3 pubs for gamers in Wroclaw

3 pubs for gamers in Wrocław

There are 3 pubs for gamers in Wroclaw, that I know of. If you are a gamer and want to spend quality time in a geeky place with your friends, Wroclaw has some very interesting options for you. Whether you want to organize a big meeting or just spontaneously go to a nerdy place, these are the places you can check out:

Padbar – the first pub for gamers in Poland

Padbar was founded in 2011. In time, it branched to three other cities. You can play here on an Xbox in beat’em ups and play FIFA with your friends, try the wide range of drinks and play board games for free. There’s also a Padbar Club. For 30 zlotys you can buy a membership card and gain points. For every 5 zł that you spend you gain points, that you can exchange for free drinks. I’ts good to make a reservation ahead of time, because of the sheer popularity of this place.

Location: Kazimierza Wielkiego Street 1 in  Time’s building

Site: http://wroclaw.padbar.pl/kontakt/

Cybermachina – franchise nerd pub

Cybermachina was opened in back in 2015. It’s the largest chain of pubs for geeks in Poland, it has a total of 8 locations in the country. There’s a wide variety of drinks, that reference pop culture. They have Czech and regional beer, you can also eat some snacks and toasts. There are many consoles, arcade games and board games free of charge.

Cybermachina has game tournaments, as well as regular sporting events (such as football matches on TV). Sometimes they also organize small meetings for people working in the gaming industry in Wroclaw. They are called Pog(R)adajmy and you have to check their Facebook page for more details. You have keep in mind that they close fairly early. Usually opening hours span from 2 pm to 1 am.

Location: Szczytnicka Street 52

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CybermachinaWroclaw/

Hex – cafe mixed with pub for the board games enthusiasts

Hex’s origins are a cafe with board games in Cracow. Their second coffeehouse mixed with a bar was openend in Wroclaw in 2014. Since then they have presented about 400 different board games to their guests. Hex host board game competitions, they also have card games. On the occasions they organize Hearthstone tournaments – but you have to bring your own Smartphone or laptop to play. Sometimes they have special workshops for people interested in learning how to play board games. Also you can check out prototypes, that upcoming creators bring to the cafe. They even have their own game, called “Tawerna Hex”. You can also drink some niche beer and eat different meals. Hex is usually open to guests from 3 pm to midnight, but you have check whether they have spare seats before, because of the various events.

Location: Dubois Street 33/35b

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Hex.wroclaw/

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw

Wroclaw is highly focused on entertainment and art. It is a city for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. One of the many ways in which it is extraordinary is an ever growing live music scene. Thanks to this, there’s a large amount of musical instrument stores in Wroclaw. If you are a musician, surely you are interested in finding out where to get supplies for maintenance of your instrument, or where to get a new one. Not only can you stock up on supplies, but you’ll also be able to post ads in all of them if you want someone to share your hobby with. Luckily, the staff consists of friendly people who are willing to help you on the journey to your musical adventure.

There are 3 main Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw. All of them are worth at least one visit, since you will surely find one that you prefer. Depending on your instrument of choice, your favorite one will be different.

MUZYCZNY.PL

Located in the Krzyki district on aleja Armii Krajowej 5 is the biggest Musical Instrument Store in Wroclaw. There is a guitar section with a large selection of instruments of all types, though bass players have a separate section which they must ask the staff to see. Guitarists will appreciate the large selection of Gibson and Fender guitars among others, one of the biggest in-stock collections of them in the country. That section also has an isolated amplifier room where you can test an electric guitar in peace. There is also a professional audio section near the entrance with cables, DJ equipment, lighting and various all-round accessories.

Upstairs are the studio, keyboard, drum and “other” sections. The staff is willing to provide customers with things that aren’t usually available, even if it’s something that isn’t made by the companies that they normally sell. They will always consider giving you a discount on bigger purchases if you ask about it. Sometimes they will surprise you with a much better price for buying supplies in bulk. This is the place to go for the best prices and to help solve your musical problems. You can also count on the staff to set up your instrument to your preference. It ranks among not only the best Musical Instrument Stores in Wroclaw, but also in the country.

