The idea of the festival comes from Darek Maciborek, a music journalist of a major Polish radio station RMF FM, who lives in Oświęcim. His intention was to “break the spell” of his home town that is commonly associated solely with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the largest German concentration and extermination camp during the Second World War. The main concept of TLFO is to build peaceful relations beyond cultural and state borders where there is no place for discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism.
Among headliners of 8 editions of the festival were: Scorpions, Queen & Adam Lambert, Elton John, Manu Chao, Eric Clapton, Soundgarden, Sting, Peter Gabriel and James Blunt.
TLFO’s line-up consists of artists representing a variety of countries, cultures and music styles: Matisyahu (USA), Kozak System (Ukraine), Jamaram (Germany), Hatikva 6 (Israel), Twinkle Brothers (Jamaica), Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra (Belgium) as well as top Polish acts: Kroke & Anna Maria Jopek, Hey, Kasia Kowalska, Brodka, Edyta Bartosiewicz, Kayah, LemOn, Kortez, Dawid Podsiadło, Luxtorpeda, Perfect, Voo Voo, Varius Manx, T.Love, Blue Cafe and Dżem.
In TLFO’s program, apart from music, there is also place for classical concerts, theater spectacles and street run. Important role plays a mural designed especially for the festival by world renowned Polish artists such as Oscar winner Tomasz Bagiński, and multi-awarded illustrator Rafał Obliński.
Previous editions of the festival