Outriders Festiwal


For most of us, the borders of the “world” are now determined by the kitchen and the nearest grocery store. Over the years we have been great beneficiaries of cheap flights, fast travel and general frivolity. And as we started the serious discussion about the climate crisis, a pandemic came.

After more than a year of closure, I think we all want to live a bit. Don’t think about the problems. About whether we will be closed again in the fall. However, it can all be combined. First of all – you have to meet. And enjoy a common presence. Make up for the outstanding months. Hear about what is happening in the world. See stories we haven’t seen before.

Today we learn from each other, from the media, influencers, brands and streaming platforms. We follow the creators, we create ourselves, we watch and take pleasure in a good story. And as they say, “a good story can change the world”.

This festival is difficult to describe in one word (although many would like to). The easiest way – do you like good movies, series, comics, reportages, books? We invite you. Do you create them? Come on!

Outriders Festival is a festival of artists and good stories.


6:00 p.m
orientation for visitors - meeting at John Paul II Square

opening party


1:00 p.m
Filip Springer - Ecology - what's next for us?
The concept of the climate crisis strikes fear among many who hear it. Scenarios of a catastrophe that is approaching us are forming in our heads. Environmental organizations sound the alarm and encourage you to take bold steps to improve the situation. We will talk to Filip Springer about what we can do and how to look at the climate challenge as a problem to be solved.

Natalia Hatalska - What will our future be like?
The year 2020 changed the whole world in many ways: economic, social, health. We want to think together how to think about the future after such a transformation, what trends are visible in the world and in what directions we will develop as a society. We will talk about the challenges and opportunities with an expert in this field, Natalia Hatalska.

Justyna Suchecka - Has science gone wild?
The pandemic and the closure of schools for over a year forced teachers, students and parents themselves to reform their approach to education. Experts have no doubt that the consequences will be visible for years. The effects include reduced social competences, Internet addiction or unequal access to online materials and classes. At the same time, there is already talk of a change in the approach to school management and organization. And the parents themselves pay more attention to their children's problems with learning. We will talk to Justyna Suchecka, a journalist dealing with the subject of education, whether the previous year of education is knowledge that has gone into the forest and whether we are drawing any positive effects from it.

4:00 p.m
Bartek Sabela - Journey of carcasses
Every year around 75 billion livestock and around 2.3 trillion fish are killed worldwide. Industrial farming and meat production has made animal flesh - dismembered, sliced, roasted, boiled, fried or raw - the cheapest and most readily available food source. In the 21st century, have we as humanity finally come to a point where we realize the cruelty we are doing to other species?

5:00 p.m
Karolina Baca-Pogorzelska - What about this coal?
Everyone knows that hard coal is black and dirty. But is it still black gold or is it black trouble? At Outriders, we are shooting a documentary about the twilight of hard coal energy mining in Poland and in the world. Karolina will tell you about the backstage of its creation, but also about her mining experience. He will also try to explain to you what the Polish-Czech brawl about lignite in Turów is all about.

6:00 p.m
Rafał Grobel - At the crossroads of cultures: what do music and gaming have in common?
Music and technology have been intersecting for many years to create better and better soundtracks or more spectacular musical effects. Can music nowadays create a marriage with the very popular gaming culture? We will discuss the cooperation between the music industry and the gaming market with Rafał Grobel, who has been combining conventional marketing with new technologies for many years.

Mateusz Mazzini - How to work outside Europe? Methodology of foreign reportage
How should a reporter working in a culturally, linguistically, historically and ethnically foreign area behave? How to create a balance between your own, by definition European, perspective and the local point of view? Where is the line between understanding others and their orientalization? How much of yourself can you bring into the research area? How important are the definitions? Is there a reporting methodology at all? This lecture will certainly not answer all the above-mentioned questions, but it will at least try to pose them out loud - in the hope that it will contribute to opening a discussion about the role of the author's substantive preparation and self-awareness in the process of field reporter work.

Olga Gitkiewicz - Exclusion and mobility - about the movements of Poles
We are moving. Every day. To school, work, to friends, closer and farther, on foot, by bike, by car, by train, by bus, by tram. Are everyday mobility practices our real choice? What is important, the journey, its purpose or maybe the means by which we reach the goal? Or maybe these questions lose their sense when compared with the data on the scale of transport exclusion in Poland - according to them, several million Poles cannot count on sensibly organized collective transport, and these are not only people living in villages and the smallest towns.


