East Fest will be the first outdoor, multi-art form celebration of Polish and Eastern European arts and culture in Luton town centre.
The festival builds on the achievements of Polonia 2019 and will be an entertaining and enlightening event that showcases Polish, Jewish, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Belarus and Lemko elements with the new addition of Bulgarian, Hungarian & Romanian cultures that together have created contemporary Eastern European culture.
By locating East Fest in the town centre close to shops and other facilities we will attract audiences From all communities and add this cultural Eastern European event to the increasing range of community-led events in Luton.
We will bring together a programme of high-profile international artists; quality UK based artists who
offer a window into the diversity of Eastern European culture and local artists and community groups
who embody the vibrancy of the Eastern European communities in Luton. The aim of the Festival is to
bring all the Luton communities closer together and create more opportunities to celebrate cohesion in
We will showcase different art forms throughout the day including music from Romanian and Slovakian/Polish bands to Bulgarian Folk & Eastern European dance groups.
Stefan selection is a Roma group from Bulgaria who plays eastern European folk law etno music and roma gospel songs and enjoys playing gypsy music and spanish gospel songs in churches all around the world. They have come all the way from Birmingham to perform for you today. This is Stefan selection.
A violin group set up in April 2019. Current lineup includes Mrs Edyta Sawa and her students: Nicola, Amelia, Simona and Rose. Their repertoire consists of movie themes, pop songs, carols, italian songs and polish pieces (national dances, patriotic songs, Highlander music) composed or arranged by Edyta Sawa.
Performed during a few other festivals (eg Polonia Festival 2019, Polish Heritage Day (twice) in Bedford and Polish Independence Day in POSK London or Italian Festival in Bedford).
Two years ago they won the first place and the Roy Rimmer Cup at Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2020.
Fire Fall are a 4 piece Melodic Hard Rock band with Metal influences, The music has a running theme of autumn, titans/god's and dark things. Established in 2021 Fire Fall have gone from strength to strength playing Venues/Events such as Bedford Esquires, Daxtonbury Festival, The Met Lounge, Bedford River Festival and much more. Fire Fall have played a number of support shows with the likes of Fury, Dois Pardres, Standing Like Statues and many more aswell as doing their own headlining shows. Hitting you with Beautiful harmonies, heavy riffs and powerful vocals, the songs are catchy and have a generous amount of groove, blending Hard Rock/Metal and melody in a stunning and unique sound.
Melina is a polish cover band consisting of five experienced musicians, having different personalities but share one common passion for live performance.
Melina playlist is based on the songs of well-known Polish artists from the 80’s up to contemporary hits, basically the best of polish music in pop, rock, blues, ska and reggae styles.
Halyna Balaban is a pop singer, a participant of the "Halytsky Shlyager" festival, the bronze winner of the "Country of Hits" competition, season 7! Maryan Stislavskyi is a musician-singer, a participant in many charity concerts and events!!! In London, they created the duet "Harmony", which is 5 years old , they sing both there own and folk Ukrainian songs, glorifying and supporting Ukraine!!!