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Song Festival Celebrates 50 Years
June 27, 2013   
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The Polish Song Festival in the southern city of Opole celebrated its 50th anniversary June 14-16 with performances by up-and-coming singers as well as established stars.

The event opened with a SuperPremiery (SuperPremieres) 2013 song contest featuring 10 finalists selected out of more than 250 contenders. The first prize went to “Młody maj” performed by the Golec Orkiestra band. A special guest of the concert was the Enej group, the SuperPremiery winners from 2012. Apart from the contestants, the SuperPremiery concert featured popular actors trying their hand at singing in front of a music-savvy crowd.

The first night of the festival also included a song contest called SuperDebiuty (SuperDebuts). As every year, talented young singers competed for the Anna Jantar Award, named after the legendary singer who died a tragic death in 1980. This year, the newcomers performed songs made famous by Maryla Rodowicz. Dubbed the queen of Polish song, Rodowicz had her own big break at Opole 45 years ago. She was there again at this year’s festival, opening the SuperDebiuty concert with a selection of her greatest hits and then introducing the contestants. First prize went to Natalia Sikora, the winner of a television talent show entitled The Voice of Poland.

The main concert during the second day of the festival, SuperJedynki (SuperNumberOnes) 2013, saw the finals of a competition organized jointly by the TVP1 public television channel, Polish Radio One and the Super Express newspaper being held. Viewers chose the winners in five categories by sending in text messages.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the festival, this year’s SuperJedynki concert featured a number of special guests—performers who over the years have won the most prizes in the competition, including the popular Bajm group. The night continued with a show by some of Poland’s most popular stand-up comedians and comedy acts.

The 50th Polish Song Festival in Opole closed with a jubilee gala concert entitled “Opole! I Love You!” and featuring new versions of the most memorable hits that debuted at the festival over the past five decades. The songs were given new arrangements by the Polish Radio Great Symphony Orchestra and were performed by some of Poland’s best known singers, including Kayah, Jerzy Połomski and Natalia Kukulska.

During the concert, a special lifetime achievement award, the Polish Radio Diamond Microphone, was handed to legendary singer Irena Santor.

Marzena Robinson
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