About Festival

East Of Culture – Different Sounds Art’n’Music Festival 

“Different sounds” are the most sought-after ingredients of modern music and the impulses that drive the best artists to create unique and innovative music . You may ask, where to look for different sounds nowadays, when music is globally overproduced ? The answer is simple – Lublin!

East of Culture – Different Sounds offers an opportunity to get acquainted with the most interesting musical phenomena transcending different genres, traditions and cultural influences. The festival presents music which is ambitious and explores new ideas and solutions. It is one of the most inspiring music events in Poland, which allows us to hear world-class stars and mind-blowing rising stars in the very centre of Lublin.

Different Sounds is more than just music. The festival’s rich and multi-thematic programme offers events for enthusiasts of ambitious cinema (screening of films made in Eastern Partnership countries) , literature (every year, as part of our Wschodni Express series, we publish influential and important books by Eastern writers, introducing them to Poland)  as well as contemporary art (poster exhibitions, street photography, design).  The youngest audiences are invited to participate in Little Different Sounds (an original educational programme which gets kids accustomed to sounds and different music genres which shows that music is an incredily rich cognitive territory).

The idea of “East of Culture” written into the name of the festival also continues to inspire. It draws to Lublin the most interesting artists from such countries as Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia or Armenia.

So far, “Different Sounds” has hosted such artists as: Einstürzende Neubauten, Tortoise, Juno Reactor, Goldfrapp, Tony Allen, Mulatu Astatke, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Asian Dub Foundation, Yat-Kha, The Tiger Lilies.

The festival is accompanied by the year-round series of concerts known as Different Sounds Zone.

The festival is Lublin’s iteration of   the „East of Culture”  project  which has been made possible thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the National Centre for Culture and local creative groups and governments in eastern Poland.