Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.

Macondo is a cradle of culture in Nadodrze. It is a combination of art gallery,  cafe,  bookshop, and meeting place. Name of the place is from the book One Hundred Years of Solitude written by Gabriel García Márquez. Every month Macondo organises lots of cultural events. Due to an array of events, everyone can probably find something for himself. Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.

EXHIBITIONS

Every month Macondo organises a vernissage. Artists present their works from many areas. You could see paintings, sculptures, graphics, drawings, photos as well as posters or collages. Certainly, you wold not be bored. You can visit all the exhibitions for free.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Poster from the exhibition of American posters made by Yee-Haw studio

DRAWING SUNDAY

If you are interested in drawings you should visit Macondo on Sunday. You have an opportunity to attend the drawing meetings. Every class have a different theme. The teachers are experienced artists. Organiser provides drawing stuff. Entry costs between 20 and 30 zlotych.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Drawing by Lena Czerniawska – one of the Macondo’s founders

AEROPLANE

It is a series of improvised and experimental music performances. Therefore you should prepare for unexpectable. They take place one per month. There is a cosy atmosphere.  If you like untypical music get to know Macondo. This is the most noteworthy place for those events. Entry for aeroplanes is free.

Drawing Sunday's announcement
Music is my Aeroplane – poster

WORKSHOPS

In Macondo, you can take a part in many workshops. The most popular are calligraphy workshops. You can choose for example Japanese calligraphy or calligraphy from the 20’s.  Workshops are organised a few times a month. Macondo provides all essential calligraphy tools hence entry is paid – from 30 to 40 zlotych.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Calligraffiti – one of the theme on calligraphy workshops

FAJF

It is a series of discussion meetings. Maybe you would like to improve your polish language skills. Take the chance to check yourself. Every meeting has its own topic. Exemplary topics are about music, philosophy.  Furthermore, it seems to be a great occasion to meet new friends. Of course, FAJF is free.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Poster from FAJF about music theory

HASYAYOGA

Every Monday you can visit Macondo and take a part in specific yoga exercises. Hasyayoga is about unconditional laughing.  The laugh should not depend on your mood or your sense of humour. It’s rather about training correct breathing while laughing. As a result, it decreases the level of stress. Finally, it helps to find your internal balanced. Entry is free.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Hasyayoga graphic

OTHER EVENTS

Let’s meet in Macondo. You would find there even more. Are you interested in literature? Check the meetings about favourites writers. Do you probably like journeys? Visit Macondo and talk about it with an experienced traveller. Maybe you just want to drink a cup of coffee? Here you are! What can I say? Convince yourself to check this place. Discover undiscovered. Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Macondo inside

Location

ul. Pomorska 19, Wrocław

Opening hours

12:00 – 20:00 (unless there is something going on)

Schedule

Check the recent schedule on Macondo’s fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/macondo.fundacja/events/?ref=page_internal

Dive into the culture. Get to know Macondo.
Macondo schedule for October

Websites:

https://macondofundacja.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/macondo.fundacja/

 

Jazz Clubs in Wroclaw

incognito

If you like Jazz, you can spend time in some cool places in Wroclaw. There is a fantastic atmosphere there with fantastic sounds and an unusual atmosphere.
Below are a few suggestions where every fan of such climates will find something for themselves including live concerts.

 

Vertigo Jazz Club & Restaurant

vertigo

Vertigo Jazz Club & Restaurant is the home of music. A place where her fans feel at home. The club – the only one in Wroclaw and the whole region, elegant, cozy and open to everyone – has been prepared with care and attention to every detail. Vertigo Jazz is associated with what is best in Jazz, in art and in life. The concerts and exhibitions organized under the club’s name serve this purpose.

 

Incognito Cocktail Bar

incognito

Speakeasy (hidden in a restaurant) hidden in the Bistro Garage. Premises Offers a private atmosphere and professional bartending and waiter service. A great place to meet in a narrow circle of friends and spend time in a cozy atmosphere.

 

Collosseum Jazz Caffe

collosseum

Collosseum Jazz Caffe in Wroclaw is one of the few (if not the only) place called the Jazz club. Currently, there are two levels in the club, on one there is a balloon room, and on the other there is a concert hall. A great place to relax even during the week, because you can drink hot tea, or coffee and listen to good live music, Jam Session is often organized here. If we do not have the opportunity to bring our equipment, it is already in the club seeded and waiting for someone who will show what he can do.

Music Club LIVERPOOL

liverpool

The place departs from Jazz climates but it is worth recommending. The club is located in the basement of a historic building, so it has its own natural decor and atmosphere, good acoustics and strong sound system. In Wrocław, the club has made a place for people who like strong sounds, but it also does not shy away from calmer events presenting music for connoisseurs, for example evenings with blues-rock, progressive and art-rock music, as well as jazz or funk. Liverpool became known in Poland from the organization of the gathering of fans – there were all-Poland The Cure, Depeche Mode, U2 and Rammstein gold rallies, which attracted crowds of fans from all over Poland.

 

Why we love Tamka?

