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Rise of Eastern Culture Festival – the European Stadium of Culture Festival !

22nd-25th June 2017

This year the Rise of Eastern Culture Festival – the European Stadium of Culture comes back to Rzeszów for the fifth time. The interdisciplinary and multi-faceted festival is a fusion of music, photography, dance, theater and literature and is one of the most important and anticipated cultural events in Eastern Poland. For four days (22nd-25th June) the audience of thousands from both Poland and abroad will gather to participate and see almost 350 artists from 9 countries. The festival consists of nearly 40 various events, including concerts, exhibitions, performances, movie screenings, workshops, meetings with authors and other projects.

The main event of the Festival is Friday’s Main Concert – a major outdoor show featuring most prominent Polish stars who collaborate with musicians and artist from different parts of Europe and the rest of the World to perform in duets. On the huge stage in Rzeszów City Stadium surrounded by multimedia scenography and phenomenal lighting design the audience will hear and see a unique endeavour by artists: Bovska, Bisz/Radex, Bednarek ft. DrymbaDaDzyga (Ukraine), LemON ft. Rustavi Ensemble (Georgia), Enej ft. Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra (Macedonia), BRODKA ft. UNKLE (United Kingdom).

The star of the evening is hugely successful British Indie band The Kooks.  

The festival starts on Thursday with various activities for kids: exhibitions ‘Bedtime cartoons from the East’ and ‘This is me, Colargol’ about popular Polish animated cartoons, animated movie marathon ‘Wolf and Hare, Cheburashka and others’, art workshops with Kazakhstani Artist Adelina and musical workshops with Mobile Philharmonic Orchestra. The events for kids will be continued during all the days of the festival.

In the afternoon the festival club will open it’s doors to an older audience. Starting with artistic performance ‘Stories about creation of the world’ by Emilia Raiter presenting myths and beliefs of different cultures: slavic, african, oceanic and hindi, through modern creative jazz concert by Wacław Zimpel and Rogiński/Trzaska/Moretti Trio to Ukrainian movie screening ‘Maidan. Dignity Revolution’ directed by Siergiej Łoźnica – everyone will find something to meet their artistic expectations.

Enthusiasts of ironic humour, compelling stories and unconventional songs will be pleased to join meet the author session with popular journalist Artur Andrus.

Musical event of the evening will be held at Rzeszów Philharmonic Hall. Art Celebration: East United project will feature musicians connected to Podkarpackie region, who will pay tribute and honor grandiose artists born in Eastern Europe: Stanisław Lem, Andy Warhol, Wojciech Kilar, Nachum Sternheim and Tomasz Stańko.

On Friday the festival club will continue to surprise with extraordinary artistic events.

All photography lovers are invited to attend open photography workshops to explore cyanotype – photographic printing process used in 20th century.

As a part of the “Reaching to the roots projects’ aimed at exploring the city’s history the festival club will screen a documentary movie ‘Rzeszow’s Januszes’ telling the story of Galician Rzeszów, saved from oblivion thanks to the photographs (called ‘the Januszes’) by Edward Janusz. The screening will be preceded by the meeting with Elżbieta Kaliszewska, the descendant of Edward Janusz, Rafał Kocoł the curator of Edward Janusz’ works and Bożena Janda, coordinator of digital collections of regional souvenirs.

Unusual venue: The Underground of Rzeszów Market Square will hold unusual event: ‘Lviv. City outlines’ –  sung poetry concert by duet Kuba Blokesz and Michał Szuba based on Ukrainian contemporary poetry. The concert will be accompanied by Suren Vardanian photography exhibition.

Both young and adult viewers will be satisfied with the review of the best animated movies from O!PLA 2017 (Festival of Polish Animation) held in Museum of Bedtime Cartoons. Visitors will also have the chance to talk to the creator of the Festival, Piotr Kardas.

Saturday will bring even more exciting events: video-mapping on a tree inspired by Edward Janusz in a beautiful scenery in Wisłok Boulevards, belarusian folk paper-cut art exhibition by Marek Maksimovich and cut-out workshops, ‘All Night Vigil’ – concert of sacral music in Sanctuary of Our Lady of Rzeszów, ‘Świteź and Nowogródek – 200 years after Mickiewicz’ photography exhibition by Tatiana Cariuk – Falewicz, belarusian photographer and tour guide, who will also give lecture about photographers from Belarus, giving us a glimpse into live of the artists in Belarus.

The festival club will host students from Rzeszów Universities who will discuss the subject of legal culture and the challenges the artists face in the age of digital revolution.

Visitors will also have the chance to watch „The memoirs of a Red Army officer” – play directed by Tomasz Obara, starring popular Polish actor Piotr Cyrwus and a bulgarian movie „Uncle Tony, three fools and the security service”  directed by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova.

On both Saturday and Sunday guests will have the chance to experience the music in a unique way. During the Silent Disco which will take place in the festival club, people will dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Silent atmosphere instantly transforms the vent to a high energy musical performance.

The culmination of the day will be long-awaited concert of Ukrainian band 5’nizza with L.U.C. & Rebel Babel Ensemble and a guest performance of Kayah and KALIBER 44.

5’nizza is one of the most popular Ukrainian bands that gained thousands of fans all over the world. Their music combines different genres, starting from reggae, ragga, through hip-hop and beatbox to cabaret and jazz and even punk-rock, which is usually performed in a minimalistic folk style limited to vocals, beatboxing and acoustic guitar. During the Saturday’s concert 5’nizza will perform with composer, singer-songwriter L.U.C Łukasz Rostkowski and Rebel Babel – an international, multilingual orchestra consisting of several brass bands.

The ambitious schedule of the festival is completed by Sunday’s Battle of the East – an international dance competition with top-class, award-winning Belarusian, Ukrainian and Polish dancers as a jury and Electro East– belarusian club music concert featuring both well-established artists and rising stars of electronic music, including Mustelide – solo project of Natalia Kunitskaya from Minsk,named ‘the electronic princess”, CherryVata – band from Minsk performing electronic music inspired by jazz, blues, rock and rap and SHUMA (ŠUMA) – etno-electronic project confronting antic belarusian songs with modern electronic beats.

Rise of Eastern Culture Festival – the European Stadium of Culture in numbers:

20 projects

38 different events

Approximately 350 artists

9 countries (Ukraine, Georgia, Macedonia, United Kingdom, Belarus, Lithuania, Germany, Kazakhstan, Armenia)

9 concerts

12 workshops for kids

9 movie screenings

The Rise of Eastern Culture is a series of three festivals integrating artistic environment of the eastern Polish cities (Białystok, Lublin and Rzeszów) with artists of the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) carried out by the National Centre for Culture and three cities mentioned above. In 2017 the Rise of Eastern Culture will take place for the fifth time, the project is carried out thanks to the commitment of a creative groups, the local governments of eastern Poland as well as the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The participation in all the events is free of charge.

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