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David Gilmour at the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016

The legendary Pink Floyd guitarist is to perform with 30-piece orchestra NFM Philharmonic under the baton Zbigniew Preisner and Leszek Możdżer.

David Gilmour is on his “Rattle That Lock” world tour. On 26th January 2016, the details of the artist’s special performance at the Wolności Square in Wrocław were made publicly known. The concert, organised to celebrate the year of the European Capital of Culture in Wrocław, starts on 25th June at 9:30 p.m. (the gates are going to be opened at 7:00 p.m.). Leszek Możdżer and Zbigniew Preisner will be the guests of David Gilmour at that concert. Approximately 20,000 seats were prepared for the audience. All tickets were sold.

A series of concerts – from 14 January 2016 to 8 December 2016
Town Hall – Great Hall / Ratusz –Sala Wielka; Oratorium Marianum, Museum of Architecture / Muzeum Architektury; Ossolineum Aula; University Church / Kościół Uniwersytecki; Evangelical Church / Kościół Ewangelicki; Aula Leopoldina; National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki

15-17 January 2016


National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki, Audiovisual Technology Center / Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych CeTA

The three-day Mercouri/Xenakis projectis an event organised by the Avant Art foundation, celebrating the Opening Weekend of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016. The project includes concerts, an exhibition and a spectacle. The events, presented from 15 to 17 January will be dedicated to the work of Iannis Xenakis, one of the most prominent composers of contemporary music worldwide, and Melina Mercouri, a Greek actress and originator of the very idea of the European Capital of Culture.

20 January 2016, 11:00 AM
Hala Orbita
An event for cultural and educational establishments in and around Wrocław, participation limited only to registered guests

On 20 January 2016 the San Sebastian March sounded in Wrocław. In this symbolic way children and youth from Wrocław and the Wrocław Agglomeration joined the celebration of Tamborrada – the feast day of the patron saint of the Basque city of Donostia (San Sebastian), which also holds the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016.

4-7 February 2016
Eter Club; The Academy of Motion / Akademia Ruchu (Ruska 47-48a); Terminal Hotel Conference Centre (Rakietowa 33); New Horizons Art House Cinema / Kino Nowe Horyzonty

13–14 February 2016
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki

The project is based on the idea of an interdisciplinary laboratory (jazz, improvised music, audiovisual arts, performance) for artists from Wrocław and representative of partner festivals from Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Luxembourg, Denmark and Ireland.

18 February, 7:00 PM
Oratorium Marianum
plac Uniwersytecki 1, Wrocław

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, one of the greatest Romantic poets beside Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, was connected with Silesia…

18 February, 7:00 PM
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki

Lang Lang is certainly one of the most recognisable characters of the contemporary world of piano music. The charismatic artist was already learning how to play the piano at the age of three. He soon had his first public performances, winning a growing number of listeners and fans.

18 March 2016, 7:00 PM
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki, KGHM Main Concert Hall / Sala Główna KGHM

Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the most successful ensembles on the international musical scene, listed as one of top 10 orchestras in the world.

19–22 May 2016, Wrocław
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki

This year’s unique edition of Musica Electronica Nova [MEN], titled Growing, fits into the motto of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016: Spaces for Beauty. For the first time, the festival will sound and grow in the new halls of the NFM.The 4-day-long special edition of the festival combines electronica with the sound of symphonic orchestra, a chamber ensemble and urban space. Thanks to the composers’ innovative approach, the electronic medium will sprout in NFM concert halls, as well as on the Wolności Square. The Sound Cinema will present musical cityscapes, while the undeniably precise L’Ensemble InterContemporain from Paris and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform on stage.

8–16 April 2016
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki

The 30th anniversary edition of the Festival will be celebrated with para-operatic multimedia shows, new music played on old instruments, diverse installations, meetings and conferences.

Featuring: Cellonet, defunensemble, LUX:NM, Musiques Nouvelles, {oh!} Historical Orchestra, NFM Symphonic Orchestra and the New Music Orchestra.

14 – 17 April 2016
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki 

The European Festivals Association (EFA) is an organisation which unites music, dance, theatre and interdisciplinary festivals in Europe and beyond.

16 April 2016 at 6:00 PM
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki, KGHM Main Hall / Sala Główna KGHM

The music played in the 17th century Wrocław perfectly reflected the cosmopolitan nature of the "meeting place" back in the day. The programme of the next 1000 Years of Music in Wrocław concert, organised as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations will be full of references to the confluence of cultures in the capital of Lower Silesia.