Opening hours are 10a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

https://musicsquare.eu/

 

RAGTIME

Hidden behind the new Academy of Arts building is the second largest musical instrument store in Wroclaw. Downstairs is the studio equipment and keyboard section and upstairs is the guitar, bass and drums section. While the choice is smaller than in Muzyczny.pl, it is also worth checking out. A large studio section is the perfect place for someone willing to set up their home studio. The staff is also knowledgeable and will gladly help you out. Remember – To play an instrument in this store, you must ask one of the workers to hand it to you. This store is great for guitar players. What is especially relevant for a beginner is that the instruments are well maintained by the staff.

The Address is 15 Traugutta Street. It is very close to the Galeria Dominikanska mall. Opening hours are 10a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

https://ragtime.pl/lang/en

RIFF

The last big musical instrument store in Wroclaw is one from Poland’s biggest instrument retailer chain, Riff. It is located on 28 Piłsudskiego Street. It is easy to get there by tram or even on foot from the city center.  Riff is mostly a guitar store, though there are keyboard and “other instruments” sections, with a basic choice of home studio equipment. You can however easily order whatever else you may need. It has two sections, an upstairs area with keyboards and some guitars, and a basement where you have more guitars and bass guitars with a separate amplifier section to plug in your instrument. It is worth seeing because they often offer instruments made by companies that the other stores don’t stock.

Opening hours: Weekdays 10a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10.am. – 4 p.m.

https://riff.net.pl/content/101-wroclaw

Things to avoid, when you are in Wrocław.

There are thousands of reasons to visit Poland. For example Poland is home to 14 Unesco World Heritage Sites. The food is incredible and the history is gripping. One of the most interesting places in this country is Wrocław, which is full of history and great architecture.

It is really beautifull, and you should visit this city, but there is few things that you have to aviod, when you are in Wrocław (or in Poland). Let’s check them out.

Number one: Don’t jaywalk!

In some countries they may not be that big deal to cross the street anywhere it seems convenient, but in Poland you can even pay a fine. So if you don’t want to pay even 500 złoty, which is about 130$, for walking across the streat, you should be careful.

Number two: Don’t wear shoes inside a Polish home.

It changes, but when you see, that youre host doesn’t wear shoes, you should do that too, you shouldn’t wear youre shoes in the house, because it can be rude that way. It is like an old tradition and a lot of young people chenges their mind about that, but it is still really popular to not wear shoes at home. So you have to be careful about that.

Number three: Don’t skip out on learning few words in Polish.

It is not necessary but the thing is, that we like, when you know even a few words in our language, it really opens the door. We learn a lot of languages, to help tourist, and we thing, that is really sweet, when people from abroad, try to speak polish, even it is only something like dziękuje. And be calm, you don’t have to be perfect. We are kinda shy people, so this is what’s really open us up.

Number four: Don’t worry about the money.

Poland is extremely affordable country so you shouldn’t be worry that you can spend too much money. It is not expencive pleace to be, that means that you can do anything, eat anything you like, go anywhere you like and anjoy Wrocław’s atractions and I can swear to you, that you don’t spend too much money. Also, going to the museum, is really affordable, as well and we have them a lot, so you should try them all! So it is nice pleace to check out.

Number five: Don’t drink in public places.

You can even get arrested or pay a fine for drinking in public places. You can eat and drink at the restaurant and at the bar, no problem. But if you wanna take some alcohol and go to a park and drink trere, with youre friends, you can get in troubles with the cops, so make sure, you do not drink in publicly.

Number six: Don’t forget to tip.

Usually it is about ten percent of this, what you pay. Ten or fifteen.But you should look at the menu and some restaurants already put that ten percent in there and it is already included. But like I said before, it is kinda cheap place, so don’t be scared, that you will pay a lot for all dinner. And don’t forget, when you pay by cash, you should put youre money, in that little thing in which you get youre receipt and leave tip in there. You also should say thank you or keep the change.

Number seven: Don’t be late.

The Poles are really on time kinda people. If you are gonna be late make sure you are gonna call or send a message, to wont make your friend angry. It is kinda rude, to be late with saying nothing. So make sure, that you are on time.

And last but not least! You should came to Wrocław to check this city out.

3 polish films for expats

These 9 months living in Wroclaw as a Erasmus student have been the perfect opportunity to become closer to polish cinema. Today, I would like to recomend you 3 polish films for expats. These 3 films are: “The double life of Veronique”, “In the name of” and “Edi”. I would like to talk about them deeply, instead of just explaining what the plot is about.

Firstly, we are going to talk about “The double life of Veronique”, a Krzysztof Kieślowski film released in 1991.

