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The 7th NIEMEN NON STOP Young Talents Festival, 4-6 Oct 2012 Słupsk, Polska Filharmonia Sinfonia Baltica

As Paweł Brodowski, the editor of the Jazz Forum magazine and the Master of Ceremonies, said, during the 6th edition of the festival: 'The time itself has stopped in Słupsk for three days. Czesław Niemen has been with us, Słupsk has been burning and our hearts have been burning. Thank you for this fantastic festival. See you next year!'

And this year's edition of the festival, which is the greatest event featuring Czesław Niemen music in Poland, is expected to be absolutely unique, as this summer we celebrate some rock'n'roll anniversaries related to the beginnings of Czesław Niemen artistic career in Pomerania:

  • 50 years ago Czesław Niemen commenced cooperation with cabaret TO-TU from Gdańsk, with whom he recorded his first pieces, among others: Ave Maria no Morro , Malague?a Salerosa , Piosenka tyrolskich górali , which can be found in his latest album Pamiętam ten dzień
  • 50 years ago Czesław Niemen appeared in the 1st edition of the ? now legendary ? Young Talents Festival in Szczecin 1962, which is also celebrating its Golden Anniversary. The name of our festival makes symbolic references to its name as well as to the name of the Sopot Non Stop Festival, whose 50th anniversary was celebrated last year. It was the Young Talents Festival in Szczecin where young Czesław Juliusz Wydrzycki found himself among the laureates, winning a Bambino phonograph as his prize. Czesław sang a couple of Latino compositions: Malague?a Salerosa in Spanish

and Adieu tristesse (Jobim's samba from Orfeu Negro film) in Portugese

accompanied by Czerwono?Czarni , a big-beat band with whom Czesław Niemen went on his first concert tour. That revolutionary event, which changed the Polish music scene and culture, is going to be related to in this year's festival's artistic programme.

We are planning special concerts of some cult, colourful bands: Czerwono-Czarni  (in translation: Red & Black) and Niebiesko-Czarni (in translation: Blue & Black ? the laureates of the Young Talents Festival in Szczecin 1962, also celebrating their 50th anniversary). The festival will also be graced by teens' idols of the 60s and the 70s: Wojciech Korda  (who was ? together with Niemen ? among laureates of the Young Talents Festival in Szczecin 1962, and one of the Niebiesko-Czarni lead singers) and Halina Frąckowiak  (the laureate of the 2nd Young Talents Festival in Szczecin 1963 and the lead singer of Grupa ABC). Both artists, joined by Tomasz Jaśkiewicz  (ex Akwarele/ Niemen Enigmatic/ Grupa Niemen bands) will be the jury of the International Singing Contest scen@niemena.

Another symbolic reference to the golden era of Polish 'big-beat' of the 60s will be a vintage concert 'My Big-Beat', which will take place half a century later, starring Ania Rusowicz (the talented young daughter of Ada Rusowicz , the legendary Niebiesko-Czarni lead singer), called 'the first big-beat child in Poland'.

Our hopes concerning the events concurrent to our festival are associated with the assistance of our partners, especially of the Fundacja Sopockie Korzenie , the owners of an abundant collection of records and documents from the Polish rock'n'roll epoch of the 60s.

We intend the 7th edition of the festival to become a nostalgic journey through time...