LIFE FESTIVAL OŚWIĘCIM / life / peace / music /
14-16.06 2018


Tauron Life Festival Oświęcim 2018: Emissary of Heaven in a City of Peace

“We want to improve our planet in the human minds. We need a community, harmony and joy. We want to build a whole new world” – such a message was heard on the stage of Tauron Life Festival Oświęcim 2018 during the concert of Santana who - as an Emissary of Heaven - brought people joy and hope, not only by using the words, but – first of all – the highest world-class level music. 9th edition of the Festival, held from 14 to 16 June, was a celebration of peace, freedom and unity beyond any boundaries.

The great music hits as “Oye Como Va”, “Maria Maria or “Smooth” are the core of all concerts of Santana, who after 50 years on the stage, still impresses with his good form of the Music Champion. However, the world Divination Tour scheduled for 2108 year which started with the TLFO concert - as its name suggests - is much more than just another opportunity to hear live the well-known hits aired on the radio. Carlos Santana also underscores when asked in interviews that he intends to start a spiritual revolution and the speech he made on the stage in Oświęcim once again confirmed his intentions.

Fot. Mateusz Moskała

“We want to improve our planet in the human minds. We need a community, harmony and joy. This is the place and time when we can overcome the fear. CNN, BBC as well as all TV channels sell us a bill of goods. We want to build a whole new world as in the song of The Doors - “We want the world and we want it... Now!”. Thank you very much for being here and for building it together with us” – these words met with the applause of the festival audience of several thousand people that on Friday evening filled every inch of MOSiR stadium in Oświęcim.

At the end of the two-hour concert the enthusiastic audience saw a totally unexpected view – at the invitation of Carlos Santana on the stage appeared the director of the Festival – Darek Maciborek – who for ten minutes was accompanying with a tambourine the shaman of the guitar and a group of excellent musicians constituting his band. This was something unprecedented, however it confirmed an unique and special approach of Carlos to Tauron Life Festival Oświęcim which many times was called the“ beautiful festival” by the musician.

Fot. Mateusz Moskała

Tens of minutes prior to the concert Carlos Santana was awarded with the second in the history of Tauron Life Festival Oświęcim statuette of Peacemaker for an exceptional contribution in promoting values and ideas of peace which are very close to the Festival.

The concert of Punk Alive with the classics of the underground rock and with participation of legends of the Polish independent scene was also unique. Due to the circumstances, this concert became a tribute paid to Robert Brylewski who died a few days prior to the beginning of the Festival. The musician was to be one of the pillars of the project developed especially for TLFO. “The money was not a god for him. He was a man who – first of all – saw people” – as in the sang by him song entitled “Pieniądz” (“Money”) - said Darek Malejonek. Other artists of this concert, inter alia Tomasz Budzyński or Melon from the band “Prawda”, also remembered the legend of the Polish rock.

All artists of this year’s edition brought in the Festival’s history not only a lot of charming and admirable music, but also a huge dose of positive energy expressed in words.

“Music is a powerful tool that can change opinions. It is amazing that events which bring people together are organized. We are very happy that we can be here” – said Joey Tempest, the lead singer of the rock band Europe whose the evergreen music hit “Final Countdown” sounded on the stage at the end of TLFO 2018.

Fot. Konrad Kubuśka

“They want to divide us in the politics, in media; they play on us as we were puppets. Rebel Babel was established in order to build one positive team against any divisions. Make some noise for the Unity!” – called the rap artist L.U.C. who on Saturday night conducted a band of several dozen of wind and other instruments.

One thing is certain after this year’s edition of Tauron Life Festival Oświęcim: the most peaceable festival in Europe has the best prospects. It is a great pity that we will have to wait a whole calendar year for 10th anniversary edition of the Festival!

Dofinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego pochodzących z Funduszu Promocji Kultury