Accompanying events

Południk Zero presents: How not to change the world in Africa

16th of September, 17:00

The meeting will be held in the festival club. Admission is free.

Moderator: Weronika Mliczewska – anthropologist, director, photographer. More information:

Photos of children with bellies bloated by famine? Photos of children covered by flies? These pictures were used by the charities to inspire compassion. Unfortunately, it has led to the false image of Africa based on stereotypes and power relation established during the colonisation of this continent. During the meeting we will change our attitude towards the Dark Continent and charitable actions, exemplified by the cooperative group of disabled women in Uganda, an initiative started by Weronika Mliczewska who supports female power and business attitude in order to change the world around her. You will learn how to use the social media, film, anthropology and cooperation with specialists so as to have a positive impact on the world around you.

Kuchnia Konfliktu

16th-22th of September

Festival Club

During this year’s edition, the culinary part of the festival will be taken care of by one of the most interesting places on the map of Warsaw – Kuchnia Konfliktu!

How to combine gastronomy with social activism in an innovative way? Can you tell a story of people who came to Warsaw running from war through food?

Kuchnia Konfliktu is a meeting place for cultures and social dialogue which gives the refugees what they need the most, namely: safe employment on the decent, legal terms, an opportunity to share the culture and cuisine as well as the stability in a new reality. The purpose of the Kuchnia is to combine gastronomy with social activism as well as break negative and harmful stereotypes. During the festival you will be able to try the dishes from different regions of the world affected by conflict.

Opening hours during the festival:
16 September, 10:00-23:00
17, 18 September, 18:00-21:00
19 September, 17:00-23:00
20, 21 September, 18:00-23:00
22 September, 12:00-23:00

National Geographic presents: “Himalayan mountaineering: sport or art” The meeting will be held in the festival club. Admission is free.

17th of September, 18:30

The meeting will be held in the festival club.
Admission is free.

Krzysztof Wielicki – Himalayan mountaineer, has scaled all 14 eight-thousanders
Maciej Wesołowski - reporter, editor in National Geographic,
Piotr Trybalski - journalist, author of books: “Ja, Pustelnik” [I, hermit] and “Wszystko za K2” [All for K2]

The following topics will be covered:
- what lies at the core of Himalayan mountaineering
- what is ethical in the mountains
- is it the summit that counts or rather the road that leads to it
- is Himalayan mountaineering a sport or rather an art (of life)
- why the mountaineering stirs up such big emotions in Poland
- how to write about both Himalayan mountaineering and the mountaineers.

„Polityka” presents: Africa released in Poland

18th of September, 18:30

The meeting will be held in the festival club. Admission is free.

• Mikołaj Kierski, Basy Tropikalne
• Piotr Cichocki, 1000 Hz
• Bartek Chaciński, „Polityka”

New, contemporary African music, which references both the current world trends, as well as traditional sounds, has found its place in Poland. Not only in the press or radio stations. There are labels which search the African countries for music and release it here, in Poland, for the first time outside Africa.
This is the work of Michał Kierski, who is the head of the Basy Tropikalne label and Piotr Cichocki - together, under the name of 1000Hz they release the music of artists from Malawi and Tanzania. During the Cross Culture Festival they will talk about the roots of their activity, its nature, the unique contacts and acquaintances and their plans for the future. The panel will be moderated by Bartek Chaciński from the weekly magazine „Polityka”.

TVP Kultura presents:In Kolberg’s footsteps

19th of September, 17:30

Pre-release screening
The screening will be held directly before SOUNDS LIKE POLAND concerts, in the concert tent.
Admission is free.
Introduction: Grzegorz Jankowski

In Kolberg’s Footsteps is a cycle of documentaries presenting folk artists draining from the legacy of Oskar Kolberg. Each episode is a musical journey to a different part of Poland. In this season, the following artists will follow in Kolberg’s footsteps: The Dumplings, Mery Spolsky, Ania Rusowicz, Mikromusic, Adam Bałdych. Their meetings with brilliant folk musicians become an encounter between two different musical worlds and an opportunity to get to know Polish folklore.

Living Library at the Cross Culture Festival

22 of September, 14:00 – 18:00

The event will be held at the festival club. Admission is free.
Dense with emotions, a meeting with another human being, a talk face to face, true personal stories, which one cannot hear every day, but which bear an extraordinary power to change the way one thinks, to break stereotypes and touch one’s very soul… On the festivals last day, at the festival club, a special edition of the Living Library will be held.
In the Living Library, everyone can borrow a chosen „book” for half an hour and listen to it, sharing their own story or thoughts. The „reader” has a chance to get to know a person he/she might have previously avoided, or has not yet had a chance to acquaint.
There will be the following „books” waiting for you:
Atheist, Homeless, Feminist, Muslim, Drug Addict, Handicapped mother, Father of a gay son, Blind person, Victim of abuse, Person with an intellectual disability, Person with Tourette’s syndrome, Single mother, Co-dependent person, Turkish woman. Book catalogue:
The Living Library is a place for people who are not afraid to talk about difficult subjects. Or they are indeed afraid – but the curiosity of things different and unknown gets the better of them. It is an undertaking where people marginalised because of their otherness, be it sexual, national, cultural, religious or materialistic, can meet with people who are curious about these qualities. The Living Library is supposed to encompass the entire diversity of the community it is built upon. It is by touching the topics difficult for a given place that the Living Library can successfully change stereotypes to knowledge, experience and empathy for those excluded.