XXII Summer Jazz Festival
Address: Piwnica pod Baranami; Rynek Glowny 27
Entry Fee: from 80 PLN
Start Date: 2017-06-18
End Date: 2017-07-29
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Poland’s association with jazz is little known outside the country, but forms an important and massively popular phenomenon on the nation’s cultural map. During the Communist era, the authorities were highly suspicious of jazz, thanks to its free-thinking ethos and close connections with the United States. This on its own was enough to attract the interest of the freedom-loving Poles.
The Polish jazz phenomenon was bolstered by a string of major musical talents who managed to duck and dive their way around the official censor, perhaps the greatest of whom was Krzysztof Komeda – the man who wrote the score for Roman Polanski’s classic Rosmary’s Baby.
The first Summer Jazz Festival was organised in 1996 as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of Krakow’s legendary cabaret club The Cellar Under the Ram (Piwnica Pod Baranami). Today, the festival consists of about 60 concerts held during July at various venues across the city – although The Cellar Under the Ram remains the focus. Tens of thousands flock to Krakow for the festival, which features hundreds of performers from Poland and across the globe.
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