European Bridges festival in Budapest inaugurated by Polish musicians

The European Bridges festival in Budapest was inaugurated on Sunday by Polish celebrated pianist Piotr Anderszewski with the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra. Poland and the Baltic States are the focus of this year's festival.

"The goal of the festival is to present the cultural richness of the four countries," PAP was told by Csaba Kael, the director of the Palace of Arts.

"The experience of freedom has often been a turning point in Europe's history. That is why we are extremely proud to present Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on the centenary of their independence," he added.

The programme of the Sunday concert envisaged compositions by Arvo Pärt, Zoltan Kodaly and Poland's Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.

Also on Sunday, an exhibition devoted to Polish pre-war statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski opened at the Palace of Arts.

Some of the events planned for the coming days include concerts by Polish jazz pianists Leszek Możdżer, Marcin Wasilewski, Piotr Orzechowski and Paweł Kaczmarczyk, violinists Jakub Jakowicz and Kristof Barati, and the Warsaw Village Band.

During a final concert performed by the Baroque ensemble of the Budapest Festival Orchestra on Sept. 26, the audience will have the opportunity to listen to Polish Baroque masters Adam Jarzębski, Marcin Józef Żebrowski and Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki.

This year's festival has been co-organised by the Polish Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.