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New Year’s Eve: What’s On?

In our guide to Sylwester 2017 you'll find all you need to know about the free open air concerts on the Rynek, plus selected info on other goings on and public transport arrangements.

New Year's Eve on the Rynek

Up until last year an absolutely massive stage had been constructed for Wrocław's New Year's Eve concert, which regularly featured home grown pop-stars and special guests from abroad.

However that is not possible this time round due to the reduction in the budget that came with the loss of major TV coverage.

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. As a result, Sylwester 2017 will be on a much lower scale than has been the case in recent years. 

Among those to perform this year are legendary Wrocław guitarist Lech Janerka, brass band Congo Line, solo singer Natalia Sikora, Ukrainian outfit Kozak System and Micromusic vocalist Natalia Grosiak. Everybody will perform fully live – the organisers have stressed that there will be no miming or playback whatsoever. 

2018 of course marks the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its Independence. In order to celebrate the occasion, many of the artists mentioned above will perform special versions of the best Polish songs from the past 100 years. 

Wrocław's diversity will also be celebrated throughout the concert, something that's reflected in the event's 'colours of joy' theme.

Hot food and beverages will be available at stalls on pl. Solny, which is the same place the toilets are to be located. 

In theory the lack of pop-stars and major media coverage should result in lower crowds on the Rynek. The more alternative line-up should also attract a more cultured audience.

That said, the city centre is still likely to attract plenty of young party goers drinking in the street, as well as people setting of fireworks in all kinds of places. Therefore it would be wise to be on guard while you navigate the old town's streets on New Year's Eve.

In the last couple of years there hasn't been any huge-scale fireworks display; this year that trend will continue. There will nonetheless be some pyrotechnics set off when the clock strikes midnight, albeit so called 'low level fireworks', which have been chosen so as not to disturb animals.

For those looking to follow the concert from the comfort of their home, the celebrations will be live streamed on the Onet website.

Other Options

If you haven't booked yourself a table or got yourself a ticket for a party in a pub or club already, it could be a bit of a struggle to find a place to bring in the bells on Sunday night. Nonetheless, do ask around as quite a few venues may not be fully booked yet.

Some places are offering a simple pay and enter option that includes no free food or drinks, with entrance fees ranging from 20-50zl. However most bars and clubs are offering some kind of package deal (priced anything from around 50-550zl) involving a table reservation, food and drinks. Some offers even include an open bar.

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If you are a movie fanatic, you could grab a last minute booking for Kino Nowe Horyzonty's Sywester event.

Still stuck for something to do? Well the chances are that one of your mates has organised a house party that's worth inviting yourself to, so open up that long list of contacts and get calling 😉 

If you do go to a party, be sure to bring some fruit juice or soft drinks with you – everybody else seems to forget, and you'll be a legend for bringing some. The vodka (which is guaranteed to be in good supply) just doesn't go down so well without a chaser to follow it.

Public Transport 

Public Transport is available on New Year's Eve and will run to a normal Saturday timetable. In the last few years a number of nightbus routes were also boosted with additional services and one can expect the same again this year. You can of course use apps such as Jakdojade for up-to-date information.

Given the amount of people who will be out and about on Saturday night, taxi costs are bound to be higher than normal so the nightbus might just well be your saviour if you are out of pocket.

That's it folks. We wish you all the best for 2018. Stay safe and see you soon!

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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