III. GERMAN – POLISH FESTIVAL, Bremen 2019

From the 6. To the 11. of September, the 3rd German- Polish Music Festival for young Musicians, organised by the Support Association (Förderverein) for young Musicians from Germany and Poland took place in Bremen. Around 100 young people from both nations took place and were taught by 16 excellent music teachers. Individual lessons as well as ensemble and chamber- music lessons were offered for: Piano, Violin and Classical Guitar. At the end of the festival, two large concerts provided a stage for the young musicians to show their skills and talents to a wider audience. The youth exchange as a cultural meeting point is at the core of the concept of the festival. Young people are brought together through the universal language of music – they meet, they get to know each other, they form friendships and build bridges across two European nations and neighbours. This is enriched by various activities and excursions during the festival, this year to the art gallery Hollweg, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen and of course a guided city tour of Bremen. The value-add for Bremen and the region has now been recognized by the media and the festival is being promoted to the wider public. The local daily newspaper, Weser Kurier, has printed a long and detailed article and the regional tv news programme ‘buten und binnen’ has also featured the festival. Rounding off the publicity was a magnificent end-of-festival concert in the unique grand room of the historic 15th century Town Hall of Bremen. Among the many illustrious guests were the newly elected Mayor of Bremen, Mr. Andreas Bovenschulte, the vice Mayor of Gdansk, Mr. Kowalczuk, the German Consul General in Gdansk, Mrs. Pieper, the Polish vice Consul General in Hamburg, Mr. Borkowski as well as, for the first time, the three University Rectors, Prof. Lambrette of the University of Arts and Music in Bremen, Prof. Sobczak of the College of Music of Gdansk and Prof. Sanecki of the College of Music of Lodz. The above witnessed a veritable firework and tour deforce of musical skill and talent of the young musicians that perfectly encapsulated the pan-European spirit of the festival.

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