“The double life of Veronique” is structured in two parts: the one corresponding to the character of Weronika, which covers the first third of the film, more or less and the one that concerns Véronique, which covers the rest.

Weronika is a girl who lives in Poland, who has a short career as a singer and more than that, she suffers from a serious heart disease. Véronique, her twin, lives in France. The parallel between the lifes of one and the other, beyond the name and the face, are very obvious. Both are dedicated to music (Weronika as a lyrics singer and Véronique as a teacher in a conservatory). Moreover, they have the same scar, their mothers are dead, they share the same disease and they do not know of the existence of the other one. Both, in spite of the millions of kilometers that separate them, are capable of feeling that they are not alone. Their existences seem to be, in some way, interconnected. “I feel like I’m not alone”, Weronika tells to her father after waking from a dream. Later, Véronique makes a confession to her lover: “Throughout my life I had the impression of being here and far away.” It is clear that both feel each other. It could be said that they are two bodies that live the same soul.

The existence of a double stranger is a very common topic in Universal Literature and serves as a premise to the Polish filmmaker to give life to this suggestive, mysterious and poetic story full of explicit scenes.

The strength of the film resides precisely in the bond between these two women who resemble each other, feel the emotions of the other one and, even if they have never met. The film is placed between the awakening and the dreams. The silence, the emotions, the memories that seemed to have vanished, but also the permanent bewilderment fed the connection between Weronika and Véronique.

The film reaches its maximum splendor with the history of the puppets. We can consider this scene a metaphor for the bond that unites the twins. But this is not the only relationship we can establish. The fact that a twin is Polish and the other French seems to point to the relationship between Poland and the rest of Europe at that time.

In what concerns the audiovisual quality, we can say that “The double life of Veronique” is a film with a careful, original and sensitive visual aspect. The scenes have a certain warm tone, almost touching the sepia shade, which contributes to the beauty of the feelings.

As a conclusion, we can say that “The double life of Veronique” will make you fantasize about the possibility of having a doppleganger in another part of the world, capable of trapping you in a story full of mixed feelings.

In order to continue with this list of 3 polish films for expats I would like to talk about “In the name of…”. It was directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and released in 2014. It shows the life of a closeted middle-aged gay priest (Adam) who lives in a rural town. He tries to straighten young delinquents and reinsert them into society. At all times he hides his sexual orientation. Despite being aware of his attraction to men, Adam decided to become an active part of the Catholic community to escape from his sexuality. When he met Lukasz, one of the young guys he tries to help, that “bandage of sexuality” that he has over his eyes became more difficult to wear.

I think it’s one of the movies we’ve seen in class that has generated more controversy. This is due to the relationship established between the church (and Catholicism in general) and homosexuality. For centuries the church has been labeled homophobic and the truth is that sometimes it deserves that label. I am heterosexual, Christian, Catholic and a practitioner but I think there should be a renewal of Catholicism. Jesus said “Love one another as I have loved you”, at no time specified the gender of that ”another”. In Spain, unlike Poland, marriage between persons of the same sex is permitted but judicially, not ecclesiastically. I believe that this should change and that homosexual marriage should be approved by the Church. In spite of everything, today we can see small flashes of light of that renewal. The current pope has repeatedly mentioned phrases such as: “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and is willing to do so, who am I to judge?” or “People should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies: let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and that we are destined to receive his infinite love.” The church has been involved on several occasions in scandals related to pedophilia and child abuse. Obviously they are isolated cases and measures have always been taken but it is ironic how these “servants of God” judge homosexuals and the LGTBIQ + community in general at the same time that they commit those crimes.

Going back to the movie, the boys try to show their masculinity continuously. They address each other with “insults” such as “you are a pussy.” They intend to continue the role of man that the current society imposes seeking authority and respect. We can find not only a gesture of “supposed masculinity” but also an apology to sexism. With these comments it seems that women are inferior to men.

There is one scene that has caught my attention: Adam masturbating in the bathtub. The director wants to show us how a priest can sin of thought and deed. If we analyze the scene more deeply we can consider water as a symbol. Water is often related to purity and it seems that Adam purifies himself of his sins instantly. But this is not the only scene in which Adam sins, there is also an explicit sex scene between Adam and Lukazs where you can see two people loving each other, beyond the genre, religion or any other social conception.

