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15th Przystanek Woodstock – 31.07. – 02.08.2009

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 24, 2009


AMBA – Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts…

  • The AMBA workshops
  • The AMBA guests
  • The „Morning Yoga” series; yoga workshops by the „Art of Living” Foundation
  • “Frikolekcje” free guitar workshops
  • Classic by night – “The Merry Widow”
  • – the Commissioner’s for Civil Rights Protection portal

There has never been an edition of the Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts like the one that we want to organize this year! It’s all the result of the three years’ experience, of many people’s hard work, and of the determination to keep the idea of AMBA alive. It’s also thanks to the engagement our guests and our host Zbyszek Hołdys.

The names of this year’s AMBA guests will be announced soon, but we may say right now that these will be extraordinary people, as it has always been in the history of the project. Why do they want to come? Because they know that they will meet intelligent people who know the rules of polite listening and discussing; they know they will take part in meetings which are held in a great atmosphere. We don’t eat and don’t smoke in the Academy. And finally, although participation in the project is voluntary, the tent is usually filled to the brim with people.

AMBA is not just about discussions and meetings, it’s also about all kinds of artistic workshops, as well as the possibility to “touch” art, even if it was just a little. We do this by painting, sculpting, playing guitar or watching movies. Apart from the discussions, this year’s edition of AMBA will hold a great movie festival called “Lódź-Stock”. The event will be organized by the “Plaster” Cultural Initiatives Foundation (Fundacja Inicjatyw Kulturalnych). Visit the Łódź-Stock Film Festival to see important cinematographic works on a big, inflatable screen.

Another opportunity awaiting you this year is the late-night performance of the Operetta Mazovian Musical Theatre. Please note that the artists will be presenting “The Merry Widow”! Delighted by the success of the “Kiepura” project last year, they decided to stage what they consider the greatest operetta hit of all times. By the way – shouldn’t such project be co-funded by the Ministry of Culture?

As for the appearance of AMBA, some changes have been introduced. One big tent will replace the two small ones. If needed, it will be divided into smaller parts. There will also be additional lighting and an art gallery created by one of Poland’s most important museums, The National Museum in Cracow. The gallery will exhibit collections of incredible works of art created over the centuries. We will soon choose a number of these works to be presented in the form of huge reproductions and explained in details. You will be able to learn their stories and listen to incredible tales about them. Mrs. Zofia Gołubiew, the Museum’s director, is very enthusiastic about the gallery project. As a matter of fact the Museum is also enganged in many educational projects which effectively promote Polish and international art.

Finally, the most important thing – Piotr Najsztub agreed to take on our invitation, which means that his famous journalist and TV presenter will host our discussions in this year’s Academy! Piotr Najsztub has worked for many TV stations and newspapers, including Przekrój, TVN, TVP and Polsat. I myslef had the chance to work with him exactly 16 years ago at the festival in Jarocin, where Piotr worked as a correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza. I’m convinced that Piotr Najsztub will be an important asset to the Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts. We have gained a sharp and intelligent host who knows how to lead the conversation around to interesting subjects.

The AMBA guests

The President of the Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts
Piotr Najsztub – how to recognize him? By his sharp tongue and remarkable way of leading conversations. This year’s host of AMBA is an undisputed champion in carrying out interviews. A creative director in Edipresse Polska Publishing House and TV and radio reporter, Najsztub also worked as the editor-in-chief of the “Przekrój” weekly, and in the 90’s he used to work for Gazeta Wyborcza. His TV career entails working for TVP and Polsat, where he hosted the “Tok Szok” feature program along with Jacek Żakowski, and TVN, which broadcast his own original program “Najsztub pyta”. Enthusiast for good cuisine, restaurateur.

Lech Wałęsa – this personage needs no introduction. The legendary leader of the “Solidarność” movement, the signatory of the Gdańsk Agreement 1980, the initiator of the Polish Round Table Talks and sociopolitical changes in Poland in 1989. The first President of Poland chosen in a free election after 1989, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Lech Wałęsa is one of the most eminent Poles of the 20th and 21st centuries. This distinguished guest will be the number one person in the celebration of the year 89’ at the 15th Przystanek Woodstock Festival.

