MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival | 21-25 September 2022
Since the first edition in 2018, the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival has eluded the definitions and conventional perception of festivals and a philharmonic as an institution. At the Philharmonic in Szczecin, we blurred the boundaries between the fields of art: we combined genres, and we collided styles to create innovative events that fall outside traditional categories. Nevertheless, the form has always been a common denominator for us, which harmoniously united all the elements of the festival: music, design, architecture, modern technologies, or even a lifestyle, approach and perception of the world around us

The fifth jubilee edition of the MDF Festival provokes reflection in terms of summaries and the search for new inspirations and media. Exploring the world on various levels attracts people and gives endless possibilities to create artistic events. The festival is perceived here as a multidimensional, harmonious space for meetings with art, people, and oneself. It is HARMONY that constitutes the idea around which we have built this year's edition of the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival.
Exhibition 'Sleep, then See' | 27 August - 11 November 2022
The exhibition 'Sleep, then See' is the result of recent Nguyễn Quốc Thành’s residency in Szczecin and Sopot. The show features works created during the residency alongside Thành’s previous projects held in collaboration with other artists, including Nhà Sàn Collective, in which he works and exhibits at this year’s Documenta 15 in Kassel.

Curators: Anna Ciabach, Katarzyna Sobczak
Curators with M.M.M. programme: Mahzabin Haque, Sam Domingo
Co-ordinator: Andrzej Witczak

The exhibition held at TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin is part of the Music.Multimedia.Management programme.
10th ILYO International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra | 10-19 August 2022

This year we are meeting for the tenth time to mark the jubilee edition of our youth symphony orchestra project!

It all started in 2013 when we celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of Witold Lutosławski, who was undoubtedly one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. We then decided to open the doors of our Philharmonic to young musicians and give them a chance to gain invaluable experience in playing in a real symphony orchestra. We invited young, talented instrumentalists and exceptional tutors from all over Europe, who prepared the participants, note by note, during masterclasses in individual instrumental sections, for the first symphony concert. We wanted it to be an international orchestra from the very beginning because we believe that music knows no boundaries. That is why its repertoire includes works of contemporary music. Only a few youth orchestras give young musicians a chance to prove themselves in this demanding and challenging repertoire.

It is how we became the first international youth symphony orchestra in Poland! This extraordinary musical meeting turned out to be so successful that we knew immediately that it would become a tradition of the Philharmonic in Szczecin. And that's what happened!
Fjord Cadenza Festival | 9-14 August 2022

Overstepping boundaries of the classical music scene in the Norwegian Fjords

Fjord Cadenza will return to the Norwegian fjords between the 9th and 14th of August 2022. Secret gigs in hidden locations and stages set up beside old coal mines, outcrops and inhabitants’ living rooms, make tickets for the festival a musical must-have.

Skewed towards classical music, Fjord Cadenza is a music festival organized since 1993 in the idyllic setting and dramatic mountains of the Norwegian fjords. With an ambitious vision to create a map of musical experiences that challenge new perspectives about the Møre og Romsdal region territory and identity, the festival is projected into a multi-venue and itinerant edition. There will be six days with 25 concerts and 120 artists that will take the best of national and international music to unconventional places.
MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival | 22-26 September 2021
MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM. Festival is a festival that provides space for the display of trends and laws governing contemporary design and its relationship with music.

The festival consists of various events: chamber and symphonic concerts, exhibitions, workshops, meetings and discussions, happenings, animations and multimedia presentations, light and sound installations, all with the participation of outstanding artists from Poland and abroad. Everything is connected by a common denominator – form – and integrated into the extraordinary architectural space of the Philharmonic building in Szczecin.

The theme of the fourth edition of the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival is MINIMALISM. The festival will open with an especially commissioned performance piece by composer Paweł Mykietyn, entitled Bauhaus Szczecin. The festival takes over the whole building of the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall (both in- and outdoors) between Wednesday the 22nd and Sunday the 26th September.
Level 4 Gallery
As part of the partnership with TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, the Level 4 Gallery of the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall will host a programme of exhibitions of Polish and international artists, specifically programmed for this space. The exhibitions will focus on the interconnectivity between the world of music and visual arts, such as the musicality of literature, performativity of the artistic disciplines, the impact of visual arts on music and vice versa.


LITTLE WHIRLPOOLS OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN – Exhibition accompanying the Music.Design.Form Festival (Opening: Thursday 23/09 @ 20:00)
ILYO International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra | 23-27 August 2021
ILYO is an international project designed specifically for young musicians – students and graduates of music academies. It was inaugurated in 2013 to mark the centenary of the birth of the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Year on year, the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin is a host to young musicians aged 18-30 who get to know Lutoslawski’s works guided by highly regarded instrumentalists and mentors. On completion of a week’s practice the participants give a final concert in the golden symphonic hall of the Szczecin Philharmonic.

Fjord Cadenza Festival | 11-15 August 2021
Fjord Cadenza is a festival organized since 1993 in an unusual setting of Norwegian fjords. Its formula has evolved into an event of international renown, while maintaining the local character and influence on the life of the inhabitants of the Møre og Romsdal region. Concerts are held in non-standard spaces such as an old factory or church, and even on top of the fjord. Fjord Cadenza is an event in which the artistic dimension is as important as its impact on its audience. The local community and its influence on the cultural life of the region has always been an inseparable element of its philosophy.