The upcoming Festival of Freedom' is the first in a series of events in Wrocław planned to celebrate 100 years of Poland’s independence.
The festival is being held on the anniversary of 1989's 'Legislative Election', which resulted in a landslide for Solidarity trade union candidates. The election itself was the result of the historic Round Table talks between the opposition, led by Lech Walesa, and the communist authorities.
The festival will celebrate the occasion on Saturday morning by organising a huge breakfast with scrambled eggs, rolls and coffee.
At a special ceremony a street will also be named after Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American diplomat who was President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981. In addition, a roundabout will be unveiled as 'rondo 4 czerwca' (the 4th of June roundabout).
On top of that, the festival is to incorporate a series of debates and discussion panels. Here is the city council's invitation to take part in the celebrations:
On 4th and 5th June 2018, we invite you to attend the Festival of Freedom, which will be abound with attractions. This will be an opportunity to celebrate the restoration of democracy in Poland.
During a mutual breakfast at the round table, with scrambled eggs, bread rolls and coffee prepared by Robert Makłowicz, we will go back to the year 1989 together with the Mayor of Wroclaw to remind us of the participants of those events and to tell the story to those who do not remember about Poland's road to democracy in Wroclaw.
To manifest our joy, we will march along with a parade of vehicles from the Market Square towards ul. Graniczna, where plaques with the names of Rondo 4 Czerwca and ul. Zbigniewa Brzezińskiego will be officially unveiled. Then, in the afternoon, we will participate in the discussion panel titled "What has Poland given to the world?"
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Interested? You can find the full programme here:
4th June 2018, Monday
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Europe’s Freedom Breakfast at Widelec, Wroclaw Market Square
11:00 a.m. the departure of vehicles from the Market Square to ul. Zbigniewa Brzezińskiego and Rondo 4 Czerwca
11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. unveiling of the plaque with the name of ul. Zbigniewa Brzezińskiego
12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. unveiling of the plaque with the name of Rondo 4 Czerwca
12:30 p.m. a ride of the parade of vehicles to the Zajezdnia History Centre
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. What has Poland given to the world? – a discussion panel, BarBara
5th June 2018, Tuesday
FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM – FORUM, Wroclaw Congress Centre
10:00 a.m. –10:10 a.m. the opening of the Forum of the Festival of Freedom
10:10 a.m. –11:10 a.m. Session 1: The heritage of the 1989 free election in Poland: How have we used our freedom (a presidential debate)
11:10 a.m. –12:10 p.m. Session 2: A special guest (a 30-minute speech and a session of questions and answers)
12:10 p.m. –12:40 p.m. a coffee break
12:40 p.m. –1:40 p.m. Session 3: Europe and the world of the future – democracy, openness, values.
2:40 p.m. –3:40 p.m. Session 4: Leaders of the future. Young people shaping global order.
3:40 p.m. –4:40 p.m. The future of Eastern Europe: challenges for Ukraine.
Participation in the Forum of the Festival of Freedom is free of charge and available to everyone. For security reasons, participants are requested to contact the Convention Bureau Wroclaw ([email protected]) to obtain a registration code. The number of places is limited.