Tadeusz Mazowiecki – A brillant politician and statesman. On 24 August 1989, he became the first prime minister of the sovereign Poland. As one of the leaders of “Solidarność”, Tadeusz Mazowiecki has taken part in the Round Table Talks. Later, in the 1990’s, he has co-created the Unia Demokratczna Party, and has become its president. Later, Tadeusz Maozwiecki has been the president of the Unia Wolności Party. In the years 1992-1995, he has held the position of special envoy of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to former Yugoslavia.

Dr. Janusz Kochanowski has been working as the Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection of the Republic of Poland since 2006. Thanks to his interventions in the last couple of years many Polish citizens have had the chance to realize that the law is on their side. He does not stand on the sidelines, he does not work from behind his desk. If there is any signal that a citizen is being denied his or her rights, Mr. Kochanowski steps into action. He acts quickly and firmly. Is that always right? Should he intervene in all of these cases? Does he allow emotions affect him in his work? You will be able to ask all these questions in the Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts, which invited the Polish Ombudsman to be our guest.

Some of the interventions by the Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection of the Republic of Poland:
•    The intervention with the President of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin connected with Wojciech Cejrowski’s lecture titled “What’s with the obscuration, that is Poland according to Cejrowski” during which Mr. Cejrowski allegedly made statements, which were insulting to homosexuals. The intervention took place on April 17th 2009.
•    The intervention in the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education connected with the State Accreditation Committee’s inspection at the Jagiellonian University. The inspection was due to methodological improprieties in the procedure of preparing, reviewing, and defense of Paweł Zyzak’s master’s thesis and took place on April 3rd 2009.
•    The appeal to the Chairman of the State Accreditation Committee to ensure that the blind and visually impaired have the opportunity to cast their votes in the upcoming EP elections. Intervention took place on March 12th 2009.
•    The intervention in the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education concerning the scholarships for students who are in difficult financial situation on March 12th 2009.
•    The appeal to the Ministry of the Environment to clarify the reasons for dissolving the agreement between the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and the Lux Veritatis Foundation, as well as to clarify the procedures that have been followed. The agreement concerned the funding of the Foundation’s undertaking to bore out a research well in Toruń. Mr. Kochanowski appealed on March 6th 2009.
•    The support for the “Nigdy Więcej” (“Never Again”) Association concerning the actions aimed at eliminating any manifestation of racism, intolerance and discrimination. This intervention was due to sports events that were held at the time and took place on March 5th 2009.
•    The intervention with the Polish Ministry of Interior and Administration concerning the difficulties that the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity was met with when it organized the public money collections. The date: January 9th 2009.

Stanisław Tym. In the 50’s Stanisław Tym studied in Warsaw: chemistry at the Warsaw University of Technology, processing industry at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, as well as in the Faculty of Acting in the Academy for the Dramatic Arts. During his studies Stanisław Tym wrote cabaret scripts and himself played in student cabaret acts. He also worked as a bouncer and cloakroom attendant in the Stodoła club. Between the years 1960 and 1972 Stanisław Tym worked as an actor, writer and director in the Warsaw STS Theater as well as worked in the “Owca” cabaret group. In the years 1984-1985 he worked as the director of the Dramatic Theather in Elbląg. He is also the author of the scripts for numerous great movies, such as “Brunet wieczorową porą”, “Co mi zrobisz jak mnie złapiesz”, “Miś”, “Rozmowy kontrolowane”, or “Ryś’. Tym is a brilliant actor whose unforgettable roles became a true legend of Polish cinematography.

Michael Lang –  the man who originated, created and organized the legendary American Woodstock Festival in 1969. A music producer, manager, concert organizer, and owner of the Just Sunshine Records – a record company that has published albums of artist such as Bill Joel or Betty Davis. Michael also co-created the albums by Joe Cocker, Rickie Lee Jones, Willy DeVille, and many others.

