40th International Sea Song Festival Shanties 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Sunday, February 28, 2021
Back in 1981, when a handful of fans from the “Szkwał” Maritime Youth Club came together to sing and listen to sea songs, they could have hardly expected that they were giving rise to a beautiful tradition. The posse grew in popularity over the years, and the – undoubtedly landlocked! – capital of Małopolska welcomed growing numbers of visitors from all over the globe. This year’s International Sea Song Festival “Shanties” is crossing another boundary: due to the pandemic, and thanks to state-of-the-art technologies, the 40th anniversary festival is held entirely online. Between 25 and 28 February we make virtual visits to Warsaw, Gdynia, Szczecin and Świnoujście, and join forces with seadogs from Norway, the UK, Russia and the US.
Over the four festival days we will see seven concerts performed by acclaimed shanty and folk singers. On 25 February we head to The Port Tavern, on 26 February we explore Immense Oceans, on 27 February we moor In Port, at the Quay, and on 28 February we immerse ourselves in classic shanties from The Lonely Frigate and sing together during the finale concert Onboard Sailing Ships. On 27 and 28 February, the youngest mateys sing together with the Klang and Zejman & Garkumpel ensembles. Events will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
The programme also features memories, exhibitions of archival photos and film screenings. All events are free, but please make a donation if you can – all funds help to finance the festival. (Bartosz Suchecki, “Karnet”)
Into the light zone
Armour of the Teenage King Sigismund II Augustus – special showing at Wawel Castle
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Sunday, February 28, 2021
Sea Song Festival Shanties 2021 for children
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12:00 PM
MINIencounters with Art: LINORITE (online)
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12:30 PM
St Mary’s Church
Rynek Główny 5A history spanning over eight centuries, a high altar by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz), a bugle call, the...
Wawel HillA limestone rock rising above the Vistula in the centre of Kraków, an ancient centre of...
ICE Kraków Congress Centre
ul. Konopnickiej 17A modern venue hosting concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, congresses, conferences, and...
Rynek Główny 1-3One of the symbols of city, a pearl of renaissance architecture, Kraków’s oldest...
Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory
ul. Lipowa 4Where the tumultuous history of a world war meets everyday life, and private lives – a...
WawelThe cave that the legendary dragon inhabited leads down from Wawel Hill to the bank of the Vistula....