International Brass Band Festival "Golden Lyre" was initiated in 1991 by Marian Wolny, conductor of City Brass Band "Rybnik" and the organizing committee composed of Professor. Jan Langosz / Italy /, Józef Ratajczak / Belgium / and Wojciech Bronowski / director Rybnik Cultural Centre /.
After approval of formula by the Mayor Józef Makosza Festival MFOD bugle call "Golden Lyre" by composer Józef Szweda, sounded the first time in Rybnik market in 1992.
Since the first edition the Festival showed its international nature. Orchestras and accompanying majorettes performed with great success and applaud in Katowice, Zabrze, D±browa, Tarnowski Gory, Mysłowice, Siemianowice, Gliwice, Knurów, Ruda Silesia, Chorzow, Bytom, Wodzislaw Slaski, Pszów, Zory, Hawk, Raciborz , Radlin, ¦wierklany, Łaziska Upper, Rogowach, Bełku, Rydułtowy, Pyskowice and many other cities in Silesia.
As a result of co-operation of Cultural Centre in Rybnik Niedobczyce and Cultural Center in Ostrava since 2006 concerts under the title "Golden Lyre" are also held in the Czech town of Ostrava.
Past twenty four editions of the Festival gives us impressive numbers:
more than 350 brass bands,
more than 300 dancing groups,
almost 700 concerts,
more than 70.000 viewers,
representation of 3 continents.
Festival participants were orchestras and groups including majorettes from Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Holland, Germany, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Russia, USA, Malta, Northern Ireland, Spain, France and Poland.