Rawa Blues Festival found its beginnings in dark political times for Poland - 1981 was the year of martial law which followed the birth of the Solidarity movement in 1980. As it happens, music is often the best response to the oppressive system and that is exactly what Ireneusz Dudek thought when founding the festival. Since then it has become one of the most recognised indoor blues festivals in the world, hosting many international and Polish blues artists such as Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', JJ Grey & Mofro, Elvin Bishop, Otis Taylor, Marcia Ball, Luther Allison, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Marcia Ball, Lonnie Brooks, and many others. The 2021 lineup will feature: SBB, DŻEM, Dudek Big Band, Krzak Legacy, Kapołka Trio, Makaron and many more. Named after the Rawa river that runs through Katowice, the festival will take place at the Youth Palace, on the Mikołowska 26 street.