100 years of independence in Wroclaw
In 1937, the day of 11th November was officially proclaimed a national holiday. That was a nominal confirmation that Poland had become independent on that day in 1918 after years of partitioning. Although Independence Day disappeared from the Polish calendar for nearly 44 years in July 1945, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of regaining independence in 2018. See what is happening in Wroclaw on that day.
The celebration will last the whole weekend
On Friday 9th November at 5:00 p.m., an ecumenical mass will take place in the National Music Forum on the 100th anniversary of regaining Poland’s independence. On the same day, a multimedia show “Names of Freedom" will be held in the Centennial Hall. It is a story about Poland against the panorama of the most important historical events, which is not devoid of surprisingly topical ideological contexts.
A number of outstanding Polish actors and singers will perform, including ANDRZEJ SEWERYN in the role of Marshal Józef Piłsudski.
On Saturday 10th November, a military picnic will take place at Plac Wolności (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). The Zajezdnia History Centre at ul. Grabiszyńska organises the Independence Weekend with family games, the presentation of the latest independence exhibitions, etc.
One of the most important events is the Festive Independence Parade, which will march through the streets of Wroclaw on 11th November. The processions will set off from four city points and will meet at Plac Wolności at noon, where the official ceremony will be held.
Also on 11th November, at 11:11 a.m., the Race with a Moustache will start at the Olympic Stadium. All participants who will finish the 10-km route within the planned limit of 90 minutes will receive special commemorative medals with the motif of an eagle and Marshal Piłsudski’s moustache.
Events in cultural centres:
Polish Sounds – 100 Minutes of Music for 100 Years of Independence
11th November, 6:00 p.m., Formaty Wroclaw Club, ul. Samborska 3-5, free entrance
The Polish Sounds concert will contain an overview of the most significant Polish songs that have been written and performed in Poland over the last decades.
11/11 Wolność kocham i rozumiem (Freedom I Love and Understand)
11th November, from 2:00 p.m., CK Agora, ul. Serbska 5a
The programme will include concerts (Song of Freedom, performance of Warszawska Orkiestra Sentymentalna), exhibitions, workshops and competitions.
Poles are not geese – Independence Day at Fama
11th November, at 11:00 a.m., ul. Krzywoustego 286
The programme will include Small Instruments workshops addressed to children and adults as well as musical and plastic art games for the youngest kids.