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  • 14 January 2016

    The Four Spirits of Wroclaw will guide locals in spectacular parades with a performance of Awakening, a tale about the city. The 2016 European Capital of Culture will be inaugurated on 17 January.

    The Spirits of Wroclaw will lead a parade composed of the city’s inhabitants for the city centre on 17 January 2016. The market square will host a show consisting of 1300 artists, 200 choir singers, 50 soldiers, and 300 cyclists. Historical buildings in the vicinity will become part of the set, completed by 30 light installations, 30 gigantic effigies and five trams. The directors of the “Awakening” have prepared a host of artistic surprises and twists, hoping that the effect of surprise will generate emotional responses,” told Wiola Samborska from the 2016 ECC Press Office.


    Some events of the 2016 ECC will start on Saturday, 16 January. Visitors will be welcomed by 170 scale models of major European buildings. Theatre and art enthusiasts will be see plays featuring famous art in the National Museum. At the BWA Awangarda Gallery will start the Sounds exhibition by artist Eduardo Chillida, accompanied by sound installations by Gorka Alda. Mini-concerts will also be in hospitals, orphanages and train stations.



    This great celebration of culture will last the whole year. Wrocław will share the title of Capital of Culture with San Sebastian in the Spanish Basque Country. he main city in Lower Silesia was awarded the honour in 2011. The programme of events was prepared by the creator of world-acclaimed film festivals Roman Gutek, the chief and artistic director of the Wroclaw Opera Ewa Michnik and Dr Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw.




    MFA Press Office


    Photo: Mariusz Cieszewski/

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