the continuous search for something new also in ourselves”, as the musicians admit. “We just wanted our music to be simply called Kroke Music. Improvisation was of prime concern for klezmers. Improvisation has come into the music of Kroke right at the very start, and has remained its key element. Our improvisation is a particular portal, through which the worlds of our souls wander straight to those who are eager to get to know those worlds”, the musicians explain.

Kroke (“Kraków” in Yiddish) is a band that was set up in 1992 by 3 friends: Tomasz Kukurba, Jerzy Bawoł, and Tomasz Lato. As graduates of the Kraków Academy of Music, but also seekers, the artists did not shun experimentation with jazz and contemporary music. Initially mostly associated with klezmer works, the band currently oscillates around various genres. They draw inspiration from ethnic music of the whole world, always reinforcing their compositions with proprietary improvisations. In this way they’ve built their own style, running over boundaries, forms, and time. Kroke is also one of the first bands that took its music out to the audiences. You could meet the musicians in the streets and clubs of the Kazimierz district of Kraków: they played compositions that some might not have known at all, and others that kindled memories of the world that had long fallen into oblivion. It is precisely there that you could hear the works that made their way to the first music cassette Kroke published at their own expense in 1993. Kroke often played in Ariel a restaurant Kate Capshaw, wife of Stephen Spielberg working on Schindler’s List in Kraków at the time, visited. On another day, she brought her husband to the concert. The director quickly appreciated the huge talent of Kroke, and invited the band to Jerusalem to perform at the Survivors Reunion organised for the surviving members of the Schindler’s list. From that powerful moment, everything became more profound. That was when the band was really born. “We received a particular musical blessing from those people, some of whom had been klezmers” musicians recall. The 20 years of the band have been marked by hundreds of concerts in more than 30 countries, prestigious international prizes, over 20 released recordings, and cooperation with artists including Nigel Kennedy, Anna Maria Jopek, Edyta Geppert, and the Mongolian vocalist Urna Chahar-Tugchi.

Tomasz Kukurba – – viola, percussions, flute, vocals
Jerzy Bawoł – accordion
Tomasz Lato – double bass
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