The partnerships of the Misteria Paschalia Festival

Wednesday 10 April 2019


What is good for culture? Synergy, cooperation and community building are all conducive to its development. Diversity is the driving force of evolution. This is why the Misteria Paschalia Festival is also opening up to new partnerships, thanks to which it can continue to grow, and which will – hopefully – enable the development of the entire milieu connected with early music and the role it plays in the world of science, literature, diplomacy, media, cultural institutions, festivals, the Church, as well as in our everyday life – in emotions, the colours of the world, our spirituality, intellectual value or simply abstract beauty.


The list of partners who decided to co-create the Misteria Paschalia Festival with the Krakow Festival Office is as long as the road from Krakow to Florence. This does not mean, however, that it is not worth going all the way – quite the contrary! Every journey is exciting, so let’s start our walk!

There are at least two paths leading to the Jagiellonian University. The first one leads to Collegium Maius, the Museum of the Jagiellonian University, where until 19 April, we can see Postcards from Italy – an exhibition of photographs by Prof. Piotr Sztompka, and where we celebrated the European Early Music Day with Quartetto Nero. The second path leads us to the Institute of Musicology, where we will attend the lectures accompanying the festival. We will also discover the way to the Jagiellonian Library, which for now remains shrouded by the fog of mystery, in summer, however, it will be illuminated by the light of a surprise.

The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow and Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra in the Vatican – their representatives will join us in the hospitable halls of the Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace to debate about the role of sacred music in the contemporary world.

The Kromer Biecz Festival and the Musica Poetica Paschal Festival in Tarnów – thanks to these events, the Misteria Paschalia in tournée series, inaugurated last year, could show off Quartetto Nero on 7 and 14 April, respectively to the audiences outside Krakow. The local network of early music festivals is becoming a reality!

The network was also joined by the Musica Divina Festival organised by the inCanto Foundation. Together with them, Misteria Paschalia goes back to the sources of sacred music, placing it in its original context thanks to Tenebrae, which will be sung by Jerycho Early Music Ensemble led by Bartosz Izbicki, and Easter Vespers with music performed by Schola Cantorum Minorum Chosoviensis, which will be celebrated during the festival.

There is one more festival that has decided to get closer with the Misteria Paschalia this year, and that is EtnoKraków/Crossroads – because the lines between old and traditional music are often blurred. This is the case, among others, with the tarantella, which will be presented during a workshop hosted by Chiara Scarfato on 28 April at the Strefa club. This link with the festival concerts taking place on Holy Saturday and Easter Monday is more than natural.

Krakow – UNESCO City of Literature will also not be a lonely island during the Misteria Paschalia Festival – that will be ensured by three literary meetings focused on reflection on the sense of passion, sacrifice or deliberating about the meaning and genesis of Easter. Outstanding participants and lots of important questions!

Italian and European music would have been much poorer if it had not been for Claudio Monteverdi. The programme of the Misteria Paschalia Festival deliberately ignores his musical legacy, focusing on the colours of Naples; however, we do not forget about this most important composer of the first half of the 17th century, thanks to a meeting with Ewa Obniska, whose book about Monteverdi will soon be published by PWM Edition – a friend of our festival.

It is no longer possible to imagine our Festival without Mezzo TV and Polish Radio Channel 2. The festival is present in 60 countries thanks to the radio channel, the European Broadcasting Union and the most famous classical music television station – could you imagine any other partnership that would be equally beneficial for the festival?

Finally, we joined forces with the Italian Cultural Institute in Krakow and the Honorary Consulate of the Italian Republic – without their support, the festival could not have developed in the previous years, without their support, it would not be what it is today – it is unthinkable that they would miss the Italian edition of the Misteria Paschalia Festival.

The Misteria Paschalia Festival is not about cutting the umbilical cord or digging trenches. It is a clash, a creative dialogue, an exchange of experiences, new phenomena. In diversity, we seek sources of innovation together with our partners, in order not to become lonely, isolated islands in an ocean of emptiness, to work together for beauty and development. Are we successful? See for yourselves.