WEEKEND IN WARSAW
FEBRUARY 25 – 27
What to do in Warsaw at the weekend? We already know and are in a hurry to announce it in our weekly #Warsawesome. Check out the TOP5 events of the upcoming weekend to get the best out of it.
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1) Fryderyk Chopin’s birthday
If we have something to celebrate this weekend, it is definitely Fryderyk Chopin’s birthday. Famous Polish poet, Cyprian Kamil Norwid, described him as “a Warsaw citizen, a Pole with his heart, and a citizen of the world with the talent.” To this day, however, biographers argue whether the composer was born on February 22 or on March 1, 1810. This year, this discrepancy served as a rationale for extending the celebrations from one day to a whole week.
First of all, the love for mazurkas and polonaises, the sentiment for the concerts in Łazienki, and the pride in a well-known Varsovian granted this event the first place in this week’s ranking. There is no doubt that woke citizens of the capital city should pay tribute to the outstanding townsman. In our opinion, the best things to do this are:
- Getting the tickets for 1 PLN to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum (ul. Okólnik 1), until March 1; FB event
- Attending a free recital by Adam Kałduński – winner of the 2nd International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Beijing (2019) and a winner of the 2nd prize at the 49th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2018); Saturday, February 26, from 18:00, Fryderyk Chopin Museum – ul. Okólnik 1, FB event
- lecture “Dances, balls, great halls, aka carnival in Chopin’s era“; Sunday, February 27, from 15:00m Fryderyk Chopin Museum – ul. Okólnik 1; FB event
- Chopin’s Warsaw – a guided walk; Sunday, February 27, from 13:00 to 15:00, meeting point by the Copernicus monument, in front of the Staszic Palace; FB event
2) Praga Comic-Con
It is an up-and-coming Warsaw version of Comic-Con we are dealing with here. Comic book lovers can bask among the stories about the adventures of Captain Kloss, Thorgal, Kajko and Kokosz, Captain Żbik, X-Men, or Superman. The list of exhibitors includes Polishcomicart.pl, RELAX Magazine, Planeta Komiksów and Komikslandia. At their stands, you will be able to hunt new and archival editions of Polish and foreign comic books and thematic gadgets. Moreover, we are waiting for meetings with authors – one of them will be Monika Laprus-Wierzejska, the winner of the main prize for the debut at the 2019 Independent Comics Festival.
The event secured second place this week for promoting Polish contribution to the comic book universe. If such events attract enthusiasts and more, we have a chance to enrich our cultural canon in Warsaw. Therefore, we encourage you to participate and want to present our own initiative. The year 2025 will mark the 70th anniversary of publishing “Zły” by Leopold Tyrmand. Since it has not been possible to make an actor’s movie for years – maybe it’s about time for “Zły” to become a comic book?
When: Friday, February 25, from 15:00 to 19:00 and Saturday, February 26, from 11:00 to 19:00
Where: Centrum Praskie Koneser – pl. Konesera
3) Urban Tree – sticker design workshops
The third place this week is occupied by an event referring to the SIAŁA BABA RAP festival, which won the ranking last week. We are staying in the circle of hip-hop culture, but we drift towards visual arts. A well-known and popular member of the REMONT WARSZAWA club, owner of Garaż na Długiej gallery, and co-creator of SIAŁA BABA RAP – Duśka Wacławik invites us to a sticker workshop. Theoretically, the event is aimed mainly at children over 7 years old, but the host and the subject guarantee a creative inspiration session for everyone, regardless of age.
There is something exciting about making a unique sticker, a small-format work of art, and then sticking it wherever you want. Will your sticker go onto the laptop casing, the wall in the passage to Pawilony, or whether you will stick it under the coffee table in a cafe – this is your artistic choice really. After all, stickers are a purely urban art form.
When: Sunday, February 27, from 13:00 to 17:00
Where: FOOD TOWN at Fabryka Norblina – ul. Żelazna 51/53
4) The last days of The Splendor of Power.Wettins on the Throne of the Republic of Poland exhibition
The exhibition is an homage to the common Polish-Saxon history, the legacy of which is still visible today both in Dresden and in Warsaw. It presents kings Augustus II and Augustus III as conscious collectors and connoisseurs of art, who, during the 66 years of the Polish-Saxon union, gathered one of the most important and the greatest art collections in 18th-century Europe. Among them, such valuable monuments as the gilded Sun Mask with the image of August II, which is one of the few surviving testimonies of the late Baroque court culture of celebration, the gala dress of August II made of gold and silver fabric with diamond buttons, a jewel with a miniature portrait of Frederick August II, which is a masterpiece of art jewelry and sculpture.
The number of unique exhibits secured a place on our list for the event. It also shows the high position of the Polish Crown in the hierarchy of Europe in the 18th century. And most importantly – these are the last days of the exhibition, which closes its doors at the end of the week. Therefore, admission is free.
When: until Sunday 27 February; Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00
Where: Łazienki Królewskie – Palace on the Island, Cadet
5) Short and to the point. Masters of the WFDiF documentary
We are closing the list of TOP5 events of the weekend in Warsaw without fireworks, but with a face radiant with emotion. We are talking about the first of five meetings where we will watch short documentaries recorded by masters of post-war cinema for the Documentary and Feature Film Studio in Warsaw. This time around we will see, i.a. „Idę do słońca” by Andrzej Wajda, „Pożar! Pożar! Coś nareszcie się dzieje” by Marek Piwowski and „Z miasta Łodzi” by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
The pictures from over 50 years ago will undoubtedly arouse emotions. It will be difficult not to smile if we think about the successes that their creators will later achieve. It is always worth seeing how the most eminent representatives prepared for the profession. Furthermore, Big Book Cafe is a cozy place with a calm vibe, where you are simply happy to discover the best of Polish books, music, and films.
when: Friday, February 25, from 19:00
where: Big Book Cafe – ul. Dąbrowskiego 81
To find the best places for walks, bike trips, dates, etc. consult our list of the 35 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN WARSAW IN 2022.