On the 19th of April 2016 volunteers from the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim played an active role in the initiative for civic education „Daffodils” initiated by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The daffodils are a symbol of remembrance, respect and hope. They are linked to Marek Edelman, the last commander of the Jewish Combat Organization. He received those flowers from an anonymous person every year on the occasion of the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. He personally laid down a bouquet of yellow flowers every year on the 19th of April at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes – very often those were daffodils.
Che Sudaka will play at LFO2016 on Saturday, 18th June. It’s a four piece Latino band, that nearly fifteen years ago have began to play together on the streets of Barcelona. Right now the quartet is considered as one of the most valuable Spanish musical products, and has been one of the most active bands in the world. They played more than 1500 concerts in 40 countries, including major festivals - with the famous Hungarian Sziget among others.
Che Sudaka is known for its peaceful intentions and politically engaged texts aimed at the abolition of social barriers. The musicians, extremely open to other cultures, admit that their work is very difficult to pigeonhole – they define it as punk reggae party. On the other hand, critics claim Che Sudaka as the leading representatives of mestizo, unique combination of ska, cumbia and world music. We can expect that during Life Festival Oświęcim Che Sudaka will provide an amazing, energetic music fiesta full of contradictions!
Queen – legendary rock supergroup behind such hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are The Champions”. Adam Lambert – the young, talented, extremely charismatic vocalist. A unique music project, Queen + Adam Lambert, will play on Sunday, 19th of June, at the final concert of the seventh edition of Poland’s Life Festival taking place in Oswiecim.
Over five decades on stage, more than 4000 performances in over 80 coun-tries. One of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists on history, Sir Elton John will be the headliner of Life Festival Oświęcim 2016, on Saturday, June 18.
Everyone knows such hits as "Sacrifice", "Nikita" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Candle In The Wind" - one of the most popular singles of all times. Elton’s spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences worldwide.
From 20 to 28.07.2016 and from 1 to 3.08.2016 the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum will be closed for the visitors due to the World Youth Day taking place in Krakow. Only groups submitted by the organizers of the WYD will be able to visit the Auschwitz Memorial.
XXXI World Youth Day 2016 will be taken place in Poland in Krakow from July 26th to 31st. More information:
For the first time in its 7-years history LFO will have stadium concerts with international stars both on Saturday and Sunday. The festival will last from 16th to 19th of June.
Eric Clapton, a legendary vocalist and guitarist will headline the last concert of Life Festival Oswiecim 2014. The artist will play at the MOSiR Stadium on Saturday, 28th of June.
Clapton is one of the most prominent figures in the history of rock music. In the 1960s he was a member of a very influential rock band Cream. He also has played in The Yardbirds, Blind Faith and Derek & The Dominos with whom he recorded famous “Layla” – the ultimate rock anthem. After 50 years on stage he is still very active artist. His last album to date, “Old Sock” was released in March 2013. He is continuously playing concerts – in February and March he will play in Japan, Singapore and Dubai.
The concert at LFO2014 is the only Clapton’s gig in Europe in 2014 that has been confirmed so far.
16th International Amateur Film Festival “To Love a Man” will be held in the Community Centre of Oświęcim from 23 to 25 January 2014.
To love a man is to... show fugitive moments, passing time and racing thoughts to live their own lives. To last. And in spite of all similarities and differences among people, to be able to depict the image of a man’s condition. So that not only "here and now" but also "always and everywhere" they showed what is important and will never fade away, that little something marking our presence in the past, the present and the future.
The Amateur Film Festival "To Love a Man" is an international cultural event organized by the Community Centre of Oświęcim. It is held under the patronage of UNICA- World Union of Independent Cinema affiliated to UNESCO and the President of Oświęcim.
Rock icon Soundgarden will play on 27th of June 2014 at the MOSiR Stadium in Oswiecim. It will be the first concert of the legendary band in Poland.
In the new formula of Life Festival Oswiecim there will be two concerts with participation of international stars. The first one is Soundgarden, with a charismatic leader Chris Cornell. The band established in 1984 in Seattle is one of the icons of grunge music. It is also one of the last great rock bands that have never played in Poland.
Soundgarden, disbanded in 1997 at the peak of fame, was re-activated in 2010 with the original lineup: Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron. In 2012 they released a new album “King Animal”.
