Hala Stulecia Awaits Wroclaw 2016 Finale


Wroclaw will draw the curtain on its tenure as the European Capital Of Culture this Saturday when the closing ceremony comes to an end at Hala Stulecia.

Titled 'Niebo' (Sky Web), the show is said to feature "an incredible play of lights and sound, a live orchestra, dozens of artists, spirits of Wroclaw and the history of the city in the 20th century."

Director Chris Baldwin, who bounced back with the superb Flow event following the much criticised opening ceremony, remains at the helm for Wroclaw's final bow as Europe's Capital Of Culture. There are other mainstays too; Baldwin will keep to the themes of spirits once more, the choirs from Flow make an appearance again, while several performers from the 2015 Bridges event shall also return to the limelight. 

Chris Baldwin was a guest on last week's Sunday Lunch, during which he talked in detail about Wroclaw 2016 and this weekend's show. You can listen to the interview here:

The main show kicks off this Saturday at 7pm at Hala Stulecia, however families and children can also attend the matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. On top of that, a general rehearsal of the show will take place this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the event is free. The number of available seats is limited though, so those who wish to go should obtain a free ticket from the following 6 places:

  • Barbara InfoPoint – Świdnicka 8C, Wrocław. Open: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Impart (Ticket office) – Mazowiecka 17, Wrocław Open: Monday – Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Centre for Culture and Art (OKiS) – Lower Silesian Cultural Information Centre – Rynek, Ratusz 24, Wrocław. Open: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tourist Information Centre – Rynek 14, Wrocław. Open: Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • ODT Światowid (secretariat) – Sempołowskiej 54, 50-001 Wrocław. Open: Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wrocław Contemporary Theatre (ticket office) – Rzeźnicza 12, Wrocław. Open: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Meanwhile away from the closing ceremony at Hala Stulecia, Wroclaw 2016 are organising a number of other attractions for the closing weekend. Among the highlights are the Friendship Festival at Hala Orbita tonight, which features live performances from OCN and Happy Sad amongst others.

As part of the Open Art Days event, the following exhibitions and galeries will also be open free of charge or at reduced rates:

Wrocław 1945-2016
16-18 December 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Zajezdnia History Centre, Grabiszyńska 184
Admission to the exhibition is free.

Photography Never Dies
16-18 December 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gallery at the Main Railway Station, Piłsudskiego 105
Admission to the exhibition is free.

Lviv. 24 June 1937. City, Architecture, Modernism
16-18 December 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Museum of Architecture in Wrocław, Bernardyńska 5
Admission to the exhibition is free.

The Wrocław Europe
16 December, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m., 17-18 December, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
National Museum in Wrocław, Powstańców Warszawy 5
Admission paid (1-3 PLN)

A tour of the Wrocław Opera
Wrocław Opera, Świdnicka 35
Admission to the exhibition is free.

Summer Rental
16 December, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 17 December, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; 18 December, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Four Domes Pavilion, Wystawowa 1
Admission paid (1-3 PLN)

Masterpieces of painting from the National Gallery in Berlin
18.12.2016, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
City Museum of Wrocław, Kazimierza Wielkiego 35
Admission paid (1-3 PLN)

The most high profile event however, has to be the attempt to turn Hala Stulecia into Europe's biggest silent disco. From 10.30pm Hala Stulecia hopes to open its doors to as many as 2,300 party goers to the silent disco, which will run through the night until 5am. Food trucks will also be on hand around the venue to provide hot food and refreshments.

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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