Jazztopad Festival/National Forum of Music

The National Forum of Music is the City of Wrocław institution of culture, co-governed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Community of Wrocław and the Lower Silesian Province. The National Forum of Music operates the state-of-the-art multifunctional concert venue of the same name located in the historic centre of Wrocław. 

This performing arts organization was established on 22 May 2014 through merging the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans and the Wrocław Philharmonic. Andrzej Kosendiak, director of the NFM, has been one of the proponents and authors the new performing arts organization and the new venue. 

The National Forum of Music organizes the activities of 11 instrumental and vocal ensembles: NFM Symphony Orchestra, NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, NFM Choir, Polish National Youth Choir, NFM Boys’ Choir, Lutosławski Quartet, LutosAir Quintet, NFM Ensemble, Polish Cello Quartet, and NFM Leopoldinum String Trio.  The National Forum of Music has created new and vast opportunities for Wrocław cultural life, giving rise to attractive festivals. At present the NFM coordinates 9 international festivals: International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Jazztopad, Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, Forum Musicum, Leo Festival, Academy of Early Music, International Festival of Viennese Music, and Singing Europe. 

The NFM gives special importance to educational projects for children and young people (a.o. Choral Academy, Singing Europe, and Mummy, Daddy Sing to Me) as well as projects dedicated to adult people, whose aim is to engage new audiences by encouraging active participation in cultural life, such as e.g. the Music Lovers’ Choir. The NFM is the publisher of Muzyka w Mieście monthly. Its ensembles participate in recordings and tour internationally. The National Forum of Music is one of the most important contributors to the programme of European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016. 

The National Forum of Music is a member of:
Society of Polish Philharmonics
Pearle – Live Performance Europe representing over 5000 performing arts organizations  
European Festivals Association representing festivals from 40 European countries
International Society for the Performing Arts – an association of over 400 performing arts organizations from all over the world 

7th Melting Pot laboratory in Wroclaw Poland  on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:23  PDF version
The 7th Melting Pot improvisation laboratory took place on the 22 November 2015 during the 12th Jazztopad Festival in Wrocław, Poland. In the framework of Melting Pot a roundtable debate also took place with the title “Balancing the bottom line with innovative programming” on the 23 November...
12. Jazztopad Festival: 21-29 November 2015  on Fri, 06/11/2015 - 17:06  PDF version
The year 2015 is in many ways a breakthrough for Jazztopad. Having built its well-recognized brand for eleven years now, Jazztopad moves to the National Forum of Music – one of the most important concert venues in Europe. The long-awaited moment has come, and we can give our listeners and our...
William Parker releases recording from Jazztopad Festival  on Thu, 08/10/2015 - 18:43  PDF version
William Parker's new 3CDs box set, "For those who are still", includes a long piece that was commissioned and premiered at Jazztopad Festival in November 2013. Ceremonies For Those Who Are Still , the 3rd CD of the set, marks the momentous occasion of William Parker's first work composed...
Grand Opening of the National Forum of Music  on Thu, 03/09/2015 - 17:49  PDF version
The official inauguration of the new venue for the National Forum of Music will take place on the 4 September 2015 in Wrocław, Poland. SPACES FOR BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCES National Form of Music in Wrocław is the most significant cultural development in Poland and the centre of music performance in...
Charles Lloyd releases new album premiered at Jazztopad  on Thu, 21/05/2015 - 20:22  PDF version
"Wild man dance", Charles Lloyd's new work, was commissioned by and premiered at Jazztopad Festival, a member of the Europe Jazz Network, in Wrocław in 2013. The recordings of that incredible concert will be released on the new album of the artist, the first...

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