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Monday, 20 August 2012 23:51


As the biggest open-air festival in Europe, Przystanek Woodstock is an exceptionally popular event for Polish citizens and tourists alike.  Every year in early August, hundreds of thousands of music lovers gather in the town of Kostrzyn to take advantage of the many performances offered at this free event, which regularly features a wide range of musical styles.

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Przystanek Woodstock is sponsored and organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in honor of its volunteers.  Inspired by the famous Woodstock Festival of 1969, the elaborate show was first held in 1995 under the motto of “Love, Friendship, and Music.”  The size and scope of the festival has broadened dramatically since then.  Visitors can now expect an audience of over 700,000 and a lineup of about 30 bands.  While many of these bands are Polish – Dżem, Hey, Myslovitz, and Acid Drinkers are notable past acts – the event has also drawn foreign performers like The Stranglers, Papa Roach, Clawfinger, and The Prodigy.  Even though Przystanek Woodstock primarily identifies as a celebration of rock music’s numerous genres, it has expanded in recent years to include everything from reggae to classical music.

Besides the two stages, festival participants can spend time at the Academy of the Finest Arts, a space for young people to convene with prominent Polish figures.  Academy guests from previous summers include the former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa, the former National Bank Chairman Leszek Balcerowicz, and countless journalists, actors, writers, and religious leaders.  empty space, przystanek woodstock, owsiak, wospThis location offers the ideal opportunity for discussions and meetings about contemporary issues with some of the world’s most influential people.  The Academy also hosts workshops in which visitors can make art, play an instrument, or watch movies.

In order to provide spectators with a safe environment, Przystanek Woodstock is overseen by the Peace Patrol, a collection of volunteers trained to assist festivalgoers.  Police officers and professional security guards are also present throughout the weekend.  As a precaution for any health needs, there are several medical stations and a full-scale hospital located on the premises. 

Przystanek Woodstock culminates with the presentation of the Golden Spinning Top awards to the bands rated by the audience as having the best performances.  Apart from receiving the brass statuette, winners are invited to play once more at the festival before it officially concludes.

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How to get to Przystanek Woodstock open-air festival?

From Szczecin International Airport (Goleniow) (147km)

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From Poznan International Airport (163km)

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From Berlin Schönefeld Airport (Germany) (114km)

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Article Copyright © TraveltoPoland.pl. All rights reserverd. Author: Anna Kelley
Main Photo: Ralf Lotys (Sicherlich) (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.) Stage Photos: www.emptyspace.pl

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