The 23nd edition of the Gdańsk Carillon Festival will take place between 23 July and 28 August 2021. Special concerts from the towers of St. Catherine Church and the Main Town Hall combined with a fountain show will be held every Friday and Saturday. This year, all concerts will be broadcast live on the Internet.
Gdańsk is the only city in Poland that has working instruments consisting of bells weighing from several kilograms to several tons. Performing carillon pieces from the tower of the Main Town Hall is an almost 460-year-old tradition of Gdańsk. Carillon sounds accompanied the most important city events. During this year's Festival, old and new pieces performed on carillons by talented artists will be heard on Fridays at 8.30 p.m. from the tower of the St. Catherine Church and on Saturdays at 12.05 p.m. from the tower of the Main Town Hall.
Among the performers will be Monika Kaźmierczak, the city carillonist and the organiser of the Festival, carillonists Anna Kasprzycka, Gideon Bodden and Paul Maassen from the Netherlands, American Jeffrey Bossin from Berlin and the Polish-Japanese duo: Katarzyna Takao-Piastowska with her husband, Toru Takao. Apart from carillonists, there will also be Tubicinatores Gedanenses, NeoQuartet and Gdańsk-Kraków duo Wood & Bronze. During the final concerts of the event (27 and 28 August), NeoQuartet and Paul Maassen will premiere works composed especially for the Festival: Arachne by Paul Maassen and Solaris by Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz – the work written in tribute to Stanisław Lem.