In our guide to Sylwester 2018 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 2015 an absolutely massive stage had been constructed for Wrocław’s New Year’s Eve concert, which regularly featured home grown pop-stars and many special guests from abroad. However that is no longer possible on the same scale due to the reduction in the budget that came with the loss of major TV coverage.
The main attraction at this year’s gig is a performance from 70’s pop group the Village People.
In the official Facebook invite for the event, Wrocław Miasto say that “tens of thousands” of people will gather on the market square to witness the Village People perform their pop hits like ‘YMCA’ and ‘In The Navy’.
The group will be joined on stage by local acrobats, who will provide choreography to all the songs. Kayah and Dj Gambit are also on the line up.
In addition to the aforementioned acts, Wrocław’s ‘Respect Orchestra’ will play covers of songs by Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Pharell Williams, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd and other famous artists.
According to the organisers, the show intends “to unite people of different nationalities, races, religions and sexualities on the Market Square.” They add that “Wrocław invites everyone who who values virtues such as freedom, openness, tolerance and respect.”
The doors to the official concert area open at 19.30, with the first 1,000 people to enter receiving a Wrocław Respect scarf. The actual event will get underway at 8pm; you can also tune into the broadcast of the concert online via Wrocław Miasto’s Facebook Page.
Please note that you cannot take alcohol into the designated concert area. The same is true of fireworks, pyrotechnics and other dangerous objects. Security guards will be padding people down and checking bags at the entrance to the concert zone.
Food and drink will be available on pl.Solny at various stalls; expect to find beer, mulled wine and classic Polish dishes.
This year there will be no official fireworks to take in the New Year. The City Council made the decision so as to protect people’s pets and other animals in Wrocław. Many individuals will make their own displays though, so you should still see and hear lots of fireworks on Monday evening. Occasionally some of these fireworks can be used recklessly, so it pays to have your wits about you when you are navigating the city’s streets on New Year’s Eve.
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 Monday 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.
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 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 2019. Stay safe and see you soon!