Sacrum Profanum Festival is an international project that has earned the status of one of the most interesting European music events. The festival presents newest music and is aimed at blurring the line between contemporary music, often treated as difficult and incomprehensible, and the developments of ambitious entertainment and the experimental scene. Its importance is created, on one hand, by the participation of the best ensembles playing contemporary music, e.g. Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, and, on the other hand, by the presence of stars of the world alternative scene, including Aphex Twin, Jónsi, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Kraftwerk and Sigur Rós.
The prestige of Sacrum Profanum Festival is enhanced by the presence of artists regarded as icons of contemporary music – in 2011 Steve Reich, the master of minimalism, celebrated his 75th birthday in Krakow. In 2011, for the first time in its history, the American edition of the festival was heralded by a joint performance by Steve Reich and Krzysztof Penderecki, which was organised in one of the most prestigious concert halls of the world – the Alice Tully Hall of New York’s Lincoln Center.
The festival has won the most important Polish awards and distinctions and was included in the official calendar of the Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union. Recommended by prestigious music magazines, such as Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and Mezzo Television, the festival is praised by critics as well as the audience. Every year Sacrum Profanum events are reported on by over 160 journalists from Poland and abroad.
Organizer: Krakow Festival Office