Beautiful conversations at the Academy of the Finest of Arts - Pol'and'Rock is a place ofexceptional meetings

Social activism, culture, travel, legislation, new media – we will definitely talk about these issues at the Academy of the Finest of Arts at the upcoming Pol'andRock Festival. Our conversations are always the result of an interesting exchange of views and opinions or a well-asked question from the audience.

The beginnings of the Academy of the Finest of Arts date back to 2006, when for the first time in Kostrzyn upon Oder we offered the festival audience, apart from concerts, meetings with interesting personalities from the world of culture, art, politics and social life. The format of the conversation with the audience gathered in the tent has not changed – we focus on a dynamic, open exchange of views, in which there is a place for asking questions, discussion, joy or even bursts of laughter. The format of the personalities we hosted at the Academy of the Finest of Arts did not change – we had the opportunity to introduce three Nobel Prize winners to the festival-goers – Lech Wałęsa, Muhammad Yunus, and Olga
Tokarczuk. This year, we will also host outstanding figures at the Makowice-Płoty Airport, and we invite everyone to talk to them not only as of the audience present at the festival, but also Internet users who can ask the guests a question on the dedicated website of mBank, which is the patron of the Academy of the Finest of Arts and on the Discord server.

Travelling and discovering the world

Elżbieta Dzikowska will visit the Academy of the Finest of Arts at the special invitation of mBank. Dzikowska is a pioneer: traveller, explorer, documentalist, photographer, writer and journalist. For generations of viewers of the: Pieprz and Wanilia program, she was a guide through exotic countries, and for fans of the Groch i Kapusta program, she discovered valuable and interesting places in Poland, becoming an ambassador of local tourism. The meeting withElżbieta Dzikowska, chaired by Karolina Walczowska, will take place on Friday at 10:00AM. Przemek Kossakowski and the “Down the road” team not only discover the world during their

Przemek Kossakowski and the “Down the road” team not only discover the world during their joint journeys. The protagonists of the program reveal their world to the viewers, showing what adversities, prejudices, and erroneous assumptions about themselves they have to deal with. The meeting with Przemek Kossakowski, the host of the program and members of the second season, will be hosted by Janusz Schwertner. The interview will take place at the Academy of the Finest of Arts on Saturday at 11:30 AM.

Łukasz Czepiela is an acrobat pilot, known to the festival audience as the author of the impressive aerobatics show that graced the opening of the Most Beautiful Festival in the World in 2019. Czepiela is a Challenger class pilot in the Red BullAir Race and a limited super license holder. The meeting with the pilot will be conducted by Karol Kosiorowski. The interview was scheduled for Thursday at 10:00 AM.

Culture and art

Andrzej Chyra is a cinema and theatre actor. Chyra graduated from the Directing Department at The AleksanderZelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw university. In the 1990s, he performed in the capital's theatres: he played, among others, at the Rampa Theater and the National Theater. The actor gained nationwide recognition in a supporting role in the film The Debt, on which Chyra worked with director Krzysztof Krauze. Chyra's creation gained recognition from the jury of the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. The actor was awarded the Eagle in theBest Supporting Male Role category for the movie “The Debt”. The meeting, which will take place on Thursday at11:30AM, was hosted by Katarzyna Janowska.

Arkadiusz Jakubik is an actor, vocalist of the punk-rock band Dr Misio and a director. As the frontman of the band DrMisio, Jakubik has repeatedly attended the Most Beautiful Festival in the World, but this year he will make his debut as a guest of the Academy of the Finest of Arts. Jakubik is a character actor, the creator of many interesting creations full of authenticity and artistic honesty. The artist flawlessly combines emotions that move in his directness with an excellent sense of comedy. The meeting with Arek Jakubik was hosted by Bartosz Węglarczyk, and the interview is scheduled for Friday at 11:30 AM.

New Media

Radek Kotarski is a journalist, internet vlogger, and author of books and podcasts. Kotarski is passionate about popularizing knowledge and engaging his audience in educational and informative content, which makes it easy to absorb new information. Kotarski's programs have been watched – on the Internet alone, over 100 million times. A meeting with Radek Kotarski, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, at 10:00 AM will be hosted by Jaśmina Marczewska.

Jakobe Mansztajn is a co-founder and sole host of the Make Life Harder profile and a poet. Over 369,000 followers on Facebook and almost 800,000 followers on Instagram – this is the balance of Make Life Harder's activities in social media. The content that Make Life Harder shares with its followers is not only light and pleasant internet "laughs" or videos with funny animals. The profile features socially engaging content, showing high sensitivity, engaging recipients in various charity or aid campaigns. The meeting was scheduled for Thursday, July 29 at 1.30 PM with Piotr Halicki being the host.

Social activists

Marta Lempart will talk to Marta Klepka and Dorota Wellman as part of the #byckobietaontour project. Marta Lempart is the initiator of Black Monday – the first Polish National Women's Strike, which took place on October 3, 2016, and consisted of mass protests against the tightening of the anti-abortion law. One of the faces of the Polish Women's Strike movement, fighting for women's rights and Poland for all, in which human rights are the basis of democracy. The meeting will be held at the Academy of the Finest of Arts and is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, at 1.30 pm.

Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram and Michał Wawrykiewicz have extensive experience in the operation of the EuropeanCommission, legal processes implemented by the European Court of Human Rights and how the processes of Polish legislation function. The conversation will concern the mechanisms that may be responsible for the process of Poland's exit from the European Union. Michał Wawrykiewicz and Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram are socially committed attorneys working for the clear, independent and constitutional operation of courts in Poland. They are the co-founders of the JusticeDefense Committee, which monitors cases of political pressure being exerted on judges, lawyers and solicitors. The meeting was hosted by Kamil Dziubka, and it was held at 1.30 pm on Friday.