INTRODUCTION: More than 6,000 people turned out for a protest festival of song and music in Poland last week.
GV ZOOM IN & PAN Three man band on stage.
GV PAN Portrait backdrop on stage.
SV & GV Audience in hall. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: More than 6,000 people turned out for a protest festival of song and music in Poland last week. The two-day festival (20-22 August) was held in Gdansk, the city where dozens of people died in widespread food riots during the early seventies. It was organised by Poland's biggest and most successful protest group - the Solidarity workers' union.
SYNOPSIS: Solidarity has been associated more with strikes and demonstrations than song festivals since it gained recognition last year. But anyone listening to the performer's at Gdansk's Olivia Hall soon realised that politics had not been forgotten. Songs from groups like this contained protest messages about a country wracked by political unrest for some time. There had been a minor clash with the censors before the concert began. But after consultations, only a couple of songs were banned.
Nearly sixty groups and individuals performed in front of a photographic montage of the prominent political figures in Polish life.
The organising committee, headed by national workers' hero Lech Walesa, was made up of Solidarity officials and supporters from the Gdansk and Gydnia shipyards. And many of those in the audience work in the yards where Solidarity has its roots.