Professional madness in Swinoujscie


 This year’s FAMA is not only presentations of participants admitted into competition but also un-usual events i.e. exceptional concerts of renowned artists whose works are setting trends in Polish music. This year we have planned two events linked by their spiritus movens: MARCIN MASECKI – a pianist and a composer branded new spirit of Polish jazz, whose compositions stem from classical music.  

On Wednesday, August 15th we invite you to a concert of the BOEING duet (Marcin Masecki – piano, Michał Górczyński – clarinet).  Mozart’s famous Clarinet concerto in A-major is the theme of the programme named with the composer’s very name. Dualism-flavoured, Boeing journeys through the score either drawing nearer the original masterpiece or diverging from it. Please accept our invitation to listen to a creative and unpredictable dialogue with the most renowned piece of the composer.

Jazz sextet PROFESJONALIZM will give a concert a day later i.e. on Thursday, August 16th. The band will present contents of their debut record “Chopin Chopin Chopin” (Lado, ABC, 2011). The composer Masecki made reference there to his childhood experiences when he would spend his time playing to the sound of pieces from musical education syllabus: traditional jazz, big bands of the 30’s and European classics. Profesjonalizm merges sounds and styles only to set them against one another. The audience becomes the arbiter.   

‘Professionalism’ of the sextet stems from experience and artistry of musicians from independent stage of Warsaw. The musicians play, their eyes fixed on the score and the performance is conducted by Masecki. Their play is imaginative: elegant and witty. However, as the pieces flow one after another, madness begins to play the first fiddle only to take over the entire precision of  the composition. The concert is crowned with musical deconstruction, every now and then accompanied with commotion on stage – score soar over the stage and musicians abandon their instruments in panic.

Similarly to other events of the festival, entrance to this one also is FREE OF CHARGE!

A concert by rock-noir mistress, Rykarda Parasol at Fama Festival


A concert by an American singer, Rykarda Parasol, a mistress of rock-noir, with a low voice trained by opera school. Her melancholy-filled compositions convey the feeling of aesthetic anxiety. Compared with PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Tom Waits or Johnny Cash.

Rykada Parasol breaks all stereotypical beliefs about what women can do in music and how, both in the field of performance and the topics she undertakes; she sings about things which others wish to forget. Moreover, she is an artist who meets the highest requirements going far beyond the context of popular and light music.

Rykarda Parasol will perform with young Polish musicians who also accompany her at concerts in Poland and abroad. Being either its participants or prizewinners, the musicians are linked to FAMA Festival. The concert aims at presenting valuable, ambitious project which, because of its non-mass culture provenance, is highly demanding of the audience.  

This exceptional concert will take place at FAMA Festival, on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 on Outdoor Stage in Swinoujscie. Free entrance!

Rykarda Parasol – Musician and songwriter. A deep gender-bending voice, her focus is delivering Faulkner-like tales with conviction and suspense. Parasol draws on American rock, soul and southern influences as well as Northern European styles imparted to her by her parents. Based in San Francisco, California, Parasol is immersed in many cultures. She is half Swedish, half Israeli. The daughter of a Polish-born Holocaust survivor (her name comes from her father’s name, Ryszard) and a Swedish mother. She has written, self-produced and self-released two highly acclaimed albums (“For Blood and Wine” 2009 and “Our Hearts First Meet” 2006). She has plans to publish a spoken word book as well as an illustrated one. And her unique musical style can be traced to her studies in art, music, and literature. Parasol has shared the stage with such notable artists like Frank Black, Jason Collett, Jolie Holland, the Trail of Dead, Kirsten Hirsh, Chuck Prophet, Jonette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde). Most recently Rykarda with her band performed at the Festival Ars Cameralis in Poland as well as the Plissken Festival in Athens, Greece. Rykarda has also gained notoriety for performing at maximum security prisons in Poland.

Contest for the best first-night project


 Everyone is invited to send us their entries into the contest for the most valuable artistic event during FAMA. The Neptune’s Trident Contest is addressed to artists from all fields of creation, to people who are ambitious and willing to participate in a professional artistic movement. We want to provide you with tools allowing you to carry out your own premiere project during FAMA.

The Neptune’s Trident is the most important award of FAMA. Established in 1966, the award has been granted to creators of the best premiere events. For the past several years the winner has been chosen in a two-stage contest. From among all entries sent to us, we will choose projects that will be realised during FAMA with financial support from organiser of the Festival. Projects qualified to the second stage of the contest will compete for The Neptune’s Trident award in the amount of PLN 6 000.

Your entries will be admitted until 31st May 2012. More information on the contest regulations together with entry form are available on our website in The Neptune’s Trident Contest section.

The name is Fama. Fama Festival


Fama is contagious. Fama is provocative. Fama is not a festival of sad and depressing songs. Fama is dangerous. Long before every other event was termed “a festival” – there had been only Fama on the cultural map of Poland. For young stage Fama is like Andy Warhol for the art, Marlin Monroe for the cinema, Miles Davis for jazz, James Bond for all who wear uniforms.

We are getting ready for the next Fama – an interdisciplinary festival that brings together artists from all fields of artistic expression. We are waiting for the brilliant, ambitious, willing to participate in a professional artistic movement, for people who take their artistic careers seriously, who are interested in developing their skills, confronting and cooperating with other artists.

During Fama we do not play theatre nor garage music. During Fama we set the standards high to one another. Fama is a showcase of young artists, it is working on premiere projects, it is various workshops, and rewards for the best participants of the festival.

Fama means two summer weeks, the sea and the beach, everyday rehearsals and over 100 art shows. Fama is students’ underground taking over Swinoujscie.

Feel free to get to know our offer, Festival Regulations and to send us your entries!