DIY workshops in Wroclaw

Be Eco Trend and do-it-yourself

Trends related to the ecological lifestyle came to the Oder. Because of that DIY workshops in Wroclaw are gaining more and more popularity.  Many people learn to do different things themselves from scratch instead of buying ready products. Therefore recycling of old items and materials, the selection of natural resources and control over the production process is often an alternative to shopping in large retail chains. If you want to learn it, the workshops will come with help to do it yourself.  Under the supervision of trainers you will develop your creativity and create unique items. And finally, the environment will only benefit.

DIY workshops in Wroclaw- suggestions

Beauty and food DIY workshops in Wroclaw

Are you not satisfied with the offer of natural cosmetics in stores? Learn how to do a cream with selected organic ingredients. Moreover, create a product that really adapts to your skin needs. During workshops with natural cosmetics you will do body lotion with avocado oil  or lip balm without the addition of paraffin and mineral oils. The classes are carried out in the store “Ładnie Pachnie” in cooperation with an online store with cosmetics raw materials “Zrób sobie krem”.

“Ładnie Pachnie” store at Odrzańska

https://ladniepachnie.pl/

Ładnie Pachnie

Odrzańska 24-29/1        

Are you a gingerbread gourmet?  Seems like you can learn about the traditional recipes of baked goods. Workshops organized by a small manufacture of “Piernikarnia Wrocławska” are certainly a good idea. Due to the good quality ingredients like Polish honey, real butter, country flour and aromatic cooking spices the pastries will melt in your mouth. The whole family can participate in the workshop, and children will definitely have fun by cutting gingerbread hearts.

Gingerbread from Piernikarnia Wrocławska

https://piernikiwroclawskie.pl/

Piernikarnia Wrocławska-Pierniki

Wrocławskie

Kurzy Targ 5

Craft workshops in Wroclaw

Clothing stores mostly offer clothes made with synthetic fabrics. Furthermore, new collections appear every few weeks. In contrast to the offer of shopping centers, supporters of an ecological lifestyle try to tailor old clothes. Buying fewer good quality items made of natural fabrics is also more and more evident. In this case, tailoring workshops are another noteworthy suggestion. At the tailoring workshop at the Szyciokawiarnia in Wroclaw you can sew a pencil skirt or a shopper bag according to your own design. In addition, in the Szyciokawiarnia you can also spend time not only at the workshops, but whenever you want-  with delicious coffee, homemade cake and sewing machine, in the company of other tailoring enthusiasts.

Tailoring Workshops
Szyciokawiarnia No 1

http://szyciokawiarnia.pl/ 

Szyciokawiarnia No. 1

Wyszyńskiego 39

 

During craft workshops, you will wake up the artist’s soul and create unique home decorations. The Jak Malowana Foundation as part of the course at the Wolna Pracownia offers a wide range of DIY workshops.  As a result, anyone interested learn how to make ceramic fridge magnets, wooden caskets decorated with decoupage technique or paint Japanese patterns on fabric. Beside that, you can bring your own products home or give them to your family or friends.

You can do similar decorative boxes at workshops

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Fundacja Jak Malowana

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Just do it yourself

Trend Be Eco and do-it-yourself is more and more popular in Wroclaw. The range of workshops on various topics is constantly enriching and, in fact, everyone can find something for themselves. Next time, when you are looking for an interesting idea for spending free time, try to participate in DIY workshops – you can be surprised how much is possible thanks to your passion and your own work!

Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw

Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw

Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw- what is there to see?

Revival of the Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw can be observed since the beginning of the transformation in 1989. After the painful events of World War II and the years of negligence during the communism time, finally the Jewish communities are again becoming a part of city life.

White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw

The White Stork Synagogue

The beating heart of the Jewish culture and community in Wroclaw is around the White Stork Synagogue, on Włodkowica street. Synagogue is situated in the city center, in the Quarter of Four Temples. It is the place of religious worship and cultural events. Thanks to the efforts of Jewish Community and Foundation Bente Kahan synagogue was rebuilt after the years of neglect and destruction. The effects of that process can be seen in the film below.

In 2005 the Center of Jewish Culture and Education was established. First of all it significantly impacted the cultural life of the community and the city as well. There are a lot of cultural  events, concerts, workshops open to general public. Simcha- Festival of the Jewish Culture is one of the most important events organised by the community. Synagogue welcomes visitors and tours are free of charge, in addition it also offers guided tours of old Jewish Wroclaw

Senior Club and Jewish Primary School are among the institution working for the community.  For those interested in the Jewish cuisine, there is CIŻ Cafe nearby, where you can try amazing coffee and especially tasty kosher food. There is also a Kosher Canteen, serving traditional Polish and Jewish kosher food.  Between 12 and 13.30  Monday to Friday there is a possibility to eat two course meal for around 15 PLN.

  • ul. Włodkowica 7
  • www.wroclaw.jewish.org.pl
  • Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 10-17; Fri: 10 – 16; Sat: closed; Sun: 11 -16
  • Tickets: Free admission

Jewish Cemeteries

There are two Jewish cemeteries in Wroclaw, the Old and the New one.

