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Panels focused on music books at East of Culture – Different Sounds 2021

At this year’s East of Culture – Different Sounds we are holding several panels focused on music books, during which we will meet Muniek Staszczyk, Filip Łobodziński, and Konstanty Usenko.  The programme also includes the presentation of the record label Instant Classic.

This year’s edition of East of Culture – Different Sounds takes places in Lublin between 24-27 June 2021. It’s the 14th edition of Different Sounds and the 8th held under the banner of East of Culture, a joint project of the National Centre of Culture and the local governments of Lublin, Białystok and Rzeszów funded by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport. The festival focuses on artists who find music to be an inspiration and constant challenge. Aside from live music, the programme includes literary panels, exhibitions and Little Different Sounds. 

Full programme here. 


All panels will be streamed on our Facebook page. 


Thursday, 24 June

17.30–18.30 Panel feat.  The label Instant Classic (Poland) (Festival Tent)

Moderator: Rafał Księżyk

East of Culture – Different Sounds always strives to feature unique record labels working with extraordinary artists. This year, we have chosen Instant Classic, a label currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. The label was set up in 2001 by two enthusiasts of ambitious music, Maciej Stankiewicz and Arkadiusz Młyniec. It’s one of the most original and unique labels releasing alternative music. Although Classic is run out of a heartfelt need, it is directed in a conscious and authentic way, offering artists the freedom to create. At the same time, it’s a modern and independent label, very professional on the level of music, graphic design, distribution, and online presence. It is worth listening to the label’s story and getting familiar with its unique roster.

Admission for ticket holders.


Saturday, 26 June

15.00–16.00  Meet the translator: Filip Łobodziński and Barney Hoskyns’ book „Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits”. Moderator: Jarosław Szubrycht (Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio)

Over the years, Kosmos Kosmos Publishing House has accustomed us to excellent books on music and music-related topics. They include Polish books and translations. One of the latest gems in their catalogue is the fantastic biography of Tom Waits, written by Barney Hoskyns and translated by Filip Łobodziński. „Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits” is a multi-layered and surprising portrait of one of the giants of American independent culture, but also an outsider, a man of many faces and talents. It’s a book that makes a bold attempt to capture the moment between Tom Waits the artist and Tom Waits the man.

Polish Sign Language.

Free admission


Sunday, 27 June

15.00 -16.00 Konstanty Usenko and his book “Wykresy fal środkowej Wołgi”  Moderator: Jędrzej Słodkowski (Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio)

The Volga – An enigmatic blue route of unhurried traffic. It runs from wooden Orthodox churches through meandering mosquito swamps, Russian cities and towns, sacred forests and the ancient area of the Volga Bulgaria to white chalk buildings, cliffs and gorges, decayed harbours and huge Soviet hydroelectric power plants. Tatar huts and apiaries pepper one shore, while developer apartment blocks loom on the other. Kazan, Samara, Yoshkar-Ola, Naberezhnye Chelny… This is where Europe ends, and dozens of cultures, histories and beliefs mix in the Volga melting pot.

Konstantyn Usenko, with roots in Kozmodemyansk in the autonomous Republic of Mari El, takes us on a journey to the peripheries of Europe, never abandoning his musical fascinations. The rhythm of our march is set by ancient pentatonic melodies mixed with Soviet electronic industrial sounds, and the magical journey to the roots goes on in the atmosphere of a daydream.

„Wykresy fal środkowej Wołgi” is a bold example of punk ethnography and a statement of faith from a new wave musician trying to piece together his nomadic identity.

(source: Wydawnictwo Czarne)

Polish Sign Language

Free admission


 17.00-18.00 “King! Autobiografia” – Muniek Staszczyk’s autobiography | A panel with Muniek Staszczyk and Rafał Księżyk  Moderator: Jarosław Szubrycht (Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 7 – patio)

Zygmunt „Muniek” Staszczyk is undoubtedly one of the most colourful figures of Polish rock. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that he’s become another protagonist of Rafał Księżyk’s series of excellent interviews. Their joint book „King! Autobiography”, published by Wydawnictwo Literackie in 2019, is a fascinating conversation in which we find all the key themes of the artist’s history: his youth in Częstochowa, the beginnings of T.Love and the further development of this legendary group, the spectacular success of the formation Szwagierkolaska and, finally, his solo projects. Rafal Księżyk has already proven on many occasions that he can ask essential questions; suffice it to recall interviews with artists, such as Brylewski, Tymański or Stańko, among many others. At the same time, Muniek is an intelligent and spirited interlocutor. The combination of their energies makes „King!” a great read. During the festival, you will be able to hear about the process of creating the book, among other things.

Polish Sign Language

Free admission