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TANSMAN FESTIVAL, organized as a biennial series, have been inspiring dialogue and research at the meeting point of tradition and "new" art. The two decades of the TANSMAN FESTIVAL have been comprised of innovative ideas; performance and recording premières realized during each edition; over 450 hours of music; 51 concerts of symphonic music; 10 shows of opera, ballet and multimedia; 183 concerts of chamber music; 270 performances of works by Aleksander Tansman, including world and Polish premières; over 6000 artists taking part in the Festival; over 1100 applications for the Competition; over 70 countries from all of the world’s continents; an audience of several million people; 4 books; 16 CDs; Polish and international broadcasts and rebroadcasts on radio (including 18 via the EBU - European Broadcasting Union) and television; Polish Television films about the Festival; conference sessions for academic and popular audiences; exhibitions in Paris, Łódź, Kraków, Warsaw and Nałęczów; many pieces inspired and written specially for TANSMAN FESTIVAL by such artists as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Michael Nyman and Krystof Maratka.




The year 2016 marks the 20th birthday of the TANSMAN FESTIVAL, the first edition of which was realized in 1996 under the patronage of UNESCO, as well as the 30th anniversary of the death of the Festival’s patron, Aleksander Tansman. The leitmotif of TANSMAN FESTIVAL 20th Anniversary Edition is Polish Music - Discoveries and Novelties: unique and spectacular reconstructions of Polish masterpieces of 20th-century music, along with première performances and recordings thereof. The aim of the Anniversary Edition is to enrich the cultural heritage and reveal unknown pages of its 20th-century history: to propagate and present unknown, forgotten works, their importance in the context of Polish and world culture, in an international dialogue of the most outstanding artists, also featuring historians and musicologists involved in the discovery and reconstruction of Polish masterpieces of 20th-century music. The Anniversary Edition will showcase the creative and original contribution to the world cultural heritage of representatives of Polish music.