Oświęcim is a city with a tragic history.
It is a silent witness to the inhumanity and atrocities of World War II. It is therefore a place from which a message of peace and tolerance should be spread to the world.
Life Festival that takes place in Oświęcim focuses on :
Spreading the idea of peaceful cooexistance and overcoming borders between cultures and countries.
Building brigdes between the tragic past and the present.
Overcoming stereotypes, racism and antisemitic attitudes.
Values, which stand behind organizing Peace Festival:
The first edition (2010) gathered over 15 thousand people.
Festival's program was spread over three days. The first concerts took place at a charming market square. The audience had a chance to hear Mosa Sisic & The Gipsy Express, an amazing family of musicians gathered around its virtuoso leader – violinist Mosa Sisic.And that was only for starters. Nobody was really prepared for what followed. It took only several minutes for the israeli band Hatikva 6 to conquer Oswiecim, gathered at the market square. Crowds jumped high in the air singing words in Hebrew and English, words about peace, tolerance, and love. Next to come was a renown Polish singer with her band – Kasia Kowalska. Her concert took the audience to extremes, with her hit songs. Many encores later the crowd reluctantly went home or to the local pubs.
The second day was a mixture of sophisticated and touching perfomance of Mahler's symphony performed in a church and film screenings for the ones who opted for films focused around Balkans and Israel.
The classical concert turned out to be a huge success. The orchestra under maestro Pawel Przytocki and with an internationally recognized soprano Marjana Lipovšek swept the audience off their feet.
The last day of the festival offered an event that was hard to resist.
We heard folk in variety of forms – music of Roma from Hungary ( Nomada ), Polish highlanders combined forces with reggae straigh from Jamaica ( Trebunie Tutki and Twinkle Brothers), famous Polish band with their Ukrainian friends (Voo Voo and UkraInni), a popular Polish group Varius Manx and a star of the eveing - Ray Wilson and Berlin Symphony Ensemble. It all took our breath away.
The second edition will present renown international artists from all over the world.
You can be sure to find something fabulous, unexpected, big, new or classical.
You will also find people who think positive and want to spread the good vibes around.
Pop, folk and classical music, movie screenings, theatre performances, workshops – all this and more.