Woodstock Festival Poland is a huge free summer music festival held the beginning of August in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland.
The Festival is organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation to acknowledge all volunteers and supporters who take part in the annual Grand Finale fundraiser in January.
The Woodstock Festival Poland has received International Music Industry Award at the MUSEXPO 2015 in Los Angeles for the Best Festival Promoter. The winner was Jurek Owsiak. The International Music Industry Awards contest is organized at the MUSEXPO international music industry conference in Los Angeles. It is one of the biggest and most significant meetings for music industry professionals.
Safety at Woodstock Festival Poland is provided by the Peace Patrol, a special community of volunteers who are there to offer advice and assistance to all Woodstockers. The Patrollers work hand in hand with a professional security company and with the Polish Police. The officers are always ready to step in if a more serious problem comes up.
The Police and other professional services unanimously agree that despite its size, Woodstock Festival Poland is one of the safest public events in Poland.
Every year, Woodstock Festival Poland features a few dozen great bands both from Poland and from all over the world. The guests are invited to perform on one of our 4 stages: the Main Stage or the Second Stage, AFA's Stage and Viva Kultura Stage. Since 2009, bands who wish to perform for the Woodstock audience can take part in our special Woodstock Preliminaries. Bands interested in such an opportunity, whether they are a well-known already or have just started their music career, may send us their demo CDs.
Among the bands that have performed at Woodstock so far there were for instance: THE PRODIGY, PAPA ROACH, AIRBOURNE, GENTLEMAN, GUANO APES, JULIETTE LEWIS, TYPE O NEGATIVE, DAMIAN MARLEY, ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION, MACHINE HEAD, ANTI FLAG, MINISTRY, SHANTEL, THE DARKNESS, SABATON, HELLOWEEN, LIFE OF AGONY, VOLBEAT, SKINDRED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, KILLING JOKE, DIE TOTEN HOSEN, KORPIKLAANI, CALIBAN, TYPE O NEGATIVE, THE SUBWAYS, KREATOR, THE FUTUREHEADS, GUANO APES, VADER, MORGAN HERITAGE, DUB-FX, CLAWFINGER, NIGEL KENNEDY, BABYLON CIRCUS, VADER, DOG EAT DOG, H-BLOCKX, KONTRUST, TONIC, BEATSTEAKS, THE STRANGLERS, SHAM 69, KAISER CHIEFS, ENTER SHIKARI, ANTHRAX, UGLY KID JOE, EMIR KUSTURICA, DANKO JONES, ATARI TEENAGE RIOT and THIRD WORLD.
Woodstock Festival Poland is a non-commercial event offering free admittance. The money needed to make Woodstock Festival Poland possible comes from sponsors (Lech, Play, Allegro, MasterCard, Bank Pekao S.A). and is gathered all year through. The money coming from the annual charity fundraiser is spent solely on medical equipment for Polish public hospitals.
You can co-create the Most Beautiful Festival in the World by:
• bidding for unique items on www.charytatywni.allegro.pl,
• taking part in creation of Wirtualny Woodstock on www.wspieram.to/woodstock,
• raising money on-line on www.wplacam.woodstockfestival.pl,
• buying gadgets on www.siemashop.pl.
Woodstock Festival Poland is not only about music. Many Woodstock fans come to the event to take part in the Academy of the Finest Arts. The AFA is a crucial element of the Woodstock experience. It’s the place where various authorities, including journalists, TV personalities and celebrities come to talk to Woodstockers. What is it that they discuss? Faith, truth, dreams, adventures and all kinds of other interesting subjects. Year by year, the audience grows in numbers. Although our AFA tents are big enough to accommodate a few thousand people they are never empty!
Jurek, the Orchestra’s conductor, is the mastermind of the festival. He spends a lot of time on the Main Stage, talking to the audience, and announces all concerts. On the last day of the festival he can’t utter a single word – and that’s not because he has no intriguing thoughts to share, it’s just because his voice fails him from talking so much! Still, we all want him to keep on talking. After all, apart from the concerts, it’s Jurek voice that gives Woodstock its unforgettable atmosphere.