The initiator of the festival is Representative Choir of the University of Silesia „Harmonia”, which is one of the oldest choral groups in Silesia. It continues traditions od Harmonia Singing Society founded in 1908. Festival got the name of Joseph Swider, who for 20 years was the director of the Institute of Music where the Representative Choir of the University of Silesia „Harmonia” exists.
- cultivating the tradition of singing, developing interest in choral music
- promoting achivements of the composer Joseph Swider and other composers connected with Cieszyn Silesia
- artistic, cultural and educational experience exchange
- popularization modern choral literature
- improvement of performance level among amateur choral groups
- confronting science research as well as artistic experiences