Wrocław will see the 6th edition of Brave Festival from 2 to 9 July. This year's event, whose theme is "Enchanters", will be a trip into the realm of shamans, whisperers, ritual dancing and singing that accompany genuine ceremonies. The organizers invite those who are brave enough to face the surprising yet real beauty of the festival...
Wrocław will host the 6th edition of Brave Festival, centred around the theme of "Enchanters"
This year's Brave Festival promises to bring audiences into the realm of shamans, whisperers, ritual singing dancing. The organisers welcome those who are brave enough to face the surprising yet real beauty of the festival, which will be honoured with the presence of guests from all over the world.
The festival is dedicated to the indigenous artists and representatives of vanishing cultures. The organisers and their fellow ethnographers, journalists and world travelers often spend months on journeys across the globe to find those who are still involved in these ancient traditions and invite them to take part in the celebrations in Poland.
It is thanks to this effort that the festival audience will have a unique chance to such incredible performers as Bi Kidude, a hundred-year-old singer from Zanzibar, an Egyptian group consisting of performers of the music which accompanies the ancient healing ritual Zar, and a whisperer from the Podlasie region of Poland who performs the ritual of "whispering" used for healing. The Nuna tribe will, for the first time, leave the bush in Burkina Faso to perform the mask dance in their debut on the stage. Apart from the above mentioned, there are several dozens of performers from, among others, Burundi, Chile, South Korea and Siberia.
"We set off to search for enchantments, poetry, singing, incantations, laments and whispers which effect tangible reactions and which bring about particular changes in the real world. Our aim was to listen intently to the world about whose existence we do not know too much, about which we dream and which we try to imagine. The world to which the access is given by words and the world whose word can be trusted", says Grzegorz Bral, the author and founder of the festival.
The main events will be accompanied by a series of 21 documentaries for which the point of departure is the direct link to the theme of the word. The main part of the festival consists of pictures introducing oral traditions to the spectators. The majority of these traditions have not been presented to the Polish audience before. A distinct role will be given to Brave People Doc – a series of documentaries presenting the actions of individuals struggling with their surrounding reality to preserve their traditions, ideals and values.
Alongside its cultural events, the festival implements an ambitious project to help others. In addition to transferring the annual proceeds to the international organization Rokpa International, which helps children in Tibet, the festival organisers are carrying out their own project – Brave Kids. This is an endeavour in which brings together groups of children from the regions affected by tragic, historical and social experiences through art. Wrocław will host children from Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Nepal and Sweden this year. They will be joined by two theatre groups from Poland: Chechen children supported by Association of Culture Practitioners and the Warsaw centre for Chechen refugees, as well as center "Źródełko" and a library "Światoteka". For two weeks this large group will be exchanging their artistic skills and learning various art forms under the supervision of the artists from the Sweden Awake Youth Project to put on a joint performance for the finale of the festival.
According to Bral, the Brave Festival was created to fight against the loss of precious global cultures. The festival is dedicated to the vanishing world of tradition and enchantment - as far from mass culture as can be.
For a detailed programme of the Festival, see: www.bravefestival.pl
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