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Sacrum Profanum appreciated by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage!
Add date: Friday, 20 March 2015

The Krakow Festival Office will be granted the amount of PLN 4,180,000 from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish Film Institute. ‘It’s fantastic news!We are happy that Krakow and our work has been appreciated by the Ministry once again,’ says Izabela Helbin, the director of the Krakow Festival Office.‘We make consistent efforts to obtain external funds that help us to develop and improve the projects and events organised by us.’

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Jagoda Szmytka and the Bloody Cherries
Add date: Friday, 27 February 2015

We present Bloody Cherries - the latest album of Jagoda Szmytka, whose work has enriched the 9th edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival. The artist is the first Polish composer published by WERGO. Launched in the second half of January 2015, the project is one of the most interesting proposals for the beginning of the year for any enthusiast of our festival. The result of Jagoda Szmytka's work is pieces she herself determines as revolving around the subject of the body (sound, music, instrument). They were largely performed by the Ensemble Garage from Cologne, featuring percussionist Agnieszka Koprowska-Born and pianist Małgorzata Walentynowicz. They are enriched with a characteristic language of various kinds of electronically enhanced surface noise.

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Sacrum Profanum in Munoludy 2014 contest
Add date: Monday, 26 January 2015

This year's edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival was nominated for the Polish Club Scene Award in Munoludy 2014 – the Polish nationwide contest announced by the Muno.pl music web portal.

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Sacrum Profanum appreciated by Polityka!
Add date: Wednesday, 17 December 2014

In the new issue of the Polityka weekly, in her private summary of the ending year, Dorota Szwarcman lists the Sacrum Profanum Festival with Kronos Quartet Residency as one of the most important events of 2014 in the Classical Music category. Thank you!

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NOT I by Agata Zubel praised by The New Yorker
Add date: Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Agata Zubel’s album Not I has been listed among the top ten recordings of 2014 by The New Yorker magazine! The album comprises four compositions performed by Klangforum Wien conducted by Clement Power: Labirynt (Labyrinth) – based on Wisława Szymborska’s poetry, Aforyzmy na Miłosza (Aphorisms on Miłosz) based on poetry by Czesław Miłosz, Not I by Samuel Beckett, and Shades of Ice, the only instrumental piece. Musicians are accompanied by vocal parts performed by the composer.

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No Artist Can Be Indifferent to Folk Culture
Add date: Wednesday, 26 November 2014

“I try to undertake tasks which are not too easy. My record is devoted to reflections on the oberek, a traditional Polish folk dance. Studing the oberek let me distinguish the most important characteristics of this dance form and put them in a new context” – says Piotr Orzechowski to Paweł Gzyl in an interview published in the Dziennik Polski daily, revealing what the process of making his new album 15 Studies for the Oberek looked like, where his inspirations were drawn from and why he – an artist known for contemporary music – got enchanted with Polish folklore.

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Marcin Stańczyk and his monographic record
Add date: Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The monographic record of Marcin Stańczyk: Stańczyk: Chamber Music, released by DUX label under the series Young composers in tribute to Fryderyk Chopin and a programme promoting young composers organised by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre of Music in Lusławice has hit the shelves. The young but already world-renowned composer could be admired in Krakow during the 10th Sacrum Profanum Festival.

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To Discover, Surprise and Lure
Add date: Monday, 27 October 2014

This is one of our few festivals which every time and again, change their formula, in search for a new repertoire, and, hence – for a new audience. This is quite a risky undertaking, as not everyone who followed the programme of the Sacrum Profanum in the past, comes to this festival today. Give and take. The recipients have changed (perhaps not entirely), yet what is most important is that their group is by no means smaller now. Quite contrary – there are more of them. And this is a success already – Jacek Hawryluk writes in the recent issue of Ruch Muzyczny [Muscial Current].

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