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The Great Illumination

Location: Zamkowy Square
Starting date: 2011-12-03

Very soon, Warsaw will put on a Christmas gown. Krakowskie Przedmieście, the Old Town and the New Town Squares will shine with thousands of lights and Warsaw's biggest Christmas tree will light up in front of the Royal Castle.

The great illumination is not just the lights. It is also the common joyous celebration of both the residents and the visitors of the capital to which, like in previous years, everyone is invited by Stołeczna Estrada.
The stage at Castle Square will see the performances from: Halinka Mlynkova, Patrycja Kazadi, Robert Janowski, Magda Welc and Trebunie Tutki, coming to us directly from Zakopane.

On Saturday, December 3, the Castle Square will witness the magical event of the lighting of the gigantic, 27 metre-high Christmas tree!
Who will give the sign to begin the illumination in the most important moment? We shall find out at the event, but you can try and take your guess now.
Surely everyone present will have their part in this special moment. After all, without the people of Warsaw, the Christmas tree will not shine.
Aside from the beautifully illuminated city, we can also count on numerous attractions, located in the Old Town.
On November 26, at the Old Town Square, the Christmas Fair will open. Seventy wooden houses will create a small town where exhibitors from Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Austria and Croatia will present their products. You will be able to taste the German Bratwursts, mulled wine, Mazurian cakes, bread, cold meats, toys. There will also be music, carol singing, Christmas tree accessories. Collectors will even be able to buy souvenir mugs for their mulled wine.
The Fair will last until January 8, 2012. It will be open from 12 until 20 hrs.

Dee Dee Bridgewater - for Warsaw for Christmas

Location: St. John's the Baptist Cathedral
Starting date: 2011-12-20

Dee Dee Bridgewater – a Christmas present for the people of Warsaw!

An eminent American vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater, will visit Warsaw just before Christmas to give us a gift: a special concert.
The artist will perform on December 20, at 20.00 hrs., in St. John Archcathedral in the Old Town. Aside from the strictly Christmas repertoire, her concert will include songs from her album “To Billie With Love.”
Dee Dee Bridgewater is one of the icons of contemporary jazz vocal, an artist with an established professional position, immensely popular and loved all over the world. Bridgewater is, above all, a high class songstress who makes sure her gospel and jazz-rooted style has a modern musical setting. Awarded and nominated numerous times for the most prestigious awards (from Grammy Awards to Jazz Academy Awards), she just may be today's most important artist who skilfully combines jazz with popular music and amazing stage art.

Deep Forest Concert

Location: Royal Łazienki Park
Starting date: 2012-05-19
Starting time: 21:00

The legendary group Deep Forest will play for Chopin.
It's the fourth time that Museums at Night will include a special concert – the legendary group Deep Forest will play by the monument of Frédéric Chopin in the Royal Baths Park. It's the greatest musical event to make part of our capital's cultural night. On May 19, the artists will present their greatest hits and several new compositions from the album Deep Africa, which is to find its way to music stores this year. This event is organised by Stołeczna Estrada.
In the previous years, the evening concert during Museums at Night was at the same time a herald of the Chopin Concerts season beginning the following day. Although it is a separate event, also this year we can expect a reference to Chopin.
We asked the group to take into consideration the special place they'll be playing at and include in their programme a piece inspired by the music of Frédéric Chopin. I was very happy to see the artists undertake that task with great openness and genuine commitment, says Andrzej Matusiak, Director of Stołeczna Estrada.
The programme of the previous editions of the concerts was based on performances by eminent artists both from Poland and abroad, from the world of classical music, jazz, world music, sometimes including very interesting and unique fusions between them.

In the previous years, Museums at Night hosted performances by: Steve Hackett and Randy Brecker with Włodek Pawlik, Michael Nyman, Motion Trio, Leszek Możdżer, Anna Serafińska and Joanna Ławrynowicz. Each year, the concert gathers a 5,000 - 6,000 strong public.

Deep Forest
was founded in the mid '90s by Eric Mouquet, an outstanding Grammy Award-winning composer and musician. “This project is like a laboratory where I can experiment with different kinds of music,” says Mouquet. The formation is among the top world music artists. The musicians create a new kind of world music, sometimes called ethnic electronic, combining ethnic inspirations with electronic sounds and dance or chill-out rhythms. The group performed all over the world, including Europe, Japan, the U.S., Shanghai and Dakar. It gave one concert in Poland in 1996. They have released 6 albums that sold in millions of copies. The upcoming premiere of the album Deep Africa is a promise of discovery of new directions, combinations and influences in the ambient world music.

DEEP FOREST: Eric Mouquet (keyboards), David Fall (drums), Alioune Wade (bass), Olyza (vocals), Aziz Sahmaoui (vocals), Inor Sotolongo  (percussion)

The Maestro Concert at the Long Night of Museums

Location: Royal Łazienki Park, the Chopin Monument Stag
Starting date: 2011-05-14
Starting time: 20:00

On this very special night, like every year, Stołeczna Estrada invites you to a musical feast, a perfect introduction to the Chopin Concerts Season beginning the following day.

This is the third year that enthusiasts of good music, not necessarily classical, meet at the Frédéric Chopin Monument on the Long Night of Museums. Not only is it, in a way, the introduction to the concert season in the Royal Baths Park, but also the inauguration of the Long Night of Museums itself. So far, we could listen to Michael Nyman and Motion Trio, Leszek Możdzer, Anna Serafińska and Joanna Ławrynowicz.

This time, our invitation has been accepted by true music giants: Steve Hackett and Randy Brecker, says Andrzej Matusiak, Director at Stołeczna Estrada. The stage, mounted on the water by the Chopin Monument, will also host Włodek Pawlik. Their performance together of a piece they have prepared will enable us to witness an extraordinary fusion of music geniuses, Andrzej Matusiak entices to the event.
The first to appear on stage are Randy Brecker and Włodek Pawlik Trio, who will perform, among others, music from the album they made together: “Nostalgic Journey – Tykocin Jazz Suite.” They will later be joined by Steve Hackett and his trio, taking us on a musical journey.

The concert will be transmitted live on


Ticket price: Free Admittance

Inauguration of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council

Location: Plac Defilad
Starting date: 2011-07-02

Between 1 July and 31 December 2011, Poland will preside over the works of the Council of the European Union. Aside from its strictly political dimension, the Presidency also gives the country holding it an opportunity to build up its image.

For many years, culture has been a vital element of the activities promoting Poland in the European Union, hence cultural institutions are taking an active part in the preparations for the first Polish Presidency.

By way of a decision of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (MCNH), the National Audiovisual Institute (NInA) has been entrusted with the task of designing and implementing the Cultural Programme – Polish EU Presidency 2011.


Ticket price: Free Admittance

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