Field Report from Grzegorz Brzozowski: The Polish Woodstock Festival

Grzegorz Brzozowski is a Phd. Candidate in sociology at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. His project in REDO is "Pluralisation or polarization? The ritualised public sphere of the Polish Woodstock festival"

Photo: Grzegorz Brzozowski

Having visited the site of Woodstock festival regularly for past few years, I recognize that the pluralistic map of the festival society is becoming richer every year.

Next to the competetive Catholic "Jesus Scene" and the "Hare Krsichna" scene, a group of devoted atheists have emerged, marking their space in the festive campsite, close to the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" group. Every visit to the festive site brings also ever greater material for analysing the strategies of individual religious-based, carnivalesque expressions.

The festival organisers manage however to design the overarching symbolic structure which accomodates the possible confessional differences into a so far harmonous collective framework.

The final part of the fieldwork of the Woodstock festival is planned for this year edition: starting 31st July, ending August 3rd 2014, where I plan to perform also some visual recordings of the festive behaviors.


Read more about the project here

Published Sep. 2, 2014 1:02 PM