Tamka Island ART HUB x CLUB

A few words about the place:

Tamka Island is one of the smallest Odra islands. Art Hub was created on five levels: the space in the building is shared with artists and friendly initiatives. It is treated by the owner as an artistic project outside of the purpose of co-creating various events taking place there. Art Hub is to be a platform on which not only all artists can gather, but also act together. In the building, in addition to the studio, there is a club and a bar (cafe). The common part in which takes place weekend cultural events, has been renovated.

The remaining rooms are in turn renewed by the creators working in them. It is a combination of a club and space for rent for studios, and offices for artists. There is also a photo / video studio available in the building, Music studios, photo studios, event agency, art gallery or Capoeira Academy. As part of electro jam you can also listen to (or create yourself) live improvised electronics. And this is end of introduction word.

Basic information

So first of all , where is Tamka? Tamka is in center, between Wroclaw University and Slodowa Island. Open Hour? Since 12:00 until last guests actually, sometimes we can go to the party at Friday evening, and get back home at Sunday afternoon.

Is there something to eat? Of course ! There is Pizza bar, open during day till 2 or 3 p.m. there is great bar, they have a lot of special drinks, if you like to try new taste– this place is for you. As on every beach bar, there is a beach, a lot of people is goes here barefoot. There are hamakoos too, so if you want take a nap, feel free and lay down.

Tamka is a place for everyone, for them who like to commune with art there is a lot of exhibition, for them who like party in every weekend plays new artist , for them who love to meet new interesting people, there is a lot of people with the same interests.

Upcoming events :

6-20.09 Karolina Wojtas: Train to knowledge exhibition in the frame of TIFF Open competition. Through her photographs, the artist shows a school in Gombrowicz’s  , that is, full of absurdities, also those experienced by Jozio literally withdrawn in his dream to the gymnasium.

9.09 Musical Sunday on the Tamka, on the stage : Dave Haco

14.09 Mindfuckers na Tamce , on the stage : Mateusz Anuszewski aka Matt Vein, Dawid Grabowski aka Rodrigezz, tax 10 pln

15.09 Electronica Africa x regime , on the stage : Dejot, DJ Ryan R, Regime, Young Majli, Wojtek Furmaniak, Electronica Africa, Ttax 10 pln .

23.09 Open beer brewingon Tamka,  with Browar Sabotaż, during this day, you can participate in beer brewing workshops

Something for night owls – pubs tour at Wroclaw

Casa de la Musica 

Casa de la Musica – a wonderful pub for all the lovers of Cuban cigars, Caribbean and Latino American rhythms and delicious tropical drinks made with fresh fruit.

Situated on the market square in Wrocław Casa de la Musica club is modelled on cigar clubs of the 1920s and 30s. Casa de la Musica creates an unique and original atmosphere which reminds us the previous century.
Casa de la Musica reminds of the golden age of Cuba.

The interior is full of original gadgets of the era, from photographs, documents, Cohiba boxes, the replicas of windmills from the early 20th century, to magnificent bar, inspired by the outstanding and one of the best known restaurants of Havana -El Floridita.

At Casa de la Musica you can taste over 400 sorts of top quality alcohol and many kinds of cubbans cigars. Despite impressive menu the prices in the club are not exorbitant. Club is singled out by unofficial atmosphere and the highest standard of the service, available alcohol and drinks.

Casa de la Musica offers an organize any kind of Latin party (birthday parties, hen parties, wedding receptions etc.)

Location: Rynek Ratusz 11/12
50-106 Wroclaw

Przedwojenna pub

Bar classics in an inexpensive version: herrings, tartare, sausages, cheap alcohols and original decor make Przedwojenna one of the main Wrocław place for guests.

Bistro-Bar, reminiscent of the atmosphere of pre-war premises – old furniture, decor, old-fashioned music streaming from the radio and home-made menu give it an extraordinary charm. This is a very original place in contrast to modern Wrocław pubs.

In the menu next to alcoholic drinks a classic bar at a very affordable price (ex:gzik, sausages, tatar)

Location: Sw. Mikolaja 81
11-400 Wroclaw

Pijalnia Wodki i Piwa

Pijalnia Piwa i Wodki is a great place for both local residents and visitors from other corners of the country and the world. The specific nostalgic and ironic climate of the 1960s, with an inseparable vodka barrel, “herringbone” and a casual atmosphere.

A wide selection of drinks and 60 snacks typical of the year: cold legs, a herring or a rye soup. All dance fans can go crazy on the dance floor in the special disco zone until dawn.

Pijalnia Piwa i Wodki has 3 places in Wroclaw. You can visit the pub also in another polish cities: at Warsaw, Cracow, Poznan, Lodz, Katowice, Sosnowiec, Gdańsk, Torun, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Olsztyn and Lublin.

Locations:  ul. Ruska 51/51B
ul. Rynek – ratusz 13-14
ul. Sw. Mikolaja 8-11 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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Best dance classes in Wroclaw

Street Dance Academy

If you want to take some dance classes, there’s no better place than Street Dance Academy. It’s a perfect way of activity. The variety of styles and levels gives everyone opportunity to train, both beginners and advanced dancers.

