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Concert with the participation of Lluis Llach, the legendary bard of freedom, Jacek Kaczmarski, and Leszek Wójtowicz. The concert will be hosted by Filip Łobodziński – 2nd September, 8 p.m.

venue: The Gardens of the Museum of Archaeology, ul. Senacka 3. Free tickets to the concert to be collected from Culture Information Centre. The concert will be broadcast live on a video-wall situated in the Main Market Square, in the Festival Garden at the foot of the City Hall Tower.

  Lluis Llach

The originator of Catalan political song was born on 4th May, 1948 in Girona at Costa Brava, near the French border. His artistic awareness was influenced by French song free from any censorship (especially Brel, Ferré, Trenet, and Piaf.) He started technical studies at the University of Barcelona which he quit to pursue social studies and philosophy. At this time, he discovered the Anti-Francoist movement, and joined the Els Setze Jutges (Sixteen Judges) group of intellectuals who were fighting the Francoist regime through song. He was also a member of the Nova Canço (New Song) movement. In 1968 Llach composed L’estaca (The Wall): a song of hope, brotherhood, and solidarity which became the anthem of Catalan Anti-Fascist opposition: a similar power permeated the Polish version of the song (Mury), created a decade later by Jacek Kaczmarski. Llach’s concerts, more and more often banned and persecuted by the forces of the regime, were one of the reasons why Llach had to leave the country. In the years 1971–1976 he remained in Paris, where he joined the community of other Catalan émigrés. This was the place where his songs became tremendously successful. During those years he would return a number of times to Spain, where he gave concerts for audiences counting in thousands. Arrested during one of the concerts, Llach was verboten to perform his own compositions. Exiled from Spain, the artist lived moving between Latin America and Europe. In January 1978, after the death of General Franco, he returned triumphantly to Catalonia, where his concerts turned into political manifestations.

Among other works of Lluis Llach’s, there are symphonies, cantatas, and film scores. He performed in operas as a baritone, and won numerous music prizes and awards. He lives in a small town in Southern Catalonia.


 

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