On August 15th, in the courtyard of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe a FAMILY PICNIC took place. The organizers invited to the event residents of Krzyżowa and surrounding towns and villages. Many attractions awaited the participants, which allowed them to spend an interesting afternoon, and for the Foundation it was an opportunity to remind the local community about the 30th anniversary of this unique meeting place.
The PICNIC programme was addressed, among others, to the youngest residents - children took part in artistic and ecological workshops, during which they made ecological bags and decorated wooden medals. The youngest children could also make their own buttons, magnets and key rings. When the participants went through all the workshops and completed the tasks in the sports town, they received a special newspaper with their photo as a reward. After the tasks had been completed, the children could use the inflatable jumping castles, which were at their disposal all the time.
Before I present the origin of the Krzyżowa-Music Festival, I would like to draw a short historical introduction.
Freya and Helmuth James von Moltke met in 1929 among a group of people concentrated around Eugen and Hermann Schwarzwald in Vienna. Apart from many other relationships that left their mark on their lives, they also made a friendship with the pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1951, Rudolf Serkin, together with other European musicians who emigrated to the Vermont (state of the United States), established the Marlboro Music Chamber Music Festival. He led the festival for several decades, and the significance of the festival spread far beyond the borders of United States. It was in Vermont that he met again Freya von Moltke, who lived in the neighborhood, as well as her children and grandchildren. It was then that the representatives of three generations of the von Moltke family began to get involved in the Marlboro Festival. In this family context, me and my wife Dorothy also loved the Marlboro Music Festival.
Krzyżowa every July for 10 days turns into a musical and dance Andalusia, both for adepts of this art from all over Poland and some European countries, which participate in the Festival. Krzyżowa is also changing for all those who visit the beautiful thresholds of the International Conference Centre, sit in the audience and admire the performance of flamenco during the final concert.
My Festival wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't found wonderful, open and professional people from the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, whose ideas of dialogue, respect and kindness I've experienced at every stage of organization.
Guitar Masters Camp (formerly Summer Guitar Festival) is a prestigious musical event taking place in Krzyżowa for nineteen years. In addition to the well-known masters of classical guitar, Krzyżowa is visited by prominent representatives of other specialties. The event includes master classes and workshops of classical, acoustic, electric, jazz, bass and flamenco guitar and dance. The festival participants have the opportunity to see DVD presentations, lectures and exhibitions of guitars and musical accessories.
In the evenings, lecturers and workshop participants meet during the "Jam Sessions" in the Palace in Krzyżowa. It is a paradise for common playing music, perfecting the art of improvisation and... other creative activities.