35th International Festival of Sea Songs - Shanties, Krakow (22/02/18 – 25/02/18)
When you first learn that Krakow, a city some 600km from the coast, is hosting one of Europe’s largest sea shanty festivals, it sounds like a surreal joke, or a particularly far-fetched April fool’s prank, but it’s absolutely true!
Krakow really does have a sea shanty festival and thousands of people really do come from all over the world to listen to rollicking tunes about ocean-lashed mariners in cellar bars hundreds of nautical miles away from the nearest body of briny water. The city of Krakow itself is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city can trace its origins back to the 7th century. Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and today is one of Poland's most important economic hubs, and was the former capital of the Kingdom of Poland between 1038 and 1569. The idea of a sea shanty festival in Krakow first occurred to the slightly crazy organisers in 1981 and there has been one held here every year since. The International Festival of Sea Songs – Shanties, is usually held in February and features performances by dozens of artists and bands. This year’s event, under the slogan “Morskie Pogody” (Maritime Weather), will also include concerts for children, photographic exhibitions and other complementary events designed to appeal to those with a romance for the briny deep. The concerts held during the shanty festival are high-energy affairs with plenty of thigh-slapping and skirt-swirling action where the audiences are not shy about joining in. Performances will be held at various venues around the city of Krakow.
Visit website: http://www.shanties.pl/shanties-2018.html