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Transformations Festival
August 29, 2012   
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The third Przemiany (Transformations) Festival, organized by the Copernicus Science Center, will be held Sept. 1-9 this year, celebrating a fresh and inventive look at culture. Participants in the festival will see pioneering visual techniques and hear avant-garde music projects. The key themes of the Transformations Festival are the city, local community, neighborhood, interpersonal communication and the changing nature of relations between people.

The success of last year’s festival showed that Warsaw residents had been looking forward to an event that highlights local artists and people involved in culture on the one hand, and which in terms of ideas reaches far beyond the confines of the capital on the other.

This year, the Copernicus Science Center has decided to further develop those two aspects: projects taking in the science museum’s immediate neighborhood will highlight the fact they are part of a larger whole made up of global trends in terms of the perception of urban areas, people and their cultural activities.

Spanning nine days, the festival will comprise concerts, film screenings, discussions, workshops and community-related projects combining visual arts and new technology. Many festival events will unite generations and combine different outlooks on life, overcoming the division into artists and audiences. They will offer a new perspective on the Polish capital and the Powi¶le neighborhood of Warsaw, where the science center is located.

This year’s Transformations Festival will concentrate on human existence in rapidly growing cities, on people who both witness and trigger constant change in culture. The subject will be explored at an all-night-long concert entitled “Sonic Fiction” performed by experimental musicians from across the globe who use laptops, synthesizers and sound processors as instruments. Playing in the basement of the Copernicus Science Center, the performers will attempt to show how the perception of the history of music has changed.

Other notable festival events include the “identy_TY” overview of Polish animated short films which tackle the subject of transformation of identity, and Transformations in Powi¶le, a project showing how the neighborhood has evolved over the years.

Near the Copernicus Science Center, choreographers will encourage passers-by to learn to dance any style of their choice. Visitors to the festival will be able to try inventive dishes prepared by local restaurants and cafes, rent board games and play outdoor games, read books or just relax in the sun.

Every festival evening after sunset, the Copernicus Science Center will be opening its Planetarium Stage atop the Planetarium building where visitors will be able to listen to music and chill out after a fun-filled day.

Sept. 1-9; Copernicus Science Center
20 Wybrzeże Ko¶ciuszkowskie St., Warsaw
tel. 22 596-41-00; www.kopernik.org.pl
Admission is free to all festival events, but registration is required for some.
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