Krakow Film Music Festival 2023 – Program announced

The Festiwal Muzyki Filmowej w Krakowie – Krakow Film Music Festival, has just announced the program of its 16th edition, to be celebrated from Tuesday 23 till Tuesday 30, May 2023.


The headline of this year’s edition of the Film Music Festival will be “Out of Space” and this year’s centerpiece of the program will be the FMF Space Gala on Saturday, 27 May.

Krakow Film Music Festival 2023 - Program announced


The program will have the following concerts:

  • Thursday, 25/5/2023 – Kaczmarek2Cinema – With the classic works of Oscar winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and new works by some of the most interesting composers of the younger generation.
  • Friday, 26/5/2023 – Echoes of Space – Immersive visuals and an advanced surround sound system will be the focus of the evening. The invited artists will include well-known names such as Gary Marlowe or Hans-Martin Buff.
  • Saturday, 27/5/2023 – FMF Space GalaDiego Navarro will lead the Beethoven Academy Orchestra to some of the best film music composers cooperating in this program: Simon Franglen, Benjamin Wallfisch, Cliff Martinez and Steven Price. This evening will include some of the hottest film titles from other worlds: The Way of Water, Gravity, Solaris, Arrival and many others.
  • Sunday, 28/5/2023 – FMF4Kids: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Live in Concert – Steven Spielberg’s classic film on the big screen and the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra on stage led by Ludwig Wicki performing Oscar-winning music by John Williams.
  • Monday, 29/5/2023 – The Music of Patrick Doyle – Celebrating his music on his 70th birthday, with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.
  • Tuesday, 30/5/2023 – Hans Zimmer Live – Europe Tour 2023 – An ensemble of nineteen musicians, three hundred instruments, the Odessa Opera Orchestra & Friends headed by the Maestro himself, will present the composer’s Hollywood film hits.

And all this without forgetting the Audiovisual Forum – a place for discussions for professionals and music aficionados alike and the awards presented at the festival: Polish Soundtrack of the Year, FMF Young Talent Award and the Kilar Award.


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The 16th Kraków Film Music Festival is slated to launch on 23 May


Scores from Avatar: The Way of Water, Solaris and E.T. accompanied by extensive visuals, as well as experiments with surround sound technology will take our audience on a long journey to distant realms. The programme of our Festival will feature some of the most interesting new releases from Poland, as well as Academy Award-winning works by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Steven Price and Hans Zimmer. The composer of the score for Dune will perform live on the stage of TAURON Arena Krakow on 30 May.


“Faced by the challenges posed by the pandemic, as well as the war that broke out at our doorstep, many of us have taken refuge in cinematic works – either trying to glimpse into the future or relive the amazing films from our childhood. The headline of this year’s edition of the Film Music Festival – Out of Space – stands for everything that takes us to other spaces and responds to our longing to explore realms unknown. We are going to transcend the predictable formats and give way to experiments, exploring and provocations. One thing is certain: FMF will continue to stir emotions by asking essential questions,” says Carolina Pietyra, Director of the Krakow Festival Office, which organises the event together with the City of Kraków and RMF Classic.


The festival will take place between 23-30 May and this year’s centrepiece of the programme is the FMF Space Gala on Saturday, 27 May. The ICE Kraków Congress Centre will resound with scores by some of the best composers worldwide, including Simon Franglen (Avatar: The Way of Water) and Cliff Martinez (Solaris). The repertoire will also feature sounds composed for 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible by one of Britain’s most outstanding composers – Nainita Desai.


The innovative space of ICE Kraków will offer something for everybody – our FMF4Kids event featuring the screening of E.T. with live music will take place on Sunday, 28 May. Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece has captivated audiences worldwide and continues to inspire new films, even though it has been four decades since its original theatrical release. Part of its allure lies in the Academy Award-winning score by one of the greatest composers of our day – John Williams. “Even today, I consider E.T. to be the film of my childhood… I still remember how impressed I was by the music and the story, which was really moving, albeit simple. We want to remind older members of the audience what it made them feel and share these emotions with children and youth. It is because we believe that E.T. is not a closed chapter in the history of cinema – to this day, it can connect viewers across generations,” says Robert Piaskowski, Artistic Director of the Film Music Festival.


