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We are pleased to present to you the next edition of our newsletter. We hope you will find it interesting and offering you fresh ideas for your trips and tours, and even more reasons to visit our beautiful country. 

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 Czeslaw Milosz Literary Festival 




Krakow is gearing up for the second ever edition of the Czeslaw Milosz Literary Festival later this month.

The event is set to be extra special this year, as fans celebrate 100 years since the birth of the famous poet and essayist.

Celebrating the writer's works with readings, workshops, discussion groups and master classes the festival will run from 9 to 15 May.

Milosz - born in what is now Lithuania - spent time living in Warsaw, Krakow, Paris and the United States before his death in the Polish capital of culture in 2004.



Krakow Film Festival




Krakow welcomes its 51st film festival later this month, as the Polish capital of culture welcomes one of the country's biggest celebrations of cinema.

The famous Krakow Film Festival runs from 23 to 29 May this year and is the oldest event of its kind in Poland. It was first staged back in 1961 and is now one of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animation and short films in Europe.

As in previous years, films will compete for golden and silver dragons (international short film competition), horns (international documentary competition) and hobby horses (national competition). A number of films will also be screened in the non-competitive element of the event including

Acting Director of the Polish National Tourist Office Bogdan Becla said: "We have a wonderfully rich tradition in film and cinema in Poland and the Krakow Film Festival is certainly an established, world-famous event."



Lodz Fotofestival reaches a decade of editions




Łodz will welcome the 10th edition of the International Photography Festival at the beginning of the month.

Fotofestiwal has been a firm fixture in the city since 2001, attracting artists, professional and amateur photographers, enthusiasts and visitors from all over Europe.

The 2011 edition of the festival starts on 6 May and runs until the end of the month, with main weekend scheduled for 6 to 9 May.

Visitors to Łodz will get the chance to see exhibitions and slide shows, watch film shows, join workshops, attend lectures, and meet with prominent experts and curators.

Acting Director of the Polish National Tourist Office Bogdan Becla said: "Fotofestiwal is a big event for Łodz and Poland as a whole, and it brings much of the rich industrial heritage of Łodz to life.."





Summer on the Baltic at St Dominic's fair 


Gdansk will welcome the annual St Dominic's Fair in midsummer.

The three-week event is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and gets underway at the end of July, with over 1000 merchants, artists and artisans descending on the famous Hanseatic port's historic city centre to sell their wares.

Acting Director of the Polish National Tourist Office Bogdan Becla said: "St Dominic's Fair is one of the biggest open-air trade and cultural events in Europe. There'll be plenty on offer for visitors including concerts, street parades, competitions and of course some great crafts and produce from all over Poland and further afield."

Dating from 1260, the fair has 750 years behind it with organisers promising a celebration of the medieval traditions of fun and trade, and it certainly makes for a busy few weeks on the Baltic coast.




Selector Festival turns three




Krakow's Selector Festival rolls in to town on 3 and 4 June, as the Polish capital of culture welcomes the very best in contemporary music.

With organisers promising new, fresh and innovative acts as well as established artists for the two-day music and multimedia event, the festival is expected to kick-start a summer of festivals across the country and further afield. This year, La Roux will headline the star-studded bill that also features the Klaxons and Ladytron.

Held in green fields close to the centre of one of Poland's most beautiful cities, the festival performances will take place in two huge tents that can hold 15,000 fans.

Acting Director of the Polish National Tourist Office Bogdan Becla said: "The Selector Festival attracts top acts from around the world and it's a great event for the younger generation. And what a way to start the summer in a wonderful part of the world!"

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Lodz turns into a fashion Mecca again in May




FashionPhilosophy Fashion Week in Poland is the largest international fashion project in Poland, which promotes beauty and exclusiveness through the fashion insight. The event attracts a vast varity of people from artists through merchants to the media. Fashion shows, which are shown at the festival let desighers and brand present their latest collections. For  merchants, the Fashion Week, is a great opportunity to get acquainted with all the new trends and to establish their contacts with fashion brands.

