The Zakopane Jazz Spring is a musical event that has become a permanent part of the cultural calendar of Zakopane since it was organized at the beginning of May 2004, when Poland became a member of the European Union. Since then, the United Europe Jazz Festival, not only commemorates this date, but also for other people. The festival of contemporary accents also fits in with the Jazz tradition in Zakopane, which resounded in the 1930s.
"When a human being is oppressed, the natural tendency is to feel anger. Jazz is a response to oppression that is not bullets and blood. Jazz is the expression of harmony ... and at the same time of hope and freedom." - Herbie Hancock