International Festival Oldest Songs of Europe

Unusuall musical event in Lublin

  • event type:Festival
  • date:06 Oct 2016 - 08 Oct 2016
  • city/area:Lublin
  • venue:various locations
  • country:Poland
  • style(s):A Cappella, Vocal
  • event submitted by:Čači Vorba / Meridian Art & Music



The festival presents the oldest pieces of music that prove the long history of traditions present in different corners of Europe. The previous editions attracted dozens of groups and soloists from Albania, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia and Italy. Archaic songs, whose roots can be found in pre-Christian times, are performed by folk artists of different ages, who come from rural and urban communities. They make efforts to reconstruct the old singing techniques and save almost extinct songs.

The festival provides an opportunity to listen to the few songs preserved in different parts of Europe, to the songs which are still alive or have been brought back to life by ethnomusicologists and artists. Each edition of the festival is preceded by a thorough research conducted by ethnomusicologists and various research Centres. The festival is accompanied by workshops of traditional dances, exhibitions, discussions and lectures.


Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives “Crossroads”

Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives “Crossroads” is a new public culture institution functioning in Lublin since October 2008. It arises from Foundation “Muzyka Kresów” existing from the early 1990′s, which seeks for the roots of experiencing tradition in archaic music. “Crossroads” Centre, with its passion to explore the roots of our culture, wishes to meet and clash utopia’s of twentieth century’s avant-garde. Furthermore – its goal is show the release of energy which comes from fusion of tradition with new forms of art, achieving creative sparkle between the voices of the past and the sophistication of modern art. We wish to meet different cultural idioms – deriving from cultural and etnic miscellany of our world, as well as confronting incommensurable languages of art.
Tel: + 48 (81) 466 61 67
Fax: +48 (81) 466 61 64


“Muzyka Kresów” Foundation

“Muzyka Kresów” Foundation was founded in 1991 by artists and scholars based in Lublin. The main aim of the Foundation is to support, present, promote and research traditional culture, especially ethnic and sacral music of the people and ethnic groups from Eastern and Central Europe. The activity of the Foundation includes uniting the intellectual circles in the field of creating of the ethnic and national identity of the peoples in this part of Europe.
Tel. 691 522 806, 782 338 536