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750,000 Partiers Show Up at Poland’s Woodstock Festival

Image: People dance in a mud pit near the main stage at the Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra, close to the Polish-German border
People dance in a mud pit near the main stage at the Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra, Poland, on August 2, 2014. THOMAS PETER / Reuters

The spirit of Woodstock is alive and well in Poland, where a massive free music festival that borrows its name from the legendary 1969 event was held at the weekend.

The Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra is the brainchild of Polish journalist and social campaigner Jerzy Owsiak, who initiated the event twenty years ago as a way of thanking volunteers and donors to his children's charity. This year's festival attracted a crowd of over 750,000, according to organizers.

Image: A woman crowd-surfs in front of main stage at the Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra, close to the Polish-German border
A woman crowd-surfs in front of the main stage at the Woodstock Festival in Kostrzyn-upon-Odra, close to the Polish-German border, on August 2, 2014. THOMAS PETER / Reuters