Electronic music aficionados and all the listeners interested in new technologies will be at home during the Echoes of Space concert, slated to take place on Friday, 26 May at the Łaźnia Nowa Theatre. Immersive visuals and an advanced surround sound system will be the focus of the evening. The invited artists, including Gary Marlowe, create their own language, blurring the boundaries between symphonic music, ambient and electro-pop.


“One of the aims of the Film Music Festival was to constantly change and evolve in order to bring about new ideas and evoke new emotions; however, one thing never really changed – we keep coming back to the scores we fell in love with long ago. It is only fitting that the programme features compositions by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, one of our greatest friends, who is celebrating his 70th birthday this year. We have been playing his music, which exudes extraordinary sensitivity in RMF Classic since its inception –and it has been twenty years,” says Magdalena Wojewoda-Mleczko, RMF Classic’s music director. The Kaczmarek2Cinema concert, featuring some of his most beautiful themes, including the Academy Award-winning score from Finding Neverland, will take place on Thursday, 25 May at ICE Kraków. The first part of the concert will showcase some of the most interesting new film and video game soundtracks by Polish artists.


On Monday, 29 May the gates of the NOSPR building in Katowice will be waiting for symphonic music lovers hungry for the works of Patrick Doyle. The diversity of the works by Doyle, who is also celebrating his 70th birthday this year, is simply unparalleled. His oeuvre includes music for popular comedies (Bridget Jones’s Diary), thrillers (Donnie Brasco) and fantasy films (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), as well as adaptations of British classics (Hamlet, Sense and Sensibility, Gosford Park). “One would be hard-pressed to imagine an artist more prolific and diverse than Patrick Doyle – a composer who can masterfully wrangle melodies and paint detailed pictures of intimate worlds to highlight the psychological dilemmas of film characters,” says Piaskowski. Patrick Doyle’s participation combined with a spirited performance by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra will certainly offer an unforgettable experience.


The final chord of the film music festival will sound on Tuesday, 30 May, during the festival’s partner event – and it is going to be a special occasion, since Hans Zimmer himself is coming to TAURON Arena Kraków. The winner of two Oscars, three Golden Globes and four Grammy Awards will come to Poland with a nineteen-piece ensemble and extensive selection of instruments. Zimmer’s monumental spectacles have won critical acclaim and the hearts of audiences worldwide. The programme features twelve suites with scores from Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Batman, Interstellar and Dune.


“FMF is not only about the concerts – we also focus on industry meetings, educational activities and much more! One of the key highlights of the programme is the Audiovisual Forum – a place for discussions for professionals and music aficionados alike. What is more, finalists of our Young Talent Contest can take part in workshops and recording sessions at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice. However, there is more – the awards presented during the Festival –   Polish Soundtrack of the Year, FMF Young Talent Award and the Kilar Award – are going to turn the heat up to 11. And there is even more than that!” says Michael Łyczek, KBF’s Programming Director.


For more information, check out FMF and RMF Classic.


Starting on 15 February, passes and tickets will be available at KBF: Bilety.


Pass buyers receive a gift from RMF Classic: free, 60-day access to the RMF Classic+ platform without ads.


Ticket sales for the Music of Patrick Doyle concert will start soon.


The Krakow Film Music Festival is organised by the City of Krakow, KBF and RMF Classic.


Co-organisers of the FMF: Kraków5020 and ICE Kraków.


The Music of Patrick Doyle concert is co-organised by Katowice – UNESCO City of Music.


Hans Zimmer Live concert is organised by Good Taste Production, a partner of the FMF.


The ZAiKS Society of Authors is a partner of the Kaczmarek2Cinema concert and the Polish Soundtrack of the Year Award.


The KBF is a municipal cultural institution that has been active for more than two decades, developing creative industries, cultural tourism, the MICE industry and leisure sectors. It focuses on literature, film, music, visual arts, tourism, local initiatives and education.


It organises and promotes large-scale cultural events with local, national and international scope, including: the Misteria Paschalia Festival, Kraków Film Music Festival, Conrad Festival, Wianki – Celebration of Music and a number of other world-famous festival brands. The KBF is also one of the hosts of the Potocki Palace, publisher of a number of magazines and operator of the Krakow Culture, Krakow — UNESCO City of Literature and Krakow Film Commission programmes.


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