Other international artists who were to perform in June have promised to give our audience and experience filled with music and stories about the traditions they draw on. Shared at the September Ethno Port, it will carry a promise of the 14th edition of the festival, which will hopefully be a live and direct encounter with bands from around the world.
Ethno Port Poznań 2020 will certainly go down in history as an exceptional one. Just as the promoters of other major music events around the world, we had to cancel ours as it could not take place in June—as scheduled—due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, we hope we’ll manage to meet at the Festival at a new date, the first weekend of September this year. Aware that the situation remains uncertain, we have prepared a hybrid festival combining live performances at the Castle and online events. At the concerts in the Grand Hall and Castle Courtyard, audiences of up to 200 people will see only Polish acts (with a small exception): Sutari, Fanfara Awantura, Released Sounds Trio, Mehehe, Kapela Timingeriu i Dom Tańca Poznań. Since they do not have to cross the borders of countries and travel from one continent to another, it can be reasonably expected that they will appear in Poznań without any major difficulty and in good health. We are truly happy that they are going to take part in this unusual edition of Ethno Port, where there has always been place to showcase what the Polish folk scene has to offer. Yet the event will still be international thanks to German artist Elisabeth Seitz, whose presence alongside Polish musicians will be nothing short of symbolic in the circumstances we are facing.