La Folle Journée is an enormously popular international festival of classical music. Warsaw will host the Festival for the seventh time. Its theme this year is NATURE.
On 23-25 September, the halls, corridors and nearest vicinity of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera will be filled with tens of thousands of listeners and hundreds of artists. In the space of three days, the Festival’s organisers will invite their guests to nearly 60 concerts, all varied enough so that everyone will be able to find something they like. There will be opportunities to hear works of classical music played in the traditional manner, as well as pieces performed with a fresh approach – classics combined with electronics, jazz or animations. We will also get a chance to hear sounds from the Far East.
We are also planning the Festival with the youngest listeners in mind, who will have a wide variety of attractions to choose from, for all age groups, including babies and whole families.
The programme of the Festival’s concerts includes works inspired by nature composed over the centuries – from the Renaissance to contemporary times. The concerts will traditionally take place in four halls of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, and also in the Festival tent set up in the Teatralny Square.
Artists performing at the Festival include renowned soloists: violinists Olivier Charlier and Mariusz Patyra, pianists Frank Braley and Francesco Tristano and Jiang-Jian Hua, playing the er-hu – a traditional Chinese folk instrument; ensembles: Motion Trio, Meccore String Quartet, orchestras: the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra. Conductors include Krzysztof Penderecki, Jacek Kaspszyk, Grzegorz Nowak and Robert Trevino.
Tickets priced at 8-15 zł will be available for sale from 1 September in the box office of theTeatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, on-line at www.teatrwielki.pl and www.eventim.pl, at Eventim points of sale and in Empik stores. Admission to concerts held in the Festival tent is free.
The programme of the Festival will be available soon on the website: www.follejournee.pl
The Festival is organised together with the Musical Gardens Foundation, CREA and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera.
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La Folle Journée
La Folle Journée is an international festival held since 1995 and conceived and founded by René Martin – organiser of festivals and numerous concerts of classical music around the world. He is also the founder of the Centre de Realisations et d’Etudes Artistiques à Nantes (C.R.E.A.).
The idea of La Folle Journée is to overcome prejudice to classical music by encouraging and facilitating involvement in concerts while presenting music at the highest possible artistic level. Short concerts take place from morning to night in many halls simultaneously. Ticket prices are low and an extraordinary atmosphere makes La Folle Journée a meeting with music to which everyone, without exception, is invited.
The festival will be held in Warsaw for the seventh time. The previous editions: Chopin Open (2010), Les Titans (2011), Russia (2012), Music of France and Spain (2013), America (2014) and Passions of Heart and Soul (2015) have met with great interest and enthusiasm of Polish audiences. The La Folle Journée Festival is organised in Poland by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, C.R.E.A. and by the Ogrody Muzyczne Foundation. The seventh Polish edition will take place on 23-25 September 2016 in the Teatr Wielki – National Opera in Warsaw.