21 April 2016 at 7:00
Town Hall, Great Hall / Ratusz, Wielka Sala

26–28 April 2016


Aula Leopoldina, Karol Szymanowski Music School / Szkoła Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego

In just a few weeks time the 7th edition of the CLARIMANIA Festival—a celebration of woodwind instruments with concerts, recitals, master classes and lectures, as well as exhibitions of musical instruments and presentations—will start.

26–30 April 2016
IMPART, Centennial Hall / Hala Stulecia, National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki, urban space, music clubs

The 52nd edition of the Jazz on the Odra Festival will take place between 26th and 30th April 2016 and will be a part of the celebrations connected with the European Capital of Culture 2016. Festival tickets are available since 10th March. The Jazz on the Odra Festival in Wrocław is one of the oldest jazz festivals in Poland—it takes place every year since 1964 and plays an important role on the Polish musical scene. Every year, in spring, we present the most interesting jazz artists and events from all around the world, including the wide and diverse range of jazz subgenres. Moreover, with the last year’s edition we have started doing our best to combine the well-known musical tradition with the fresh vision of our new Artistic Director, Leszek Możdżer, an exceptional Polish jazz musician.

26 April 2016
Wrocław, Oratorium Marianum

A project promoting leading jazz and classical musicians, facilitating cooperation between Wrocław musicians, soloists and conductors from other European cities. Solo and symphony concerts, as well as chamber pieces will be performed during the series of concerts. Conductors: Gabor Hollerung, Jan Jakub Bokun, Maciej Żółtowski.

27-30 April 2016
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki

The project is based on the idea of an interdisciplinary laboratory (jazz, improvised music, audio-visual arts, performance) for artists from Wrocław and representative of partner festivals from Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Luxembourg, Denmark and Ireland.

30th April 2016
Centennial Hall / Hala Stulecia, National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki, quarter of the Four Denominations District / Dzielnica Czterech Wyznań, Main Square / Rynek, Capitol Theatre / Teatr Muzyczny Capitol

Due to the fact that Wrocław holds the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016, the representatives of Wrocław jazz scene decided to celebrate the International Jazz day in a special way—this is why on 30th April a number of events dedicated to jazz music will take place in the city.

1st May 2016


Pergola—Centennial Hall / Hala Stulecia, Wystawowa 1, Wrocław

The idea to try and beat the Guinness World Record was an initiative by Leszek Cichoński and other residents of the city, who every year attempt to gather a huge number of guitarists and play “Hey, Joe” together.

2–3 May 2016
Pergola, Centennial Hall / Hala Stulecia

Every year during the first weekend of May, many famous Polish bands dominating the charts, veterans of rock and rising stars play in the heart of Wrocław. Apart from presenting the best artists worldwide, the idea of the festival is to build the identity of young Poles and celebrate the important Polish holidays—the Polish Flag Day and the Constitution Day—in a cheerful atmosphere.

5–9 May 2016
White Stork Synagogue / Synagoga Pod Białym Bocianem

A presentation of events which emphasise the significance of Yiddish and Ladino – languages of Jewish minorities in Europe. The project will encompass a conference, musical and language workshops, as well as concerts by Rosa Zaragoza, Bente Kahan, as well as Polish and Spanish artists.

Passage : from 7 May to 10  June AND from 22 June to 26 October

OPENING : 7 May 2016The PASSAGE is a sounding and lightening corridor dedicated to memories of historical music and sounds from Wroclaw. This city has a very rich cultural past, having belong to several countries through years and which has been always consider as a very important crossroad for cultural exchanges.

16 May 2016 at 8:00 
Narodowe Forum Muzyki, Black Hall, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław

The project's name references a series of 116 historical concerts organised in Aula Leopoldina between 1881 and 1909.

Thanks to the "1000 years of music in Wrocław" series the audience will have an opportunity to listen to the early music from Wrocław, which to date remains present in the city's culture.

17–20 May 2016
National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki

The most important forum for public radio stations concerning the newest composing creations will take place in Poland for the first time.

The programme comprises the IRCLab – a laboratory of arts open to the audience and Windows on the World, presenting recordings and creations from the countries where contemporary composers have no place in the public broadcasts.

25 May 2016
National Forum of Music

One of the best orchestras in the world will play at the NFM, led by famous British conductor, and artistic director of the Royal Opera House. 