Ticket sales will start on Wendesday, 20th of November.
12th Artistic Contest
“LET’S GIVE PEACE TO THE WORLD”
under the patronage of
of Oświęcim - City of Peace
Ray Wilson & Stiltskin, as well as Jamaram and Poparzeni Kawą Trzy has joined the line-up of Life Festival Oświęcim.
Ray Wilson headlined the first edition of LFO in 2010. In 2013 he is celebrating 20 years of his music career by a tournee called “20 Years And More”. At the final concert of LFO2013 at the MOSiR Stadium (June 29th) he will play songs from his whole career including Genesis period (1996-98). “It’s gonna be a real music feast” – says Wilson.
The same stage on June 28th will witness performances by Jamaram and Poparzeni Kawą Trzy. The former is one of the hottest live acts in Germany. Their music is a combination of reggae, dub, funk, soul, latin, swing, ska, pop and rock. PKT is a band established by journalists of major Polish media. They play humorous ska with lyrics about partying, love as well as important political and social issues.
The main star of LFO2013 is Sting. Among other artist are: Brodka, Perfect and Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
The building of Municipal Public Library was built on the basis of the winning design which Susul & Strama Architekci prepared for the national competition announced by the Town of Oświęcim along with the Associat
ion of Polish Architects - SARP in Krakow. The primary project issue was how to get a book to the average citizen. The architects decided that since the public likes to spend so much free time in shopping centres, why not try to design the library as a shopping centre and ‘call a spade a spade’ - The Book Centre.
A concert by legendary British artist, ex-leader and co-founder of cult band The Police, will be the highlight of the fourth edition of Life Festival Oswiecim. An author of hits such as „Roxanne”, „Every Breath You Take” or „Fragile” will come on stage of MOSiR Stadium on Saturday, 29th June.
The concert will be a part of „Back To Bass” tournee. This will be the first time during the tour when Sting will play in Poland at open air. This is also the first time that Sting accepted an invitation to any Polish festival. It is mainly because of the idea of LFO – promoting tolerance and peaceful co-existence of people representing different races, cultures, religions and nationalities. Sting is known by supporting various organizations defending human rights, e.g. Amnesty International – a partner of Life Festival Oswiecim.
Soon there will take place the unveiling of the commemorative plate dedicated to Andrzej Stasiuk – a well-known modern writer. The aim of the Writers Avenue, being created at Ł. Górnicki Town Public Library BOOK GALLERY in Oświęcim is to commemorate the outstanding living writers. At the Writers Avenue, the authors themselves are going to take part in the celebration of unveiling their commemorative plates decorated with their autograph and a selected quote from their works. Their arrival at Oświęcim is also going to be the holiday for all the people who still value the written words in the era of picture culture. Please remember that the Town Council etsablished the Writers Avenue during its session in June this year, giving this name to the pedestrian precinct at the BOOK GALLERY.
Oświęcim- the City of Peace took part in the celebrations of the International Day of Peace which takes place on the 21st September. On this occasion teenagers from the Primary School Number 9 of Peace Messengers prepared a special program presenting the city, which referred to the idea of the holiday. This program was presented to their age mates from the Russian Volgograd via Internet. Teenagers from Oświęcim could also send regards to their Russian friends and see a program presented by them. This event in Oświęcim was coordinated by the Promotion Department of the City Hall and the meeting took place in the Wedding Hall of the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
About 450 pupils from Oświęcim Primary School No 9 named after Peace Messengers created by themselves a shape of a dove of peace in the school playground. The symbolic dove is the dominant element of the logo of Oświęcim - the City of Peace. In this way, the pupils referred to the International Day of Peace celebrated on 21 September. Young Oświęcim citizens were preparing this event from a few days, practicing the setting in the shape of logo and doing hats referring to the color of the city logo.
Oświęcim Cultural Center invites you to participate in the 15th International Festival of Amateur Film "To Love a Man" which will take place from 26 to 28 January 2012 in Oświęcim Cultural Centre. The films, to participate in the competition, will be accepted until 15 December 2011.
“To love a Man” is ... a showing fleeting moments, fleeting time, running thoughts to they live their own lives. That these things will be eternal. That, despite everything that connects people and what people share, they can sketch a picture of the human condition. That they would show that what's important not only “here and now" but "always and everywhere”. That they show what will never pass away, so that we were, we are and we will be.