Polish, German presidents rock Poland's Woodstock

The Polish and German presidents Thursday joined 150,000 young music fans to launch Poland's wildly popular "Woodstock Station" rock festival on the border with Germany.

Relaxed, wearing no ties and standing on stage in front of the massive audience, Poland's Bronislaw Komorowski and Germany's Joachim Gauck said they were "proud" and "delighted" to launch the 18th edition of the festival in Kostrzyn nad Odra.

Cheering fans, mostly from Poland and Germany, unfurled a massive red-and-white Polish flag at the foot of the stage as the four-day-long event -- one of the largest of its kind in Europe -- kicked off in blazing sunshine with a massive campground on the horizon.

Before the launch, the leaders chatted with young concert-goers at the festival's "Academy of the Finest Arts" workshop which invites different politicians each year for a question period.

This year, youngsters chose to focus on draft legislation, the vestiges of communism, and the two leaders' favourite hobbies and music.

"I want our presence here in front of hundreds of thousands of young Poles and Germans to symbolise our hope and our optimism about the future of our friendship and Polish-German relations," Komorowski said.

"As a German I admire Poles above all for their love of liberty, not only during the war but also during the communist period," Gauck said, deeming Poland the "land of liberty".

"Can I come sit with you and get a photo together?" asked one of the young Poles crammed into a huge tent where the meeting took place.

"If you bring your girlfriend with you, of course!," Komorowski chuckled back.

Launched in 1985, Woodstock Station (Przystanek Woodstock) attracts a wide variety of bands including rock, punk, reggae, funk, folk and metal from Poland and abroad.

This year, kooky British rockers The Darkness are among the headline acts.

The festival is run by Poland's "The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity" (WOSP) which organises a huge charity drive each January to fund medical care for sick children.

By allowing free access to the annual festival the WOSP hopes to thank the tens of thousands of young volunteers that work on its behalf to collect charity funding.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Sy moves up, Villar enters Forbes list of billionaires
    Sy moves up, Villar enters Forbes list of billionaires

    Eleven Filipinos are included in Forbes’ 2015 list of richest people in the world. Filipino-Chinese tycoon Henry Sy Sr. continues to be the wealthiest man in the Philippines. The 90-year-old SM supermalls, banking and property tycoon ranked 73rd among the world’s richest with an increased net worth of $14.2 billion from $11.4 billion last year. Sy’s net worth was attributed to the continued growth of his SM Investments Corp. and his more recent venture, the City of Dreams Manila resort and …

  • Jolo apologizes to Bong in visit
    Jolo apologizes to Bong in visit

    Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla wept and embraced his father as he apologized for the “accidental” shooting incident in their Ayala Alabang residence, the family’s spokesman said yesterday. Lawyer Raymund Fortun came out of the private room at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City to speak to reporters, who were barred from entering the hospital compound during the visit of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. …

  • Australian drug smugglers being taken to Indonesian island for execution - media
    Australian drug smugglers being taken to Indonesian island for execution - media

    By Jane Wardell and Beawiharta SYDNEY/DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were removed from a prison in Bali on Wednesday to be taken to an Indonesian island where they will be shot by firing squad, Australian media reported. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tensions amid repeated pleas of mercy for the pair from Australia and thrown a spotlight on Indonesia's increasing use of the death …

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others. Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the …

  • Another source of SAF execution video identified
    Another source of SAF execution video identified

    The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is still tracing the source of the video showing one of the wounded police commandos being finished off by Muslim rebels during the encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. A source from the Department of Justice (DOJ) said they have identified two persons who first uploaded the video that went viral over social networking sites. The supposed source of the video was elusive and claimed that somebody just placed it on an external drive. The …

  • Pacquiao big hit so far in Vegas sports books vs Mayweather

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao has always believed he can do what 47 other fighters before him have failed to do — beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring. …

  • World's oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too
    World's oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too

    TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time. …

  • A trying Heat season now hitting the stretch run
    A trying Heat season now hitting the stretch run

    MIAMI (AP) — To say the Miami Heat have been presented with a new problem every day since last season ended, that would be an exaggeration. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options