The end of the movie was quite surprising to me. Lukasz decided to join the school of priests, but it does not seem that he did so because he had received the call of God, actually he did not want to be separeted from his true love: Adam. Despite being an impossible love they will fight for their union in hiding.

As a final contribution, I consider it a very necessary film for the Polish society, given the existing conception of homosexuals in this country. The film may have helped the LGTBIQ + community to normalize their situation. I hope that within a few years this community can be treated with absolute respect.

The last polish film I am going to talk about is “Edi”, directed by the Polish Piotr Trzaskalski and carried out by Henryk Golebiewski. This film tells the story of two homeless who sell metal scraps in order to earn some cash. Thanks to that money they will buy alcohol to avoid the problems they have around. Shortly later Edi will be immersed in a series of problems after accepting the proposition of some gansters, which will turn him into an adoptive father.

In this first part of the film you can see the vice that Edi and his homeless mate had with alcohol. This is a social problem that can be seen day after day in any society in the world. Thanks to it they reach an utopian state that distances them from the real problems they had, with which they count, making them catch an easy path of life where the complications seem to be minimal.

On the other hand, in this film it is possible to observe values of great importance as the support. Edi, having no material values such as a house, vehicle or even money, focuses its social capital on relationships with others. At all times he shows a strong empathic position as he always offers everything for others without expecting anything in return. Thanks to these acts he feels alive and with vitality to go forward. With this fact I have been able to learn that material goods are not the ones that give vitality to life but social relationships and experiences with others are those which make you feel alive and full of energy.

Likewise the film shows the real life as it is because it does not look for perfect and happy endings. It is important to add that it does not focus on a single genre but it mixes romance, drama, certain moments of suspense and even terror. Life itself is that, the combination of different types of moments, that make us grow as humans.

One of the concepts that I liked the most about the film was the famous “Carpe Diem” lifestyle. Edi is a person who focuses on his day by day, making every day special. As the protagonist says every day can be Christmas since you are the one who chooses how to feel, live and even manage that day.

Finally, I would like to emphasize that in today’s society the idea that men are more violent than women is really ingrained. However the film breaks with this gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disability in Poland topic since as it shown all men do not comply with that idea. It is the case of the protagonist who in spite of being in adverse situations he does not resort to violence. In my opinion I think the term masculine is not well defined because there are no concrete roles for the male or female gender, but everyone is capable of doing everything. In the case of Edi, despite the fact that he is a man, he is able to raise and to get by a baby. This role is associated with women so the film again breaks with stereotypes marked by society.

I hope you liked these 3 recommendations of polish films for expats. If you watch them let me know by social media @SergioSMacias.

Thank you for your attention!

Sergio.

8 Festivals in Wroclaw

Festivals in Wroclaw

Wroclaw has one of the most complete cultural lives in Poland

Many festivals take place during the year, art, food, music all takes place in this wonderful Polish city, if you have enough time either as a tourist or as a student, these are some stops you must do:

Wroclaw Christmas Market – last few days of November to December 24th

Traditional Christmas fair in the Main Square area. Wooden stalls with craft goods, Christmas ornaments and traditional regional food. There are also stalls with mulled wine. Open from 10 am to 8 pm. – http://www.jarmarkbozonarodzeniowy.co…

“Festival of Good Beer” 

this is one of the popular festivals in Wroclaw. Takes place every year on the second weekend of May in areas of the castle and the Park Leśnicki. The festival lasts for three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). At the festival you can try hundreds of beers from dozens of small breweries in Europe. http://www.festiwaldobregopiwa.pl/ https://www.facebook.com/festiwaldobr…

Long Night of the Museums (19 May)

Wrocław museums, galleries, exhibitions spaces and many cultural institutions are open until small hours throughout the night. Visitors are admitted free of charge or at a nominal fee.

“Musica Electronica Nova”– May

Festival, like an atom structure… interpretation / integration / interaction… sound, light, picture, move, dimension, and time… multi-layered structures… XX and XXI century electronic music point of view ” –  http://www.musicaelectronicanova.pl/en/

“BRAVE Festival”- June

If you are looking festivals in Wroclaw – this is it! Different cultures and different forms of art. Each year the main theme of the Festival is different. “Each edition of the festival focuses on a different aspect of either humanity, art or region of the world”. – http://bravefestival.pl/

“BuskerBus” – great festivals in Wroclaw

International Street Art Festival – June / July – Festival that promotes free and independent artists –http://www.buskerbus.com/en

“Wroclaw NonStop”

Cultural Marathone – Summer– It is a ten-day-long international summer festival which offers insight look into a range of different local cultural experiences.