27–28 May 2016
National Forum of Music

The bi-annual conference gathers representatives of performance arts associations, employers’ organisations and industry federations, representing classical music, opera, theatre, dance and even circus.

National Forum of Music / Narodowe Forum Muzyki, Capitol Theatre / Teatr Muzyczny Capitol

It is the 8th edition of a festival celebrating the diversity of various art forms, culture, new concert venues, audiences and perspectives, based on working together with children. In 2016, a children’s opera will be composed specially for the festival, we would also like to invite all DANCE LOVERS for a choreography programme created by Rose Breuss to Beethoven’s music from Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus.

30 May at 8:00 p.m.
National Forum of Music

3-5 June 2016
Churches in Wrocław

The only choir festival in Wrocław connected with a competition, promoting sacral choir music. During the 6th edition of the Festival, a GRAND PRIX of PLN 10,000 will be awarded to the best choir of the Festival, along with other prizes with total value of PLN 20,000.

4 June 2016
Zamek Culture Centre—Leśnica—palace park

A musical festival combining various trends of broadly understood electronic music: house, minimal, nu disco and techno. Apart from the musical aspect, the audience will be able to take advantage of the specially designed and prepared scenography of the event, musical workshops and a kids corner.

The place will change beyond recognition, creating a new, magical world, parallel to the real one.
Organiser: Wooded Events sp. z o.o.

9–12 June 2016
Agora Culture Centre, Serbska 5a

An international festival presenting the most important phenomena and trends in improvisation art. The programme of the AOI encompasses concerts and performances by the masters of their arts, the CREATIONS competition for young artists, as well as improvisation workshops, film screenings and an exhibition. In the past, many renowned artists and groups performed at the festival, including the Matthew Shipp Trio, John Butcher and the William Parker Quartet.

1718 June 2016
Open air festival
25 June 2016
Browar Mieszczański / Bourgeois Brewery

The annual celebration of independent art: concerts, exhibitions, performances, installations, sculpture, photography, painting, multimedia, fashion shows, video art exhibitions, performance art, workshops, films, presentations of the literary scene and events for the youngest participants. The majority of those events will take place on ships, cruising the Odra River. Apart from that: 14 exhibition halls, 200 artists, 5 concerts. Beer on a bench, food straight from a food truck and many other attractions. 

19 June 2016
Wrocław Industrial Park DOZAMEL

An event promoting music from the borderline of many styles. The programme includes premiere performances by Zapp 4 and Jan Bang, Miloopa and Eklektik Orchestra concert inspired by the issue of human-machine relations.

22–23 June 2016

A series of concerts promoting folk and ethnic music culture, as well as jazz. The main point of the programme will be the celebration of Midsummer’s Eve (St John’s Eve or Kupała Night, as it is known in the Slavic countries). 

25 June 2016
Wolności Square

The concert, which will take place on St John’s Day, will be one of the most important events of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016.

26 June–10 July 2016
Wrocław—Arsenal Courtyard

The festival has been organised annually since 1997 and thanks to its unique formula it has gained a large and faithful following and a group of fans.

A real-time sound trip through Wrocław, for a poetic discovery of the city’s soundscape.

28 June – 26 October 2016
The Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music
pl. Wolności 1,
50-071 Wrocław
+48 71 342 20 01

Palimpsest is an immersive sounding trip in the city. The main principle consists in an alternative perception of soundscape in real-time. With a GPS and headphone system, the visitor has the possibility to walk through  the city center and to «discover» a different sounding reality linked with the places he is moving around.

17 July 2016
Oratorium Marianum, University Church, St Martin Church, Holy Cross Church

The meeting of artists from Poland and Germany presenting the masterpieces of organ building from Lower Silesia. The day will be filled with 5 concerts, presenting organs in many configurations and in diverse programme. 

23 July 2016
Wrocław Municipal Stadium
30 July 2016
St Marie Magdalene Cathedral
6 August 2016
National Forum of Music

The “Singing Europe” project is a continuation of the Singing Wrocław and Singing Poland projects. In 2014–2016 the project has been expanded and now includes the whole of the continent. The idea of the project is to serve as an international meeting forum for dozens of European youth choirs to perform exceptional operatic masterpieces, oratorios and a cappella programmes together in cooperation with world-famous artists. In 2016 the project will be expanded with the region, the cities of which will host the selected ensembles, organising a cappella concerts, meeting with local ensembles and presenting the values of the surroundings.

