The Brave Festival
A deeper understanding of culture. Tangible, surprising, living tradition. Representatives of dying traditions from the furthest corners of the world - the Korean shaman woman Mudang, Tuareg women playing the holy instrument imzad, members of the Wagogo tribe from Tanzania. These are just some of the artists of this year's Brave Festival, which will take place in July in Wrocław for the fifth time.
The brave leitmotif of this year's festival will be all the prayers of the world, demonstrated by guests from 14 countries. Like every year, during the festival we will have a chance to meet not so much professional artists as authentic, earnest followers of a given cult, who are not afraid to celebrate their beliefs in adverse social circumstances.
Brave Festival lays the biggest stress on human spirituality. The artifacts of the guests or even the spectacle itself do not constitute this event's main value. The important thing for the creators of Brave is the emphasis on the human character of the festival and on creating a dialogue between the audience and the people from the dry and hard lands in Africa or the implacable, frosty Caucasus.
At this year's festival it will be possible to witness, among others, the Gut ritual performed on the Oder River by a Korean shaman woman or the creation of a sand mandala by the lamas from the Sherab Ling monastery. A Filetta - a group performing the traditional, Corsican polyphonies describing the Passion of Christ - will sing in the mysterious and mystical atmosphere of an old church.
The focus on rituals, ceremonies and beliefs of this year's edition will be complemented by a series of documentaries, lasting for 5 days. The films relate to the topic of religion in a slightly perverse way, presenting the modern cult objects in a secularised world, for example football, the individual, fashion or power. Also for the first time we will conduct the Brave Kids project. The young from regions particularly affected by the nightmare of war, famine and poverty - Uganda, Rwanda and Nepal - will take part in this unique initiative. Excluded from the society and orphaned in their homelands, they will enter the stage and share their culture and experiences with us.
As always during the festival it is also going to be possible to attend meetings with artists, workshops and open-air exhibitions.
The festival will take place between the 3rd and the 11th of July in Wrocław. Information about the festival can be found at www.bravestival.pl.