Wroclawians Bring In The New Year


As many as 60,000 people gathered on the Rynek to welcome the arrival of 2017 in Wroclaw last night.

The vast majority of the crowd chose to party outside the official concert zone due to the restrictions on booze, with only 3,500 concert goers entering the area between the two stages. While still being a success, yesterday's event proved to be more low-key than the concerts held in previous years.

On the evening of Sylwester 2015, some 200,000 people packed out the Rynek to see a relatively high profile line-up of Polish pop-stars and special guest acts from abroad.

However, following Polish National TV's decision to scrap their agreement to host their New Year's Eve concert in Wroclaw, the city authorities had to quickly go about building their own event with local acts. The headliner on the night was Polish rapper L.U.C, who performed alongside the Rebel Babel Ensemble band.

When the clock moved ever closer to 12, a cover of Queen's The Show Must Go On rang out before a modest display of fireworks was unleashed between the stages as midnight arrived. Later the attention turned to a concert of Tibetan gongs.

During the concerts a series of impressive video projections also decorated the buildings to the left and right of the two stages on the market square.  

Although the audience numbers were significantly down on the last year, the event organisers will be relatively content with the 60,000 attendance figure given that they had no glitzy stars or nationwide media attention to promote the concert.

If no major TV station comes in with a plan to broadcast this year's Sylwester concert in Wroclaw, the city council may well choose a similar formula for New Year's Eve 2017. 

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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