Things that matter at the Academy of the Finest of Arts

2022-07-29 12:08:00

Music and concerts remain the core of the event, but the Most Beautiful Festival in the World is not just about having fun. We tackle issues, which are not easy, which are challenging, controversial at times, and yet very meaningful. And we are not afraid to raise the subjects that matter. See what's coming this year!


The Academy of the Finest of Arts is the hub for important meetings and conversations at the Most Beautiful Festival in the World from the get-go (that is, since it first appeared at the Festival in 2006). The AFA is the place, where Lech Wałęsa, Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Leszek Balcerowicz discussed the future of Poland, where Monika Olejnik and Tomasz Sekielski would debate on journalism and journalists, it's a space, where Dorota Masłowska, Janusz Głowacki and Jerzy Bralczyk talked about the language and its role in the modern world. The AFA guests are always extraordinary persons. 


Arkadiusz Jakubik, the AFA guest at the 27th Pol'and'Rock Festival, photo: Marcin Zieliński


Our guests 


This year our AFA will host Jakub Żulczyk, Krzysiek Sokołowski, Kamila Kielar and Piotr Strzeżysz, Wojciech Bojanowski and Marcin Wyrwał, Macin Dorociński, Janina Bąk and Piotr Jacoń, the creators of the film entitled "Johnny" about Fr. Jan Kaczkowski (who himself was the AFA guest in 2015), the members of Neo-Nówka comedy group and Barbara Kurdej-Szatan.





The 28th edition of the Pol'and'Rock Festival will be a massive peace manifestation with the main message: NO WAR. Wojciech Bojanowski and Marcin Wyrwał will let us explore the arcana of the war correspondents' job on Friday, August 5, at 11:30. Russia's attack on Ukraine reminded us of the role of a war reporter, who is the eyewitness to the most dramatic crime scenes and thanks to whom the world can see the truth too.


We will not, however, talk about the war in Ukraine only - on Thursday, August 4, at 11:30, the Academy of the Finest of Arts will host Jagoda Grondecka, a prominent expert on Iran, journalist and commentator on Middle East affairs. She gained the popularity in August 2021, when as the only Polish journalist staying in Kabul, she reported on the Taliban offensive escalating in Afghanistan. 


Ukrainian bands performing at Pol'and'Rock Festival


On Thursday, August 4, at 22:20, the Ukrainian band Jinjer will play at the Festival's Main Stage. The group presents the rawest power and an impressive mixture of progressive groove metal and metalcore with inlays from funk, reggae and even jazz music. We invited Jinjer to play at the Most Beautiful Festival in the World in 2020, but unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the concert was cancelled. Eventually, this year, we will get the chance to see them live on the Main Stage. We, as the GOCC Foundation standing in solidarity with Ukraine, are positive that their show will be no more no less, but a symbolic message of peace, friendship, love and music. 


The line-up of the second stage will be highlighted by the Polish-Ukrainian band DAGADANA, who for the past 14 years they have beautifully mixed elements of the two cultures through jazz, electronic and world music. Their artistic output makes for a being a great ambassador of the Slavic (both Polish and Ukrainian) culture. The band played at our Festival before in 2010. Come to see their show on Saturday, August 6, at 21:40. 


Online hate speech


On Saturday, August 6, at 13:00, we invite you for a meeting with Barbara Kurdej-Szatan to discuss the online hate speech and how it impacts one's life. This meeting will be a special one for us too, since, as Pol'and'Rock Festival and the GOCC Foundation, we also face the problem of online hate speech occasionally. 


LGBTQ+ community in Poland


A meeting "The right to be oneself - on identity, love and the need of support for the LGBTQ+ persons" with Janina Bąk and Piotr Jacoń will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 10:00. Janina Bąk and Piotr Jacoń are pro LGBTQ+ activists. The debate with the AFA audience will focus on the situation of LGBTQ+ community in Poland, on the equality and respecting every human rights. 


27th Pol'and'Rock Festival, photo: Lucyna Lewandowska


Equality Parade at Pol'and'Rock Festival 


The Equality Parade, organized by the Lambda Szczecin Association, will go through the field of the Most Beautiful Festival in the World on Friday, August 5, at 14:00. The event, manifesting the support for LGBTQ+ persons and a protest against discrimination and lack of tolerance, will be held for the third time at our Festival.  


Festival that makes a difference


We are proud that our Festival is a place, where together with you, we can debate on important and difficult matters. It is what makes our Festival not only a splendid music event, but also a very needed dialogue platform that has a lot to offer. We strive to make a difference, to inspire the change for the better, to build a united and aware community. And we are beyond happy when our efforts are being recognized internationally, and we see Pol'and'Rock Festival listed by National Geographic among the "Eight music festivals making a positive impact in 2022"! 



Let's join our forces to once again build the Most Beautiful Festival in the World! Let's play it together! 




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