This year’s 55th edition of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival was due to take place on 4th September. We already know that its complete programme cannot be fulfilled this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. The event will be postponed till September 2021, but the organisers do not resign from music at all.
They will organise a three-day event referring to the festival and dedicated to music lovers. It is currently being prepared by directors Andrzej Kosendiak and Giovanni Antonini, and the detailed concert schedule will be known soon.
Full edition of the festival in 2021
Apart from the interesting programme, this year’s plans included performances of many excellent artists. Among them were Magdalena Kožená, Agata Zubel, Thomas Ospital, Klangforum Wien, Huelgas Ensemble, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Giovanni Antonini from Il Giardino Armonico. The organisers already know that they must change their plans.
Wratislavia Cantans on a September weekend
In the National Music Forum, works are under way on the exceptional weekend edition of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival. It is going to be a big surprise for fans.
‘We wanted to show that, in spite of what is going on around us, the festival lasts and we last, so we treat the weekend of 11th-13th September as the Wratislavia Cantans Festival even in this short symbolic form,’ stresses the director of NFM.
If the concert hall cannot be filled to capacity, concerts may take place in a smaller line-up, and if there is no possibility of letting music lovers in, all events will be recorded and broadcast.
During the September weekend edition, local artists and NFM ensembles will play the main part. ‘Maybe Giovanni Antonini will be able to arrive with several musicians, we will see’, says Andrzej Kosendiak.
The short edition will have a different programme – the organisers do not want to announce it at the moment, with negotiations still in progress.
Festival of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia
For years, the Andrzej Markowski Wratislavia Cantans Festival has been not only the pride of Wroclaw (and Lower Silesia), but also the pride of Poland in the world. It is one of the few events with such a distinct (oratory-cantata) profile and creative driving forces. For more than 5 years, the festival's artistic director has been Italian maestro Giovanni Antonini, the founder of Il Giardino Armonico, supported by Andrzej Kosendiak as General Director.