Wroclaw Guitar Festival (Wrocławski Festiwal Gitarowy Gitara)

John McLaughlin, photo by Jarek Pepkowski; Ranjit Barot, photo by Jarek Pepkowski; and Tommy Emmanuel, photo by Jarek Pepkowski.
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Country and Region PolandDolnoslaskie
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland
Festival Contact Information

Katarzyna Krzysztyniak
Wrocławskie Towarzystwo Gitarowe (Wroclaw Guitar Society)
Ruska st 46a/14
50-079 Wroclaw,
Phone: (+48) 71 718 29 17
Fax: (+48) 71 718 30 14
Email: biuro@gitara.wroclaw.pl

Festival Description

Wrocław Guitar Festival has already had fifteen editions. Throughout the years it has invariably maintained the status of a unique event in Poland and in Europe, and it boasts a rich tradition and a high level of artistic performance. It is referred to as a guitar feast, as its atmosphere attracts to Wrocław guitarists and guitar music fans from all over the world. The central idea of the festival is presenting various musical styles connected more or less with the guitar. Among them there is obviously classical music, flamenco (often accompanied by singing and dancing), jazz as well as Latino music, ethnic music and an endless fusion of sounds taken from various musical styles. This variety of repertoire proves that guitar music knows no stylistic boundaries.

Every year the Festival hosts the biggest stars and authorities of the guitar world. During its fifteen editions there have performed such virtuosos as: Paco de Lucía, Tommy Emmanuel, John McLaughlin, Al di Meola, Jesse Cook, Martin Taylor, Louis Winsberg, Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukić, Pavel Steidl, Jorge Morel, Ana Vidović, Tomatito czy Cañizares. The guitarists have been accompanied by such outstanding musicians as: Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride. The Festival is also involved in the promotion of our native young artists, very often giving them a chance to perform on stage with musicians of international renown. Among the Polish stars of the Festival there are such names as Marek Napiórkowski, Marcin Olak, Artur Lesicki, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Marcin Dylla, Marek Pasieczny, Wojtek Pilichowski, Anna Maria Jopek, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Jan Peszek, Krzesimir Dębski, Aleksandra Kurzak or Grupa MoCarta.

Wrocław Guitar Festival does not entail only concerts but also master classes, instruments exhibitions, presentations of musical publishing houses, showing films; these are events, whose high artistic value is guaranteed by Krzysztof Pełech, the originator, co-founder and artistic director of the Festival, who is also a distinguished Polish classical guitarist.

Festival Dates October 10 - 30, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • The Youth’s Stage (Scena Młodych)
    October 10, 2013 | 18:00
    Venue — Old Town Hall, Market (Stary Ratusz, Rynek)
  • Que Passa (Poland)
    October 13, 2013 | 18:00
    Flamenco fusion
    Venue — White Stork Synagogue (Synagoga Pod Białym Bocianem)
  • Peppino D’Agostino (Italy)
    October 17, 2013 | 19:00
    Venue — Firlej Club (Klub Firlej)
  • Diknu Schneeberger Trio (Austria)
    October 18 2013 | 19:00
    Gypsy swing
    Venue — Firlej Club (Klub Firlej)
  • Lazhar Cherouana (France)
    October 19, 2013 | 19:00
    Classical guitar
    Venue — Czysta Gallery (Galeria na Czystej)
  • Dávid Pavlovits (Hungary)
    October 20, 2013 | 18:00
    Classical guitar
    Venue — Old Fair (Stara Giełda)
  • Eamon McGrath (Canada)
    October 22, 2013 | 20:00
    Rock, country
    Venue — Łykend Music Club (Klub Muzyczny Łykend)
  • Soundz Good (Poland)
    October 23, 2013 | 20:00
    Łykend Music Club (Klub Muzyczny Łykend)
  • Duo Melis (Spain, Greece)
    October 26, 2013 | 19:00
    Classical guitar
    Venue — Wrocław Philharmonic Hall (Filharmonia Wrocławska)
  • Yvonne Sanchez & Pedro Tagliani (Cuba, Poland, Brazil)
    October 27, 2013 | 19:00
    Jazz. latin
    Venue — Firlej Club (Klub Firlej)
  • Larry Coryell & Ducks Can Groove (USA)
    October 29, 2013 | 19:00
    Venue — Impart
  • Jazzmen for Jarema (Poland)
    October 30, 2013 | 19:00
    Venue — Impart


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