Thousands Celebrate New Year In Wrocław’s Market Square

Over 60,000 people gathered on the Rynek to welcome the arrival of 2018 in Wrocław last night.

The vast majority of the crowd chose to party outside the official concert zone due to the restrictions on booze, with around 8,000 concert goers entering the area in front of the stage. During the first few hours of the concert very few people were in attendance, but as the clock ticked closer to midnight thousands more flocked to the Rynek.

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, ever since Polish National TV's decision in 2016 to move their New Year's Eve concert away from Wroclaw, the city authorities have had to go about building their own event with local acts.

Among those to perform yesterday were legendary Wrocław guitarist Lech Janerka, brass band Congo Line, solo singer Natalia Sikora, Ukrainian outfit Kozak System and Olsztyn based Afromental.

2018 of course marks the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its Independence. In order to celebrate the occasion, special versions of the best Polish songs from the past 100 years were performed in the last hour of 2017.

Wrocław's diversity was also celebrated throughout the concert, which was named 'Colours Of Joy' as a means of recognising Wrocław's international community. On top of that, the desire of the city council to see Wrocław regarded as a tolerant, open and multicultural city was regularly stressed by the hosts during the show.

As the clock struck midnight, a rainbow appeared on the big screen and so called 'low-level fireworks' were fired from the top of the stage. Conventional fireworks set-off by party revellers were also visible all over the old-town.

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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