Sacrum Profanum 2021

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - Sunday, October 3, 2021

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - Sunday, October 3, 2021

This year’s instalment of Sacrum Profanum festival – the second in the planned trilogy – is held under the banner of “Maturity”. Music from 15 countries from all over the globe resounds at the National Museum in Krakow, rooms of the Małopolska Garden of Arts, ICE Kraków and a private apartment. We will encounter three musical traditions (classical, contemporary and avantgarde, described as Three Colours), follow the changes occurring in performance and conceptualism (~maturity), hear vocal music performed by three Polish artists (Not So Long Ago) and explore Barbara Buczek’s piano pieces described as “impossible to perform” (Esoteric Chords). Sacrum Profanum also joins the celebrations of the Year of Lem with Summa Lemmologiae and LEM: Lapidary Expression of Modernism.

During the gala finale, friends of the festival from the British Arditti Quartet celebrate their 47 1/2 Anniversary. Why here? “[It was at Sacrum Profanum that] I began to enjoy performing music by composers I had never even heard of before,” explains the ensemble’s leader Irvine Arditti. He adds that during his visits to Kraków he “gained a completely new and refreshing perspective on Polish music.”

And that’s the festival in a nutshell: new figures, unusual perspectives and never-ending searches.

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