“Nowe Horyzonty “

New Horizons International Film Festival- July or August – Movies shown all around the city – in multiplexes, small cinemas and also open-air screenings on the city Main Square. – http://www.nowehoryzonty.pl/index.do?…

 

Great Polish references

Throughout history there have been many people who have made history worldwide to excel in their work and lead an exemplary life.
Many of them are of Polish origin:

 

In Art:   Stanisław Wyspiański

Stanisław Wyspiański (January 15, 1869, Kraków – November 28, 1907, Kraków), was one of the most versatile and outstanding artists of his time, in Europe, as this painter, architect and cabinetmaker, was also a playwright Polish very influential.

 

Born in Krakow, Stanisław Wyspiański was the son of Franciszek Wyspiański and Maria Rogowska (who died of tuberculosis in 1876). His father was a sculptor without reputation, of bourgeois origin, with problems of alcoholism, and it is not known if he promoted the first steps of his son. Of course, Stanisław, when adopted by Joanna Stankiewiczowa and her husband, who had contacts with artists, was able to study painting, literature and history with important figures of Krakow’s life.

 

Sport: Robert Lewandowski

 

Born in Krakow, Stanisław Wyspiański was the son of Franciszek Wyspiański and Maria Rogowska (who died of tuberculosis in 1876). His father was a sculptor without reputation, of bourgeois origin, with problems of alcoholism, and it is not known if he promoted the first steps of his son. Of course, Stanisław, when adopted by Joanna Stankiewiczowa and her husband, who had contacts with artists, was able to study painting, literature and history with important figures of Krakow’s life.

After being the top scorer of the third and second division of Polish football with the Znicz Pruszków, he moved to the First Division Lech Poznań team, where he won the Ekstraklasa 2009-10 and was also the top scorer of the maximum Polish soccer category .

In 2010, he was transferred to the German Borussia Dortmund run by Jürgen Klopp for 4.5 million euros, where he won several titles including two consecutive Bundesliga. Before the start of the 2014-15 season, he signed for what had been a direct rival for Dortmund in recent seasons, Bayern Munich, with which he won the Bundesliga 2014-15 in his first season.

 

Music: Chopin

 

Frédéric Chopin was born in the village of Żelazowa Wola, in the voivodeship of Mazovia, 60 kilometers from Warsaw in central Poland, on a small estate owned by Count Skarbek, who was part of the Grand Duchy of Warsaw. He received the name of Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin.

He was a Polish composer and virtuous considered one of the most important in history and one of the greatest representatives of musical Romanticism. His perfect technique, his stylistic refinement and his harmonic elaboration have been compared historically, for his lasting influence in the music of later times, with those of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms or Franz Liszt.

 

in Religion: Juan Pablo II

John Paul II (in Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), 4 of secular name Karol Józef Wojtyła5 (Wadowice, Poland, May 18, 1920-Vatican City, April 2, 2005), was Pope 264 of the Church Catholic and sovereign of the Vatican City from October 16, 1978 until his death in 2005. He was canonized in 2014, during the pontificate of Francisco.

Having been auxiliary bishop (since 1958) and archbishop of Krakow (since 1962), he became the first Polish pope in history, and in the first non-Italian since 1523. His pontificate of almost 27 years was the third longest in the history of the Catholic Church, after that of St. Peter (it is believed that between 34 and 37 years, although its exact duration is difficult to determine) and that of Pius IX (31 years). John Paul II was hailed as one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century, remembered especially for being one of the main symbols of anti-communism, 8 and for his fight against the expansion of Marxism in places like Latin America, where he fought energetically to the known movement as the theology of liberation, with the help of his right hand and ultimately his successor, Joseph Ratzinger.

 

 

 

 

 

Italian food in Wrocław

Italian food in Wrocław

Despite what you might think, the city of Wrocław has seen an exponential growth just in the last decade. Nowadays it’s very easy to start your own activity, thanks to low taxation economical facilitations. People from all over Europe have decided to move here and give it a shot: some of them are Italians, who’ve gradually built what we can call a “Little Italy” (Mała Italia) in Wrocław, promoting Italian traditions, culture and – of course – good food. Here are the best Restaurants and Pizzerias offering Italian food in Wrocław.

