Hala Targowa is a traditional a place of trade and meetings of residents.
A traditional place for shopping Hala Targowa (Wroclaw) – designed by Richard Plüddemann and Heinrich Küster.
Hala Targowa was built in 1908 and it is a valuable engineering monument. The design was very modern, the construction was supported on reinforced concrete arches, what gave the building a high durability. The external elevation is partly made of bricks, whereas from the south it is plastered. The window frames were made of steel. The building has two towers and a clock. The building has 4 floors, the most important is the main hall and the gallery surrounding it. In the cellars there are freezers and butchers’ rooms where there is quartered the meat. The hall towers are unfortunately not available for tourists. Many architectural elements of the Hala Targowa have been written in the list of the monuments. Starting from the main portals made of sandstone in the art nouveau style, through bas-reliefs, urban coat of arms, clocks. Ending with balustrades, stairs and even crates of meat stands also made in the art nouveau style.
Now Hala Targowa is a traditional a place of trade and meetings of residents.
After entering the main hall on the left side, you can find a few very large stands with fruits and vegetables, on the right there are meat, bakeries and dairy products. There are several stands with traditional products from Spain and Portugal. You can buy not only regional products but also high quality Spanish hams or feta cheese. You can buy here bread baked on natural sourdough, spelt buns, soy mingers, cold pressed oils, herbs and spices, birch juice. In the further part there are many stands with flowers and floristic accessories. There is a cash machine at the entrance, but for the majority of stands there is a possibility you to pay by a card. Apart from shopping, there are a few cheap bars and cafes in the hall, and a restaurant with a craft beer in front of the entrance. In the hall gallery there are stands with chemical and household articles. In front of the building there is a tram stop (lines 8,7,17,9,23) next to it there are a few parking places, however, it is the best to walk on this part of the city.
Wroclaw is a city that undoubtedly develops in the flashlight! A city which is full of smiling people who draw energy from it and are happy to be its inhabitants. A city that attracts many foreigners. The proof of this is receiving many awards, among others, the last, prestigious award European Best Destination 2018! Have you ever wondered why Wroclaw is such a very desirable city? Let’s check it!
Is Wroclaw an example of smart city?
Natalia Hatalska from the Institute of Forecasting Trends Infuture created the Trend Map 2018 . One of these trends was to be a sustainable city. Let’s analyze exactly if Wroclaw meets the requirements of being a smart city! Perhaps this is the reason why we live here so well. The essence of the smart city best describes the words of Natalia Hatalska: “The idea of an intelligent city can not consist solely on implementing solutions in the area of new technologies. These issues are important, but an intelligent city can not be built without considering the needs of its inhabitants. “
The first point to analyze is the satisfaction of the residents and checking if their needs are met. When you wan to be happy, all you is to have a good job. And also a stable financial situation. According to research carried out by the Michael Page, in the second quarter of 2018, 67 percent of Lower Silesians positively assess their current professional situation and the domestic labor market. In the previous quarter such opinion was expressed by 65.4 percent of the surveyed inhabitants of the region. The Lower Silesians are also the most satisfied with their salaries in the country. Undoubtedly, from these studies we can read that Wroclaw in economic terms does not stand out from other Polish cities. Wroclaw also provides stable situations in the local labor market, which undoubtedly testifies to its being a balanced city.
This is another point without the city can not bear the title of sustainable. The authorities of Wroclaw are constantly striving to modernize the city’s infrastructure. They want to provide the best quality of services to the residents of Wroclaw. The last spectacular example of such a change was the replacement of devices for the purchase of tickets in transport. And introduction of the possibility to save the purchased ticket on a payment card. The whole investment was introduced in Wroclaw as one of the first investments of this type in Europe. This example shows that the authorities of Wroclaw undoubtedly go with the times. They are infidelity not afraid about modern technologies.
More than technology.
Technology is important but you can not also forget about culture and art. City has to fulfill the spiritual needs of residents. Wroclaw as a student city has a rich offer of cultural events that attract people not only from all over Poland, but also from all over Europe. The fact that Wroclaw became the European Capital of Culture shows that the city provides all cultural needs.
All of the mentioned requirements show us that Wroclaw undoubtedly is being a sustainable city. Requirements, reports, statistics is one thing. However, the most important is that going to the street of this beautiful city you can meet smiling, kind people. They are the best example that the city flourishes and develops all needs. Let it be as long and as good as possible in our beautiful city!
