The ten years of ETHNO PORT Poznań Festival are a cause for celebration, but also an opportunity to look back on its history, consider its achievements and appraise the position it has gained. The Festival is undeniably one of the leading world music events in the country, also known to and appreciated by international journalists, musicians and promoters.
The stages of Ethno Port have seen 120 bands and solo artists who came to Poznań from the farthest corners of the globe and places not so far away at all. Our audiences have experienced the varied traditions of African music, the phenomenal musical manifestations of Sufi Islam, the Far Eastern sounds of Korea and China, South American rhythms of cumbia, rumba and salsa, the singular North American approach to ethnic music, as well as the wealth of European cultural traditions, from flamenco and fado, through Celtic and Balkan music, to Eastern European exuberance and shamanic magic of Scandinavia. We have also managed to showcase the abundant achievement of the Polish scene, without siding with any of the competing currents.
The strength of the Festival lies first and foremost in the atmosphere, which owes its uniqueness to the loyal, aware and demanding audience. It is with that audience in mind that we successively present compelling acts, trying each year to extend the range of cultural traditions that festival goers can be introduced to. For the anniversary edition, we have decided for the first time to feature some of those artists whose unforgettable concerts went down in the history of the Festival and contributed to its exceptional character. Naturally, a number of artists will be appearing in Poznań for the first time ever.
Apart from 15 concerts taking place over the four days of the festival, there will also be music workshops, a dance party, educational activities for children and young people, as well as meetings combined with film screenings, during which we will try to understand the major challenges of our times. For several years now, one of our chief themes is reflection on the biased narratives concerning migrants and refugees which, albeit based on unfounded fears, predominate in our country.