Sacrum Profanum

Bank Millennium sponsors the Sacrum Profanum Festival

Sacrum Profanum is an international project, which has gained the status of one of the most interesting musical events in Europe. It presents latest music, aiming at erasing the borderline between contemporary classical music, often treated as difficult and incomprehensible, and the achievements of the ambitious entertainment-experimental scene. Its rank is built by participation – on the one hand – of the best ensembles performing contemporary classical music, i.a. Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, on the other hand – stars of the world’s alternative scene i.a. Aphex Twin, Jónsi, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Kraftwerk or Sigur Rós.

The festival has won the most recognised Polish prizes and awards. It has also been included in the official calendar of the Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union. The Festival, recommended by prestigious music magazines including Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Mezzo television, is widely acclaimed by critics and the public at large. The Festival’s events are covered every year by more than 160 reporters from Poland and abroad.

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Sacrum Profanum 2015

A mixture of 20th century classical music and artistic pop gives surprising results

The Festival’s thirteenth edition was stylistically involved with the “modern classical” movement presenting ambitious works by composers coming from the pop music community – Four Monographic Concerts – by Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Perry, Kate Moore and Johann Jóhannsson, two creative transformations of the music of John Cage by So Percussion and Matmos and of Frederic Chopin interpreted by Olafur Arnolds and Alice Sara Ott plus two special projects – cooperation between These New Puritans with the classics as a recap of the last three editions of the Festival and “The Magic Mountain” by Paweł Mykietyn – Filip Berkowicz, the Festival Director presented the programme in a concise way.

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Sacrum Profanum 2014

The twelfth edition of Sacrum Profanum featured: the father of American minimalism – Philip Glass, avant-garde artist – Laurie Anderson, guitarist of Sonic Youth – Lee Ranaldo and Squarepusher.

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Sacrum Profanum 2013

The Sacrum Profanum Festival is an oasis of genuine musical freedom

Which way was contemporary classical music heading? They already know that in Kraków – the right way. And this opinion is quite reasonable if you take into account the interest on part of artists, listeners and the media in the eleventh edition of the “Sacrum Profanum” Festival. Sometimes you may have the impression that the programme of subsequent releases of the festival is something in the likes of a game with the listeners to check how much more taut can the string be drawn without breakage.

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Sacrum Profanum 2012

The Sacrum Profanum is a festival, which creates its own world

The “Sacrum – Profanum” festival, established in 2002, is one of the most unique musical projects in Europe. It is international and open to various musical movements, presenting 20th century and contemporary music, combining various genres in a sometimes surprising manner. Every year it features music by composers from various countries, performed by true stars of contemporary music and the alternative scene.

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