The Movie Gate is unique place, where you can touch original costumes or stage props from different movies. Designed by two, young people lived in Wroclaw, based in underground on the Plac Solny. Like movie-lovers says, that magic gate includes everything that you should see, even when you just only once watched classical movies like James Bond, Star Wars or Gladiator. Only here, in Lower Silesia you can find costumes of most popular actors and iconic things, like car Aston Martin, well known as James Bond’s vehicle.
Every part of this area is historical shelter, build before Second World War. When you walk through the object, you can feel like a soldier. There are original radio stations used by polish army to connect with other people. People who renewed this place, cleaned it from water and rubbish. Now, because of them historical place survived and can live again.
Costumes and more
What makes this place unique? Usually, when you go to the traditional museum you can only admire historical items and take tchem pictures. In Movie Gate, if you want to back home with Russel Crowe’s costume udes in Gladiator movie, that’s not a problem. Lots of things here you can buy. They cost about 20 000 polish zloty, but looking at the Gladiator in your room every morning is said to be invaluable. In this place also women can find beautiful costumes – like dress from Cassino Royale or jewellery previously worn by for example Hally Berry. There’s a lot of props well known for Star Wars fantics. Unfortunatelly, real size Darth Vader statue was sold… But still you can find there director’s sketches with the most popular scenes in that movie. Also, there are pieces of Death Star, one of them measure about 48 cm x 43 cm x 9 cm. Of course, they are for sale, but cost of one of tchem is… 50 000 zloty. But still it’s ready to admire in Movie Gate 🙂
Price list & hours
Price for adult is 19 polish zloty. Children and students pays only 15 zl. You can bring your friends too, than everyone from this gruop pays also 15 zl. Movie Gate is open from Monday till Sunday. The tour starts at 10 am and ends at 6 pm by week, on weekends ends at 8 pm.
Tattoo trend shows up throughout the history of mankind. It had a lot of meanings and functions. In ancient cultures it was protection against evil charms and powers – was associated with magic practitioners. People also used tattoos as a marks of prostitutes, prisoners or slaves. Until recently it wasn’t socially accepted. It was hard to find a job or even make contact with other people. Tattoos aroused fear, insecurity or disguise. But it slowly changing – from religion and “marking” meaning it beaming a real art. Painters and graphic instead of paper, canvas and walls are using human skin. And numbers of those, who are decorating their body in this way is significantly increased. Now you can see tattooed people everywhere – you passing them by your way home, seeing at work and restaurants.
Wroclaw is no exception. During past few years many professional tattoo studios were created. And “professional” mean individually designed, original patterns made in a characteristic style for a given person, using all the rules of health, safety and hygiene. In each studio clients can find artists specialized in different style and techniques.
Redberry tattoo studio
Redberry is one of the most recognizable Wroclaw tattoo studio. On fecebook it have three hundred and fifteen opinions which average is 4,9 stars. And profile is fallowed by over forty-two thousand people.
The “face” of the studio is one of the most famous (not only in Poland, but also in world) artist – Timur Lysenko. His artistic visions are combine of realism and graphic, that are creating surrealistic, mostly dark and disquieting effect. He can move reality to a skin and embellish it with colors and elements that making crazy but harmonic composition.
Timur also has a “second face” which is nahujnada. Works posted under this nick are even more disturbing and have a strong message. Despite the fact that this tattoos and graphics seem simple and uncomplicated they emanating huge imagination, irony and sarcasm.
But Redberry is not only about tattoos – their promoting products like cups and socks with their most recognizable pattern – graphic, ethnic flyovers. And for underage and not so brave adults the can offered washable tattoos, which is a good way to check hove design is going look on skin.
Koss Tattoo is studio assumed in 2016 by Bartek Kos – artist specialized in mixing neotraditional, illustration and comic style, which gives colorful, funny and interesting effect. Under his care there were several talented artists who now form the next pillars of the studio.
Anna Szejdewik aka Coxie – painter and illustrator whose work, including tattoos, often refer many important issues, such as feminism or animal rights. Her designing may seem disturbing and dark, but looking more deeply into them, can find second bottom of issue – not only interesting painting.
Julia Marczukiewicz – an graduate of Krakowska Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (Krakow Academy of Fine Arts). Her works are positive and colorful. Especially suits for women and young people, but she always he takes individual attention for each project.
Aleksandra Wieczorkiewicz – her works are inspired by nature and vintage style, and her favorite techniques are dot- and line-work, which gives really interesting graphic result. Her tattoos are mostly black and gray, less with same detail in color.
