About Festival

Mid Europe Early Music Festival - Świętokrzyskie Dni Muzyki Dawnej

An annual music event to promote the architectural heritage of the Holy Cross Region related to the Christian roots of European culture.

The concerts take place in the Romanesque and Gothic abbeys (Jędrzejów, Wąchock), splendid baroque Bishop Palace on the Cathedral Hill in Kielce, in the cloister on the top of the Holy Cross mountain, in medieval churches in Tarczek and Wiślica, in Szydłów, as well as in the unique modern spaces in Starachowice (the revitalised Big Forge) and Skarżysko-Kamienna.

Inviting artists from Denmark, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia, Czech Republic and Poland the Festival shows the relationships between musical cultures of the East and West of Europe. The core of the program is the French baroque music.

The International Early Music Academy gathers students from many countries around great masters. It is a space for exchanging experiences, discussing and practising various interpretations of the early European music.

The Music Director – prof. Marek Toporowski – an eminent Polish harpsichordist, organist and conductor takes care of the program, the general idea of next editions of the Festival, and the quality of performances.