The top 5 things to do in Poland in the last two weeks of the summer
We are now more than half way through the summer holidays. But do not worry! August is one of the most beautiful months in Poland. And there are still many surprises waiting for you across the country. Have a look at what is worth seeing, whom to listen to, what to experience in order to make this year’s summer break truly unforgettable.
1. Chopin and His Europe Festival in Warsaw
Until the end of the month, you can listen to piano virtuosos from around the world who have come to Warsaw to take part in the "Chopin and his Europe" festival. Alongside Fryderyk Chopin, the protagonist of this year's festival is Ignacy Paderewski: a pianist, composer, independence activist and statesman who not only left behind exceptional compositions, but also helped Poland regain its independence, using his status as a music legend.
The festival is a great musical journey: different genres and forms will be played: from songs and miniatures, through less known symphonic pieces to the opera. Great masters as well as rising piano stars will perform on stage - participants selected during the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition.
2. AirShow in Radom
The AirShow in Radom means over 17 hours of sky-high aerobatic manoeuvres that you will not see anywhere else in Poland. The shows are accompanied by a ground exhibition with military equipment. The leitmotif is the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of Polish military aviation. On display this year: Zone 303 - dedicated to the legendary Polish squadron that took part in the Battle of Britain in 1940, an air park for children (with, among other things, flight simulators and a space zone), as well as the Military Aviation History Park, which will include special exhibitions dedicated to Polish pilots.
So far, 22 countries have confirmed their participation in the shows, including Italy, Spain, Croatia, Finland, Jordan, Germany, Pakistan, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Greece and the Netherlands. The event will take place on August 25-26.
3. Speedway championships in Gorzów Wielkopolski
The MIB Nordic Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland 2018 is a world-class event that attracts thrill-seeking fans. On 25.08-26.08, contestants from all over the world will come to Gorzów Wielkopolski to compete for the championship trophy. The races will be accompanied by numerous side shows that will make the two-day event even more enjoyable. For example, on the first day the organisers will host an autograph session at the top of the stadium.
4. Polish design after 1989 and Wyspiański in Kraków
The National Museum in Krakow has prepared an unusual programme for art lovers. Until August 19 you will be able to visit a temporary exhibition showing changes in Polish design after the political transformation.
The exhibition depicts how Polish artists coped during the years of fledgling capitalism, and then - at the turn of the 20th and 21st century - how their work evolved to respond to international trends. How is Polish design doing today? How to reconcile competition in foreign markets with the search for national identity? In a time of mass consumption, how does one realise projects that are not only for profit but also seek to explore and experiment, rarely responding to mass tastes? The answers to these questions are provided by Polish artists at the National Museum in Krakow.
For art lovers of work from the 19th and 20th centuries, a special attraction will be the collection of one of the most interesting and versatile Polish artists - Stanisław Wyspiański, the illustrator, graphic artist, painter, as well as poet, playwright and theatre reformer. In Kraków, you will be able to admire nearly 500 works from his 900-piece collection. Apart from Wyspiański's donations to the National Museum, there are pastel masterpieces: stained-glass windows for cathedral windows, pencil drawings, charcoal, ink, pastels of pastel portraits and landscapes. The exhibition also features sculptures, illustrations, handicrafts and an art book. Wyspiański had strong ties to Krakow, both artistically and privately. The exhibition is a must-see for everyone visiting Krakow.
5. Urban beaches
The last weeks of summer are the last chance to see Polish cities from a typical holiday perspective, visiting the increasingly popular city beaches. You will find beach fun in Warsaw, Poznan, Olsztyn, Bydgoszcz, Torun, Bialystok, Katowice, Wroclaw - amongst other places. Deckchairs, food outlets, volleyball, basketball and even beach soccer fields await you there. At some of the above you will be able to rent kayaks as well as pedal, rowing and sailing boats. Other spots are equipped with playgrounds, rope parks, yoga mat rentals and campfire places. There is something for everyone!