Rafał Hetman - Meeting devoted to the book "Izbica, Izbica"
In just one thousand forty-nine days, the Jewish town near Lublin left only a cemetery ravaged by gold seekers, a synagogue turned into a lavatory, plundered houses and twenty-three survivors, none of whom wanted to stay here. Today, even less reminds of Izbica's wartime fate: a school display case, two wooden sukkahs, a neglected cemetery and scraps of whispered stories. Because how to talk aloud about those who have passed away before our eyes and often with our consent? We will talk with Rafał Hetman about his book "Izbica, Izbica"

Michał Kołodziejczyk - Meeting devoted to the book "The match is a pretext. Football, war, politics"
You may not love football, but it's good to know how it affects people. You may not be a fan, but it's worth seeing how cheering gives people a voice. Sometimes it is the voice of despair, pain, anger, and sometimes of political affiliation, acceptance or simple happiness. For many months, in six different countries, the authors checked how it works firsthand: how football affects places and people who have been living in conflict for years, how these conflicts can be seen in teams and in the stands. We will talk with the author, Michał Kołodziejczyk, about the book "The match is an excuse"

4:30 p.m
Karolina Sulej - Meeting dedicated to the book "Personal Stuff"
The story about the clothes and personal belongings of concentration camp prisoners seems to be seemingly provocative in relation to the narrative about the war, because fashion in the popular perception is a whim in times of peace and prosperity. Meanwhile, the author reaches many testimonies, survivors who tell her how taking care of their appearance in these terrible places gave them the strength to fight for their lives. We will talk with Karolina Sulej about the book "Personal Stuff".

5:30 p.m
Marek Szymaniak - Premiere of the book "Collapse. Reportages from Smaller Towns"
According to the Polish Academy of Sciences, almost half of the two hundred and fifty-five medium-sized cities in Poland are at risk of social and economic collapse. Depopulation, declining industry, unemployment, housing problems, difficult access to health care, smog, political systems, increasingly elderly residents. The author of the book tries to determine what is the cause of such a disastrous situation, and asks for an honest answer from those who are most threatened by the crisis. During his travels around Poland, he meets with residents and urban activists, talks with local government officials, and compares official statistics with reality.

"Putin's Witnesses", dir. Vitaly Manski (107 min) - screening of the film
On December 31, 1999, Vladimir Putin became president of Russia. The film's director, Vitaly Mansky, was the head of the documentary department of Russian public television as the country transitioned from the Yeltsin era to the authoritarian regime of Putin. He witnessed Putin take the first steps to dismantle Yeltsin's democratic reforms. On the basis of unique materials from 1999-2000, eyewitness accounts and his own experiences, he created an extremely intimate portrait of Vladimir Putin and a breakthrough period in the history of Russia. Today, the director himself lives in Latvia, and most of the members of Putin's electoral staff are either dead or live outside Russia.

"Eating Animals", dir. Christopher Quinn (94 min) - screening of the film
Where do the eggs, dairy and meat we buy really come from? The film tells the story of the beginning of the end of industrial farming. Produced with Natalie Portman and writer Jonathan Safran Foer, this adaptation of his famous book of the same name tries to answer this vital question by showing that factory farming is the worst thing humans have ever done to animals. hidden camera to highly guarded food processing facilities and show what goes on behind their closed doors. We see the horrific conditions in which animals live and the atmosphere that accompanies their killing. We also get to know the story of several farmers who consciously decided to reject the concept of industrial farming and thus the goods produced in this way in favor of returning to the roots.

global tour

Lola García-Ajofrín - Man vs. Elephant - about the fate of animals in Sri Lanka (meeting in English)
Sri Lanka has the highest number of elephant deaths in the world. It has become an alarming conservation issue on the island with 121 people and 407 elephants killed in 2019, its deadliest year. Outriders visited some of the affected villages, spoke to the victims and met with Sri Lankans who are helping to reduce hostility with jumbos - using GPS collars, electric fencing, alternative crops and handmade gadgets.

1:00 p.m
Aleksandra Rutkowska - Far Aid - activities of the Polish Center for International Aid in the countries of the Global South
PCPM is a team of experts who have been providing humanitarian, development and rescue aid around the world for years. They closely observe how the pandemic affected the situation of the countries of the Global South. In 2020, they expanded permanent missions after disasters and crises (Lebanon, Ethiopia, Syria), launched new ones as part of cooperation with the WHO (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Madagascar) and continued the existing ones (South Sudan, Kenya, Palestine). Experience gathered over the years, they passed on after the outbreak of the pandemic (Italy).

Emma Lacey-Bordeaux - Pandemic in the USA - ups and downs? (meeting in English)
2020 was the deadliest year in US history. Over 33.5 million people have fallen ill with SARS-CoV-2 in the USA so far, and the pandemic has claimed nearly 600,000 lives. Closing borders, incl. with the European Union has had a major impact on the behavior of the markets, the pandemic has also affected instances of xenophobia and racism against Asian Americans. CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux talks about the ups and downs of the pandemic in the United States in a social and political context.

