From music festivals to design fairs and great medieval battles, here's a list of 10 great events that make Poland a great destination this year. We hope to provide useful information that will pique your interest.
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You may expect to see palms in warmer parts of the world, but the southern Polish town of Lipnica Murowana has its own unusual palm offering. Each year on Palm Sunday the city hosts a contest for the tallest Easter palm made of colourful wicker and flowers. In 2011, a new record was set by 36 meter-high palm creation. To stand under such a towering palm creation is an unforgettable cultural experience.
Discover the world of Jewish culture and its Polish connection through this annual summer cultural extravaganza. Hosted in Krakow’s historic Jewish quarters of Kazimierz, this weeklong festival fills the city with dance and cuisine workshops, lectures, exhibitions and numerous klezmer music concerts. Take in the magical moments for at least one unforgettable day or evening.
The epic medieval of Grunwald took place seven centuries ago, but it continues to be vividly visualized every year in July. As one of the biggest shows of this kind in Europe, this reenactment festival is a fantastic experience for all who love archery tournaments, chivalrous fights and shiny armours.
Tradition of this event goes back to 1260, when Pope Alexander IV gave the local Dominicans the privilege to organize a fair. Since then, the fair has been held in Gdańsk during the first half of August. Nowadays, the St. Dominic's Fair follows the its medieval tradition combining entertainment and handcraft. Expect to find numerous artistic events, concerts, games, theatre performances and sport events as well as buy local handicrafts and jewellery made from Baltic amber.
Poland’s unofficial pottery capital of Boleslawiec plays host to this dynamic display of pottery. Ceramics factories, large and small, flock to this Lower Silesian city to display and sell their wares. Good pottery attracts good food, music and fun.
The International Wratislavia Cantans Festival is one of the most important classical music festivals in Europe. Wratislavia Cantans is synonymous with the highest artistic and organizational quality. Each year, the concerts of international celebrities attract thousands of music lovers to the beautiful, historic interiors of Wrocław, a city that takes on its duties as European Capital of Culture in 2013.
Poland may not be known for wine, but in fact, the western part of the country has a winemaking tradition which dates back to the 14th century. In September, the streets of Zielona Góra turn into a big market place with colorful, boisterous street parade, various concerts and theatre performances and the unique opportunity to test the unexpectedly tasteful Polish wines.
The post-industrial Łódź is Poland’s quirkiest city - the perfect spot for an outburst of creative, “made in Poland” energy that this design fair brings. Showcasing a vivid and growing interest in design throughout the nation, the festival draws hundreds of participating international artists to dozens of exhibitions across the city.
While most of Poland honour their National Independence Day this day, citizens of Poznan celebrate St. Martin Street Day on November 11. A merry parade goes through the center of the city led by Roman legionary - St. Martin sitting on the horse. Polish bands entertain guests on the market square where visitors can also try the local speciality - delicious St. Martin Croissant (Rogal Świetomarciński).
An awe-inspiring contest taking place on the first Thursday of December when Cracovian crib-makers meet in the Main Square to show their newest masterpieces. Krakow Nativity Scenes have a unique style and constitute one of the most wonderful traditions in Poland. All the exhibits are on display later on in the History Museum through mid-February.