Calendar of events and music festivals Poland 2014
Polish cultural life is thriving and a number of festival and cultural events of international recognition are regularly held across the country.
The cities of Krakow and Warsaw continue to be the main centres of culture in Poland, as well as the most interesting destinations from the tourist point of view. Find below a few suggestions of interest-worthy events to take place in Poland in 2014.
Popular music festivals Poland 2014
2 July - 5 July 2014
The Heineken Open’er Festival is the most recognizable rock and pop music event in Poland and a two time winner of the European Festival Award in the category of Best Major Festival. Amongst the artists performing in previous editions of Open’er were: Franz Ferdinand, Bjork, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Massive Attack, Skunk Anansie, the Prodigy, Erykah Badu Sonic Youth, Rihanna and Kings of Leon.
Look for the Open’er line-up at festival website.
The festival takes place every year in July on the grounds of an old military airport in Gdynia, in northern Poland. If you are travelling to Poland for the Open’er, find time to visit the beautiful Tri-City - Gdynia, Sopot and Gdansk - on the Baltic Sea coast.
Orange Warsaw Festival 2014
13 - 15 June 2014
Orange Warsaw Festival is one of the most important summer festivals in Poland. The 2013 edition, held in the National Stadium, registered a record-breaking number of nearly 100.000 spectators. The list of musicians performing at the Orange Warsaw Festival since its origins in 2008, includes: Mika, Nelly Furtado, Skunk Anansie, Moby, My Chemical Romance, Jamiroquai, Linking Park, The Prodigy, Offspring, Fatboy Slim and Beyonce.
The information about Orange Warsaw Festival line-up and tickets to be up-dated soon.
Woodstock Festival Poland 2014
31 July - 2 August
Kostrzyn nad Odra
No, it’s not a mistake: the Woodstock legacy is still very much alive in Poland. The iconic and unprecedented event held in Bethel, New York in 1969 was a great inspiration for the organizers of one of the most important rock music festivals, known in Poland as Przystanek Woodstock (Woodstock Station). The ticket-free event mottoed ‘Love, Friendship & Music’ was first held in 1995, having been hosted by Kostrzyn town, near the border with Germany, since 2004.
The festival is organized by most popular and respected Polish NGO’s, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity known for having raised significant funds for child health care in Poland.
Woodstock Festival Poland - find more information about the festival.
Compare prices of car hire in Szczecin Airport, 1.5 hour drive from Kostrzyn
Audioriver Festival 2014
25 - 27 July
Audioriver festival has been drawing attention of electronic and alternative music fans since its first edition in 2006. Concerts and the related events take place on the beach on the Vistula River, in Plock, 110 km north-west of Warsaw.
Read more about Audioriver Festival, Poland.
Jazz festivals Poland 2014
Krakow Summer Jazz Festival 2014
5 July - 1 August 2014
Krakow, Piwnica pod Baranami
One of the most important events in jazz-loving Poland is held in the iconic Piwnica pod Baranami club, in Krakow. Additional events take place in several other venues across the city - in the Krakow's Philharmonics, on the Main Market and on the grounds of the Archaeological Museum - providing an excellent occasion to get to know better the historic city of Krakow. Since the first edition in 1996, world-class musicians have performed at Summer Jazz Festival in Krakow, amongst them: Jean-Luc Ponty, Bobby McFerrin, Stanley Clark, Chick Corea, Lee Konitz, Branford Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy and Michal Urbaniak.
Look for up-dates on Krakow Summer Jazz Festival.
Warsaw Summer Jazz Days 2014
Dates to be confirmed
Held since 1992, this annual festival of jazz music consists of several events, including a free open-air concert at the Royal Palace Square in Warsaw’s Old Town and a final gala in a prestige Warsaw venue, the Congress Hall. On a long list of famous participant are: Bradford Marsalis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bela Fleck, Al di Meola, Michael Brecker, Pat Matheney, Joshua Redman and Bobby McFerrin.
Find out more about Warsaw Summer Jazz Days Festival.
Warsaw Jazz Jamboree Festival 2014
Dates to be confirmed
Warsaw Jazz Jamboree is another Polish jazz festival enjoying international recognition.
Contemporary music festivals, Poland 2014
World Music Days Wroclaw 2014
3 - 12 October
The event under the patronage of ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) is a celebration of contemporary music in its different forms. The programme of the festival 2014 edition includes traditional concerts, music installations, sound sculptures and other innovative types of music performances.
Read more about Wroclaw World Music Days.
Attend the festival and get to know the fascinating city of Wroclaw, the European Capital of Culture 2016!
Jewish culture festivals Poland 2014
Jewish Culture Festival Krakow 2014
27 June - 6 July
With over 15 editions so far, the Jewish Culture Festival held annually in Krakow, has grown into one of the most important events of that type worldwide. The history of the Jewish community in Poland and the Jewish culture is celebrated in Krakow through an amazingly diverse array of activities, ranging from theatre and performing arts spectacles, concerts, installations, to crafts shows and culinary events. The main venue for the festival is the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow, Kazimierz.
Warszawa Singera (Singer’s Warsaw)
23 - 31 August
Pre-war Jewish history and contemporary Yiddish culture are told, sung and shown through theatre, film, music, literature and visual arts held in several venues across the city, including the Nozyk Synagogue, the Jewish Theatre and Grzybowski Square.
Sports events Poland 2014
2014 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship
3 - 21 September
In September 2014, 24 teams will play matches in the major Polish venues in six different cities: Krakow, Wroclaw, Bydgoszcz, Lodz, Katowice, Wroclaw and Gdansk.
Find out more information about FIVB League and the World Men’s Volleyball Championship Poland 2014.
2014 WFCQ Floorball Men’s Championship
29 January - 2 February 2014
The teams from Finland, Russia, Poland, Spain. France and Ukraine will compete during the matches held in Lochow (Łochów) town, 70 km north-east of Warsaw.
More information about Floorball Men's Championship Poland 2014 available on IFF - International Floorball Federation website.