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Urban Fusion Art and Fashion Festival live from Bielsko-Biala

What happens if we put together different generations and fields of art?

Fashion and tailoring art appeared, from December 1st to 3rd, in a unique combination with photography, music, dance and history.
A mix of events in the city that firstly took place 70 years ago from the merger of two different urban units, located at the two banks of the Biała River.

UrBBan Fusion. Art & Fashion Festivał was born thanks to the initiative of the city authorities in association with the artistic direction of a world-renowned designer – Natasha Pavluchenko, who works in Bielsko-Biała on a daily basis.

Together with her team, she already exhibited her collection with the remarkable help of  Ms. Maria-Chrstina Rigano during her event ” International Couture ” in Roma During ALTAROMA week.

The city of Bielsko-Biala, and its history of weaving dating back to 1564, draws from this tradition an educational and cultural event that shows potential of young talents from all over Poland.

The festival guests will include Anna Maria Anders, the Polish Ambassador in Rome, Maria Cristina Rigano, fashion expert and show organizer in Paris, Beijing and Rome, Manuel Perrotta – President of the International Fashion Network, Salvatore Cosma, mayor of the Italian city of Tursi and Maciej Maniewski, champion hairdressing and celebrity stylist, beauty industry mentor and one of the most opinion-forming Polish hairdressers.

According to the festival program, it includes shows-performances, masterclass meetings with people from several fields including: photography, video-making and showroom exhibitions.

Furthermore a competition took place, in order to gather together young fashion talents with the main prize of the President of Bielsko-Biała.

This year, the presentation of the collection ready for the catwalk was not required, and it was enough for the participant to present five drawings / designs of clothes. The works could be sent to the Bielsko Cultural Center Maria Koterbska – the official organizer of the event.

This festival is significantly innovative from many points of view; as Natasha Pavluchenko, Creative Director of the Festival, explains:

“The main topic will be art in a different edition. Each of the people presented at UrBBan Fusion is an artist. Be it a designer, photographer, actor or hairdresser. (..) We want this Festival to show many levels of creativity; in a time like this, UrBBan Fusion is such a weave, a specific convergence of different expressions, with a unique artistic DNA. Bielsko-Biała is open to newness and authenticity, so it is the most representative place for such a festival.”

Fanny Trivigno


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