 The aim of the FWP Fashion Philosophy is to reflect the presence of fashion industry in Poland.


Spring Edition: 4-8 May 2011.


FashionPhilosophy Fashion Week in Poland takes place in Lodz - a city which has been associated with the fashion industry for over two hundred years. The unique vibe of the nineteenth century so characteristic for the city is still an inspiration for many artists. 

Issue: 05/2011


Mobile cultural centre on the road


With Gdansk bidding to be named the 2016 European Capital of Culture, a mobile project is underway to promote culture and art across the Tricity region. Artists, designers, architects and curators will visit 11 towns near the Baltic coast supported by the band Kobiety. Music, workshops, performances, concerts, street art, games, art and cooking will all help spread the message as to why Gdansk should be crowned in 2016.


Poznań for half price!   



The next edition of the "Poznańs for half the price" will be held June 4-5 at the weekend. Poznan will be attractive for tourists not only because of the 50% discount in hotels, restaurants and museums.Due to a unique and free tourist program, through these special two days, cheaper will mean better at the same time.


The fourth edition of the campaign will be held June 4-5, 2011. For the tourists, there will be more than a hundred partners waiting - hotels, hostels, restaurants, museums, spas, paintball and many others. As a result, we will be able to spend the night for 25 zł in hotels at the Old Market Square. Full list of partners is updated on the website /polceny, 

and On the websites, there will appear a full program of tourst attractions that are waiting for all absolutely free.


City guides will guide you on Ostrow Tumski, show the underground of the Polish Cathedral - the burial place of the first Polish rulers, the Royal Castle of the Imperial Castle and invite you out on a specially marked trails : Modernism, beer, love and famous Poznanians


'Fatland' exhibits Deen's work


An exhibition of the artist Edwin Deen's works is on display in Warsaw until next summer as part of the city's cultural events as it bids to be named European Capital of Culture 2016.

Deen was the first artist to participate in the 'artist-in-residence' at the 'Atelier Foundation' in Warsaw from February to April 2010. During that time he has been working on a new series of small installations, 'Fatland', which can now be seen at the exhibition. He now lives and works in Amsterdam and was awarded with the 'Art Olive Young Talent 2009'.





Gdańsk ready for Open'er



The Open'er Festival gets underway later this summer, near the famous Polish Hanseatic city of Gdansk.

The festival - held this year from 30 June to 3 July - brings together the very best in contemporary music and is now in its tenth year after launching in 2002.

Confirmed acts for the four-day event on Poland's beautiful Baltic coast include The Strokes, Crystal Fighters and Paolo Nutini. There'll be seven stages, a food zone, a camp site and of course easy access to the beach and the sea.

One-day tickets start at just £37 or 165 PLN, with three-day camping tickets starting at £65 (330 PLN). You can find out more at: 




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The Polish National Tourist Office will be at Holiday World Show in Dublin and Belfast in January and at Destinations in London in February. If you want to find out more about us, our wonderful country and the great holiday opportunities in Poland be sure to come along and see us for yourself.

We will be in Belfast between the 16th and 18th of January, in Dublin between the 23rd and 25th of January and in London between 5th and 8th of February. Follow the links for more information

Ballet in Gdansk

For lovers of ballet, Gdansk is the place to be this January as the Nutcracker arrives at the magnificent Baltic State Opera House.

Tchaikovsky's fairytale ballet has been inspiring children and adults in equal measure since its St Petersburg opening in 1892 and now adds an extra element of culture to the 1000 year-old Hanseatic port.. The ballet runs form the 3rd to 11th of January making a trip to the city extra special.


Boy George in Warsaw

World renowned pop diva Boy George will make his first ever appearance in Poland on 10th January in Warsaw. With hits including Karma Chameleon and Do You Really Want To Hurt Me from his days as the Culture Club frontman, he's a big draw for the city. Check him out to see if his outfits are still as outlandish and eccentric as in his 80s heyday.

