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Dir Sirs, welcome to the Valley of Palaces and Gardens

Piotr Napierała
Chairman of Foundation Board

Piotr NapierałaThe Jeleniogórska Valley has already been recognized as at the end of the eighteenth century as an exceptional place, the romantic ideal, arcadia. Not only had the picturesque landscapes of Karkonosze Mountains and Rudawy Janowickie but also wonderful palace buildings, parks, religious or regional architecture attracted travelers and artists from all over Europe. Kings and princes, ministers and generals of the Prussian government, the most brilliant European aristocratic families have sought here summer residences and ancestral seats. Palaces and manor houses not only gained new owners but also new costumes and setting. Rebuilt Renaissance and Baroque palaces in neoclassical style and neo-Gothic estates transformed into a vast landscape parks, artists were invited to the residences. So was born the romantic vision of the Silesian Elysium.
The period of the second half of the twentieth century, launched a huge exodus of people, it brought forgetfulness of past traditions and values of the area. Difficult post-war period did not favor cultural continuity. Undervalued and misunderstood heritage was subject to degradation. Today, after decades of neglect in Jelenia Góra Valley a remarkable cultural landscape is being restored. Neglected and devastated monuments regain their former glory. Valley of Palaces and Gardens brand becomes the most important tourist hallmark of Lower Silesia. Romantic palace and park complexes have been entered by the President of Poland on the prestigious list of Monuments of History.
But the return of artistic traditions cannot be separated from unusual architectural heritage. Just as centuries ago, poets, musicians, painters, poets visited the residences of the Prussian aristocrats, Polish, Dutch and Austrian so now the old cradle of cultural life should radiate similar ideas.



Dear Sirs, welcome to the Valley of Arts

Michał Maciaszczyk
Artistic Director

It is with great joy that I welcome you to the second edition of the Festival dell 'Arte! The aim of the festival, as an interdisciplinary platform is to communicate all sorts of artists with the audience. Therefore, creating a program of this year's festival I invited to participate in the artists you already know, but in a modified configuration enriched by new and fantastic names. Many of these artistic ideas were born out of the previous edition of our art holiday, which confirmed me in the conviction of the rightness of this unique formula that allows you to experience truly alive art directed to the active and contact thirsty audience.
Basing dell'Arte Festival on already known to you pillars of music, poetry, painting, and sculpture I look forward to welcome at the Palace Wojanów guests known (and those were present in the first edition in numbers of 12,000), as well as brand new, which probably will help us create the special atmosphere of admiration of art, without pathos, but with real pleasure and sincerity.
I invite you to a thorough study of the festival programme, in which you are sure to find something for everyone! In a few days we will have the opportunity to hear the music of any kind, listen to poetry both ancient and modern, as well as satisfy your eyes on the works of art in course of numerous exhibitions, and all of this in a unique setting Wojanów beautiful palace in the heart of the Valley of Palaces and Gardens Jelenia Góra Valley.
Dreaming of the second edition and realizing the success that was in the Finals last year,  never have I thought that in preparing the program and logistics of Festival dell 'Arte 2013 we’d encounter so many obstacles related to the acquisition of the patrons of the event. Concerning this the more I’d like to thank all those who have chosen to support the Festival dell 'Arte, and all others I invite for this year's festival and to support it in the future! Culture is the best showcase!
I would also like to thank all those involved in the creation of this event! Despite all the obstacles and through faith in the idea Festival dell 'Arte, we can again enjoy the arts together!

Dear Sirs

Waldemar PłusaWaldemar Płusa
Cztery Strony Kultury Foundation

My relationship with Wojanów dates back to already quite distant childhood. I was born in Jelenia Góra, and my family home is situated nearby, you can see it at a glance from the windows of the palace tower.
It is here as a boy, I spent every free moment at playing with my brothers and observing fascinating wildlife always changing, with the seasons. When more than 30 years ago I was leaving, as it turned out, for many years abroad, the sight of the destroyed palace and neglected, sad, empty park around it have remained in my memory. Today, every time I come here, I am proud and fascinated by what I find. Both the palace and the park each year presents more impressive and what is perhaps most important, they are not only unavailable decoration, but ... they live. You can always find here amateurs of the beautiful landscape and architecture, as well as cultural events taking place here: concerts, performances and festivals. Particularly interesting is the third time organized by the Foundation of Palaces and Gardens of Jelenia Góra Valley Festival Dell Arte. I am also very happy for personal reasons, after all, in Wojanów I left a part of myself that Foundation Four Directions of Culture led by me, may for the second time be part of this extraordinary event. It is not a regular festival, where artists and audiences are barred from eachother with ramp lights.
Here, we all talk to each other and participate together in many cultural events taking place in buildings and outdoor. Rarely can you walk through the park, or in the palace cafe, exchange views on Jazz with Zbigniew Namysłowski, on sung poetry with Grzegorz Turnau, on the song with Jacek Cygan, on theater with Anna Polony, or of cinema with Academy Award winner Zbigniew Rybczyński, but also with them all to see together an exhibition of photographs by Ryszard Horowitz, and just like that exchange a few words about.. life. Art permeates the audience and the audience art constituting inseparable, fascinating and extremely creative whole. I'm looking forward to August to drop in for a moment to Wojanów ...