This year’s edition of East Culture Festival – Different Voices will be held in Lublin from June 24-27, the 14th edition of Different Voices and the eighth edition will be under the sign of East Culture, a project implemented by the National Center of Culture. The culture comes from the funds of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sports and the local governments of Lublin, BiaÅ‚ystok and Rzeszow.

The idea of ​​different sounds allows us to present artists for whom music is a constant source of inspiration and challenge. On the festival stages, we combine styles and genres, inviting both creators and the public on a unique journey on which the list of favorite artists of all our guests is definitely growing. The full program is available on the Oriental Culture Festival website – Different Voices.

The film series at the East Culture Festival – Different Voices is MOVE EAST MOVIE, typically showcasing cinematic achievements to filmmakers from Eastern Partnership countries, and this year is all about musicIt resonates all over the world and brings real change.

saturday june 26

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – “Repent! Never give up”, monastery. Philip Sansom, Inigo Gilmore, United Kingdom, 2020, 82 min. (Lublin, Warsztaty Kultury, Grodzka 5a – auditorium) – premiere in Poland!

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“TOPOWA! Never give up ”- plakat

It’s an inspiring documentary that shows the transformative power of music. The protagonists of the film are 12 teachers, many of whom grew up in the slums of Uganda. With them we embarked on a journey that begins in Katwe, the largest slum in Kampala, and ends with the greatest musical theaters in the world, where they perform with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and famous trumpeter Alison Balsum. The film shows the power of music that can change people’s lives and talks about the Brass for Africa charity, which provides music education for children and young people in Uganda, Liberia and Rwanda.

4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. – “Truth in power”, monastery. Garin Hovannisian, United States, 2020, 79 min. (Lublin, Warsztaty Kultury, Grodzka 5a – auditorium) – premiere in Poland!

“From truth to power” – plakat

Millions of people fill stadiums around the world to listen to the music of Serga Tankian, Grammy Award winner and frontman of System Of A Down. With exclusive interviews and original material, personally recorded by Serga, “Truth to Power” gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the international rock star whose belief in music not only revolutionized heavy metal music, but also influenced world events. The musician has pursued social justice throughout his life, using the power of his songs and his fellow celebrities to bring about political change. Serga’s voice deals with the greed of American business, but also the corrupt political system of his native Armenia. His decades-long campaign to officially recognize the Armenian genocide as a genocide by the United States was finally approved by the United States Congress in 2019.

In the film, we’ll hear both Serga’s soundtrack and her critically acclaimed solo work, as well as cult music from System Of A Down. “Truth to Power” is also a portrait of the artist, a revealing look at a musician who writes music and achieves his own ambitions outside the group. In addition to the artist’s statements, the film also includes interviews with fellow System of a Down producer Rick Rubin and one of the most committed activists among musicians – guitarist Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine , speaking of his country. Relationship with Sarge, on their role as advocates for justice and their joint non-profit organization, Axis of Justice.

Sunday June 27

13h00-14h45 – “Raw chicks. Berlin”, monastery. Pyat Konath, Germany, 2017, 105 min (Lublin, Warsztaty Kultury, Grodzka 5a – Hall) – Premiere in Poland!

“Raw chicks. Berlin ”- plakat

The documentary features photos of 11 women active on the electronic music scene in Berlin. And with them we enter the world of interesting audio and visual experiences. Artists from all over the world are attracting to Berlin the wonderful opportunities for creative expression that the German capital offers to artists. The film consists, among other things, of extracts from live performances not only of an ode to eleven exceptional artists, but also of a city bustling with music and open to its various forms.

Film Bohaterki: Anna Polina, Electr ° Cute / Singing Kitchen, Ercklentz Neumann, Kritzkom, Ksen. / Tomislav, Kyoka, Hithertoo, Mimicof / Midori Hirano, Rona Geffen, Silnaye, Ziúr.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – “Symphony of the Ursus Factory”, monastery. JaÅ›mina Wójcik, Poland, 2018, 60 min (Lublin, Warszte Kultury, Grodzka 5A – Performance hall)

“Symphony of Ursus Factory” – poster

“Symphony of the Ursus Factory” is a film that sums up the artistic director‘s five years of work and research with the community of former employees of the now defunct Ursus Factory, one of the largest tractor production plants in Europe. They try to remember and recreate the gestures, activities and sounds related to the ancient work, referring to the memory of their own body. Thus is created a symphony composed of choreographies performed by workers as well as technical, administrative and organizational staff, accompanied by a reconstructed artificial phonosphere. A symphony on a day’s work in a factory that no longer exists.


Admission to all films is free. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pandemic restrictions will be applied to film screenings. Each participant will have to complete a health declaration and take a temperature measurement. Additionally, viewers are required to cover their mouth and nose with a mask for the duration of the show.