18–28 August 2016
St John the Baptist Cathedral, University Church, Town Hall, National Museum in Wrocław, Aula Leopoldina, Oratorium Marianum

The festival is devoted to early music, played using historical instruments, promoting the musical heritage of Wrocław. 

Speech was the source from which music evolved. Music has inherited many aspects of speech—ways to operate time, dynamics, articulation and timbre becoming a new and independent language which was subject to the same rules as the speech. This definition was created by Nicolo Vincentino in his L’antica musica ridotta alla moderna prattica (1555), calling it “musica recitata”. 

In the early 13th century, the Tatar invasion ruined the Kingdom of Poland. The Silesian prince, Henryk Pobożny, fell in the disastrous Battle of Legnica.  Just a few years later, the Turkish invasion, which took Jerusalem from Christian hands, ended in a bloody massacre on the streets of the Holy City. The existence of the Kingdom of Jerusalem was jeopardised. Upon receiving the news of the defeat, the King of France, Saint Louis IX, decided to go on a crusade. The hastily organised rescue expedition was also thwarted. His army perished, and he was captured. In spite of that, his outstanding and honourable attitude and his authority, even amongst Muslims, allowed the Kingdom of Jerusalem to survive.

27 August 2016
Zajezdnia History Centre

A multimedia artistic show directed by Krzysztof Jakubczak, telling the story of a city, which had to be rebuilt from ruins after World War II, of representatives of culture and science, of artists and oppositionists who built the city.

27th August 2016
Wrocław Municipal Stadium / Stadion Wrocław

This year, Rammstein concert will be one of the most spectacular musical events in Poland, and the fans should expect an unforgettable show. The uncompromising sound of guitars enriched with the mechanical rhythm of synthesisers, deep voice of Till Lindemann and pyrotechnic effects will create a unique show.

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.

9–11 September 2016

The festival promotes contemporary Polish culture in Eastern European countries, initiating international cooperation, exchange of knowledge and experiences among the representatives of NGOs, as well as strengthening the role of culture in the transformation processes of Ukraine and the entire region.

22–24 September 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Firlej Centre, Grabiszyńska 56, 53-504 Wrocław

Asymmetry is an important place on the map of European music festivals. Place, where new trends are created, a meeting place of cultures, attitudes and people who create contemporary culture. The festival is organized in Wrocław since 2009 and its core program is exceeding the music genres boundaries such as metal, rock, jazz, electronics and pop. The audience can only see the uncompromising artists boldly drawing on the tradition of popular music, using the latest sounds compilations. Many of the invited artists present in Poland for the first time. This year’s event edition will take place on 22-24 September in Firlej Club.

22–25 September 2016
National Forum of Music

A European conference of jazz life organisers, specialising in creative music, creative jazz and contemporary improvised music 

49 October 2016 
National Forum of Music, New Horizons Art House Cinema, CeTA Audiovisual Technology Centre

In October 2016, the 9th edition of the Avant Art Festival, one of the most important meetings with avant-garde and experimental art in Poland, will take place in Wrocław. The Avant Art Festival is more than just a musical project, as its programme also encompasses sound installations, dance and theatrical performances, visual projects, films, educational projects and concerts. 

710 October 2016
Concert (premiere): 9 October 2016
Church of the Holy Cross on Ostrów Tumski

A colourful and multi-cultural event, inspired by the roots of music of many nations. The co-existence of “musical worlds” will be realised in the piece composed by Henryk Jan Botor for choir, instrumental ensemble and soloists.

8 October 2016
WCK Centennial Hall

A part of the festival, the motto of which—“peace and good through music”—refers to the writings of St. Francis of Assisi, the ambassador of peace, and to the philosophy of striving for good through the beauty of music and interiors.

21–29 October 2016; 15–16 November 2016 
National Forum of Music, Vertigo Jazz Club & Restaurant

An international music competition, organised as part of the 19th edition of the Wrocław Guitar Festival GITARA+. Many great guitar players from all around the world will come to Wrocław for open auditions to compete in one of two categories—fingerstyle and classical guitar.

3-6 November 2016
Gothic Hall, Stary Klasztor

Stylistic diversity—from ambient and neo-folk to classical industrial, noise and radical avant-garde—is a strong point of the festival and it is what makes this event exceptional.