Filip Skrońc - About the situation of people with albinism in Africa
In the first years of the 21st century, stories began to be told about murders that take place in the north of Tanzania. The victims were children, women and men with albinism. From their body parts, sorcerers were supposed to make amulets and elixirs that would bring good luck to those who ordered them. Stories about a country immersed in witchcraft, abandoned children, more attacks, murders and dug up graves began to appear in the media around the world. Films, photo reports and journalistic texts were made that described the procedure, not fully understanding and focusing on its basics. The vast majority of them focused on gory descriptions and unwittingly exacerbated the problem of persecution. Albinos became a rhetorical figure, and the language used by the creators turned the lives of people with albinism into a nightmare for many years.

4:00 p.m
Julia Alekseyeva and Piotr Andrusieczko - Where is the situation in Belarus and Ukraine headed?
The situation in Belarus and Ukraine remains unstable. There are different reasons in both cases. In Ukraine, it is the ongoing war in the east of the country, in Belarus it is the result of 26 years of Alyaksandr Lukashenko's rule. Yulia Alexeyeva and Piotr Andrusieczko will tell how the situation in these countries is changing in the light of the events.

5:00 p.m
Marek M. Berezowski - "Not a Black Swan" - Poland in the face of SARS-CoV-2
Marek Berezowski spent the last year photographing the pandemic reality in Poland. One of the photos from this project was awarded the Grand Prix in the 10th edition of the Leica Street Photo competition. Patryk Wiśniewski will talk to the author about how to traverse a closed country from north to south and from east to west in search of unique frames, creating a multi-faceted story.

6:00 p.m
Anna Cyklińska (PsychoEdu) and Cleo Ćwiek (You Can Go Crazy Foundation) - A journey to yourself: how are we coming out of the pandemic?
The pandemic has affected many of us not only financially but also mentally. We can see the effects of the pandemic in many areas: home, relationships, work and mental health. During the meeting, we will talk about the long-term effects of isolation, how to adapt to returning to normal and what positive things we can take from 2020. We will look at these issues together with Anna Cylińska and Cleo Ćwiek from the You Can Go Crazy Foundation.

Live concert!

Domenico Lancelotti + Moretti, Zabrodzki and Domagalski - bossanova live
Concert of the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Domenico Lancelotti with a Polish band. We invite you to the bossanova feast and finally - a live music meeting! At Outriders Festival, the line-up will be: Domenico Lancelotti - voice, guitar, MPC Piotr Zabrodzki - keyboards Piotr Domagalski - bass

Patryk Wiśniewski - Freedom of photography, or how technological progress changes photography
The history of photography is closely related to technological progress. Further improvements in the photographic process made it possible to photograph faster, lighter, and more conveniently. The transition from glass plates to photographic films streamlined this process, miniaturized cameras, but there were definitely more such technological leaps. Patryk Wiśniewski will talk about how photography changed the world and how the world changed photography in an extremely fast photography course.

Maksym Rudnik - Traveling around the house
Every place we visit is full of subjects to photograph. Distant destinations at the "end of the world", a trip through Podlasie or our family home, which is often overlooked when taking pictures, imperceptibly ignoring our immediate surroundings as something "interesting" and even more unique. Western civilization closes its houses and flats against newcomers, we bunker our privacy and often our closest environment is the most natural and accessible subject for photography.

1:30 p.m
Meg Szumska - Ząbkowice and Kłodzko Land - attractions so ugly that you have to see them!
Suddenly, the world closed, foreign travel became elitist and inaccessible again, and Poland turned out to be too small for us. Crowds on the trails, crowds in attractions - how to survive another holiday in the country?! Based on the strange and ugly attractions of Kłodzko and Ząbkowice, let yourself be taken on a journey to places that are not on the commercial map, and thus - there are no waffle crowds in them. And what is? Authenticity and breathing space for everyone.

Łukasz Supergan - Get off half way
In 2020, the world has stopped and our lives, activities and plans have been reevaluated. During the pandemic, traveling and exploring the world went to the distant plan. Locked within the borders of our own country and our homes, do we still have somewhere to go? Yes - as long as we refer to "here". Łukasz Supergan, wandering the long-distance trails of the world so far, set out on our long trails. On the basis of his wanderings, he created "Polish Trails" - a guide to long-distance trails of our country. "Get off halfway" is a story about finding your own ways in the vicinity of your home.

