The vibrant capital city of Poland is a cultural hotspot, which will amuse you with endless festivals, cultural events, open-air markets & fairs. There is always something to do and see in Warsaw. You may enjoy the beauty of classical music while lying down on the grass in the park or you can jump into the air, screaming at the top of your lungs during a rock concert. Feel free to explore other cultures while participating in different cross cultural events. And for all those cinema enthusiasts, Warsaw is the place for you.
With the city, regularly hosting numerous international festivals, we would like to recommend five of them, that you should not miss during your stay.
Warsaw Cross Culture Festival
One of the biggest cultural events of this kind in Central and Eastern Europe, presenting phenomena within the field of world culture and music. The main mission of the Festival is to make Warsaw citizens and visitors more open to the cultural variety of modern world. The Festival promotes artists from all over the world, who come to Poland to present their vision and talent in front of the enthusiastic audience.
By discovering the work of international artists we can learn about the heritage, history and habits of people living it the various places of our globe. We can also become more sensitive to the cultural and artistic diversity.
The program of Warsaw Cross Culture Festival includes music workshops with world-class masters, documentary screenings, exhibition and a special programs for children. The festival takes place in Warsaw every year in September.
Warsaw Film Festival
The Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) gives every fan of ambitious cinema a unique opportunity to watch outstanding movies made by talented directors from all over the world. This event is much more than just an opportunity to see some great cinema; it is a 10 day long movie marathon offering you a chance to find out more about the world you live in and discover different cultures, countries and cities.
If you wish to know the latest and most interesting trends in world cinema, this is an event you cannot miss. Also, this is the best guide to the world of independent cinema: you will have the chance to discover the movie or the directors before they gain international recognition. Another important reason to attend WFF is the fact that most of the movies presented there will not be shown in regular cinemas.
There is no exaggeration in the statement that the Warsaw Film Festival is one the most important cinema events in the world. In 2009 it became of one of 14 international film festivals recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations alongside Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, Tokyo, Moscow, Mar del Plata, Montreal, Shanghai, Cairo, and Goa.
The Warsaw Film Festival takes place every October. The movies are shown in the Kinoteka Cinema based in the Palace of Culture and Science and in Cinema City, located in Złote Tarasy Shopping Centre.
To find out more please visit www.wff.pl
Jazz Jamboree. International Jazz Festival
This prestigious event goes back half a century and has a reputation for the most important jazz music feast in Poland. Artists who have played at Jazz Jamboree include Michel Legrand, Arturo Sandoval and Matt Dusk, as well as Polish jazz player Michal Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak and the Polish Brass Ensemble. The festival is organized every year in November.
Orange Warsaw Festival
A devoted fan of rock and alternative music cannot miss this unique opportunity to see the biggest stars performing live on stage during the Orange Warsaw Festival. The vibrant atmosphere created by young people having a good time during spectacular performances of world-recognized bands and artists like Moby, Skunk Anansie, Jamiroquai, Courtney Love, Kings of Leon and My Chemical Romance is something certainly worth buying a ticket for. Rock music, great vibes, the biggest stars and lot of fun – don’t miss Orange Warsaw Festival every year in the summer.
To find out more visit www.orangewarsawfestival.pl
Festival of Jewish Culture: ‘Singer’s Warsaw’
This truly outstanding event includes a number of interesting theatrical performances, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, meetings, art installations, and lectures. The entire festival is dedicated to Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize winner author, who had an incredible talent to describe the landscapes of small Jewish towns from the pre-war era.
Every year organizers of the event put much effort to recreate an atmosphere of busy Jewish streets from the early twentieth century, with wineries, bakeries and stalls. During one week visitors will have the chance to experience a rich and forgotten Jewish culture: taste a delicious cuisine, listen to the native Jewish music, see some amazing shows and attend interesting exhibitions.
The Festival of Jewish Culture dedicated to Singer’s Warsaw takes place once a year in September with the main activities held in Prozna Street and Grzybowski Square.
To find out more, visit www.festiwalsingera.pl
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