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04 07

THE FESTIVAL OF PREMIÈRE'S: EtnoKraków/Crossroads 2017 Festival starts tomorrow!

The top world music artists from India, Iran, Georgia, Scandinavia, Armenia and Ukraine along with leading Polish artists. Tomorrow (on the 5th of July) a great music celebration –  EtnoKraków/Crossroads  2017 Festival begins. Don’t miss out!
World music / ethno / folk music fans know very well that the beginning of the summer holiday season in Krakow has for many years been marked with one of Poland’s leading  festivals devoted to music which draws inspiration from the sources – from tradition. This year, throughout the four days of the Festival, from the 5th to the 8th of July, we will listen to music from different parts of the world, with various degrees of intensity referring to folk traditions, and always carrying a valuable artistic message.

This year’s edition of the EtnoKraków/Crossroads Festival is THE FESTIVAL OF PREMIÈRE S. The newest or recent records by leading Polish artists will be performed  for in concert for the first time in Krakow, or even as first live performance ever. And thus we will witness the official première  of Płyta Tatarska by Karolina Cicha and Bart Pałyga, Sutari trio’s record Osty, released only a few weeks ago, the a preview showing of the second Kapela Maliszów’s record to be released soon, the still new albums: Ania Broda’s Thousand Lakes and Ola Bilińska’s Libelid, as well as concerts presented for the fist time by some artists and the fusions: Kayhan Kalhor with Maria Pomianowska, Joanna Słowińska  with Outti Pulkkinen and Pulkkinen – Räss – Sadowska trio will also be part of the première  stream in the Festival.

This year the Festival coincides with the  41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. It is an important and in a way symbolic fact that the great international organisation and the Festival artists share their care for tradition and incessant effort to make tradition part of the contemporary era. Importantly, the activities of many performers – their instruments, musical styles, performing methods – are connected with those aspects of world cultural heritage which are at focus of the UNESCO. Important elements of tradition to which the artists refer have been put on the UNESCO  Intangible Cultural Heritage List. 

The EtnoKraków/Crossroads Festival offers a special opportunity to listen to music and to meet artists from POLAND and THE WORLD. You have the chance to enjoy music by outstanding repesentatives of world music: Urmuli Quintet (Georgia), Debashish Bhattacharya (India), Gulaza (Yemen / Israel), Torgeir Vassvik & Ural Pop (Norway / Finland), Katarína Máliková / Pustvopol (Slovakia), Gurdjeff Ensemble (Armenia), Kayhan Kalhor (Iran), Pulkkinen - Räss - Sadovska (Finland / Switzerland / Ukraine), Elida Almeida (Cape Verde), Homayoon (Iran) and Debalina Bhowmick & Folks Of Bengal (India) – the artists who can be, and actually are, the stars of the top world music festivals all over the world.

The Festival is also an opportunity for numerous guests from abroad to meet leading representatives of our own, Polish folk music and its environs. This year the group of visitors will be larger than ever. The  EtnoKraków/Crossroads showcases the Polish scene and gives our artists a chance to promote their art. Throughout the four days of the festival we will see prominent and original artists: Trebunie-Tutki, Jorgos & Antonis Skolias, Maria Pomianowska, Kapela Maliszów, Karolina Cicha & Bart Pałyga, Joanna Słowińska, Ola Bilińska, Ania Broda and Dikanda.