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Stołeczna Estrada

 Stołeczna Estrada, set up in 1955, is the biggest cultural institution in Warsaw.

In our activities we bring together long experience, tradition, and innovative approach to art. We are active in various areas of culture and successfully organize festivals, concerts, shows, comedy nights, fetes, anniversaries, and exhibitions. We have realized artistic programs presenting Polish culture abroad many times, but our offer is intended mainly for the citizens of the capital city.  
In order to fit the interests of the citizens of Warsaw, we try to meet the expectations of the widest audience possible, and at the same time, we discover areas that are still wastelands outside the mainstream of popular culture. Due to such an approach, we learned that there is a need to promote world music and we answered that need by organizing the Cross-Culture Warsaw Festival which has become one of the most important events in the capital city.  
We pay special attention to space in which we locate our events. A symphonic concert at the airport, amongst taking off airplanes, is just one of many our untypical ideas. With a view to tansformation of urban spaces we created a project Strefa Kultury (Culture Zone) which in a natural way filled the vicinity of the Palace of Culture and Science and made it more friendly. Our main objectives are promotion of high culture and education through art. Therefore, we make efforts to create our own projects popularizing classical music in such a way that it is accesible for young audiences. In June, 2008, the album Rock Loves Chopin had its premiere. This project – created by the director of Stołeczna Estrada, Andrzej Matusiak – consists of compositions by Frideric Chopin creatively rearranged and performed by rock musicians. 
We are always open to new challenges, and the coming years will abound in opportunities. We are already thinking about Euro 2012 in Warsaw, in organization of which we will surely participate. 
Andrzej Matusiak
director of Stołeczna Estrada 
Culture manager, animator and promotor of Polish culture in Poland and abroad. Scholarship participant at the Goethe Institute in Berlin and Goethe Institute in Hamburg where he took part in seminars on the promotion of European culture. Graduate of LSI courses in Toronto and Leysin American School in Switzerland. Originator of several hundreds stage shows, co-organizator of the biggest Polish festivals, producer of over one hundred great stage TV productions. For over ten years, he has been promoting Polish culture abroad and organizing Polish presentations in the most prestigeous places in the world. Since 1990, he has been a director of Stołeczna Estrada – one of the biggest cultural institutions in Poland. 
As a director of Stołeczna Estrada he is responsible for the organization and realization of some 300 events annually, including the bigest open-air Warsaw events, such as „Music for Peace” with Tangerine Dream with 50,000 spectators at the Świętokrzyski Bridge (2001), Al Di Meola's concerts with Janusz Olejniczak in Royal Łazienki Park (2004), Buena Vista Social Club (2007), and Bob Geldof at the Teatralny Square (2007). Originator of the first in Poland „Open-air New Year's Eve”, in 1992, at the Zamkowy Square. Realized the biggest editions of that event, including one in 2000, with 150,000 people and TV transmission to all over the world. Creator of Strefa Kultury (Culture Zone), producer and co-originator of Cross-Culture Warsaw Festival. Author of stage treatments and director of prestigeous stage events, e.g., ceremonials and concerts Teraz Polska and Gender Index. Producer of cult spectacles „Pan Tadeusz” directed by Jan Englert and „Big Zbig Show” directed by Magda Umer. Creator of the Rock Loves Chopin project. Played rock music in Pulsar and Prezesi bands.
Married, has two daughters.
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