"Thanks Jimi Festival" 2013
and Guitar Guinness Record

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The 11th Anniversary Edition of the Thanks Jimi Festival Happens May 1st in Wrocław, Poland



At May 1st We will attempt to brake our 2012 Guinness Record of 7,273 guitar players playing together on the song "Hey Joe" during 11th Anniversary of the Thanks Jimi Festival .

In addition to those taking part in the free event in Wrocław You can join us worldwide via the web in both organized smaller events as well as individually online at http://www.ajctv.pl

So, wherever you are, we invite YOU to join us as part of this musical union.

"With the power of soul anything is possible" ~ Jimi Hendrix

Special guests this year include:
Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Ratt)
Jennifer Batten
Preston Reed
Niki Buzz
Russian balalaika virtuoso Alexey Arkhipovsky
Ukrainian fingerstylist Roman Miroshnichenko
and top Polish guitar players including festival founder Leszek Cichonski, Adam Palma, Krzysztof Pelech, Wojciech Hoffman, Krzysztof Misiak, Bartek Miarka, slap bass phenomenon Wojciech Pilichowski and others.

Many bands will play throughout the day and there will be associated concerts that night.

Past guests and participants have included Leon Hendrix, Marcus Miller, Steve Morse, Hiram Bullock, Greg Koch, Al Di Meola, Tommy Emmanuel, Ten Years After, Neil Zaza and many others.

All the details on the web at:
English: http://en.heyjoe.pl
Polish: http://heyjoe.pl
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaUHD_QkBAY




7273 GUITARISTS - NEW OFFICIAL GUINNESS GUITAR WORLD RECORD



Dear Guitarists - Record setters!

On May 1st 2012 at the Wroclaw Main Square we set together the new Guitar Guinness Record! There were at least 7273 people playing together "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix.

This was 10th anniversary of Thanks Jimi Festival. During event we broke our record of 6,346 guitar players from May 1st 2009.
Despite that official record beating time was set to 4 P.M. first guitarists start to gather on Wroclaw Main Square around 7 A.M
"I spent all night in train, I can't imagine Guitar Record without me" Maciek from Siedlce
"We planed to arrive later, but only bus to Wroclaw was at 4 A.M. we didn't thought about it long" sisters from Bogatynia

Around noon there were no place in Main Square without giutarists
Leon Hendrix says that He had no idea that in Poland there are so many guitar fans.
Marcus Miller was so pleased with crowd of guitars that He played one song more.

Biggest star of 10th Anniversary of Thanks Jimi Festival was band Europe which concert were in evening of May 1st.




5601 guitar players on April 30 2011 in Wroclaw



This year we didn't set new Guitar Guinness Record but with 5601 guitar players, we got now three best scores:
1. 6346 - 2009 y.
2. 5601 - 2011 y.
3. 4597 - 2010 y.
on 4th position there are USA with only 2051 guitar players.

Last edition of Thanks Jimi Festival could be seen in TV all over the world in countries like: USA, Australia, Egipt, Turkey, Korea and most countries in Europe.
In this year to Thanks Jimi Festival has joined guitar players in Oslo, Cologne, Nybro, Chicago. In all those cities, many guitar fans has gathered to play Hey Joe, but to the official Guitar Guinness Record were counted only guitar players gathered in Wroclaw Main Square




Wroclaw, Poland - 9th Annual Thanks Jimi Festival to take place April 30, 2011.



the Internet Braadcast link : heyjoe.ajctv.pl
2 pm + 1 GMT Rehearsol
4pm + 1 GMT the Main Hey Joe performance

May 1, 2009 saw 6,346 guitar players join together with festival founder Leszek Cichonski and Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse at the "Thanks Jimi Festival" to play the Jimi Hendrix hit "Hey Joe" and more than tripled the standing Guinness World Record for "Largest Guitar Ensemble" of 2,052.

The featured guest for the 2011 edition was to be Gary Moore. In tribute, his Still Got the Blues will be added to the songs that will be played together this year. Additional guests include Al de Meola, Ten Years After and Neil Zaza as well as many of the best known Polish musicians including the band Acid Drinkers.

This is a free event and open to all. Other guitar players from around the world join in online (though only those present in the Wroclaw center and registered count towards the record attempt). Please watch this space or check heyjoe.pl as we will post details shortly about how YOU CAN JOIN US ONLINE from wherever you are.

