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Blast From the Past at Song Festival
May 31, 2012   
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This year’s 49th Polish Song Festival in the southern city of Opole, to be held June 1 and 2, will focus on memories and anniversaries, the organizer—public television channel TVP 1—announced at a press conference in Warsaw.

The opening show, The Crazy ‘60s, will be filled with hits made famous by Poland’s top music acts of the 1960s, including Czerwono-Czarni, Niebiesko-Czarni, Czesław Niemen (pictured), Mira Kubasińska, Kasia Sobczyk and Skaldowie. The hits will be given a new lease of life by contemporary vocalists and celebrities such as Ewa Farna, Kamil Bednarek, Michał Szpak and Mezo. The show will be hosted by popular radio presenter Wojciech Mann and his son Marcin.

The second concert of the first night will feature debut-making singers selected by Polish Radio 3, whose hit chart show has acquired legendary status in Poland. The singers will be joined by the winner of a local talent show.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Radio 3 hit chart, the performers will deliver their own versions of some of the most memorable songs which were hits in the show’s charts over the past three decades. The concert will be hosted by top radio presenters Marek NiedĽwiecki and Artur Andrus and include a mini-recital by Polish rock diva Kora whose song charted when the show first went on the air in the spring of 1982.

The third festival concert June 1 will consist of songs by Polish rock legend Kazik Staszewski and his band Kult. This will be their first appearance at the open-air theater in Opole where the Polish Song Festival is traditionally held. The concert will feature the band’s timeless hits etched in the collective memory of Poles.

The second festival night will kick off with a show featuring new hits from popular Polish music acts. Polish audiences have heard the songs on the radio, television and internet. The stars of the concert will include Monika Kuszyńska, Łukasz Zagrobelny, Bracia, K.A.S.A. and Janusz Radek. The concert will be followed by performances by popular Polish singers selected by viewers of the public television channel TVP 1, listeners of Polish Radio 1, readers of the Super Express newspaper, and internet users. The performers will compete for the Superjedynki 2012 awards which this year will be given out in five categories: best male singer, best female singer, greatest hit, best band, and best album. The contestants will include Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka, Ania Rusowicz, Sylwia Grzeszczak, Blue Cafe, the Gienek Loska Band, and Krzysztof Kiljański. Viewers and internet users will choose the winners in each category by voting with text messages and taking a poll at www.opole2012.tvp.pl

The closing show of the festival will be a concert in tribute to Stanisław Tym, a popular satirist, lyricist, actor, columnist and movie director.

All the festival concerts will be broadcast live on TVP 1.

In a follow-up to the Polish Song Festival, a special concert will be held June 3 in memory of the late singer Anna Jantar and her husband, composer Jarosław Kukulski. The artistic side of the concert will be taken care of by singer Natalia Kukulska, the daughter of Jantar and Kukulski.

Featuring singers Katarzyna Groniec, Czesław Mozil, Halina Fr±ckowiak and Halina Mlynkova, the concert will be recorded by public television broadcaster TVP and aired after the Opole festival.

Marzena Robinson
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