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51st edition of International Festival Wratislavia Cantans

3–18 September 2016
National Forum of Music

One of the most important and most prestigious musical events in Poland. The programme of the 51st edition of the festival, titled Europa Cantans will include important works by European composers, performed by the most exceptional artists. For over 50 years, the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans has been the most important classical music festival in this part of Europe. Years ago, the festival was the only opportunity to meet the world-famous artists behind the Iron Curtain.

The festival was originated by one of the most outstanding Polish conductors, Andrzej Markowski. After he became a director of the Wrocław Philharmonic in 1965, within a year he initiated a festival of oratorios and cantatas which aimed at presenting music created in the Middle Ages, through Baroque, to contemporary music. The concerts took place in historic churches and museums in Wrocław. The festival was an international undertaking in its very assumptions.

Since 1978, the festival has been a part of the European Festivals Association. Each year, over 30 thousand people listen to the concerts on the radio, thanks to the broadcasts by Program 2 Polskiego Radia (2nd Channel of Radio Poland), including events broadcasted in entire Europe as part of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The festival featured many stars of music scene, including: Barbara Hendricks, Cecilia Bartoli, David Daniels, Derek Lee Ragin, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Violeta Urmana, Joseph Calleja, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philippe Herreweghe, Antoni Wit, Andreas Scholl, Christianne Stotijn, Ton Koopman, Trevor Pinnock, Alexander Liebreich and Gustav Leonhardt. Wratislavia Cantans also hosted ensembles and choirs of worldwide fame, such as: Collegium Vocale Gent, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Il Giardino Armonico, The English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Monteverdi Choir, Staatskapelle Dresden and The Royal Choral Society. 

Today, exceptional artists from Europe come to Wrocław in order to prepare concerts with the National Forum of Music, the organiser of the festival. For the first time in the festival’s history, the musicians and the audience will have an opportunity to experience the music in a world-class concert hall—the National Forum of Music, a space where the masterpieces will sound with all their beauty. We would like to invite you to celebrate with us from 3rd to 18th September. Long live the Wratislavia! 

Artistic Director: Giovanni Antonini
Organiser: National Forum of Music
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