Additionally, there are partnered events that take place throughout the city. Notable this year is, on April 29, Leszek Cichonski will be leading a full symphony performing arrangements of Jimi Hendrix material. Featured guests at this performance will be Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's Acoustic Trio.

The free event takes place in the historic center of Wrocław, Poland (formerly Breslau) - a city which has taken on the title of "Wroclaw Guitar City" - a title that seems merited. In fact, the Mayor, Rafał Dutkiewicz, was among those guitar players who established the current record. Festival founder and director, Leszek Cichoński, is a well-known musician and music educator in Poland and the festival was an outgrowth of one of his educational programs and has taken place - and grown - annually since 2003. One of the objectives of the organizers is to establish May 1st as "World Guitar Day" and more coordinated simultaneous events are planed for next year and beyond (the date was moved this year due to the Beautification of Pope John Paul II taking place on May 1 this year).

Further information at:
Heyjoe.pl

"I always emphasize that in this event is not about just the record", says Leszek Cichoński, originator of the event, "It is a unique group encounter with music, in which all participants are performers. You arrive with teenagers and hippies, parents with their children and children with their parents - and grandparents, to feel this amazing energy that carries the common edges. I would like to thank everyone who came to the Wrocław center, it's them who create this atmosphere and them who put my heart in my throat, when they all raise their guitars at that moment at the end of the song."

Not only has the Polish media been interested in the phenomenon of events in Wroclaw; Reuters released a live signal to foreign TV channels and Eurovision, which showed its viewers, the biggest guitar band to perform together in 2010, and the beautiful center of our city, to the world - we are touched to have had comments from those that watched from around the world. The event was also watched world-wide via our live internet connections and again saw others playing along with us including organized events in Norway, Australia, the USA and elsewhere.

A few words from Steve Morse's blog about his participation in the 2009 edition:
Steve Morse tour blog

"We just got back, and I mean, JUST got back from our gig in Poland. It was so unusual in so many ways. The crowd was basically sold out, solid from the stage to as far as we could see, outdoors. And it wasn't raining! Our opening act, Leszek Cichonski feat. Stan Skibby, was incredibly good. I had a great time reminscing with Stan, who does a Hendrix-like set with them, singing and playing. Everybody played so well, and was so down-to-earth.

Earlier today, I played onstage with them at a town square, for the Guiness book of World records. The most guitar players playing "Smoke on the Water". For sure, if they don't get the world's record, something is seriously wrong, because there were 6,000 people in front of us, with guitars, playing it! At the end of the song, they all held up their guitars, mostly acoustic, and it looked like we were in a forest. Nothing but guitars for as far as you could see. We also played "Hey Joe", which Stan sang, and everybody played along with that one. Last year, they had 1800 plus people playing along with that song. In the middle of the song today, they brought the volume way down, and you could only hear the background singers and the thousands of acoustics playing C,G,D,A,E

After that, I don't know how the gig could be any more intense. But, it was. The crowd was totally into everything, and when they sang along on "Smoke" it was the loudest ever. A lot of them were at the town square earlier, and they knew it for sure! Fantastic crowd. Don played some Chopin, which they all seemed to recognize, and knew he had Polish roots."

Thank you to everyone who took part!
You are welcome to join us in person in Wroclaw or online or contact us if you want to create a simultaneous event!

Further information at:
Myspace
Some Video on YouTube:
Slideshow of event
Queue to Registration





4,597 guitarists played Hey Joe, Little Wing, Wild Thing ... in Wroclaw / Poland



The 8th edition of the Thanks Jimi Festival took place once again on May 1st in the Wroclaw market square. This year saw 4,597 guitarists who played seven songs together under the direction of Leszek Cichoński including Guinness World Record attempt song, "Hey Joe". This year fell short of last year's success of 6,346 but was still over double the previous record. Still, the event is considered a success as the real goal is to celebrate the power of music and enjoy the truly unique atmosphere that defines this event.

On the stage, among others, were featured Greg Koch, Marek Piekarczyk (TSA), Mieczysław Jurecki (formerly of Budka Suflera), Maciej Balcar (Dżem), Mark Raduli, Egon Poka Experience, Leszek Cichoński and Zbigniew Holdys played "Hey Joe" along with the accompaniment of more than 4,500 electric and acoustic guitars and the vocals of former lead singer of Genesis, Ray Wilson.

