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Majowka 2018 In Wrocław: What’s On?

The May bank holiday period is almost here and as ever, there is no shortage of things to do!

This year Poland's two May public holidays, Labour Day and Constitution Day, fall on Tuesday and Thursday. That means anyone wise enough to book three days off can take a holiday as long as 10 days.

It also means that there is a multitude of events taking place between the 27th of April and 6th of May. So if you're staying in Wrocław during this time, you can find plenty of opportunities to enjoy some of the city's diverse cultural offerings.

Here's a summary of just some of the events you can enjoy in this time:

Gastro Nocki

Wrocław's most popular night market is all set to return next weekend, albeit in a new location.

Last year 'Gastro Nocki', held on the grounds of Świebodzki station on weekends in late August, proved a real hit. Hundreds of Wrocławians flocked to the night market each night to sample a variety of street food and craft beer, as well as do a bit of alternative shopping.

This year the organisers of Gastro Nocki have announced that they will be leaving Świebodzki station to explore new sites. The first edition of the 2018 night market will be held on pl. Społeczny, which in recent years has been home to several live gigs and food truck festivals. 

In another twist to the format, Gastro Nocki are planning to twin editions of their market with various festivals taking place in the city. Next weekend a host of jazz musicians will perform live as part of the Jazz nad Odra festival.

Jazz nad Odra festival

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Organised annually since 1964, Wrocław's Jazz nad Odra Festival hosts some of the most interesting jazz artists from around the world.

Over the years established figures such as Jazz Pat Metheny, Paco deLucia, Al diMeola, Kenny Garret, Dave Holland, Tooth Thielemans, Diana Krall, David Sanborn, Ron Carter, Lizz Wright and Patricia Barber have all performed at the festival. 

Majowka at Partynice Racecourse

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There will be no horse racing at Partynice during Majowka (excluding the Sunday meeting on April 29th), but they are organising a special picnic event. On the grounds of the racecourse they'll be local market stalls, foodtrucks and sporting activities for kids. 

World Guitar Record

Back in 2016 a total of 7356 guitarists played Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe in unison on the Rynek, breaking the previous world guitar record set here in Wroclaw by 12 people. Last year the numbers were slightly less, but the organisers will once again be optimistic of breaking the record again in 2018. 

The world guitar record attempt has become a popular May holiday tradition in Wroclaw and people from all over the world take part. In recent years the event has attracted a noticeable number of people from Spain, Germany, Russia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Hungary and Norway.

New multimedia fountain shows

With the warmer weather having returned to Wroclaw, the multimedia fountain is ready to step back into action with another new show. 

The special shows will be repeated between 18.40 and 21.40 each night – although the fountain will be in use throughout the day from 10am. The shows first get underway on Tuesday May 1st. 

Concerts at Pergola

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Another Majowka tradition is of course the 3 day music festival, now held at Pergola. Between the 1st and 3rd of May the festival will see a wide variety of Polish artists hit the stage. Of all the 3 days, the 3rd of May arguably has the best line up, with the likes of the Dumplings, Kortez and Micromusic all on the bill.

Festival day tickets cost 90zł and are available to buy online here. 3 day tickets are also available. 

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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.

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