Enjoying music is something that people with an implanted hearing device especially value and Professor Henryk Skarżyński (Director, Institute of Physiology and Phatology of Hearing, Warsaw and World Hearing Center, Kajetany) thinks that’s worth celebrating. The second Beats of Cochlea Music Festival will be hosted by the World Hearing Center in Warsaw, Poland from 11 – 14 July 2016. It’s a fabulous occasion for music lovers from all over the world to come together and share their musical talents and love of music.
Last year, 29 cochlear implant and bone conduction implant recipients took part in the first festival, held in 2015. Of those, 13 were Cochlear recipients, 5 of whom were short-listed to perform in the Festival Gala on the final evening. Supported by Cochlear, a group of these participants enjoyed a short vacation, getting to know and experience the Polish capital. For many it was the first travel abroad ever, for others their first visit to Poland and for many, it won’t be their last! Their visit culminated in an inspirational Gala Concert held at the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, where the selected group could perform together with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra which was even broadcasted on an online live-stream.
It’s only because of my implant that I can hear well and play the trumpet. It was great to meet other children and adults with hearing problems who, like me, play an instrument.
The 2016 Beats of Cochlea Festival is expected to be even bigger than its predecessor. Around 150 hearing impaired people from around the world applied for the festival and around 30 have been invited to perform live on stage in Warsaw and celebrate their musical talents.
If you or someone you know will be at the festival this year, remember Cochlear will be there to support you. Here at Cochlear, we are immensely proud of every participant. To hear news of Cochlear Family members fulfilling their dreams is what inspires us every day. You could even say it’s music to our ears!
Have a look at some impressions from last year’s festival and visit the festival website.
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