Whether coming to Wroclaw to work, or just as tourists, foreigners usually know that the city is the European Capital of Culture 2016. As a result, they expect not only to explore the city in their spare time, but also enjoy some interesting cultural events. And they are right. The city has prepared many projects also with them in mind.
In an evening off, they can go to the cinema, to a concert, to an exhibition or to the theatre. The choices are multitudinous.
A little something for cinema-goers
For many foreigners staying in Wroclaw for longer, one of the most popular pastimes is going to the cinema or theatre. The needs of foreign enthusiasts of good cinema were catered to by Kino Nowe Horyzonty at ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego. This is where special screenings take place, as part of the cycle "Polish Cinema for beginners." It is a series of encounters with the most interesting works of Polish cinema, dedicated primarily to foreigners. All films are shown with English subtitles, and are preceded by a lecture by an expert of the film world, who introduces the subject and the socio-historical context of the presented work. The screening is followed by a discussion. The language of the event is English. A detailed repertoire is available here.
In summer, Kino Nowe Horyzonty hosts the T-Mobile New Horizons Festival, known not only in the country, but also abroad, in which all films have English translation. Also, the language of both meetings with artists and information materials is English.
Spotlight on theatre
Also theatre-goers will find something for themselves. In this case, they can certainly count on the Polski Theatre at ul. Gabrieli Zapolskiej, which translates some of their performances into English. Special subtitles appear on a screen above the stage, with the entire transcript. Most often, at least one performance of a given running cycle is translated. The audience of of the Main Stage and the Scene in Świebodzki can count on such performances. Information on such performances is available at Teatr Polski's website, where all information is available in English.
For foreign visitors interested in theatre, a good choice might be the Wroclaw Pantomime Theatre, where obviously hardly any words are used. This theatre also offers its repertoire translated to English.
A little something for music lovers
Surely all music lovers will find something for themselves in Wroclaw. Particularly interesting proposals are offered by the National Music Forum, where no translator is needed. Apart from the regularly scheduled concerts, foreign visitors are attracted here by many world-famous music festivals. Among them are: Vratislavia Cantans, Jazztopad, Musica Polonica Nova and Leo Festival. Information on all concerts is available in English at the NFM's website.
Also, Wroclaw Opera is completely open to foreigners. In this case, the repertoire and all important information on the planned performances is available in English HERE.
How about an exhibition?
All those wanting to have an interesting time in the capital of Lower Silesia can also go to one of the interesting exhibitions, e.g. in one of Wroclaw's museums. There, foreigners have been thought of, too. Not only the content websites is translated into English, but also on-site information on specific exhibitions and exhibits, for example in Wroclaw City Museum in the very heart of the Market Square, the National Museum at Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 5, the Four Domes Pavillon, located just by the Centennial Hall at ul. Wystawowa 1, the Museum of Architecture at ul. Bernardyńska 5, the BWA Awangarda Gallery at ul. Wita Stwosza 2, or in the Panorama of Racławice. In some museums and on their websites, you can also find information in German.
All foreign guests looking for artistic experiences in Wroclaw can freely use the Infopunkt Strefay Kultury, which is located in the Bar „Barbara" in ul. Świdnicka 8c in Wroclaw. (write at” [email protected], or call: +48 71 712 75 74). There, they will get comprehensive information about all the cultural events taking place in the capital of Lower Silesia in the next few months.