Arkadiusz Winiatorski and Ola Synowiec - On foot from Panama to Canada
Almost 12,000 km on foot, over a year and a half, 9 countries, 19 pairs of shoes and one love. Arek Winiatorski, after hitchhiking through South America, found that he was still moving too fast. To get to know the world even better, he decided to travel it from Panama... ON FOOT! He crossed Central America, conquering the highest peak of every visited country along the way. In the south of Mexico, he met the love of his life - Ola Synowiec, with whom he traveled on foot to Canada. Together they faced their own weaknesses, the dangers of the road, deserts, frost, busy metropolises and elevations of up to 3,000 meters.

4:30 p.m
Barbara Stawarz-García - Cuba undiscovered
"It wasn't as hard as it is now even in the crisis of the 90s." - say the Cubans, who have been torn twice in the past year. What did Trump do at the end of his term? How does the pandemic affect everyday life and tourism? How many currencies does Cuba have now? How is it possible that Cubans have their vaccine? Find out what's going on in the most dancing country in the world!

5:30 p.m
Aleksandra Świstow - We are the aliens, not the countries
Traveling is a powerful driver of economic and cultural change. It is not indifferent to the natural environment or to the communities we visit. It is important to try to limit the negative impact on our planet when traveling, avoid attractions that cause human and animal suffering, travel more consciously and responsibly, with respect and an attempt to understand the places and cultures that host us.

"Rebuilding Paradise", dir. Ron Howard (95 min) - screening of the film
On November 8, 2018, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada hills, the most tragic fire in California history broke out, devastated the town of Paradise. As a result of the raging fire, 85 people died. 14,000 homes turned to ashes, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. Director and Oscar-winner Ron Howard ("A Beautiful Mind") decided to immediately go to the scene of the tragedy. He stayed with the residents longer than the television crews covering the tragedy. The Paradise community organizes itself and with admirable determination tries to rebuild its once idyllic town. They also want to blame those who caused this tragedy. At the same time, some survivors from Paradise choose to flee the city and want to forget. Will it be possible to rebuild Paradise in such a situation?

"New, Better Man", dir. Tommy Pallota, Femke Wolting (79 min) - film screening
The filmmakers decided to build a robot that would replace them as filmmakers. Because if a robot can learn to fold a towel on its own, maybe one day it can also do surgery or wage war? The film initiates a debate about the potential of artificial intelligence. It also confronts us with ethical dilemmas regarding the way it is programmed and the values guiding the work of scientists. The rapid development of artificial intelligence and its significant impact on our lives is a fact. Self-driving cars, autonomous target-seeking drones, technologies that allow governments to collect our personal data - we are surrounded by intelligent machines. Increasingly, we also expect them to get to know us, understand us and anticipate our needs.

Newonce Radio - live from Żyrardów!
Agnieszka Szydłowska and Filip Skrońc - live broadcast! will cover the Outriders festival for four hours, from 1pm to 5pm. You will be able to hear our speakers live, learn more about the exhibitions and get to know Outriders Festival from behind the scenes!


Photo exhibitions in the festival town
Throughout the duration of the festival, you will be able to see five exhibitions hung around the festival town.
They will be about the Samburu group, who are a semi-nomadic group struggling with the effects of climate change. We will also see photographs dedicated to the huge fires in Australia in the previous year. As another topic, we took mining estates in Poland as our wallpaper. Our this year's partner, Leica, will also show its Leica Street Photo competition exhibition. International press photography competition. Finally, we leave you with Outriders Postcards. They present solutions related to climate change.

History Factory
Interactive exhibitions at the Linen Museum (ul. Dittricha 18) throughout the festival
At the Linen Museum, we invite you to visit specially prepared interactive exhibitions. We regularly win international awards for our activities so far, and now we want to share them with you. You will be able to travel along the longest railway route in Ukraine, you will see films straight from Donbas made by our reporter. You'll also experience the ingenuity of São Paulo's favela residents to tackle the problems caused by COVID-19, and meet the Gulf Girls (young Bangladeshi girls who get married in their teens).

Outriders Festiwal #3
Outriders Festiwal #3
Issues related to our environment at the micro and macro level. We talk about who we call “alien” and who is “his”? We learn how art and culture connect, and whether we need it in creating a neighborhood.
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Outriders Festiwal #2
Outriders Festiwal #2
Back together
After more than a year of a pandemic that changed everything we finally met! We looked at how the world changed because of Covid-19. How did it affect travel and exploration. What kind of stories we should and could do as creators going forward.
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Outriders Festiwal #1
Outriders Festiwal #1
Digital creations
Digital culture in pandemic times received a massive boost. We invited artists, creators and illustrators together with civic thinkers to discuss what role it plays in our reality. How should it develop, what to avoid and what we should look for.
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