A long overdue Monthly Travels Challenge post I should have written for July 2015 challenge. Good news is you can still join, you can also post about any topic related to the previous challenges.

July is the middle of summer (vacations) in Poland, so everywhere there are lots of events. Here are selected few that gained fame in Poland or in the world. The list is ordered alphabetically by place’s name. I’m not of a fan of mass events, so I can’t speak about any of them from my own experience. Somehow all are focused on music.

If you plan to come to Poland, you could check the post on entering Poland and (later on) the other Travel to Poland related posts.

Bolków

Castle Party
Castle Party in Bolków. © Marcin Pflanz.

Best known (probably) for Castle Party, annual (international) Gothic rock festival. That’s not everything Bolków can offer. You might fall in love with the nature there too. More information on tourism you can find on official Bolków website.

Next Castle Party will be on 28-31.07.2016. The festival is ticketed.

Bolków is located in Lower Silesia Province (Województwo Dolnośląskie), 70 km from Wrocław. You can easily get there by car. If it’s not possible, you can go there by bus from Wrocław (in the direction of Jelenia Góra).

 

Gdańsk

Gdańsk is one of the major Polish cities, along with Gdynia and Sopot they make the metropolitan area called Trójmiasto (Tricity) in Pomerania Province (Województwo Pomorskie). Tricity cities are well connected by public transport, including fast trains SKM. You can easily get to Gdańsk by airplane from various European cities (including cheap airlines), by train, by ferry or by long-distance buses.

Festiwal Kultur Świata (Festival of World Cultures) is promoting cross-cultural dialogue and tolerance. The 2015 edition’s theme was “Immigration/Integration”. This year’s event was held 17-19.07.

The event offers both free and ticketed activities.

Gdynia

Gdynia is one of the major Polish cities, along with Gdańsk and Sopot they make the metropolitan area called Trójmiasto (Tricity) in Pomerania Province (Województwo Pomorskie). Tricity cities are well connected by public transport, including fast trains SKM. You can easily get to Gdańsk by airplane from various European cities (including cheap airlines) or by ferry. You can get to Gdynia directly by long-distance buses, trains or even ferry.

Open’er Festival

In the beginning of July lots of people go to Polish seaside… for the Open’er Festival, a festival offering more mainstream music than the above mentioned. 

The festival is ticketed. Next Open’er Festival will be held 29.06 – 02.07.2016. Florence & The Machine will be 2016 edition’s headliners.

Globaltica

Globaltica World Cultures Festival explores ethnic themes and inspirations in contemporary culture. It shows areas where tradition begins to be modern and contemporary culture becomes a tradition.

2015 edition was held 22-26.07. The event offers both free and ticketed activities.

Kostrzyn nad Odrą

Inspired by the USA festival, for over 20 years Poland has Przystanek Woodstock (Woodstock Festival). This is not just about concerts. There are discussions with invited guests, NGO zone, workshops etc.

The festival is usually held in the end of July/beginning of August. Kostrzyn at Oder is on the Polish-German border in Lubuskie Province (Województwo Lubuskie). It’s not that easy to get there, but the website offers a good explanation about travelling from both inside and outside of Poland.

The festival is free.

Płock

Beach in Płock
Beach in Płock by Vistula river.

Audioriver is a festival promoting alternative music, with the focus on electronica. The festival is ticketed.

The concert venue is the beach of Vistula river in Płock ((Mazovia Province) which you can remember from my earlier post.

You can get to Płock by train from Warsaw, that’s how I went there (and would go there next time).

Warsaw

Warszawa (Warsaw) is the capital city of Poland. Lots of events held there every month but not many fit the challenge’s rules.

Warsaw Summer Jazz Days is a festival of jazz music held in the Praga district, which undergoes shift from “the bad district” to “the trendy district”.

The festival is ticketed. Last festival was held 9-12.07.2015.

 

What event did you write about for the July challenge? 

Does any of the events sound interesting to you?

 

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