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International Krzysztof Penderecki Festival Zabrze Poland

1st edition on 80th birthday anniversary

“Leaves from an unwritten diary”

Krzysztof Penderecki 
Fot.: Bruno Fidrych
prof. Krzysztof Penderecki




The first edition of our festival ended with the Polish premiere of the Adagio for strings by Krzysztof Penderecki. The festival dedicated to this very special person took place in a very special and unorthodox place, in the concert hall 320 m underground, in the Coal Mine Guido in Zabrze, Poland.

Inaugural concert opened the Festival with the first Polish performance of Penderecki’s Quintet “Leaves from an Unwritten Diary” in presence of the composer.

Together with him we planted Japanese cherry trees and laid the corner stone of that extraordinary event.

The idea of the Festival is to be an interdisciplinary summit of arts. Besides of spell bounding interpretations by Michel Lethiec, Itamar Golan, Igor Malinovsky and others you could experience the performance of the Polish Dance Theatre, visit the exhibition “Sonorism of the colour” by Bartosz Sikorski and watch his short film animations to live music. All that in the scenery of coal mine tunnels and philharmonic hall framed by light arrangements and multimedia.


Already today I would like to invite you to the next year edition under and above the ground.


Jurek Dybał
Festival Director


Video report and pictures you can find at “Multimedia\ Chronicle”