Bohdan Łazuka – A Polish film and theater actor, a singer. Bohdan Łazuka is one of the best known and most popular figures in the history of the Polish cinematography. In 1961, he graduated from the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Theater Academy in Warsaw. His work was concentrated around the Syrena Theater in Warsaw. Bohdan Łazuka specializes in comic characters; he has performed in the Szpak cabaret and in the Kabaret Starszych Panów cabaret.

Leszek Możdżer – One of the most outstanding Polish jazz musicians, a world-famous pianist, a bold explorer, an original artist with his own musical language of expression. Born on March 23, 1971 in Gdańsk, Leszek Możdżer started his piano lessons with 5. After successfully completing all stages of musical education in 1996, he received the diploma of the Gdańsk Music Academy. His interest for jazz became visible already in the final class of his secondary school. Leszek Możdżer gained his first experiences in the clarinetist Emil Kowalski’s group, and his first rehearsal with the “Miłość” band took place at the day of his 20th birthday. In 1993, he received an individual honorable distinction in the Jazz Juniors contest. Ever since securing the first place in the International Jazz Improvisation Contest in Katowice a year later, Leszek Możdżer has been winning all annual polls among the readers of “Jazz Forum” in the piano category (every year between 1994 and 2007). Besides, he has been given the tile of “The Musician of the Year” two times in 1995 and 1996. In 1998, he was awarded the Fryderyk prize, and in 2007 the prize for promoting Polish culture abroad by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The AMBA workshops

This year’s workshops will be hosted by:

Leszek Cichoński – guitar
A guitar workshop awaits you in AMBA every year. This time, the course will be run by Leszek Cichoński, an indisputable guitar record holder! And we mean this literally, because he is the person who year by year tries to beat the Guinness Record for the number of guitarists playing the same song simultaneously. Leszek Cichoński organizes the event in Wrocław, and the song they play is Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe”. At Woodstock, Leszek will show you the arcane of playing guitar, but he will also form a Woodstockian rock group, which – after a few days of training – is going to make a performance on the stage. Anyone has the chance to be a part of it!!!

Dariusz Miliński – fine arts
A fine artist, Dariusz Miliński was born in 1957 in Cieplice.  In 1980, his qualifications have been recognized by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Dariusz Miliński has taken part in 50 individual and more than 60 joined exhibitions in Poland, Germany, France and the US, as well as in about a dozen artistic happenings and open airs. He has received many prizes and is the founder of the “Pławna 9” artistic group. A tireless animateur of culture, his works can be found in private and public collections in Poland and abroad.

Darek Miliński wants to ask the Woodstockians to help him create the Woodstock banners, which should reflect both the general idea of the festival and each of their maker’s individual personality… In the process of creating the banners, the artist will support his “craftspeople” with ideas, teach them and correct their work, as well as talk about the art of painting, the life of artists and the challenges they have to face in the modern world…

Kasia and Andrzej Czerniec – art ceramics
At their art ceramics stand with a kiln for firing clay, Kasia and Andrzej Czerniec will run their workshops from Wednesday to Saturday. Everybody will have the chance to try their hand in this difficult art, creating sculptures and earthenware, which later will be displayed in an open-air exhibition, which of course also will be organized by the Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts.

The „Morning Yoga” series; yoga workshops by the „Art of Living” Foundation

We are coming back to the tradition of the “Morning Yoga” sessions in the Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts. From Friday until Sunday, at 8:00 AM there will be a yoga class organized by one of the most prize-winning organizations in the world, the “Art of Living Polska” Foundation.

“Art of Living Polska” is one of the many branches of “International Art of Living Foundation”, an NGO whose aim is to propagate human values. Having existed for 25 years, AoL has been active in 145 countries, and its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Time four times already.

Eliminating the effects of stress and improving the quality of living and health – these are the Foundation’s main aims. In their educational programs based mainly on the Suarshan Kriya technique, they give people the tools for self-development, improving mood and interpersonal communication. One of AoL’s most significant achievements both in Poland and abroad are rehabilitation programs for prisoners.

Next year, the “Art of Living Foundation Polska” will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their presence in Poland.