"I always emphasize that in this event is not about just the record", says Leszek Cichoński, originator of the event, "It is a unique group encounter with music, in which all participants are performers. You arrive with teenagers and hippies, parents with their children and children with their parents - and grandparents, to feel this amazing energy that carries the common edges. I would like to thank everyone who came to the Wrocław center, it's them who create this atmosphere and them who put my heart in my throat, when they all raise their guitars at that moment at the end of the song."

Not only the Polish media interested in the phenomenon of events in Wroclaw; Reuters released a live signal to foreign TV channels and EuroNews, which showed its viewers, the greatest guitar band to perform together in 2010, and the beautiful center of our city, to the world - we are touched to have had comments from those that watched from around the world. The event was also watched world-wide via our live internet connections and again saw others playing along with us including organized events in Norway, Australia, Ukraina and elsewhere.




1st of May: World Guitar Day - Join us!



Please join us and the Thanks Jimi Festival in person in Wroclaw or on-line - or contact us if you want to create a simultaneous event!

You are welcome to be a part of a day of universal, positive creative celebration and solidarity of guitar, music and the spirit of Jimi Hendrix.

"With the power of soul, anything is possible" -J. Hendrix

Last year we had 6.346 guitar players playing live together with Steve Morse as a special guest in Wroclaw's historic central square. This is THE WORLD RECORD!
- as confirmed by Guinness World Records link

In 2010 marks the 8th Thanks Jimi Festival and World Guitar Record attempt and we need we YOU to help us break it!

The Thanks Jimi Festival/World Guitar Day is taking place on May 1st, 2010 in Wroclaw. Poland.

You can Join us ONLINE on in person!

GUESTS INCLUDE GREG KOCH AND EX-GENESIS SINGER RAY WILSON!

ALSO APPEARING ARE LEGENDARY POLISH BANDS TSA AND DŻEM!

GUITARISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE!!!


Be a part of making the 1st of May WORLD GUITAR DAY !!!

We used to play together other songs as well ;
Little Wing
Wild Thing
Voodoo Child
Thanks Jimi
Kiedy Bylem Malym Chlopcem

The INCREDIBLE Thanks Jimi festival's promo-video on YouTube.

This event is sponsored by the city of Wrocław. It is free and open to all. We gratefully acknowledge the city's support.

WROCLAW GUITAR CITY!
More information here
Please join us! Contact us via e-mail




6,346 guitarists - a New World Guitar Record



May 1, 2009 saw 6,346 guitar players join together to play the Jimi Hendrix hit "Hey Joe" and more than tripled the standing record for "Largest Guitar Ensemble" of 2,052 set last year in Concord, California. The event took place in the historic center of Wroclaw, Poland - a city which has taken on the title of "Wroclaw Guitar City" - a title that seems merited. In fact, the Mayor, Rafał Dutkiewicz, was among those playing, as was Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse and festival founder and director, Leszek Cichoński. Cichoński is a well-known musician and music educator in Poland and the festival was an outgrowth of one of his educational programs and has taken place - and grown - annually since 2003. Beyond the 6,346 guitar players, there were thousands of spectators and supporters in the Wrocław city center as well as other guitar players taking part online and in coordinated events in Sweden, the US, Canada and Australia (though those do not count towards the record). One of the objectives of the organizers is to establish May 1st as "World Guitar Day" and more coordinated simultaneous events are planed for next year and beyond.

Now it is the German's turn as they make their attempt on May 10th in Mainz.

Further information at:
www.myspace.com/thanksjimifest Some Video on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATAbwGOzzxY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqAz2x6-VA0
Queue to Registration
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cJ-OP0q67w

we have some media reply already:
Guitar World
Modern Guitars




Play with us! Online !



If You have passibility to record your own two minutes video, feel free to contact for details via mail damian.n6@gmial.com and put the video on our ftp: server ftp://79.110.194.229 - please log in anonymously

You can also watch how Wroclaw beats Guitar Guinness World Record here




Play with us! May 1, 2009!



Join us in person in Wroclaw or on-line Thanks Jimi Festival - or contact us if you want to create a simultaneous event!

