Penderecki, Aphex Twin & Greenwood
event-factory participated in the production of the European Congress of Culture in Wroclaw, attended by the ministers of culture from all 27 EU member states. We also delivered "penderecki & aphex twin" and "penderecki & greenwood" concerts, named the most important musical events of 2011 by the Polityka weekly and the Polish cultural TV channel TVP Kultura. Following the phenomenal success of the project, "penderecki & greenwood" was also presented in 2012 in the Barbican Centre, London and at the Open’er Festival, and during the Contemporary Art Festival in Arco, Italy in 2013.
event-factory produced “Penderecki, Aphex Twin & Greenwood“ concerts in the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw. This special project, developed for the European Congress of Culture as a highlight of the 2011 Polish Presidency Cultural Program – WATCH OUT FOR CULTURE! was named the most important cultural event of the Polish Presidency in the EU. The program director and project curator was Filip Berkowicz, the artistic manager of Actus Humanus, Sacrum Profranum, Misteria Paschalia and Opera Rara festivals. Event-factory delivered comprehensive organization and production of large-scale concerts in the form of mass events. It also developed concert scripts, lightening and scene designs as well as gripping ascetic visualisations!
On two early September evenings, the Wroclaw Centennial Hall brought together prominent artists representing completely different musical worlds, i.e. the grand classic of contemporary music Krzysztof Penderecki, the icon of electronic sounds Aphex Twin and the legendary Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. They premiered two compositions performed with OCTAVA ensemble and the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy conducted by maestro Marek Moś. These world premiers presented at the European Congress of Culture in Wroclaw became the highlights of the Polish EU Presidency in 2011, attracting some ten thousand spectators to the Wroclaw Centennial Hall.
The concerts were delivered with top-notch technology, including powerful spherical sound system, modern multimedia and visual scene design (visualisations, laser and light show). The project paved the way to breaking the barriers and blurring the borders between classical music and ambitious entertainment. The collaboration of Krzysztof Penderecki with Jonny Greenwood and Aphex Twin became a major global artistic event, discussed across the world as an unprecedented and unique musical project.