Singing January

3 January 2018

We’re  keeping  warm  in  January  with  the  euphoria of the new year, the Carnival – and carols! This year brings even  more  concerts  than  usual  –  the  most  fascinating presentation of these beautiful, frequently ancient songs is held at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre with the participation of over a dozen choirs!Three hundred singers, orchestra and an audience of fifteen hundred will make for  an  incredible  atmosphere.  And  there  are  also  concerts and recitals held as part of the Opera Rara Festival, presenting music ranging from the Baroque to contemporary  in  an  exalted  yet  playful  Carnival  atmosphere. And, speaking of fun, there is plenty to be had in the city: enjoy displays of Cracovian nativity scenes set up in public spaces in the Old Town and beyond, join us for the final walk  All  Around  Nativity  Scenes,  and  head  to  the  ice skating  rink  at  Wolnica  Square  with  its  accompanying artistic and cultural programme. The finale of the Great Orchestra  of  Christmas  Charity, featuring concerts and raising funds for medical equipment, is also perfect for lifting the mood.

This  year  marks  the  centenary  of  Poland  regaining its independence, as well as hosting the ongoing project “Kraków  –  City  of  Stanisław  Wyspiański”,  the  recently announced  Year  of  Zbigniew  Herbert,  and  celebrations of the 85th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki held in Kraków and beyond. Our heroes for 2018 will be some of the world’s leading artists, and of course soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom on battlefields across Europe.

We will celebrate them all!

Grzegorz Słącz, Editor-In-Chief

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