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The 20th anniversary of the flood: The Great Water on Słodowa Island

This weekend, which marks the 20th anniversary of the Millennium Flood, Biuro Wrocław 2016 and Ad Spectatores Theatre would like to invite everybody for The Great Water – an incredible story of the events of July 1997 and the residents of Wrocław, who jointly fought for their city in the atmosphere of solidarity and kindness. The play will be presented five times. 

In 1997, the southern part of Poland was destroyed by a flood on a scale unheard of for the last thousand years. Wrocław was among the cities most affected by the tragedy, with over half of its area ending up under water. For many days in July, the residents of Wrocław spontaneously joined the efforts to build flood banks in a valiant defence of their city. Crowds of people decided to forgo their rest and sleep, transporting sand, helping the authorities, organising support and fighting the water. Their efforts helped save Cathedral Island and they ultimately managed to also save the southern districts of the city.

The Great Water by Ad Spectatores recalls these days, the city and its residents, who bravely defended Wrocław from the destructive force of nature. The play tells the story of ordinary people, who found themselves in an unusual situation, when the fear for the city mixed with the feeling of solidarity, kindness and support, but not without its sense of humour. It is a great story of hope and love of the residents of Wrocław towards their city. The play uses a unique but effective formula – the actors lie on the stage along with the set design, filmed from above by a camera on the ceiling. On the screen, the audience can see a silent comedy film in Chaplin's style.   

The Great Water will be presented on Słodowa Island for three summer evenings – twice each on Friday and Saturday (14-15.07, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m.) and once on Sunday (16.07, 9:30 p.m.) in three language versions – Polish, English and Ukrainian.

Admission to the event is free.


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