Every year in April Bielskie Centrum Kultury invites for the special event that is the International Festival of the Sacred Music “SACRUM IN MUSICA”, which continues the tradition of the Christian Culture Week. The concerts during the festival have the ecumenical character. The event is held under the patronage of The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese Bielsko-żywiecka- Tadeusz Rakoczy and The Bishop of the Evangelical-Augsburg Diocese Cieszyńska- Paweł Anweiler. The festival presents a wide range of colours of the sacred music. Slavonic Church choirs as well as Klezmer bands are hosted in Bielsko-Biała. The audience may listen to Gregorian Chant and gospel music. It has become a tradition that during one of the concerts (usually the inauguration) you can hear monumental oratorios.
Such exotic artists as Native Peruvians form the Quechua tribe and the Landsmith Black Mambazo Choir from RPA were guests of the festival “SACRUM IN MUSICA”.
The history of the International J.S. Bach Music Festival dates back to the year 2000. The first concert took place on 9th September in the Cultural Center of Bielsko-Biała. Why has J.S. Bach been honoured with his own festival in Bielsko-Biała?
“The composer, whose influence on the history of music and its makers was enormous, has also become the inspiration for the organisers of the cultural life in Bielsko-Biała. Their intention was to present this great master of Baroque music to people. The compositions of Bach are usually associated with the sounds of the organs- the instrument which was thriving in Baroque and was, therefore, ‘nominated’ the king of the instruments.”- said the Artistic Director of the festival Wacław Golonka.
The festival concerts take place in Bielskie Centrum Kultury (The Cultural Center of Bielsko-Biała), but until 2002 they were also held in the churches in Bielsko-Biała.
May Family Outdoor Event is a beginning of the outdoor events season. It always takes place on the first weekend in May. The concerts are organised on the area of The University of Bielsko-Biała.
An audience of many thousands is attracted by such stage stars as Brathanki, Blue Cafe, Kult, Piotr Szczepanik, Feel, Wilki, Myslovitz or The OTTO Cabaret.
Dni Bielska-Białej (The Days of Bielsko-Biała City)
For many years Bielskie Centrum Kultury has been organising the so-called „Days of Bielsko-Biała”.
The habitants of Bielsko-Biała come in great numbers to see the Inauguration Concerts on the Town Hall Square. The open air concerts on the area called Błonia and cabarets also have their faithful audience.
The Inauguration of The Days of Bielsko-Biała takes place on the Town Hall Square. The greatest stars are hosted in the shade of that monumental object.
Apart from the most famous performers of classical music such as Marek Torzewski, Grażyna Brodzińska or Bogusław and Ryszard Morka, the stage stars appear, e.g. Krzysztof Krawczyk or Marek Biliński, with their unusual multimedia show.
In 2007 the concert was given by 110-people Gypsy orchestra “Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra” and in 2009 The Days of Bielsko-Biała were inaugurated by Goran Bregovic.
The cabarets in Bielsko-Biała assemble the best and most popular performers (e.g. Marcin Daniec, Krzysztof Daukszewicz, Grzegorz Halama) as well as the cabarets like Ani Mru Mru, Rak, Paranienormalni and Kabaret Moralnego Niepokoju.
The program of The Days of Bielsko-Biała is supplemented by the concerts of the stage stars of the past like Czerwone Gitary, Boney M, Smokie, The Animals and Drupi as well as the so-called “institutions” of the Polish stage such as Ryszard Rynkowski, Bajm, Hey or Raz, Dwa, Trzy, whose songs are on tops of charts.
The Summer with Culture
The Summer with Culture is a cycle of weekend events organised in July and August. The performances take place in the park next to Bielskie Centrum Kultury and attract the audience of many thousands.
At the beginning the concerts of this cycle were organised on Saturdays on the Town Hall Square and were an occasions to present the children and youth groups. During the Sundays concerts in the Słowacki’s park the brass bands and chamber orchestras were presenting themselves.
After the Old Market Square of Bielsko-Biała had been renovated, the venue of some concerts was moved there.