Now in its eighth year, the 2012 Warsaw Cross Culture Festival will be held September 23-29. Each year the festival has a main musical theme, and this year its focus is ‘Inspiration: The Orient’ – a spotlight on Asian performers.
The festival, which boasts the title of the largest world music festival in Central and Eastern Europe, has hosted more than 150 artists from over 50 countries since its inception in 2005, and this year boasts headliners of Armenian duduk player Djivan Gasparyan, Azeri mugham master Alim Qasimov and female vocal and Jew’s harp trio Ayarkhaan (pictured) from the Sakha Republic, Siberia.
Although the spotlight is on Asia, other continents are represented as well, with Boubacar Traoré (Mali) and Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast) performing at an African showcase, amongst others.
This year also represents the first time the Cross Cultrue festival has been associated with the Planete+ Doc Film Festival, the most prestigious and popular documentary festival in Poland, to produce a world film programme alongside that of the music.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.