Old Jewish Cemetery (Museum of Cemetery Art) on Ślężna Street, is the part of the City Museum Of Wroclaw. Place is yet the only graveside from the turn of the 19th and 20th century, preserved in Wroclaw.  Cemetery is also a beautiful testament of the strength of the pre- war Wroclaw’s (Breslau) Jewish community. The place is a unique and original composition of the grave sculptures and small architecture, influenced by the middle ages, art nouveau, modernism and religious symbols. There are 12 thousand tombstones located in the museum, some of the famous people. Most noteworthy names are Ferdinand Lassalle, Ferdinand Cohn, wife of Fritz Haber or parents of Edith Stein. The cemetery is a beautiful place for a walk, especially thanks to the greenery surrounding the tombstones.

  • ul. Ślężna 37/39
  • Opening hours: Mon- Sun: 10-18;
  • Tickets: 7- 20 PLN

The New Cemetery is on Lotnicza street and the Jewish Community in Wroclaw takes care about it. Established in 1902 to fulfill the needs of the growing community, the place is not so new as the name would suggest. Paul Erlich, a rather famous architect from Breslau, designed the cemetery.  Most of the cemetery undergoes the restoration at the moment, as large parts of it are a safety hazard. Therefore the state of the cemetery today is a chilling reminder of what the Jewish community had once been before the time of persecution by Nazi and then years of neglect in PRL.  Nevertheless the visitors can still enjoy the beauty of this place.

  • ul. Lotnicza 52
  • Opening hours: Wed: 14 – 17; Sun: 9 – 13;
  • Tickets: 8 PLN

To conclude…

Although small in numbers, Jewish community plays significant role in the city spectrum. Getting to know history and culture of Jewish community, makes it consequently easier to learn and understand the city’s history and culture. So enjoy!

 

Best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw

best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw

Trying to find the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw?

It might be a difficult task. The city – Capital of Culture 2016 – is well known for its cultural offers. From museums, concerts, galleries to film festivals – there is plenty to choose from. So much that sometimes you can get lost. Below is my subjective guide to make it a bit easier to choose from.

 

Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

MWW – Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

Museum promotes and popularize local and progressive contemporary art. It is also a place where regular debates, lectures and conferences take place.  MWW focuses on education and social programs targeted at the residents of Wrocław. MWW is located in an air-raid shelter built for civilians in 1942. There is free admission on Thursday and also all permanent exhibitions are free of charge.

MWW

  • pl. Strzegomski 2A
  • www.muzeumwspolczesne.pl
  • Opening hours: Mon: 10 – 18; Tue: closed; Wed – Sun: 12 – 20
  • Tickets: 5 and 10 PLN; Family ticket 15 PLN
History Center Zajezdnia

History Centre Zajezdnia

Zajezdnia is another best place to visit in Wroclaw. Museum is located in the old tram depot, that played a significant role in Solidarity movement strikes in the 80.  It houses the exhibition that is devoted to postwar history of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. Especially the use of modern technologies, multimedia presentation, attractive and engaging content makes Zajezdnia another must see place in the city.

Centrum Historii Zajezdnia

  • ul. Grabiszyńska 184
  • www.zajezdnia.org
  • Opening hours: Mon: closed; Tues -Thurs: 9 -17; Fri – Sun: 10 – 18
  • Tickets: 5 and 10 PLN; Family ticket: 25 PLN
White Stork Synanogogue

White Stork Synagogue

Synagogue has been built in the same place as the old tavern called “Under the White Stork” and takes its name from it. The place is now the center for the Jewish Community in Wroclaw. There are a lot of cultural  events, concerts, workshops open to general public. Synagogue is open to visitors and tours are free of charge, in addition it also offers guided tours of old Jewish Wroclaw as well as possibility to try kosher food in the nearby Cafe Ciż.

Synagoga pod Białym Bocianem

  • ul. Włodkowica 7
  • www.wroclaw.jewish.org.pl
  • Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 10-17; Fri: 10 – 16;Sat: closed; Sun: 11 -16
  • Tickets: Free admission
BWA Awangarda Gallery

BWA Awangarda Gallery

The gallery presents contemporary art, but also deals with publishing, educational and promotional activities. Most of all its exhibitions are often a commentary to the current political and social events. Gallery is located less than couple of minutes walk from the market square, in the old Hatzfeld’s Palace, which remains were preserved after WW2 as the “living ruin”. In addition to free admission on every Wednesdays gallery offers free tours at 5pm on Wednesday and any other day for group bigger than 6pax.

BWA Galeria Awanagarda

  • ul. Wita Stwosza 32
  • www.bwa.wroc.pl
  • Opening hours: Tues, Thurs – Sun: 11 – 18; Wed: 12 – 20
  • Tickets: 4 and 8 PLN, Wednesday Free
New Horizons Cinema

New Horizons Cinema

First of all it is the biggest cinema in Poland that presents artistic films. Furthermore is the host for the biggest film festival in Poland: T- Mobile New Horizons. Apart from focusing on presenting artistic films,New Horizons offers film educational projects, opera transmissions, cinematic reviews and festivals, exhibitions and finally special events like joga or family morning cinema.  Furthermore the place also has a cafe, bistro and bookshop. As a result it is a one of the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw.

Nowe Horyzonty

  • ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 19A- 21
  • www.kinonh.pl
  • Opening hours: 8 – 23
  • Tickets: between 10 – 27 PLN

Wroclaw’s culture is so rich and diverse mainly due to its complicated history. And while it’s easy to just stay around the strict city center, there is so much more to encounter if you just try to use another route. Hopefully my recommendations will help you choose and as a result you will have a fantastic time. So enjoy the best cultural places to visit in Wroclaw.