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Anna Maria Jopek and Kroke, photo: Dominik Musiałek

The events held in March as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival will provide Hong Kong residents with a unique opportunity to encounter with Polish literature, jazz and classical music as well as animation. The artists to perform in Hong Kong include: Maciej Fortuna, Kroke, Anna Maria Jopek and Mariusz Wilczyński.

Jacek Kaczmarski performing in Warsaw, 1990. Photo: Tomasz Wierzejski/AG. Stańczyk by Jan Matejko, oil on canvas, 1862, photo: Wikipedia

Since time immemorial, music has accompanied people, often used to commemorate important events. So, put on your headphones, turn the volume up, and experience some defining moments in Polish history through the sounds of some famous names from Polish music.

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The Symphony Orchestra of Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów, photo courtesy of the Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra of Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów performed in China for the first time. The tour covered six cities in which the ensemble gave a total of nine concerts.

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Grzegorz Karnas, photo: Maciej Głowiński

At the turn of November and December 2017, Grzegorz Karnas Formula gave a series of concerts in China, Malaysia and Indonesia. Polish vocalist also conducted workshops for Asian students in all three countries. The tour was a part of the Jazz Po Polsku project promoting independent Polish music worldwide.

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Buslav, photo: Krzysztof Kuczyk/Forum

Polish musician Buslav will take part in an artistic residency during Westway Lab, the contemporary music festival in Guimarães, Portugal, which is part of the European Talent Exchange Programme network.

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Answer Me, BOKKA Music Video stills, photo: press materials

For the first time ever, a Polish music video has qualified for the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The clip for the BOKKA’s song Answer Me will be screened alongside music videos the likes of Beyonce’s Formation.

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Entropia, photo: promo materials

They are often situated within so-called post-metal scene. They often tour with other interesting bands from Polish metal scene. However, Entropy is very free in their approach to metal, as they often add elements of psychedelic music, progressive rock, electronic music and shoegaze into their compositions.

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photo: Melvyn Vanderlyle, promotional materials

Vocalist and producer, MIN t’s real name is Martyna Kubicz. Her musical interests are electronic dance music and neo soul. Her debut longplay is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2017.

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Womex 2015, photo: Eric van Nieuwland

This year, the event will take place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain between October 19 - 23. Polish representatives decided to team up with contemporary music bands and designers. As a result, Poland will have its exhibition stand designed by the "Gdyby" group from Gdańsk.

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Kamp! on Boiler Room in Stereo, photo: press release

This summer Boiler Room hosts crème de la crème of Polish alternative music artists. The prestigious broadcasting platform supports the best artists from all over the world among them two bands from Poland. Follow KAMP! and Księżyc the brand new Boiler Room’s stars.

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Trupa Trupa; photo: promotional material

The Polish band Trupa Trupa will appear at the popular London club Café Oto on 8 August 2016.

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Jazzpospolita, photo: Maciej Głowiński

In Jazzpospolita’s music there is a clash between rock and jazz, power and lyricism. The band's melodic, clear songs were complemented by their energy at concerts even at the start of their career. Improvisation and, with time, more and more melancholy, burst into the orderly structures of their music.

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Scene from the performance "Heroes' Square" directed by Krystian Lupa, 2015, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre and Divine Comedy Theatre Festival, photo: D. Matvejevas

After a huge success of Polish cultural programme organised last year in China, in 2016 we focus on presenting Polish theatre and dance productions as well as early, classical and contemporary music. This time the Chinese audience will have a chance to see some of the most recent and representative Polish theatre productions.

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Elżbieta Sikora, photo: Łukasz Rajchert

Polish composer Elżbieta Sikora was the guest of the Musicacoustica festival in Beijing. Her compositions were performed during the event, and she also gave a lecture and joined the jury of the festival competition.

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Pink Freud with Chinese fans, photo: Jazz po polsku

Pink Freud with its charismatic leader Wojtek Mazolewski and Jazzpospolita, one of the most interesting formations of Polish alternative scene, gave eleven concerts in China. The musicians performed in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Beijing, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Zhongshan and Zhuhai.

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1960s America = Music. If that’s a big claim, here’s a bigger one: The Doors would not have existed if not for Polish immigrants!

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The Young Polish Philharmonic Orchestra – YPPO, photo: Ramusphotography

One of the best youth orchestras in Poland, comprising of most talented students of Polish music schools and universities, gave two concerts at the MISA Festival 2015 in Shanghai. The orchestra performed under the baton of Adam Klocek, winner of the Grammy Award in 2014.

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Concert of the Sinfonia Varsovia at the NCPA, photo: Studio Panato

In May 2015, orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia for the first time in its history gave concerts in China. The orchestra performed in Tianjin, Wuhan and the prestigious National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

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Arte dei Suonatori, photo: Maciej Mulawa

Two Polish ensembles specializing in Baroque and Renaissance music – OCTAVA ensemble and Arte dei Suonatori – performed in Beijing and Wuhan.

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Beata Bilińska, photo: bilinska.pl

Chinese fans of classical music had the extraordinary opportunity to listen to Chopin's music as performed by the distinguished Polish artist Beata Bilińska. Her two concerts took place in the famous Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and in Wuhan.

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