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SAVOIR VIVRE WEEKENDER Das Panorama Raclawicka zeigt eine Schlacht während des polnisch-russischen Krieges im 18. Jahrhundert (links und unten). The panorama Raclawicka shows a battle of the Polish-Russian war in the 18th century (left and below). INFO Im Zentrum der Stadt: der Marktplatz Rynek. In the center of the city: the market square Rynek. Theater, Film, Ausstellungen, Performances und vieles mehr. Am Eröffnungswochenende Mitte Januar gab es einen „Zug der Geister der Stadt“ mit Lichtinstallationen, Happenings und Feuerwerk. Eine Theaterolympiade wird stattfinden und die Stadt wird Schauplatz der Verleihung des Europäischen Filmpreises sein. Das Theaterstück „Der Tod und das Mädchen“ der österreichischen Literaturnobelpreisträgerin Elfriede Jelinek wird aufgeführt. Es wird einen Carneval Cubano geben und ein „Jazz an der Oder“-Festival. Und weil Breslau in diesem Jahr außerdem auch noch die UNESCO Welt-Buch-Hauptstadt ist, ein geballtes Programm an literarischen Events. „Städte, die den Titel der Europäischen Kulturhauptstadt tragen“, lesen wir im Programm, „genießen ein Jahr lang die Aufmerksamkeit von ganz Europa“. Einerseits. Andererseits öffnet das Kulturhauptstadt-Jahr auch ein Fenster: hinaus aus einer nationalistischen Enge in eine multikulturelle, wilde, spannende, dynamische Welt. Breslau 2016, so steht es weiter im Programm, „schafft einen offenen, dynamischen und freundlichen Raum.“ Und so konnte das Timing diesmal gar nicht besser sein. By deciding to appoint the Lower Silesian city of Wroclaw to one of two European Capitals of Culture in 2016 (the other is the Basque city of San Sebastián), the EU Commission made a pretty wise choice. „The basis of the European Capital of Culture project,“ they say, „is the idea of getting to know one another, a closer approach and intercultural dialogue between Europeans“. Wroclaw has always been a juncture of cultures. But the past has not always been kind, we soon discover. Wroclaw has seen many come and go: Germans, Austrians, Bohemians, Hungarians, Poles, Catholics, Jews and Protestants, the Hanse, the nobility, Soviet socialism and the Civil Rights Movement Solidarity. They all left their mark. After the end of World War II, the population was almost completely exchanged. The Germans left and displaced and homeless people from western Ukraine and from eastern Poland moved in. When Wroclaw, the city whose present population was once dominated by refugees, is appointed European Capital of Culture during a period when we are witnessing mass migrations that has gripped Europe and the Middle East, then that is a sign, a signal. Today, Wroclaw is a confident, independent and unconventional city. With its 640,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest city in Poland including more than 100,000 young and energetic students. Wroclaw must always have been a beautiful city. Its nickname, earned over time, leaves no doubt: „Europe‘s sacred flower, the beautiful ornament among cities“. One might not necessarily be a fan of such embellished descriptions, however, one thing is for certain – Wroclaw is definitely a town well worth visiting. It is a city that quickly evokes a comparison with Venice. Therefore, it is also often called „Venice of the East“, owing to the fact that the Odra river has many tributaries which form numerous islands, interconnected by bridges. One of these islands is home of the Gothic St John the Baptist Cathedral, a landmark and one of the outstanding sights. Wroclaw originated more than a thousand years ago on this so-called Cathedral Island. The Rynek, the main and medieval market square, is an impressive place and certainly one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It’s not without reason that many visitors feel that it is reminiscent of close- PHOTOS: POLISH TOURIST ORGANISATION, PANORAMA RACLAWICKA BEST IB DIPLOMA PASS RATES in AUSTRIA 2013 – 98% 2014 – 100% 2015 – 100% by Kraków. Other attractions include the neo-classical Opera House, Art Nouveau style built houses, the town hall with design elements of the Renaissance, the Baroque university, the modernist Centennial Hall. A fascinating blend of architecture. Visitors should not miss the Raclawicka panorama, a 114 metre long and 15 metre high circular painting, depicting a battle during the Polish-Russian war in the 18th century. A walk through the city‘s history can be enjoyed in the former royal palace on the edge of the old town. The Baroque building was temporarily the residence of the Prussian King Frederick II. Today, it houses the Muzeum Historyczne, the Historical Museum (muzeum.miejskie.wroclaw.pl). The most famous restaurant is Piwnica Świdnicka (strona.piwnicaswidnicka.com), which is located at the Old Town Hall and where allegedly Chopin, Goethe and Emperor Wilhelm I. including Bismarck already drank their beer. So now Wroclaw is European Capital of Culture in 2016. The programme is filled: More than 1,000 events will be available throughout the months, theatre, films, exhibitions, performances and much more. On the opening weekend in mid-January, a „ghosts of the city parade“ with light installations, happenings and fireworks took place. Theatre olympics will be carried out and the city will host the award ceremony of the European Film Awards. The play „Death and the Maiden“ by the Austrian Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek will be performed. A Carnival Cubano and the „Jazz on the Odra“ festival is included in the programme. And because Wroclaw is also the UNESCO World Book Capital this year, a wide-ranging programme of literary events is on the agenda. „Cities that bear the title of European Capital of Culture,“ as written in the programme, „enjoy the attention of all of Europe for a year.“ On the one hand. On the other hand, the Capital of Culture year also opens a window of opportunity from a nationalistic narrowness to a multicultural, wild, exciting, dynamic world. “Wroclaw in 2016,” the programme continues to write, „creates an open, dynamic and friendly space.“ The timing could not be better. ‘striving for EXCELLENCE, by ENGAGING minds, EXCITING learners, acting ETHICALLY and showing EMPATHY’ Wrocław 2016 Mit mehr als 1.000 Veranstaltungen wird das Kulturhauptstadtjahr begangen. Informationen zum Programm und zu allen Events findet man unter: More than 1,000 events are held throughout the Capital of Culture year. Information about the programme and all events can be found at: wroclaw2016.pl poland.travel IB World School Aged 3‐18 550 students Family‐orientated Friendly, Focused & Fun Improvement Driven Central Elegant Location DANUBE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL VIENNA 86 Cercle Diplomatique 1/2016 2 JOSEF GALL GASSE, 1020 firstname.lastname@example.org www.danubeschool.com 01 720 3110 22 Cercle Diplomatique 1/2016 87