You are invited to the Wroclaw Rynek and to play "Hey Joe" with TOP Polish guitar players Leszek Cichonski ,Krzysztof Jaworski, Marek Raduli, Sebastian Riedel and his group Cree, Mietek Jurecki, Ryszard Sygitowicz, Andrzej Malcherek, Jacek Krzaklewski, Radek Chwieralski, Krzysztof Misiak, Zygmunt Janiak, David Price (USA), and Chicago's own Stan Skibby.
Also joining us this year are Todd Wolfe (USA - guitarist with Sheryl Crow), Feedback Family (Sweden), Egon Poka (Hungary), Massimo Ormea (Italy) and Steve Morse of the legendary band DEEP PURPLE - you can play "Smoke on the Water" and "Hey Joe" with us! This is a free event, open to all, in the beautiful historic center of Wroclaw.

GUITARISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE!!!
World Guitar Day 2008 Breaks previous Guinness World Record!!! - 1,881 guitar players playing together in Wroclaw Guitar City!!! Be a part of breaking that record in 2009!
Read about on the BBC.

Founded in 2003 by Polish guitarist Leszek Cichonski in tribute to Jimi Hendrix, and an annual event since, the "Thanks Jimi Festival" takes place in the Rynek (Old Town Square) of the beautiful medieval city of Wroclaw (aka Breslau), Poland. The festival has grown into the largest guitar event in the world after securing the Guinness World Record for the Largest Guitar Orchestra in 2006 with 1,581 confirmed guitar players (including Wroclaw city mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz who participates every year) all playing together simultaneously (and official estimates of an additional 15,000 people in attendance). The event is transforming into the center of an annual 1st of May "World Guitar Day" and is expanding significantly with satellite events happening simultaneously around the world as well as private individuals and smaller groups being able to also take part in real time via the web.

2009 only looks to be bigger than last year's record breaker. Please join us in a day of universal, positive creative celebration and a new UNION and solidarity (this is Poland after all...) of guitar.

Please join us! Contact us via e-mail
watch the Festival documentary
Learn to play the songs here:
"With the power of soul, anything is possible" -J. Hendrix
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the city of Wroclaw in making this event happen! It would not be possible otherwise.
WROCLAW GUITAR CITY!




A new World Guitar Record was set the 1st of May



* 1951 guitars* played Jimi Hendrix's blues-rock hit 'Hey Joe' and other songs at the Old Town Square in Wroclaw, Poland, on the 1st of may 2008. This event sets a new Guinness' World Record for the largest number of guitars simultaneously playing the same song. This was the sixth attempt: last year 1881 guitars participated in the event witch was the best score in the World.

The attempt took place during the 'Thanks Jimi Festival' dedicated to the music of the world's best known guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. It was organized on the initiative of Leszek Cichonski - a respected musician and music educator from Wroclaw, Poland, who wants to attain a goal of teaching guitarists a new Hendrix's song every year.

The event is transforming into the center of an annual 1st of May "World Guitar Day" and is expanding significantly with satellite events happening simultaneously around the world as well as private individuals and smaller groups being able to also take part in real time via the web.




Play with us! May 1, 2008!

Join us in person in Wroclaw or on-line - or contact us if you want to create a simultaneous event! Jan Borysewicz, Leszek Cichonski, Krzysztof Jaworski, Zbyszek Krebs, Jacek Królik, Marek Raduli, Mietek Jurecki, Wojciech Pilichowski, Ryszard Sygitowicz, as well as Carlos Johnson (USA), Egon Poka (Hungary), David Price (USA), A.G. Weinberger (Romania), Party Blues (Germany) and others. And you?

GUITARISTS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE!!!

World Guitar Day 2007 Breaks previous Guinness World Record!!! - 1,881 guitar players playing together in Wroclaw Guitar City!!!

Read about on the BBC.

2008 only looks to be bigger than last year's record breaker. Please join us in a day of universal, positive creative celebration and a new UNION and solidarity (this is Poland after all...) of guitar.

"With the power of soul, anything is possible" -J. Hendrix

The INCREDIBLE Thanks Jimi festival's promo-video on YouTube.

While it is in Polish, anyone can learn the songs here: http://fanclub.cichonski.art.pl/grg.htm

Some of those that joined us last year - from Sweden: http://www.surrealismmusic.bravehost.com/jimifestival.html

http://fampersson.se/

And Berlin: http://www.rockinberlin.pl/rock_pliki/page0002.htm

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the city of Wroclaw in making this event happen! It would not be possible otherwise.

WROCLAW GUITAR CITY!

