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ECoC Wrocław 2016 Closing Ceremony

The incredible play of lights and sound, a live orchestra, dozens of artists, Spirits of Wrocław and the history of the city in the 20th century. On December 17, the great interiors of the Centennial Hall will witness The Sky Web – a multi-performance comprising the final instalment of the Flow Quartet, telling the story of Wrocław and its residents. The performance will serve as a culmination of the project, as well as the Closing Ceremony of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016 Programme. At the same time, it is the first indoor event of the Quartet, taking place under the largest dome in Wrocław – the Centennial Hall dome. The Sky Web tells the history of three generations of women, residents of Wrocław, embodying the unique path the city has taken in the 20th century. 

On the stage, we are going to see the residents of Wrocław, who started telling their story of the city in 2015, joining their forces in The Bridges – a performance on 27 bridges and footbridges scattered around Wrocław. Now, at the end of their unique adventure they became co-creators of a performance for thousands of viewers. Once again we are going to see the Spirits of Wrocław. The steel constructs, awakened at the beginning of this year will become the base of the stage design – silent, but expressive witnesses to the history of Breslau/Wrocław. The space of the Centennial Hall will be filled with music, which we could hear during the Opening Ceremony in January and in June this year during the Flow, taking place at the banks of the Oder.

NieboThe Sky Web is mainly about people and their experiences. Like the previous instalments of the Quartet, the show was devised and designed by Chris Baldwin who, since the Awakening, has been collaborating with a group of assistant directors – Mary Sadowska, Piotr Łukaszczyk and Kamil Przyboś. The music for the Flow Quartet is composed by Paweł Romańczuk and played by the orchestra led by Alan Urbanek. The show will also feature the orchestra returning to Wrocław, as well as choirs from Poland and Israel, which appeared before during Flow in June. “Preparing these four projects took us three years. It enabled us to involve the residents and artists from several countries, as well as experts in many fields of technology and culture”, said Chris Baldwin for the ECoC Magazine.

The venue, where the show will take place is also not without its significance. Just like the protagonists, the Centennial Hall, which survived the stormy 20th century is a historical symbol – of Germany, Poland and Europe. The unique construction of the Hall, as well as plays with lights and sound will include the audience into the events presented on stage, giving them the sense of full participation in the story told on stage.

The Sky Web will be presented on December 17, 2016 at the Centennial Hall. Two performances are planned for Saturday afternoon – the first at 2:30 p.m. (for families with children) and the second one at 7:00 p.m. Additionally, a general rehearsal of the show, open for the media and the residents will take place on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Duration: ca. 60 minutes

The venue opens 1 hour before the show (at 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively).

Admission to the event is free; however, due to the fact that the number of available seats is limited, you will need a free ticket, which can be obtained in six places in Wrocław:

  • Barbara InfoPoint – Świdnicka 8C, Wrocław. Open: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Impart (Ticket office) – Mazowiecka 17, Wrocław Open: Monday – Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Centre for Culture and Art (OKiS) – Lower Silesian Cultural Information Centre – Rynek, Ratusz 24, Wrocław. Open: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tourist Information Centre – Rynek 14, Wrocław. Open: Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • ODT Światowid (secretariat) – Sempołowskiej 54, 50-001 Wrocław. Open: Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wrocław Contemporary Theatre (ticket office) – Rzeźnicza 12, Wrocław. Open: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


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