Galeria Italiana

Situated to the North of Rynek – the main place – in ul. Więzienna 21, the Galeria Italiana is a quite peculiar place: from the outside, the building looks like nothing special, but the inside… well it’s quite a surprise. You’ll be driven through a long hallway, at which sides you’ll see all kinds of Italian restaurants  and pizzerias. At the end of it there’s Tralalala bar, in case you need a good coffee. If you feel like it, they also  have icecream in a huge amount of flavors.
And if you need a place to stay, you can also rent an apartment here, even though it’s not so cheap.

Sidenote:  just outside the building, there’s a quite interesting Gnome statue. With Chianti flask in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other, it’s riding an iconic Vespa 125. Oh, and don’t forget about the coffe machine, on the back of the bike. Italy in a nutshell, you would say.

(“The Gnomes of Wrocław”:  https://www.timetravelturtle.com/gnomes-dwarves-wroclaw/)

Aroma restaurant

Don’t let the location deceive you. Aroma is definetly one of the best  Italian restaurants in the area. It’s located in Ślęza, ul. Szyszkowa 6, just outside the city. It offers a variegated menu and a nice atmosphere. The pricing is not so low, but neither high; totally worth the money. Oh, and if you’re vegetarian or vegan, there’s a specific section of the menu all for you.

Ragu Pastabar (Ragu Pracownia Makaronu)

If your looking for the nice old taste of traditional Italian pasta, this is the place for you. You can choose from a wide range of home made pasta, whose preparation can be seen through the open kitchen. The staff is kind and professional. Ragu Pastabar is not exactly next to the usual turistic area, but totally worth the effort. It’s near the Botanic Garden, to the North-East of Rynek, in Sienkiewicza 34A.

Vivere Italiano

Small, cozy, confortable… and of course Italian. Vivere Italiano is a nice place, the staff is welcoming and almost everybody speaks Italian. It feels like a family. They have an impressive selection of wines, and a refined menu. It’s just below the Rynek, in Ofiar Oświęcimskich 21.
A booking is required most of the time, if not always. But it’s a different experience from the usual crowded restaurant. Give it a try, you will not regret it.

Pizzeria Margherita

Talking about pizza a quite delicate matter. Each recipe is different, and so are  the traditions related to it. The one that best summarize this idea is undoubtly Margherita (Krupnicza 10). It looks exactly like one of the small pizzerias you could find in Italy. And the quality is the Italian one: it’s the more authentic you can get in the city. Luciano Passeri (owner and chef) imports all ingredients from Italy, to prepare the best pizza possible, following his phylosophy.

Other pizzerias

But of course, there are many other pizzerias in town. Pizzeria Bube, with two different restaurants and – again – fresh ingredients, it’s the second on the list.
Also Casa della Pizza is a good alternative, in case you’re living far from the city centre. And if you’ll get hungry after a walk in the park, you could stop at Pizza nel Parco, which will let you eat outside. The pizza is not the most Italian one, but still a good one. And it’s huge, for it’s price!

Polish cinema for expats

Polish cinema for expats

Polish movies took another turn after the end of communism

If we take a closer look at the films, we can notice a sense of liberation from the prejudices and freedom of speech. The film makers were deeply rooted in the historical context, trying to create a strong connection between death, gender, role-models, politics, ethnicity and sexuality. Here’s a look at five of the most appreciated Polish movies in the contemporary period. 


1. Papusza

A movie about gender, ethnicity and how to be alone in a place full of known people wrapped in an artistic cover. This is how the movie can be described in just one sentence. The monochrome tones and the way the elements are situated in the scenario create the impression that the main action is happening at the end of the Second World War, when Poland was on the verge of its maturity, trying to figure out how the society should survive. However, the rhythmical sounds of the Romani orchestra lives up the immensely pensive mood and makes the sharp black and white palette colorful, passing through the melancholic, somber tone.

2. Golasy

The movie is an intriguing experiment for the viewers’ eyes, as it does not show an astonishing plot, full of action and breathtaking moments, but has a linear narration, without any culminant point. At a first glance, one can say that the movie is dull and unworthy, depending on one’s experiences in life.
The movie reveals the metaphor used by Charles Baudelaire as well in his poems, especially in Fleurs du mal, aesthetics of ugliness. The human body is used to create a world in which the canons of beauty don’t exist and every part of the human body is a remark which can help the spectator to know better the character.
3. My Nikifor


My Nikifor is a spare yet affecting cinematic portrait of the Polish “outsider” artist Nikifor Krynicki, who’s played in a remarkable piece of trans-gender acting by the late female thespian Krystyna Feldman. Writer/director Krzysztof Krauze sensibly concentrates on just the last few years of his illiterate subject’s impoverished existence in 1960s Communist Poland, focussing on his unlikely friendship with the party-funded painter Marian Wlosinski, who becomes his devoted protector.