“Frikolekcje” free guitar workshops

Once again, the KISIELEWSKI company will put the „Frikolekcje” tent on the AMBA hill. From Friday until Sunday, anyone will have the chance to try their hand at playing a T. Burton acoustic guitar, and what is most important, anyone will be able to take part in the free guitar lessons given by virtuosos of the finger style technique: Robert Kordylewski and Piotr Restecki. “Frikolekcje” will take place every day at 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM.

Our maestros are also going to run finger style workshops in the Great Yurt. They will fundamentally and irreversibly change your ideas about what and how can be played on a acoustic guitar.

Classic by night – “The Merry Widow”

After the huge success of last year’s „Kiepura” project by the “Operetka” Masovian Musical Theater, we would like to invite you to see “The Merry Widow” operetta. 106 artist are engaged in this huge-scale project! The spectacle will take place in the AMBA tent on Saturday night, and it will start as soon as the concerts at the big stage end.

Special lighting setting has been prepared for the show. Among artists, who are going to perform, there will be Bohdan Łazuka and Krzysztof Tyniec. It will be an unprecedented event because no other festival organizer has ever before attempted to organize something this incredible. We are hoping to see many of you there! And since we clearly remember how great the last year’s concert, which included  just 6  “Operetka” MMT artists, was, nobody has any doubts that also this time it is going to be success. The “Classic by night” series might become another fantastic tradition of the Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts meetings.

“The Merry Widow” project’s patron and main sponsor is the Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone. – the Commissioner’s for Civil Rights Protection portal

We would like to invite you to take part in a completely new project organized in the Academy of the Most Beautiful Arts. In a special tent, there will be a group of 50 people from the office of the Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection awaiting you. Why? They will show you a new educational project, which was initiated in June 2009 along with the opening of the service. The website’s aim is to introduce the legal and formal fundaments of contemporary civic society. The law affects all of us; everyone comes into contact with it, and even if we do not realize it, every aspect of our lives from the very moment of our birth is influenced by the Polish constitution, the legislation and legal practices.

The project will be carried out by officials whose usual job is to intervene in the problems reported to the Ombudsman’s office, as well as by lawyers – in a word, by specialists ready to teach young Poles the basics of the interpretation of law that influences their lives.

A special program will be awaiting you in the Commissioner’s for Civil Rights Protection tent. It will all start on Friday, July 31, about 11:00 AM. This first day will be devoted to you – the specialists from the Ombudsman’s office will be giving counsel and answering your questions until 4:00 PM, that is until the beginning of the concerts.

Saturday will be the day of On that day the Woodstockians will have the chance to listen to advice concerning the most frequent problems reported on the website. This will also be the day of the Ombudsman’s AMBA meeting. At 5:00 PM, we will commemorate the heroism of the members of Warsaw Uprising in their struggle for freedom.

Sunday will be Blogger Day. The bloggers from Salon24 will run whole-day workshops on blogging. At 12:00 PM, you will also be able to take part in discussion about the freedom of speech on the Internet with some bloggers. It is also on Sunday that we will announce the winners of the contest: “What does freedom mean to me? What are the limits of freedom?”.

The following projects will be running on all three days between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM (possibly longer) in the Commissioner’s tent:
•    The service will be promoted;
•    There will be meetings with the Commissioner’s Office specialists – you will be able to lodge a complaint to the Ombudsman, get legal counsel or talk to lawyers about some particular law trapdoors;
•    There will be educational workshops, which have been designed according to the pattern: “THE LAW – ME: my emotions, rights and obligations”. The subjects raised in the workshops will concentrate on the questions of civil law, criminal law, executive criminal law and administrative law on minor offences, and problems known to many of you;
•    The Polish Mediation Center will run workshops on mediation and conflict solving as well as simulations of mediations – conflicts, mediations, negotiations and “quarrelsomeness” tests;
•    There will be individual meetings with the mediators form the Polish Mediation Center with whom you will be able to discuss your problems, including those not connected to law.
•    There will be workshops on blogging on the freedom of speech on the Internet run by

(Source: 08/2009 – Przystanek Woodstock)

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