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New Year’s Eve Concert On Wrocław Rynek Confirmed

Wrocław City Council have confirmed there will be a New Year's Eve concert organised on the Rynek, albeit on a smaller scale than Wrocławians have become accustomed to.

Last year the city had to fork out to organise its own event after state broadcaster TVP pulled out of a deal to organise their New Year's Eve concert in Wrocław.

Despite having enjoyed great ratings, Wrocław's new year show was dumped by TVP and replaced with a Disco Polo event in Zakopane. The reason for the decision was never clearly explained, prompting speculation that Wrocław had been axed purely for not being enough pro-PiS. 

This year the city will again have to fund and organise its New Year's Celebrations without the support of a major TV station. Unlike last year, there is no European Capital of Culture funding either. This inevitably means that Sylwester 2017 will be on a much lower scale than has been the case in recent years. 

Wrocław's TVP-backed New Year's Eve concerts regularly featured established Polish rock and pop stars, the odd international artist or two, plus a myriad of glorified karaoke singers from various reality-tv singing contests. The formula was never the most artistic, but it did enjoy mass appeal and the Rynek was packed for the show almost every year. 

Last time out the city sought to promote local artists as way of drawing the curtain on Wrocław's year as the European Capital of Culture. The quality of artists on show was arguably higher, but the lack of any star factor saw the audience drop from 200,000 to 60,000. 

This year the city are looking to repeat the formula used in 2016, albeit with two stages instead of one. At this moment in time no artists have been confirmed, however we do know that tthe organisers will include at least one Ukrainian act in the line-up. 

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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.