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Venez dans mon royaume!
Publication date: 2009-05-02
20 and 21 June 2009
Daughter of the Paris streets with a gravelly high voice, small and unimposing (147 cm), famous for her exceptional expressive power and sense of drama. She charmed, irritated, repelled and captivated. Edith Giovanni Gassion, better known as Edith Piaf or simply Little Sparrow (La Môme). Despite changing fashions, she continues to fascinate and rouse emotions.
Considered to be one of the biggest legends, the symbol of French chanson in the first half of the 20th century. Her popularity reached its zenith in the 1940s and 50s and travelled far beyond the borders of her home country. Her unforgettable bestsellers about love, loneliness and despair, like Je ne regrette rien, L'hymne à l'amour, La vie en rose or Padam, padam were sung all over the world. And we also can become more acquainted with her life and output. Thanks to a collaboration with the Paris Association of Les Amis d’Edith Piaf, the Society of Polish-French Friendship has organised the Edith Piaf International Festival of French Song in Kraków (20 and 21 June).
Piaf worked with many artists; she supported, among others, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud and Yves Montand. Following on from this, the organisers have decided to seek out young talents – as part of the festival, two French song contests will take place: for candidates older than 16, and for children and young people up to 19 (competition details at: www.tppf.krakow.pl). The jury will be chaired by Jacek Wójcicki. Apart from the performances by contestants, we will also hear unforgettable French bestsellers interpreted by Bernard Miller (The Most Beautiful French Song Standards) and songs performed by Piaf herself (a screening of a complete recorded recital by the artist from 1962). Special guest – Bernard Marchois, owner of the Edith Piaf Museum, will be displaying unique documents and recordings, as well as leading a conference devoted to the French singer. An event not only for fans of the charismatic and magnetic Piaf. All admirers of France should feel invited. Allez, venez Milord, vous asseoir à ma table! Laissez-vous faire, Milord, venez dans mon royaume!
(Barbara Błońska, monthly ‘Karnet’)