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Almost 100 events for the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 Closing Weekend!

The great “Sound Play” with Małgorzata Foremniak, Arkadiusz Jakubik and Robert Więckiewicz, The Sky Web multiperformance, the largest Silent Disco in Europe for 2300 guests, as well as Verdi’s opera, Open Art Days, two music festivals featuring stars of popular and avant-garde music, street theatres, parades, a tasty approach to ECoC from behind the scenes in cafes and restaurants in Wrocław, an artistic illumination at the Dunikowski Boulevard or the ECoC Infopoints with live music. This is what the city will look like when culture will take over for the last time, on the 15-18 December – the Closing Weekend of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 Programme. Admission to the majority of all events is free.

The year of the European Capital of Culture 2016 celebrations in Wrocław is slowly coming to an end, and it should be a time of a great cultural celebration for all residents and their guests alike. The offerings of the weekend are very broad and the audience will have an opportunity to take part in free open air plays, concerts, performances and exhibitions taking place all over the city.

Reading with stars, the Closing Ceremony and the large Silent Disco 
The Centennial Hall in Wrocław will be one of the cultural epicentres of the ECoC 2016 Closing Weekend, hosting the main events of the programme, including the most important of all – the Closing Ceremony. The audience will have an opportunity to see The Sky Web multiperformance three times (on 16 and 17 December). Due to the great interest in the performance, the last free tickets will be made available on December 12. They will be available at two places – ECoC Infopoint at Barbara (Świdnicka 8c) and the Impart Ticket Office (Mazowiecka 17). The Sky Web – the fourth, last instalment of Chris Baldwin’s Flow Quartet – tells the history of three generations of women, residents of Wrocław, embodying the unique path the city has taken in the 20th century, including an incredible play of lights and sound, live orchestra, dozens of artists and the Spirits of Wrocław. The Centennial Hall will also host probably the largest Silent Disco in Europe. On the last day of the Closing Ceremony, under the largest dome in Wrocław, the N.O.S. Collective (Nogaś. Obszańska. Szydłowska.) are going to lead the large silent disco party (December 17, 10:30 p.m.).

Then on Sunday (December 18, 4:00 p.m.) the Hall will once again host Polish theatre and cinema stars, inviting us to join them in the outstanding Sound Play. Great Polish actors, such as Małgorzata Foremniak, Arkadiusz Jakubik and Robert Więckiewicz will read pieces written by Sławomir Mrożek – for the first time with active participation of the audience, for whom we reserve the role of the choir commenting the text and sound effects creators (of course the event can be attended by everyone – also those who just want to listen). Free admission tickets for this experimental and unique project will be available starting on Friday, December 9 (12:00 p.m.) at two places: ECoC Infopoint at Barbara (Świdnicka 8c) and the Impart Ticket Office (Mazowiecka 17). Tickets are limited to 4 per person.

The musical culmination 
The Closing Weekend will start on Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. at Barbara with a very quiet concert given by We draw A. It will also be the inaugurating concert of the 8th edition of the WROsound festival

During the event, taking place on December 16 and 17 in various Impart spaces, we are going to see bands and artists such as Christian Löffler & MohnaPink FreudA_GIM feat. Novika & Klark, Legendarny Afrojax and MIN t. Information about tickets can be found at We are also waiting for the Friendship Festival (December 15, starting at 6:00 p.m.) or the 15th anniversary of stage activity of the OCN band from Wrocław (formerly known as Ocean). At the Orbita Hall, the audience will be able to listen to HappysadRaz Dwa TrzyMuchy, as well as Lech JanerkaMonika BorzymOlaf Deriglasoff and the frontman of Jamal – Tomasz “Miodu” Mioduszewski. Tickets are available at and from the Empik network. 

We are also going to celebrate at the National Forum of Music, where on December 18 we will listen to a concert on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the NFM Choir. The ensemble will be led by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, conductor and ECoC curator of music. The Capitol Musical Theatre will host the final concert of the Wrocław Commenting Choir (December 18, 4:00 p.m.). The audience is also going to see the musical summary of the “Samoróbka” workshop series (December 18, 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) led by Paweł Romańczuk (Małe Instrumenty), and the Wrocław Opera is going to host the first premiere of this season, Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (December 16-18, 7:00 p.m.) 