About school:

Street Dance Academy is a place with good energy, Dance teachers are full of passion and talent. They have huge knowledge about dance. They are taking classes from the best dancers from all over the warld e.g. people who dance for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Janet Jeckson etc. Many of thetm took part in music videos, danced with singers etc. It’s a good place to learn some new moves.

What styles can you take? 

  • Jazz
  • New Age
  • Dancehall
  • Ragga
  • Hip Hop
  • Poping
  • House
  • Vogue
  • Contemporary
  • New Style Hustle
  • High Hells

There are also closed dance groups that you can join in.

If you have never danced before I would recommend you to take beginners classes or first step.

If you are advance dancer I would recommend you to take some master classes. It takes 1,5h and level is really high.

What’s the price?

  • One class (1h) – 20zł
  • Four classes – 65zł
  • One month – no limit classes – 135zł

They also accept:

  • Multi Sport
  • Ok System
  • Fix Profit
  • Fit Flex
How to get there?

Address: Nabycińska 19, 11-400 Wrocław

 

 

Who is Nikos?

It’s almost a year since I came to the wonderful Wroclaw

It’s almost a year since I came to the wonderful Wroclaw. Houses, streets, nature, trees, people – everything impresses me here. Every day I discover for myself something new, like Alice from the well-known story of Carroll Lewis. It is a truly creative environment. If you watch the news feed on Facebook, you can see that every day there are some events:

  • opening art exhibitions,
  • premieres of performances,
  • concerts,
  • culling master classes,
  • language meetings and much more.

Sometimes it seems that all the talented people gathered in one city.

And there are many options, you are sure to find a place where your format is playing.

Particularly happy that there are places in Wocław where you can listen to good music. And there are many options, you are sure to find a place where your format is playing. I really love music, I have a special relationship with it, I sing everywhere in the shower, on the street, singing even in class, when I was at school, somehow even because of this I was kicked out of class. Not to mention that I wanted to become an opera singer, but somehow it did not work out. For that in my environment there are a lot of musicians. All of them are very talented people, constantly experiencing the creative process. It’s not a joke to distinguish notes by ear, like the colors yellow, green, red. Each of them lives in his wonderful world. I can not say that they can boast of good character. People are complex, but unique.

What I’m listening to.

Despite the fact that in my childhood almost every home was cassette tape recorders, then with laser discs. But in my family music was listened to on vinyl records and there were only records in the house with concerts of Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky. That’s why I really like classics and jazz improvisation.

And in this area Wroclaw prepared a surprise for me. Quite by accident, I met a young man with a jumbo in his hands. I do not know if you know that a jumbo has the action of a magnet, you certainly want to take it in your hands. If one of your friends has a jumbo, and he came with this to the party, everything will play on this instrument. Maybe even a cat …
My new friend turned out to be a rapper. Yes, yes it is Nikos. A guy from Wroclaw, a long time lived in England, but returned to his homeland. Very creative person. He himself writes texts and music. Has an extraordinary charisma. Rap in Polish is a little unexpected, it’s very cool. I like. The songs of Nikos have a very deep meaning, bright images, it’s nice that there are no obscene words in the texts. I was at his concert and I did not want to leave, I got a lot of fun.
I never thought that there might be a rap in my playlist. Yes guys, I listen to rap.
Nikos works a lot, writes texts, makes new mixes. I hope the next concert is just around the corner. If you will be able to go to the concert of Nikos do not miss it. I assure you, you will like it!

National Forum of Music in Wroclaw – good quality of music

The National Forum of Music is a music venue with good quality of music.

National Forum of Music offers wonderful time for all music lovers. The main hall is very beautiful and has fantastic accoustics. There are couple of small halls as well. Whole building looks great: a modern, comfortable and beautiful music hall.   Location is great – easy walk from historic centre.

Presently, the National Forum of Music organizes the following national and international festivals and events:
  • Wratislawia Cantans International Festival of Music,
  • Jazztopad,
  • Musica Polonica Nova,
  • Musica Electronica Nova,
  • Forum Musicum,
  • Leo Festival,
  • NFM New Year Festival,
  • Early Music Festival.

Wratislavia Cantans, also referred to as the International Festival of Oratorio and Cantata Music, is held every September in Wrocław.  In 1978 Wratislavia Cantans was put on the list by the European Association of Music Festivals in Geneva, and thus officially earned the status of an international festival, although in fact, the Festival had hosted foreign artists since its very beginning.

The NFM also organized a lot of interesting concerts with artists like a Patricia Kaas is a French singer and actress; American jazz musician Charles Lloyd or Herbie Hancock. Herbie Hancock  is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actor.

NFM also organizes a wide range of educational projects for children such as Choir Academy, Singing Europe, Family Philharmonic, Philharmonic for Youngsters.

Tickets for the concerts of National Forum of Music are sold in the box office open Monday through Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (break 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm).

Starting at 60 minutes before the concert and at the concert venue, the box office sells only tickets to this particular concert.

The sales of entrance tickets begins after all numbered seats have been sold.

Internet sales:
https://bilety.nfm.wroclaw.pl/

Make sure you find something to see and hear here.

So if you are a music lover just book tickets in advance and visit this fantastic place!