Under this nickname is hiding Joanna – a founder of Nasza Przestrzeń Kosmiczna (Our Space) – place where is created alternative word of art, including tattoos.
Her favorite technique is freehand, which allows better fit project to body anatomy. Doż’s tattoos are positive, bit psychedelic and colorful. She is the most inspired by nature, her design are full of flowers, plants, animals and also human silhouette.
She opens registration for tattoos twice in a year – at autumn and spring, so it’s really hard to get one, and of course client need to be really decided and determinate.
Dżo Lama is also a brand. In an Internet store clients can find designed by her clothing and prints, which will add variety to each individual style.
Not only tattoos
With tattoo lifestyle are connected other trends like piercing. In almost every tattoo studio clients can find experienced piercer, witch individually find the best place on body and matching “decoration”.
Three minutes away from Wyspa Słodowa there is Pierce of Cake – professional piercing studio which contains also stationary (and online) shop. Cooperating with the studio Agnieszka Czech has many years experience, and was learning from one of the best piercer in Poland. She is specializing in standard piercing, surface, microdermal and women’s intimate.
Product that they are offering are always in high quality and most importantly, they have a wide range of different earrings, in many different styles for each part of the body, so everyone can find something for themselves.
One of the controversial trend connected with tattoo is body modification. With the current knowledge of human anatomy, technological possibilities and unlimited imagination almost every “upgrade” of body is possible.
This subject specialization is well known to Body Extreme Tattoo and Piercing Wrocław. Their making not only piercing and microdermals, but also things like scaryfication, really popular tongue spliting, aubdermal implants, transdermal implants and body suspension, which is also used in many kinds of alternative shows, connected with dance, performance and music.
Not so scary, like it looks like
Tottoo lifestyle is not only connected with pain and blood. Many studios are cooperating with project Tatuaże Zamiast Futra (tattoos instead of fur) – campaign born from the cooperation of Otware Klatki (Open Frames) and tattooists and piercers. The leitmotif says that tattoos are a better decoration than a fur and no animal needs to die. Income from shares is allocated for statutory purposes and is also connected with vege – festivals. Last event like this was in 2017 but it shows in Wroclaw regularly, so everyone can help. And make a good tattoo for a good purpose.
Another Wroclaw tattoo studio – Voice of Ink – organized a charity sale for almost three months. Their artist made original prints, and each zloty spent will be donated to the Children’s Homes organization on June 1 – on the occasion of the child’s day.
Wroclaw division of Rock andRoll Tattoo Studio on the 31thj of December organized through the facebook social network awareness raising campaign calling for not using firecrackers in New’s Year Eve. And everything to prevent this night’s traumatic experience that affects animals that hear more than people.
Place for everyone
Tattoo Convention is the most recognizable festival of alternative art in Poland. It is organized in five, famous cities – Poznań, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź and – for seventh time – in Wrocław. In this this year’s edition 68 exhibitors from all over Poland came forward. Participants were hosted by 19th-century interior and atmosphere of Zaklęte Rewiry. Sponsorship for the entire event included brands such as Medicine, Kwadron, Radio Eska, Tattoofest Magazine and Wyborcza newspaper.
During two days of convention organizers prepared many attractions. On music scene showed up bands like hardcore punk Spider Crew, Hardcore/Metal/Punk Only Attitude Counts, the veterans of hardcore scene 1125 and punk/ska band Podwórkowi Chuligani.
An interesting event during the convention is “Dziarka w ciemno” – which means not knowing the design you gonna have on your body and you not even allowed to see whole tattooing process.
On main stage, beside competitions among tattoo artists, presents many talented people from whole word. This year guest could see collective Bandit Queen Circus with “Weird gastro show” and “Twisted madness” – performance full of fire and spicy positions. An inherent element of the program is also the burlesque show and pole dance.
A lot of people visiting Zaklęte Rewiry witch their children. And for them is same attraction – deeply connected with TattooConvention – Banana Ink. Under the care of a specialist, it is possible to do a tattoo on a banana skin, which is a real adventure for the youngest visitors.
But of course tattoos are the most important issue during the convention. Competitions are organized on many topics – big black-gray tattoo, graphic tattoo, neotradicional tattoo, classic or realistic tattoo.
If you are a big fan of tattoos or tattoo lifestyle, Wroclaw is for you. A large choice between specialized salons, festivals, piercings and music, and above all, positive people.