4-5 November 2016
Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław

An international scientific conference titled “Music, Fine Arts and Theatre in Artistic Education of Children and Young People”, addressed to artists, teachers dealing with artistic education and students of art and education departments.

17–27 November 2016
National Forum of Music
Paid admission. 

The festival is considered to be one of the most creative events in Europe. Its 13th edition will be marked by world premieres and compositions dedicated to Wrocław and to the NFM bands, including premiere performances of compositions by Jason Moran and Wayne Shorter. The programme will also feature: Bobby McFerrin, Hugh Masekala and resident artists from Japan.

19 November 2016
National Forum of Music

A project for young musicians from selected European universities creates an opportunity to integrate the artistic academic community, including partner cities of Wrocław. 

19 November 2016
Centennial Hall
Paid admission.

The festival focuses on reggae music and its goal is to promote Wrocław and present the city in the context of European art and creations. The audience from all over Europe will have an opportunity to listen to the greatest reggae stars and get to know the Polish music scene, a very strong and vibrant part of the local culture in Wrocław.

1-3 December 2016
Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław

The European Forum of Music Therapists “45 Years of Wrocław Music Therapy in the Centre of Europe” will be a presentation of achievements of Wrocław Music Therapy compared to other European music therapy schools in Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Great Britain, Ukraine and Italy. 

11 December 2016
Town Hall

Bibliotheca Rudolphina is an interdisciplinary project, the goal of which is a comprehensive presentation of one of the most precious Silesian collections of music from the 17th century in Poland with great significance for the European culture. The project assumes gathering all available information regarding the preserved materials, digitalisation and publishing of the 17th century library, belonging to Prince of Legnica and Brzeg, Jerzy Rudolf, as well as finding the missing voices in the libraries all over the world. 

2-4 December 2016
Gothic Hall, Stary Klasztor
White Stork Synagogue

The festival is a realisation of an idea of a coherent, somehow stylistically hermetic music event, which goes against all superficiality in the process of creation and reception of art.

7–11 December 2016
Concert Hall—Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław

The only international competition for choir conductors—students and graduates of music universities.

9–10 December 2016

For 7 years, WROsound has been presenting the most interesting music of the Lower Silesia region. The event, previously known under the name “Wrocławski Sound”, expands its artistic ambitions far beyond the city limits.

A series of concerts performed by world- class ensembles from Iceland, Norway, Portugal and Spain, as well as Wrocław Sound Factory Orchestra – the host of the event. It will be accompanied by lectures and workshops devoted to four aspects of a given cultural region – music, language, visual arts and nature. Their juxtaposition at the North-South axis will show similarities and differences, and present inspiring models for activity in the area of artistic creation.


April 2016

A project promoting active attitude to culture among young people. The task is to create common ground of understanding for youth groups from various parts of the city and allowe them to present their own cultural activities and create new original projects together. They will learn about various stages of creation, promotion and implementation of artistic activities and acquire skills necessary to act on their own in this domain.



Singing relaxes body and mind, it is a respiratory training for pregnant women, positively influences emotional development of children and stimulates language learning – such is the basic premise of singing workshops for parents with small children and those expecting a baby. The meetings will take place in birth schools, hospitals, nurseries and other family-friendly spaces, where parents will receive practical tips and materials to help them learn songs.



A project initiated by Małe Instrumenty artistic group from Wroclaw. The aim is to generate new, innovative, original instruments, which allow the performers to create new music. A formed group of active participants of workshops will become instrument constructors, and them performers and composers of music.



The Wrocław Commentary Choir is a project carried out by the Capitol Musical Theatre as part of the ECC Wroclaw 2016 events.
It is a proposal for residents and friends of the city, allowing them to become a part of citizen culture in the European Capital of Culture.

We invited the residents of Wrocław over 16 years old to participate. They did not need to know how to sing; however, they had to have a sense of humour and be sensitive to what’s happening in the city. 

National Forum of Music

An engaging musical journey through Wrocław. With a GPS-enabled phone and headphones, visitors can walk around the city centre and by using a special application on their phones they can discover its acoustic reality, which is a part of its forgotten history. Guests will receive a special map with various sound spots they will be able to visit, creating their own unique routes around the city.

On 18 January 2016 the Jury delivered their decision in the “Polish National Competition for Choir Composers WROCŁAW—EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE”, organised by the Faculty of Composition and the Faculty of Choral Art of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław

The Competition Jury decided to give out the 


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