A Theatrical Summer: The Best Performing Arts Festivals By The Vistula
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Even though it’s not theatre season, Polish theatres all around the country invite enthusiasts to spend their hot summer days at some ‘cool’ venues. Culture.pl presents a selection of some of the best Polish performing arts festivals in July and August 2018.
The ‘Summer at Nowy Teatr’ programme is chock full of events for children and adults alike.
Children will have the opportunity to watch films in the theatre’s foyer, play games on Saturdays and take part in ceramics workshops on Sundays. For older theatre fans, Nowy offers a selection of musical attractions: screenings of musicals, dance parties, concerts and the INSTALAKCJE Festival (18th-19th August).
For more information visit: nowyteatr.org
STUDIO Theatre is the curator of the Plac Defilad Programme which will present screenings of some of the world’s greatest opera productions (5th-8th July) and, among others, an exceptional play Sąd Nad Pałacem (Trial of the Palace) directed by Seb Majewski. The artist was inspired by infamous cases of buildings that were brought to trial.
For more information visit: placdefilad.org
This will be the fourth time when Ząbkowska Street in the Praga district will turn into a stage. Made into a pedestrian-only zone, it will host the Otwarta Ząbkowska Festival (Open Ząbkowska) organised by the Powszechny Theatre in collaboration with animators and artists from Praga, as well as clubs and NGOs. The idea is to connect an aesthetic experience with an open social forum.
Scheduled: Sidney Polak’s silent concert, an open poetic slam and Kenyan toy-making workshops. Ząbkowska will welcome visitors on weekends all through the summer: 7th-8th July, 21st-22nd July, 4th-5th August and between 24th August to 2nd September.
For more information visit: otwartazabkowska.pl
It’s good to end the holiday season with a bang with the special 15th edition of Singer’s Warsaw Festival (26th July – 2nd September). The programme includes 200 events with guests from Israel, Denmark, USA and Japan. Theatre enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see performances of the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw, as well as by Israeli groups such as Yiddishpiel and Nephesh.
For more information visit: festiwalsingera.pl
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The seaside is always a great travel destination in the summer. At the turn of July and August, Gdańsk will host the 22nd Shakespeare Festival (27th July – 5th August). It is an opportunity to see not only the exceptional Polish performances but also guests from Argentina, the Czech Republic, Iran, Germany and Italy.
The organisers recommend, among others, the Czech production directed by Jan Klata entitled Measure For Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream created by Ewelina Marciniak in collaboration with a German theatre troupe, and two interpretations of Macbeth – one directed by Agata Duda-Gracz, and the second one by the Spanish director, Alessandro Serra.
The alternative side of the festival is also definitely worth seeing – non-mainstream theatre groups from Romania, Great Britain and Slovakia will be performing alongside Polish troupes.
For more information visit: festiwalszekspirowski.pl
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The capital of Lower Silesia welcomes all brave volunteers! The 13th Brave Festival opens on Friday, 13th July. This year's theme is ‘Visible-Invisibles’. Guests from 11 countries are going to use art as ‘a weapon against injustice and alienation’. The ten festival days will offer many performing arts workshops (with, among others, Anu Almagro, Finnish actress of Wrosław’s Pieśń Kozła Theatre, and the break-dance group ILL-Abilities). The main programme includes performances devoted to such topics as identity and diversity, presented by groups from Ruanda, Congo, and Mexico.
For more information visit: bravefestival.pl
‘Cinemaniacs’ can relax and enjoy the audiovisual installation entitled TRANSFORMA, between 27th and 29th July, during the 18th IFF New Horizons in the Wrocław.
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A real treat for younger audiences! Sztuka Szuka Malucha (3rd-8th July) is a festival in Poznań for the whole family, and especially for small children.
The Greater Poland region will be visited by artists from Mexico, Great Britain and Slovakia. The programme includes various workshops, outdoor games and a special section presenting sensory-friendly performances called Relaxed Performances.
The Poznań festival is the oldest annual event for kids in Poland – it aims to provide young viewers with ‘a space for creativity and inspiration and chances for development’.
For more information visit: sztukaszukamalucha.pl
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The last days of summer are a good opportunity to visit the Podkarpackie Region. The Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre in Rzeszów, in collaboration with theatres from Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovakia and Lithuania, has prepared a special event.
The 1st TRANS/MISJE International Festival of Art (25th-31st August) is meant not only to bridge different kinds of art but also to connect artists and create a space for the cross-cultural dialogue. The participants will have a chance to see different performances (i.e. by Lech Raczak, Martyna Łyko and guests from partner countries), as well as take part in discussions about the identity of border countries. It is also worth attending the 16th International Biennale of Theatre Posters, which is a part of TRANS/MISJE Festival.
For more information visit: teatr-rzeszow.pl.
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This summer theatres will take over the streets. The KTO Theatre is organising the 31st International Street Theatres Festival ULICA (5th-8th July) in Kraków under the title ‘Wind From The East’. The organisers will focus on the relationships between European and Asian art.
Kraków will host guests from Singapore, Kirgizstan, Chile, Turkey and India. This year, ULICA will be also presenting a review of South Korean dramas.
For more information visit: teatrkto.pl
Jelenia Góra will turn into an open-air stage for two days: 20th-22nd July. The audience of the 36th International Street Theatres Festival will see performances of Polish (e.g. the famous Teatr Ósmego Dnia), Czech, German, Dutch, Austrian and Italian theatre troupes.
The festival revolves around ‘acrobatics and clown-art’ and more intimate, closed shows, during which the viewers will be actively engaged in the performances.
For more information visit: teatrnorwida.pl/36-mftu
Besides Shakespeare fans, Gdańsk is also a hotspot for street theatre enthusiasts – between 12th and 15th July the city’s streets will turn into a stage for the 23rd International Street and Open-Air Theatres Festival. This year the organisers invited artists from Europe and Asia. One can expect both grand, over-the-top shows as well as smaller happenings. Among the twenty scheduled performances, there are all some for families with kids!
Sources: press materials, edited by MO
Originally written in Polish, June 2018, translated by AS, July 2018
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