This year’s edition of East Culture Festival – Different Voices will be held in Lublin from June 24 to 27, the 14th edition of Different Voices and the eighth will be under the sign of East Culture, a project implemented by the National Center for Culture. Culture is from the funds of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport and the local governments of Lublin, Białystok and Rzeszow.
The idea of different sounds allows us to present artists for whom music is a constant source of inspiration and challenge. At the festival stages, we combine styles and genres, inviting both creators and audiences on a unique journey during which the list of favorite artists of all our guests is definitely growing. The full program can be found on the Eastern Culture Festival – Different Voices website.
The film series at the East Culture Festival – Different Voices is MOVE EAST MOVIE, usually presenting film achievements to filmmakers from the Eastern Partnership countries, and this year is about musicIt resonates all over the world and brings real changes to it.
Saturday 26th June
13:30-15:00 – “Repent! Never give up”, monastery. Philip Sansom, Inigo Gilmore, UK, 2020, 82 min. (Lublin, Warsztaty Kultury, Grodzka 5a – hall) – premiere in Poland!
“TOPOWA! Never give up” – plakat
It is an inspiring documentary that shows the transformative power of music. The protagonists of the film are 12 teachers, many of whom grew up in the slums of Uganda. Together with them, we set out on a journey that begins in Katwe, the largest slum in Kampala, and ends with the largest musical theaters in the world, where they perform with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and famous trumpeter Alison Balsum. The film shows the power of music that can change people’s lives, and tells about the charity Brass for Africa, which deals with music education for children and youth in Uganda, Liberia and Rwanda.
16: 00-17: 20 – “Truth to power”, monastery. Garin Hovannisian, USA, 2020, 79 min. (Lublin, Warsztaty Kultury, Grodzka 5a – hall) – premiere in Poland!
“Truth to Power” – plakat
Millions fill stadiums around the world to listen to the music of Serga Tankian, Grammy Award winner, and leader of the band System Of A Down. With exclusive interviews and original material, personally recorded by Serga, “Truth to Power” gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the international rock star whose belief in music has revolutionized not only heavy metal music, but also influenced world events. The musician has sought social justice throughout his life, using the power of his songs and fellow celebs to bring about political change. Serga’s voice deals with corporate America’s greed, but also the corrupt political system in his native Armenia. His decades-long campaign to officially recognize the Armenian genocide as a genocide by the United States was finally approved by the US Congress in 2019.
In the film we’ll hear both Serga’s original soundtrack and critically acclaimed solo work, as well as System Of A Down’s cult music. “Truth to Power” is also a portrait of the artist, a revealing look at a musician writing music and fulfilling his own ambitions outside of the band. In addition to the artist’s statements, the film also includes interviews with fellow System of a Down producer Rick Rubin, and one of the most committed activists among the musicians – guitarist Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine, speaking about his country. Relationship with Sarge, on their role as advocates of justice and their joint non-profit organization, Axis of Justice.
Sunday 27 June
13: 00-14: 45 – “Raw chicks. Berlin”, monastery. Pyat Konath, Germany, 2017, 105 min (Lublin, Warsztaty Kultury, Grodzka 5a – Hall) – Premiere in Poland!
“Raw chicks. Berlin” – plakat
The documentary features photos of 11 women active in the electronic music scene in Berlin. And with them, we enter the world of interesting audio and visual experiences. Artists from all over the world attract to Berlin the wonderful opportunities for creative expression that the German capital offers artists. The film consists, among other things, of excerpts from live performances of not only an ode to eleven exceptional artists, but also of a city bustling with music and open to its various forms.
Film Bohaterki: Anna Polina, Electr° Cute / Singing Kitchen, Ercklentz Neumann, Kritzkom, Ksen. / Tomislav, Kyoka, Hithertoo, Mimicof / Midori Hirano, Rona Geffen, Silnaye, Ziúr.
16: 00-17: 00 – “Symphony of the Ursus Factory”, monastery. Jaśmina Wójcik, Poland, 2018, 60 min (Lublin, Warszte Kultury, Grodzka 5A – Performance Hall)
“Symphony of Ursus Factory” – poster
“Symphony of the Ursus Factory” is a film summary of the art director’s five years of work and research with the community of former employees of the now defunct Ursus Factory, one of the largest tractor production plants in Europe. They try to remember and recreate the gestures, activities and sounds related to the old work, referring to the memory of their own body. In this way, a symphony is created consisting of choreographies performed by workers as well as technical, administrative and organizational staff, accompanied by a reconstructed artificial phonosphere. A symphony about a day’s work in a plant that no longer exists.
Admission to all films is free. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pandemic restrictions will be applied to movie screenings. Each participant will be asked to fill out a health statement and take a temperature measurement. In addition, viewers are required to cover their mouth and nose with a mask for the duration of the show.