The band was established in 2003 in Bosnia and Herzegovina by a group of good friends. They created a group like no other - an outfit that aims to break the conventions, highlight important social issues, political struggles and global problems. When it comes the sound, Dubioza Kolektive blends local Balkan flavours; musical influences came from all over the world: ska, punk, reggae, electronic, hip-hop. Testament to the group's cosmopolitan, global appeal is that they sing in English, Spanish, and Punjabi. The group struggled with the stagnant music and cultural market in the region. Dubioza Kolektive released their debut, self-titled album in 2004. The audience and critics received their debut album enthusiastically and the group began to tour internationally, gaining acclaim and respect from the fans and fellow artist alike.
The band released 10 albums, each tackling important issues such as Europe's response to the migrant crisis, issues concerning creative rights, global events, and political upheaval. The group snubbed big, commercial labels releasing their music independently and sharing albums with their fans online and for free. The group focuses their efforts on connecting with its fans through its live shows and even during the height of the strict lockdown, the group reunited for the socially distant concerts which were streamed online.
Dubioza Kolektiv is best known for its energy when hitting the stage. The outfit, which has played at our festival twice already - in 2012 and 2018 won the hearts and votes of our audience. Band's 2018 performance is available on DVD and vinyl. By a popular vote, the band received our audience award. We are delighted that the group from the Balkans will play at our stage again.
Arek Jakubik is an actor, director, musician. We have hosted Jakubik's band, Dr Misio, both at the Festival and at the Grand Finale charitable events. This time, we will get to learn more about Jakubik during the meeting at the Academy of the Finest of Arts.
The first polish pitot to win a championship in Red Bull Air Race has visited our festival before when along with the team of the Flying Bulls he performed an impressive aerobatic flying show to celebrate the opening of the festival in 2019. This year the pilot will return as a guest of the AFA.
Sunflowers will bloom at the festival field just like at the Żary edition of the festival in 1997, and Dżem will play on stage, taking us back to the times of real blues.