National Forum of Music

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National Forum of Music in Wrocław
Main auditorium
Front façade of the building

The National Forum of Music is a music venue located in Wrocław, Poland. It was completed in 2015 and houses a large concert hall with 1800 seats and three chamber halls (from 250-450 seats) and is home to many major ensembles and festivals in Wrocław. The postmodern building of the National Forum of Music (NFM) was designed by APA Kuryłowicz & Associates. It is one of the largest and most modern music venues in Poland.

The construction of the venue started in 2009 and was completed in 2015. It covers the area of 48,500 square metres and is situated in the Liberty Square in the city centre near the historic Wrocław Opera. The building consists of six floor above ground level as well as three underground floors. The Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music is a cultural institution that is headquartered in the building. It was created in 2014 due to a merger of two other institutions - Wratislavia Cantans International Festival of Music and the Wrocław Philharmonic. Andrzej Kosendiak, the current director of NFM, was one of the main initiators of the project to create the new venue.

Presently, the National Forum of Music organizes the following national and international festivals and events:

  • Wratislavia Cantans International Festival of Music,
  • Jazztopad,
  • Musica Polonica Nova,
  • Musica Electronica Nova,
  • Forum Musicum,
  • Leo Festival,
  • NFM New Year Festival,
  • Early Music Festival.

The venue is home to such orchestras and music bands as:

  • NFM Wrocław Philharmonic,
  • NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra,
  • Wrocław Baroque Orchestra,
  • NFM Choir,
  • NFM Boys' Choir,
  • Lutosławski Quartet,
  • LutosAir Quintet,
  • NFM Ensemble,
  • Polish Cello Quartet,
  • NFM Trio Smyczkowe Leopoldinum,
  • Wrocław Baroque Ensemble,
  • Artrio,
  • Pakamera Quartet,
  • NFM Salon Orchestra.

The NFM also organizes a wide range of educational projects for children such as Choir Academy (Singing Wrocław, Singing Poland, Polish National Youth Choir), Singing Europe, Family Philharmonic, Philharmonic for Youngsters as well as for adults eg. Music Lovers' Choir. The NFM was one of the key cultural institutions responsible for establishing the cultural programme of Wrocław as one of co-host cities bearing the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2016.

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