Winter holidays are here! It’s time to party and relax, taking advantage of the temporary depopulation of the city. Despite the seemingly low season, the cultural and party offer in the capital will make weekend lovers jump with joy. It’s way better than in quite a mediocre January. See for yourself in #warsawesome!

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1) Electronic music in Praga Centrum

The hegemony of Smolna and Jasna among the venues for the best electronic music events will be challenged by Praga Centrum (ul. Szwedzka 2/4). It’s going to be a strong double hit, deliberately delivered in the following order:

  • on Friday, February 4, the stage belongs to a house, deep and techno icon – Jooris Vroom. The Dutchman has played at all the most important festivals around the world, such as Awakenings, Tomorrowland, or the Ultra Music Festival. He is also well known to the enthusiasts of clubs in Ibiza. The event starts at 22:00 and Jooris will take the stage from 1:00, FB event;
  • on Saturday, February 5, Summer Contrast Festival claims the title of the go-to event. Carbon Based Lifeforms will headline the festival as they’ve done multiple times at the largest psytrance festivals in Europe, Russia, the USA, and Australia. Their music is supposed to combine nature with technology and take listeners on a journey through space. Check out on YouTube why they are the soothing you need after a hard week or a hard party on Friday. Beginning at 21:00, FB event.


2) Pre-premiere film screenings

We’ve reached the end of Netflix. So we are going to the cinema! However, if one has to sit for a good two hours in the mask, we have to choose wisely. That is why we are looking for true gems. We have two for this weekend:

  • the pre-premiere screening of Drive My Car directed by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, awarded Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. The script is based on Haruki Murakami’s short stories collection titled “Men Without Women”. It is an intimate story about the complex love relationship of an outstanding actor and director with a woman who hides many secrets from him. 

When: Sunday, February 6, from 20:30 to 23:00

Where: Kino Elektronik – ul. Gen. Zajączka 7

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  • Worst Man in the World – a Norwegian romantic comedy about Julie who, on the threshold of her thirtieth birthday, tries to organize her complicated emotional life. The movie was awarded at the most recent Cannes Film Festival.

When: Saturday, February 5, from 15:30 to 17:30 

Where: Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej – ul. Jazdów 2

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3) Theater

Once in a while, it is important to notice performances so ephemeral that they escape the walls of well-known and lesser-known theaters in the capital. The promise of a unique experience attracts us to attend:

  • TOP DOGS – Urs Widmer’s drama, adapted by Wojciech Malajkat, tells the story of eight people who have been dismissed from managerial positions in large corporations. This is supposed to be a tour de force of the students of the fourth year of acting at the Theater Academy. 

When: every day from Friday, February 4 to Tuesday, February 8, from 19:00 to 20:45

Where: Collegium Nobilium Theater – ul. Miodowa 22/24

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  • Quantum physics – the directorial debut of Julia Wyszyńska, in which 8-year-old Julek invites us to his extraordinary world where everything is possible. Dead serious topics such as the demons of the past, systemic abuses, and decisions that are more dictated by a generational trauma than the free will of the Heart and Soul, will be presented in a slightly less serious way.

When: Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5, from 19:00 

Where: Komuna Warszawa – ul. Emilii Plater 31

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4) Chinese New Year

Chinese Year of the Water Tiger started on Tuesday and is said to bring an influx of calm energy. Honestly, it will come in handy! So let’s celebrate! We have two great opportunities for doing just this:

  • an evening with Wong Kar Wai movies. The schedule includes the screenings of “Chungking Express” and “Thirsty for Love”, snacks from the Niigata Onigiri restaurant, and a lottery with prizes.

When: Friday, February 4, from 19:30 

Where: Kinoteka – Plac Defilad 1

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  • Chinese Lunches Festival, thanks to which we can taste a different Asian lunch delicacy every day. You can eat on the spot and you can order with delivery. 

When: until Friday, February 4

Where: The Cool Cat – ul. Solec 38

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5) Exhibitions

We remain in the orbit of Chinese culture. The Winter Olympics in Beijing are starting on Friday, and the Sports and Tourism Museum is organizing a free weekend on this occasion. This is an opportunity to see up close 80 medals won by Polish Olympians, a collection of original Olympic torches, or even Iga Świątek’s rackets.

when: Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6, from 10:00 to 17:00

where: Sports and Tourism Museum – Wybrzeże Gdyńskie 4

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Furthermore, there are three other fascinating exhibitions:

  • The Mies van der Rohe Award is the most prestigious award for European architects. Since its first edition in 1988, no Polish building has ever won. This year can finally be different. Among the nominated objects, there are those located in the capital, such as metro stations in Wola, the ZODIAK pavilion, or the P4 complex. We encourage you to see the exhibition on a guided tour with Ewa P. Porębska – a Polish architect, critic, curator, and juror of the van der Rohe award in 2013.

when: Sunday, January 6, from 16:00

where: ZODIAK – Pasaż Wiecha 4

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  • Over 400 objects at the Invisible. The stories of the Warsaw servants exhibition, spread over six rooms, tell the life of servants and the history of domestic workers. The layout of the exhibition reflects the path the servant has traveled since her arrival in Warsaw, through her job search and daily duties. In our opinion, it is one of the best-thought-out exhibitions that allows you to immerse yourself in the presented topics.

when: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, from 11:00 to 18:00; Thursday, Saturday, from 11:00 to 20:00

where: Muzeum Warszawy – Rynek Starego Miasta 28

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  • We expect similar quality at the Let them flow! Other rivers of Warsaw exhibition. Often times we mistakenly confound the rivers of Warsaw solely with the Vistula. Yet, the hydrographic network of the capital is much richer. At the exhibition, we will trace the course, learn about biographies, see the remains and contemporary traces of other rivers hidden in the names of districts and streets. Moreover, the contemporary part of the exhibition draws attention to the significant impact of the degradation of rivers on the development of cities during a climate crisis.

when: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00; Thursday, Saturday, from 11:00 to 20:00

where: Muzeum Woli – Srebrna 12

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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.  

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