The EtnoKraków Festival that will be held in Krakow from the 5th till the 11th of July is an unprecedented combination of two international events devoted to ethnic music: the Euroradio Folk Festival organised by the Polish Radio together with the European Broadcasting Union and the Crossroads Festival Krakow. This year, this wonderful festival with its breathtaking concerts will be hosted by the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

Around 200 musicians representing countries from 4 continents will perform during almost 50 concerts and dance nights in unique festival locations. The elaborate program encompasses performances by international stars of ethnic music from Europe, South America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, as well as dancing parties, workshops and instrument fairs. All of these events will be carried out thanks to the co-operation of experienced institutions that have contributed significantly to the promotion of folk music: the Polish Radio and the European Union of Broadcasters (EBU), the Crossroads Association, the Krakow Festival Office and the City of Krakow.

During this year's EtnoKraków festival, a number of artists of the international world music scene will perform, including Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra (Ivory Coast), Mbongwana Star International (Congo), Meridian Brothers (Colombia), Maria Kalaniemi (Finland), Kepa Junkera (Spain), Sayat Nova Ensemble (Armenia), Valentine Clastrier (France) and others. The Polish folk music scene will also have a huge number of representatives. The Krakow audience will see artists such as Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa in a transcontinental fusion with Mercedes Peón (Spain), pianist Piotr ‘Pianohooligan’ Orzechowski with his concert of 15 Studies for the Oberek, Kwadrofonik Band & Adam Strug and the Kapela Maliszów band. It is also important to mention performances by artists based in Krakow, including pioneers of the klezmer scene from the Kroke band, Joanna Słowińska and her electro folk project Archipelag2 or the Hańba band playing pre-war punk music.

‘Thanks to innovative technical solutions, the space of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre is suitable for organisation of a spectacular inauguration ceremony that will ideally emphasise the exceptional character of the festival,' says Izabela Helbin, Director of the Krakow Festival Office. ‘Fans of world music will listen to their favourite artists in ideal acoustic conditions offered by the interiors of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.’

Prepared by organisers of the Crossroads Festival Krakow, the inauguration concert of EtnoKraków has assumed the name VISEGRAD CIRCLES. On the 5th of July, at 7.00 p.m., the space of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre will be filled with sounds from countries of the Visegrád Group, and we will listen to music referring to the most splendid Carpathian traditions. The musical bridge between local traditions will be built by members of a new Polish-Slovakian music project. Agata Siemaszko and Kuba ‘Bobas’ Wilk, winners of the Grand Prix award at the 14th Nowa Tradycja [New Tradition] Folk Festival of the Polish Radio, will perform on stage together with an excellent Slovak cymbalist Miroslav Rajt. Agata Siemaszko has collaborated with Slovak artists playing both traditional music and modern electronic or pop music for many years. Known for his collaboration with top Slovak bands, Miroslav Rajt is a graduate of the cimbalom class of a Bratislava music school, but he plays also the violin, the viola, the accordion and other instruments.

Organisers: City of KrakowKrakow Festival OfficeCrossroads Festival Krakow, Polish Radio 2 

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