Main programme

13th edition of Brave Festival named Visible – Invisible will reveal series of unique, often hardly available artistic performances for its viewers. 11 of the invited artists or artistic groups are connected together by social aspect and fact that all of them use art – especially music and theatre not us entertainment but as a tool to influence social changes and reality. Also as weapon against injustice and foreclosure.

More and more often I get the impression that the people who make positive changes in the world outnumber those who want to destroy it. Sadly, good is not as spectacular as violence, war and death. The media feed on a negative view of the world. Commercial taste and money dictate what kind of information will be passed on to the audience. News about local events reaches the global community and everyone shares the same drama. Today it is hard to imagine that the war in Syria and the hundreds of thousands of refugees is one of very many difficult topics on our planet. Not the only one, unfortunately. 
Each community, each nation, has its own “chosen ones”. Individuals and organizations who know that creating and understanding are the only way for us all. And even though we are shown children trapped under debris, unfortunately we rarely learn about the thousands of those who avert wars and conflicts before they break out. 
This year’s Brave Festival – “Visible/Invisible” – is about just a few brave ones who have chosen creating, poetry, theatre, music, and fight against threats and stereotypes in their communities. They do tremendous work – they juxtapose media stereotypes with individual paths and bring to this world values full of empathy. Visible locally, they are basically invisible globally. This year’s Brave shows people who address problems, conflicts, violence or being uprooted in a truly constructive way – through art. 
The group of albinos from Tanzania are people who are stigmatized, persecuted, often taken for ghosts, but above all they are forced to hide all their lives. As in Africa albinos’ bodies and their parts are considered fetishes. So Albinos are hunted for trophies which astonish with their cruelty. 
The symphonic orchestra of Syrian refugees are professional musicians who, like hundreds of thousands of others, fled from their country to escape death. As artists, they strive to change the paradigm common in Europe of an “alien who threatens us”. 
Each group and each artist in their own way comments on what can be peacefully changed in a society full of turmoil and social prejudice. All of them exert a positive influence on their communities. They speak directly or metaphorically – every firm superstition or stereotype leads to violence. “We are artists so that nobody suffers” – this could be the motto of this year’s edition of Brave Festival.
Artistic Director
Grzegorz Bral