Please join us! Contact us via e-mail



Thanks Jimi Festival 2007

The "Thanks Jimi Festival" has grown into the largest guitar event in the world after securing the World Record for the Largest Guitar Orchestra in 2007 with 1,881 confirmed guitar players all playing together simultaneously (and official estimates of an additional 15,000 people in attendance).

even BBC informs :

Almost 2,000 musicians have gathered in the Polish city of Wroclaw to play a rock anthem by Jimi Hendrix.

The guitarists were aiming to set a new Guinness World Record by gathering 1,881 guitarists in the city's market square to play Hey Joe.
......... it was the biggest guitar ensemble in recorded history, though Guinness has not yet officially confirmed the feat.
more http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6613261.stm

The Guitar Record fans just finished an english version of "Guitar Emotions" fanclub website . Invite to visite and register please .




  Thanks Jimi Festival 2006

        1581 guitars played Jimi Hendrix's blues-rock hit 'Hey Joe' at the Old Town Square in Wroclaw, Poland, on the 1st of may 2006, last week. This event sets a new Guinness' World Record for the largest number of guitars simultaneously playing the same song. This was the fourth attempt: last year 1201 guitars participated in the event. The previous record (1555 guitars) belonged to Epiphone - the American guitar producer.


        The attempt took place during the 'Thanks Jimi Festival' dedicated to the music of the world's best known guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. It was organized on the initiative of Leszek Cichonski - a respected musician and music educator from Wroclaw, Poland, who wants to attain a goal of teaching guitarists a new Hendrix's song every year.


         1581 guitars from all over Poland, as well as from countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden and the USA, gathered at the Old Town Square in Wroclaw despite the rain falling persistently since the day before. Until the last moment the weather forecasts were not optimistic, putting the whole event in danger but just before the general rehearsal (electric & acoustic guitars tuning) by 3 p.m. the rain suddenly stopped. When at 4 p.m. the orchestra conducted by Leszek Cichonski performed 'Hey Joe' the sun was shining! Thanks to... Jimi? Additionally, the world's largest guitar orchestra performed the hits: 'Little Wing', 'Red House', 'Wild Thing' , as well as Cichonski's own 'Thanks Jimi'.


         The idea was born nearly ten years ago during the summer blues guitar workshop held by Cichonski in Zakrzewo, when 16 participants have played together 'Hey Joe' for the first time. The idea to play this song by hundreds of guitars has been maturing for many years.


Even though the record was set, the 'Thanks Jimi Festival' will be continued in the next years.


Guitar Guinness Record - photo gallery




  Thanks Jimi Festival 2005



In May 2005, 1201 guitarists gathered in Wroclaw's historic Old Town Square to play Hendrix's songs together, with an estimated 15.000 additional observers in the audience.

This time we're meeting each other on May 1st 2006 on Wroclaw's Market Place in the city centre. It´s gonna be our 4th attempt to beat the Guitar Guinness Record and third edition of "Thanks Jimi Festival".



   

So far the world biggest guitar orchestra was performing on american´s EPIPHONE guitar producer anniversary, where 1555 musicians were assembled playing together. (http://www.gibson.com).

As in the past three years, the festival will be preceded by a two-month educational workshop via mass media and the internet. "My idea was to teach people Hendrix's songs so that we would be able to play them together," says Cichonski. "And step by step we mastered three songs."

So if you are either a professional axeman or an amatour, present or would be, male or female... and if you still aren't hooked on this fest reading the above description, you never will! But mark these words, Wodstock Fest. was only once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. So was Altamont Fest. THANKS JIMI FEST is ahead of them - it was reproduced succesfully for the third time. Contrary to them both - THANKS JIMI FEST is alive, well and kicking. You can make it even better - BE THERE THIS YEAR OR JUST BE SQUARE !!!


...to see more amazing photos click: photo gallery - GRG 2005



They wrote about us in october issue of Guitar Player Magazine (click):
http://cichonski.art.pl/news/artykul_GP2005.pdf


You may want to check those international links:
http://www.guitarplayer.com/story.asp?storycode=7749
http://www.hendrix-links.de/guitarrecord.html
http://www.guitarz-for-ever.com/jimi-hendrix-super-hit-hey-joe.html



See Thanks Jimi Festival history!
And more photos from World Guinness Record beating in our gallery!

Your help and contribution is highly appreciated!
You can download the event info and send it to your friends.
Spread the word on your guitar and music forum!!! Let's make it an international event this year!
Well, we hope to see you guys in Wroclaw soon! Cheers!


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