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On a journey in the footsteps of 20th-century great composers
Add date: Thursday, 21 July 2016

The sky, studded with stars since Kant’s times, brings us to morality. Picasso? We think of Guernica. Bent over, we think of Rodin. Dun-dun-dun-dunnnn! – Beethoven, no mistake. It’s time for those, without whom today’s music would sound much different – or perhaps, judging by their accomplishments, we can even go so far as to say much worse – to take their place in universal awareness. They are a triumvirate: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and Pierre Boulez. Great 20th century composers, each of whom has left their unique mark in the history of culture. The Sacrum Profanum festival in October will follow in their footsteps like a consummate tracker. It is worthwhile taking this exciting journey under its leadership.

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Sacrum Profanum and the alchemy of contemporary music
Add date: Thursday, 16 June 2016

There is a festival in Krakow that can only be described as alchemy. The symbol of impossible knowledge in the physical world, in the world of thoughts – decomposition and synthesis, an endless number of combinations leading to a mystical transformation. The new Sacrum Profanum is a multi-threaded composition of 20th century academic music, mad avant-garde and indie classical. The aesthetic and intellectual adventure of the highest sort will last from the 1st to the 8th of October.

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Kraftwerk returns to Krakow!
Add date: Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Next Saturday, the famous Kraftwerkband will once again come to Krakow. The pioneers of electronic music and stars of the 6th Sacrum Profanum Festival will perform in the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. Their concerts in 2008 were attended by over ten thousand fans. The project has been recognised worldwide because of their repertoire and musical experiments with robotics and technical innovations. Currently, the group employs their musical vision of the future and creates the electronic soundtrack for the 21st century, which will be presented during the exceptional concert that will take place on the 4th of December in the ICE Kraków Auditorium Hall.

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Time for the last part of the reportage from the 13th Sacrum Profanum!
Add date: Monday, 12 October 2015

It's time for the third and last part of the reportage from the 13th Sacrum Profanum! This time we recall the chamber presentation of works by Kate Moore performed by Ashley Bathgate and Saskia Lankhoorn, and the extraordinary finale featuring Paweł Mykietyn's "The Magic Mountain". Let's relive it once again!


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We present the second part of reportage from the 13th Sacrum Profanum!
Add date: Thursday, 8 October 2015

The second part of the 13th Sacrum Profanum reportage is here! You can now relive the magical "Chopin Project", experimental "We Are All Going In Different Directions" and mystical "Drone Mass". We'll hear from Ólafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott, Martin Schmidt (Matmos), Josh Quillen (Sō Percussion), Jóhann Jóhannsson and the festival's Artistic Director Filip Berkowicz. Don't miss it!



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Here is the first part of the reportage from the 13th Sacrum Profanum!
Add date: Thursday, 1 October 2015

Here is the first part of the reportage from the 13th Sacrum Profanum Festival! André de Ridder, Jack Barnett (These New Puritans), Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), and Filip Berkowicz - Artistic Director of the festival talk about indie-classical concerts. Take a look!

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From mysticism to destruction
Add date: Monday, 21 September 2015

The 13th edition of Sacrum Profanum is slowly becoming history. This year’s festival provided all kinds of unforgettable memories, not only musical. Seven days, eight concerts, over 150 artists from 10 countries, 6 discussion panels, almost 5,000 viewers in 3 ICE Krakow halls, 830 musical instrument and… one cactus. While the concerts we watch amaze or delight us, we sometimes forget the main idea of the festival, which is represented clearly in its name. This edition reminded us of it in a very expressive way, connecting a high level of art with attractiveness of visuals and sounds.

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Into the Light
Add date: Saturday, 19 September 2015

At the dawn of its history, contemporary music unequivocally rejected metaphysics. Standing in opposition to the classics, which were saturated with spirituality, it focused on the here and now. That is, for a time. Towards the end of the 20th century, such composers as Arvo Pärt and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki brought back the spiritual aspect to contemporary music. Jóhann Jóhannsson is an admirer of their work, and it is no surprised that he decided to take on metaphysics. The effect was the Drone Mass oratorio, which we heard yesterday at the Sacrum Profanum festival.

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