Major cultural events in Poland:
• International Chopin Piano Competition
October 2015 in Warsaw
The Chopin Competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious music competitions in the world. It was initiated in 1927. It was interrupted by WWII, but since 1955 it has been held every five years, during October. It is one of the few competitions devoted entirely to a single composer.
,During every competition, about 100 young pianists from all over the world compete for the prize and the recognition which it brings. To date the youngest participant was 16 years old, and the oldest was 32. In 2005, a record number of 350 pianists participated in the eliminations.
The Competition is usually connected with other concerts and celebrations dedicated to Chopin. The most special one is the Holy Mass on October 17th, in the Church of the Holy Cross, where Chopin’s heart is buried. The ingenious Requiem by Mozart is played in the church on this occasion. This same masterpiece was played at the composer’s funeral in 1849 in Paris.
• International Festival of Contemporary Music - Warsaw Autumn
September in Warsaw
This is the largest international festival of contemporary music in Poland. It was ﬁrst organized in 1956. For many years, under the communist regime, it was the only chance for Poles to experience new music from the West, and for the Western musicians to be able to perform on the Soviet side of the iron curtain. Nowadays, the Festival is still an ambitious forum, presenting both contemporary art and modern music, especially the music outside the mainstream pop culture. Warsaw Autumn aims to be positively eclectic. It attracts a young but sophisticated audience. Concerts are held outside traditional venues - in factory buildings, clubs and modern spaces.
• Jazz Jamboree Festival
November in Warsaw
The Jazz Jamboree Festival is one of the oldest and largest jazz festivals in Europe. It was first presented in 1958. Since then, almost all jazz legends have performed during the Festival, including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Ray Charles, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Diana Krall.
• Wratislavia Cantans
September in Wroclaw
This Festival is dedicated to classical music. Wratislavia Cantans presents the human voice in various forms and styles from all epochs of history. There are vocal recitals, concert performances, and also choral and oratorio music presented by dozens of singers.
• Gdynia Film Festival
September in Gdynia
This is one of the biggest ﬁlm festivals in Poland. It is the only one dedicated entirely to Polish ﬁlms. New movies compete for the Golden Lions. The Festival aims to integrate the film industry, to promote dialogue between old masters and debutants, and to educate the audience about the art of film making.
• International Film Festival Camerimage
November in Bydgoszcz
The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE is the greatest and most recognized festivals dedicated to the art of cinematography and its creators - cinematographers. The unconventional format of the Festival, which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, has turned out to be an alternative for traditional film festivals. The Festival proves to be a great forum not only for presentation, but also for further development of international moviemaking.
• Krakow Film Festival
May/June in Krakow
The Krakow Film Festival is one of the oldest European ﬁlm events dedicated to documentary, animated and short ﬁction ﬁlms. During the eight days of the festival, viewers have an opportunity to watch about 250 ﬁlms from Poland and abroad. The festival is accompanied by exhibitions, concerts, open air screenings and meetings with the ﬁlmmakers.
• T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival
August in Wroclaw
The T-Mobile New Horizons is the biggest ﬁlm festival in Poland. It is regarded as one of the most important ﬁlm festivals in Central Europe. The festival presents cutting edge cinema, uncompromising, innovative and original ﬁlms from all over the world. These films explore new horizons in ﬁlm creation, expression and storytelling. The New Horizons Festival has a strong focus on music and contemporary art. Every evening during the Festival, there are concerts, performances and art installations.
• Warsaw Film Festival
October in Warsaw
The Warsaw Film Festival presents the newest movies from Poland, Europe and the rest of the world. The main focus is on the contemporary, non-documentary movies. The organizers aim to present the movies before they earn worldwide recognition. The audience is actively involved in the Festival. The viewers vote and appoint the special Audience Award. The winning movie is distributed to cinemas across Poland.
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