A mobile application intended for tourists and the capital’s citizens will follow the Warsaw-based trails of the famous composer.
With the new With Chopin Through Warsaw application, the public will be able to tour places related to Chopin, to study a timeline of the composer’s life and work, and to access a library of his music. The project is to commemorate Chopin’s relationship with Warsaw, where he studied, where he started to play the piano and where he first performed.
On 10th April 2015, the Vice-Marshal of Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Leszek Ruszczyk, a member of the voivodeship’s management board, Wiesław Raboszuk, and the director of the Office of European Funds and Development of the Capital City of Warsaw, Maciej Fijałkowski, signed a contract for a grant from the European Union adding up to 709 thousand złoty.
Warsaw Tourist Office will also launch a website (a subpage of their main website www.warsawtour.pl
), which will feature information about Chopin’s life and work, and a chatbot – a virtual avatar of the composer which will answer questions asked by the web. Moreover, the mobile app based on augmented reality technology will enable users to take selfies with Chopin – users of Chopin Alive in the City
will simply need to strike a pose and Chopin will appear on their smartphone’s screens. This function will be active in Łazienki Królewskie park, on the campus of the University of Warsaw and in the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.
A second application – Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw – will have an audiobook function, hence it will also make an interesting tourist guide, full of tidbits about Chopin. The initiators also designed the Skok za miasto bookmark, which will guide tourists outside of the capital, through Żelazowa Wola, Brochów or the Kampinos National Park. The application will be available in 7 languages.
A trail of benches which play pieces of Fryderyk Chopin’s music will also be extended from its current path along Warsaw’s Royal Route
With Chopin Through Warsaw application is realised in the framework of the Chopin’s Warsaw project.
Source: PAP, edit. AW, transl. Agata Dudek, 13/04/15.