Martyna Jakubowicz performs in Gdansk

Martyna Jakubowicz will be showcasing her hits on 18th January at the Kwadratowa in the beautiful port city of Gdansk. Voted one of the Top 100 Women in Poland the chanteuse and guitarist Ms Jakubowicz has been performing blues since 1981, with past appearances at some of the biggest musical events in Poland like Rawa Blues and The Polish Woodstock.


New Year skiing in Poland

With 2009 upon us why not start the New Year with a winter break to the great Polish skiing resort of Zakopane? The Polish National Tourist Office can help find the lowest possible rates for a seven-night ski break in Poland's winter sports capital including lift passes and first-class tuition.

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast and dinner in a traditional catered chalet
  • 6 days ski/ snowboard equipment rental
  • 5 days professional ski/ snowboard instruction (min 1hr per day delivered by Sunshine World's very own Pro Team of internationally qualified ski and snowboard instructors)
  • 5 days lift passes for areas designated by instructor
  • 5 days return transport to and from slopes
  • Return airport transfers

Contact Sunshine World for more details and simply quote "PNTO" for rates from £695 for single travellers, £445 per person for groups of two and only £395 per person for groups of four or more.

The offer applies between Saturday 10th January and Saturday 14th February and is valid for all reservations made at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
Chalets available in this special offer are subject to availability and include Maple Lodge, Magnolia, Karpinski, Gong, Chalet Anna Obrochta and chalets Api 1 and Api 2.

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Try the tango in Krakow

A new boutique-style bed and breakfast is welcoming guests in the very heart of Krakow's Old Town. The 16th century Tango House was once the city's first public bath house but now it is opening its doors to tourists keen to sleep just a stone's throw from Krakow's Market Square.

The bed and breakfast offers the perfect atmosphere to explore Krakow's arts and history while you can hear the famous bugle call from St Mary's Basilica without leaving your room. Wawel Castle and the Jewish Quarter are just minutes away with the Tango House's location making it the perfect place from to which to explore one of Europe's most fascinating cities. To find out more log on to


Free Poland online training course launched!

The Polish National Tourist Office in London has launched a free destination training course. The course, entitled Visit Poland, is hosted by the popular training portal

Polish WOW! Factor on Facebook

Polish WOW! Factor, a brand new Facebook page on everything that makes people go WOW! about Poland has just been launched by the Polish National Tourist Office in London.

"Tour Salon" - the biggest travel show in Poland

Between 16th and 18th October 2008 the TOUR SALON Travel Show will be held in Poznan.The event is dedicated to professionals and consumers alike and has the widespread reputation of being the major travel event in Poland.

Poland is the new Narnia!

‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’© movie, based on the series of novels written by C.S. Lewis, was partly fimed in Poland. The locations used as filmsets included the National Park of Table Mountains and the Karkonoski National Park, both in South-Western Poland.

Tourist Emergency Helpline relaunched

For the fifth year running, the Polish Tourist Organisation and the Polish Police Headquarters have opened an emergency hotline for visiting tourists The emergency line will be operating till the end of September, providing support to tourists visiting Poland in all sorts of unexpected situations.

St. Dominic’s fair in Gdansk

St. Dominic's Fair is one of the highlights of the Tri-city’s events calendar held every year in the streets of Gdansk’s Old Town.

St. John's Fair in Poznan

St. John's Fair is the largest cultural and entertainment event in Poznań. Its tradition refers to medieval fairs which once took place in the centre of Poznań.

Summer Jazz Festival in Krakow

The 13th Summer Jazz Festival at the famous 'Piwnica Pod Baranami' and other Krakow venues equals a live-jazz treat each and every night for a month!

Country Music Festival in Mragowo

The 26th "Piknik Country", a major country music festivals in Poland, staged in the heart of the Polish Lake District, will take a place from 25th to 27th of July.

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