Rozstaje Traditional Music Festival (Festiwal Muzyki Tradycyjnej Rozstaje)

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Country and Region PolandMalopolskie
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Cracow, Malopolskie, Poland
Festival Contact Information

Festiwal Muzyki Tradycyjnej Rozstaje
Cracow Festival Bureau
Sw.Krzyż St. 1,
31028 Cracow, Poland
Phone: (48) 424-96-50

Festival Description

Rozstaje Festival presents the diverse traditional music of the region and at the same time common features of the folk culture of the Carpathians. The performers act as the representatives of their ancestors who made up the many peoples and ethnic groups—including the Poles, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians, Ukrainians, Lemky, Boiky, Gypsies and Jews. What’s typical, is that on the most of this mountainous terrain the old custom of multi-generation family music-making has been preserved, and the traditions have undergone mutual influences. The music that has emerged from it and its inner force caused in the recent years a certain fashion for “góralski folk” (mountainous folk).

Modern pop music draws from this inspiration with dynamic, almost trance-like rhythms, original harmonies, vocal styles and the texts themselves. Rozstaje Festival, not indulging in those types of musical solutions and presenting authentic folk ensembles, is however a reference point, allowing to understand this phenomenon of popularity.

Festival Dates July 24 - 31, 2011
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