A Summerful of Festivals
August 29, 2013
International United Solo Europe Festival, September 12-15
The Syrena Theater in Warsaw will open its 2013/2014 season by hosting the first International United Solo Europe Festival.
The festival will bring together performing artists from around the world. What all have in common is that they appear solo on stage. Performing arts showcased at the festival will range from puppet theater and dance theater, multimedia shows and improvised performances to stand-up comedy, stage magic and traditional theater with comic and tragic plays.
The festival aims to uncover innovative stage plays, foster the exchange of expertise and unite the participants and viewers under the festival motto: “You Think Solo, You Feel Solo, You Act United.”
Sept. 12, 8 p.m.: Anthony Nikolchev—The Echoes Off The Walls Underground Are Louder Than Your Footsteps Above Me
Sept. 13, 6 p.m.: Ewa Kasprzyk—Patty Diphusa (character created by Pedro Almodóvar)
Sept. 13, 8 p.m.: Herbert Kaluza—Historia mojego gołębnika (The Story of My Pigeon Loft)
Sept. 14, 6 p.m.: Mark Gindick—Wing-Man
Sept. 14, 8 p.m.: Bill Bowers—It Goes Without Saying
Sept. 15, 6 p.m.: Regina Advento—Dreamlines
For further information go to www.teatrsyrena.pl
<>Warsaw Cross-Culture Festival, Sept. 26-29
The Warsaw Cross-Culture Festival was first held in 2005 to showcase the most interesting trends in world music. It has since made its way into Warsaw’s cultural landscape and is one of the largest festivals of its kind in Central Europe with a large group of faithful fans. Along with concerts, each festival comprises workshops in music, singing and dance conducted by internationally renowned instructors. Festival audiences can also attend exhibitions, see on-screen musicals and there are also activities for children.
The motto of this year’s festival, “Islands of the World,” announces guests from remote islands and overseas territories. The performers hail from Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and Honduras in Central America, the French island of Réunion on the Indian Ocean, New Zealand, Sardinia, Djerba in Tunisia and the ice-cold islands of northern Canada.
According to festival organizer Andrzej Matusiak, this geographical diversity was a tough challenge for the organizers. “We have invited dozens of artists from five continents so that our festival tent is like a multicultural island itself this September,” Matusiak said.
During the festival’s four days in September, Warsaw audiences will dance to American calypso music, learn about the traditions of the Garifuna people from the Caribbean, listen to traditional songs composed by descendants of slaves from Africa, hear how maloya music from Réunion blends with French and funky beats, and find out what “oceanic blues” sounds like.
Chopin Concerts at Royal Łazienki Park, each Sunday until the end of September
Music by Frederic Chopin has been performed live beneath the Chopin Monument in Royal Łazienki Park since 1959. The concerts are held between May and September each Sunday at noon and 4 p.m. Over the five decades, they have become a local tradition and a major tourist attraction.
The Chopin Monument, designed by sculptor Wacław Szymanowski and unveiled in 1926, was destroyed by the Germans during World War II. Following meticulous reconstruction, it was restored to its former site in Łazienki Park in 1958 and the Chopin concerts began the following year.