Clapton to play Auschwitz 'Life Festival'
PR dla Zagranicy
Legendary British guitarist Eric Clapton will headline the fifth edition of a festival promoting peace and tolerance near the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz.
Eric Clapton. Photo: wikipedia
This June, Clapton will follow in the footsteps of artists such as Sting and Peter Gabriel, who have both performed at the event in previous years.
Launched in 2010 by radio journalist Darek Maciborek, the festival was designed to “break the spell” that surrounded the founder's home town of Oswiecim, which was renamed Auschwitz during the Nazi occupation.
The network of death camps created in the vicinity of Oswiecim witnessed the deaths of over 1 million inmates, 90 percent of whom were Jewish. Other victims included Poles, Russians and members of Europe's Roma community.
The 5th Oswiecim Life Festival runs from 25-28 June, and Cream and Yardbirds veteran Eric Clapton will play the MOSiR sports stadium in Oswiecim on 28 June.
Other acts due to play include US outfit Soundgarden and eclectic New York combo Balkan Beat Box.
More artists are set to be revealed over the coming weeks, but tickets for Clapton's performance go on sale on 9 January. (nh)