This week-long festival, held annually in Jarosław -- historic town in South-East outskirts of Poland, was founded in 1993. Its specific formula is based on a fact that the visiting musicians not only present their concert-programs but also participate in a debate on approaches to early music, tradition, performance practice and its possible contexts, relations between oral and scriptural. Visiting musicians held seminars and participate in meetings, discussing and presenting their ideas, views on music and philosophy.
Concerts take place in old churches which reveal the Town’s glorious past and multiethnic components. Artists are lodged in an old Benedictines’ abbey vestiges turned to hotel-rooms and are welcomed to stay longer then only the period required for their concert presentations.
The Festival is participated by youth who forms the major part of the audience; many young volunteers -- members of the Association help to organize its events and give hand in technical matters. Special project are being designed, like preparing and staging baroque oratorios or performing Gregorian liturgical forms in which the Festival Choir (formed of workshop-participants) performs next to renown artists.
Much attention is put to study and presenting different traditions of liturgical chant (i.a. Byzantine, Old-Roman, Gregorian, Georgian, Dominican, Benedictine) as well as creating a venue for the meeting of traditional or folk singers with historically-informed academic approach.
Each day of the festival is filled with a sequence of events: morning Gregorian matins, seminars “Song of Our Roots”, workshops, rehearsals, Gregorian vespers, concerts, dance-nights accompanied by folk-bands.