CERCLE DIPLOMATIQUE - issue 01/2016

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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).

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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-

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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

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