4. The double life of Veronika

Unique. This is the word that comes to my mind when I am thinking about Kieślowski’s movie. The lights, the music, the story itself unfolds in front of the spectators a masterpiece, where every scene is a hint that help us reveal the scenarios. Why using the word scenarios and not the singular form of it? In my opinion, looking at other Kieślowski’s works and comparing them, I can say that there is never just one side of the story, but just little elements that can be used in different combinations depending on the spectator experiences in life to give a personal significance to the movie.

5. Wolyn



The movie shows an excessive cruelty of the people, who think that every human being is their enemy. They believe that through torture, they can conquer the lands. The director wants its spectators to feel the pain of the victims, by showing the acts in their primary state. In the central picture, it is Zosia, a young Polish girl, from  Volhynia’s village, settled by Ukrainians, Poles and Jews.

Best things to visit in Wroclaw

Best things to visit in Wroclaw

BEST THINGS TO VISIT IN WROCLAW

If you want to arrange a trip and you’re thinking about Poland you really have to put on your travel list one of the most beautiful cities of this central European country. Which one? Of course, Wroclaw. Wroclaw, is the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship and what is interesting about this place? It’s important history but also it’s charming beauty. So this is a helpful guide to find some best things to visit in Wroclaw.

Market square

The main Market square was founded in the 13th century and it has been one of the most beautiful in all Europe.It was almost totally destroyed in 1945. But today the townhouses and the restaurants with the vivid colors are more than magical,just like a fairytale.

Town Hall 

Wroclaw’s Town Hall stands in the middle of the main square from the beginning of 13th century.It’s impressive gothic architecture will make you feel the medieval vibe.Interesting to admire this stunning building both under the sunlight and moonlight.There  is also the opportunity to enter the exhibitions of the Town Hall. If you want to see best things to visit in Wroclaw – town hall this is it!

 

Cathedral island (Ostrow Tumski)

  One of the most romantic and pictureque places in Wroclaw is the Cathedral island.Cathedral of St.John the Baptist is the dominant landmark and also there are 3 more churches,2 monasteries and one palace. You sould not let yourself miss the opportunity to visit the highlight of this Cathedral which is it’s panoramic view from one of it’s towers. It will only cost 7 zloti and from Mondays to Sundays will you have the unique chance to see this beautiful city from above. Also one of the best things to visit in Wroclaw is Tumski Bridge across the Oder river.Just like in other European cities couples have the opportunity to attach padlocks on the bridge and throw the key on the river in order to ensure eternal love.

Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall or Hala Stulecia in polish is one of the sightseeings that consisted in the list of Unesco’s World Heritage in 2006. It’s significance starts from the fact that is one of the greatest architectural monument.It was built in 1913 by Max Berg.Nowadays it is used for cultural or sport events and also for exhibitions and concerts. In this area it is also possesed the Pavillon.Last but not least, you should not forget to stay and admire the amazing shows which takes place especially on weekends on the Multimedia Fountain which is near the Centennial Hall.

 

Botanical Garden

This colorfoul Votanical garden was created in 1811.It’s close to Ostrow Tumski.You can find 11.500 different species of flora.It’s perfect for a walk in the afternoon especially on the spring.Keep in mind that that it’s accesible from March to October every day.

 

Japanese Garden  

Do you want a smll taste of Japan when you’re in Wroclaw?So you have to visit Japanese Garden, which is located in the north part of Centennial Hall. Relaxing walks in the beautiful landscape and near the small pond which includs different species of fish.

 

National Museum

The National Museum has really interesting exhibitions not only inside but also outside.If you visit this museum on the spring you will be charmed by the blooming vines.

 

Dwarfs

  

 

Did you know that Wroclaw it is also called “The city of dwarfs” ? If you make a walk around the city will you find out in every corner small dwarfs in different shapes and sizes.It’s an amusing game trying to find all the hidden dwarfs and you can also find a map with all of them in the tourist information center at central square of Wroclaw.