Great ECoC exhibitions for everyone
The Closing Weekend will also be combined with Open Art Days – a treat not only for the lovers of visual arts. On December 16-18, the exhibitions such as Photography Never Dies at the Main Railway Station, Wrocław 1945-2016 – a permanent exhibition at the Zajezdnia History Centre, as well as Lviv. 24 June 1937. City, Architecture, Modernism” at the Museum of Architecture will be available free of charge. Additionally, the admission fees for the famous Summer Rental exhibition at the Four Domes Pavilion and The Wrocław Europe at the National Museum will be entirely symbolic (1-3 PLN). What is more, on December 17 those interested will be able to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Wrocław Opera, see the Shadows exhibition presenting works by Mathilde Lavenne, created as part of the A-i-R WRO Artistic Residence programme (Pokoyhof Passage, December 17-18, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) and the unique “Bubble, bubble” performance (December 17, 8:00 p.m.) inspired by the language of dolphins. 

A tour of the Opera
On December 16, 17 and 18 you will be able to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Wrocław Opera and visit places which are normally inaccessible for the audience. You can sign up for this unique tour at the ECoC Infopoint (Świdnicka 8c). The groups, numbering max. 50 people will be guided by Adam Fratczak. Until the end of January the Opera foyer will hold an exhibition devoted to various opera performances created by Ewa Michnik, former director of the Wrocław Opera.

Starting on December 15, tickets for all three tours will be made available at the ECoC Infopoint (Świdnicka 8c).

- 16.12 (50 tickets)

- 17.12 (50 tickets)

- 18.12 (50 tickets)

All tours start at 2:00 p.m.

Nativity plays, street theatres, parades
During the Closing Weekend, streets and squares in the city centre will turn into stages for artistic performances for children and adults. On Saturday and Sunday (December 17, 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; December 18 at 6:00 p.m.) on the square in front of the Main Railway Station a play by Teatr Snów from Gdańsk will be presented. The audience will see the outstanding story of a giant-man, living on the borderline between dreams and reality. From Friday to Sunday between noon and 6:00 p.m. the Pigeon Square on the Wrocław Market Square will be taken over by artistic nativity scenes and carollers from Lviv, who will invite the audience to join the fun and try to revive the old Christmas tradition of carolling together. On the way from the Świdnicka Street and the University of Wrocław building the passers-by will be able to join the parade organised by the Puppet Clinic Theatre (December 17, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.; December 18, 4:30 p.m.) The parade is going to feature large groups of artists, puppets and animal mascots, including a lion, an elephant and a giraffe. The final show will take place near the Fencer’s monument on the University Square. All shows are free. While walking around Wrocław, it is also worth paying a visit to the Path of Light – the special artistic rendition of the Dunikowski Boulevard, prepared specially for the Closing Weekend.

ECoC on a plate
It is also worth paying a visit to the various cafes and restaurants in Wrocław. On December 15-18, selected establishments will serve some of the unique dishes straight from the Wrocław Cookbook published this year, as a culinary insight into the European Capital of Culture. Among the featured dishes is Grandpa Karol’s egg paste, Emperor’s Treat – a yeast cake with cinnamon streusel, keselica with potatoes – a Lemko sour oat soup, tomato soup from Oporów, Silesian Heaven – pork loin with smoked plums and buckwheat blintz with crème fraîche. Bon appétit! You can look for the cultural cuisine in the following cafes: Etno, Bema Cafe, Borówka, Nadodrze and restaurants: Mama Manoush, Szynkarnia, La Maddalena, Jasna, Mleczarnia, Olszewskiego 128 and Machina Organika. 

ECoC Infopoints with live music and event maps for the Closing Weekend
On December 16-18, ten ECoC Infopoints will operate around the city centre and the Centennial Hall, warming the residents and guests up with live music. Information, maps, lunch and coffee will also be available at Barbara (Świdnicka 8c) – the heart of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016. 

Extra Time with culture
The Closing Weekend of the ECoC Programme is just a part of the finale full of cultural emotions of this year in Wrocław. On December 31, we are in for some extra time with music, as Sylwester Wrocławski is inviting all of us to the New Year’s Eve celebration in the city. The alias hides great artists connected with Wrocław, who are going to give a great New Year’s Eve concert at the Main Market Square. Two stages, ten bands and impressive lighting effects will make for a great farewell to this unique year.

However, the ECoC title will stay with us forever. Wrocław – as you could see throughout all of the 12 months of 2016 – is truly a city of culture. A European Capital of Culture. And it will always be one – thanks to you!



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Weekend Zamknięcia ESK 2016


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