Polish Woodstock 2011 , also called “the biggest open-air festival in Europe”, started on Thursday, August 4 and ends today, Saturday, August 6.
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Warsaw’s Foundation “Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity” have organized Przystanek Woodstock since 1995, every year at the end of Juky or at the begining of August. Przystanek Woodstock mean in polish Woodstock Bus Stop.
The festival has been held in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, a town near the Germany border, since 2004.
Warsaw’s Foundation is an annual organizer of a big fundraiser in which contribute thousands of volunteers. The funds are meant to help the polish hospitalized children.
As a reward for those dedicated people, Przystanek Woodstock is free of charge every year, the musicians play voluntarily.
Woodstock 2011 attracted thousands of persons, especially young ones. It is estimated that the festival gathered around five hundred thousand people.
Usually rock is the central theme, but lots of other genres can be found (folk, grunge, punk, heavy metal). A lot of polish performers came to play on the Woodstock 2011 stage, but along with them very many singers from other countries were invited.
From Poland: Plateu “Projekt Grechuta”, Kumka Olik, Riverside, Buldog, Łąki Łan Apteka
From Germany: Donots, H-Blockx, Jahcoustix, Hellloween, Gentleman & The Evolution, Heaven Shall Burn
Kontrast (from Austria), Airbourne ( from Australia), Zebrahead and Dog Eat Dog from USA, Skinred and The Prodigy from UK were also glad to participate.
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Besides the concerts, there are other important events during the festival. People could meet artists, politicians, religious leaders, journalists in a place called The Academy Of The Finest Arts.
“Love, Friendship and Music” is the festival motto summarizing the values for which the participants stand.
Woodstock 2011 another motto is “Stop drugs! Stop violence!” . Rigid rules are applied during the event. Alcohol, drugs are prohibited and beer can be drink in a special zone. “Peace Patrol” ensure security.