This weekend you just have to go to Wilanów for the Royal Festival of  Light. Once that’s off your checklist you can enjoy the Online Book Festival or the Spoken Word Festival. To make your weekend great, Warsawesome presents its TOP5 events.

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1) The 9th Royal Festival of Light

It will be an extremely spectacular weekend in Wilanów. The main event of the Festival will be “The Birth of Light” show which combines musical, theatrical, and acrobatic arts prepared by Teatr Ocelot (Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, from 19:00). A light installation that will take us into an enchanted, fairy-tale world called the Kaleidoscope of Light is being created on Plaża Wilanów. As in previous years, the facade of the Wilanów town hall will be illuminated by the LIGHT-SOUND show. There will be animations on the facade of the Church of St. Anna and the building of King Jan III’s Palace as well. At the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace, you will be able to go for a magical walk through the Royal Garden of Light. The Wonder Hill, where the youngest will be able to slide down in the icy scenery, will also be there. Moreover, there will be a Lasergame in a dome tent. As to the food, from Friday, October 15, to Sunday, October 17, the organizers invite all street food enthusiasts to a food truck zone. Meet you there!

When: Friday, October 15, to Sunday, October 17

Where: Plaża Wilanów, Museum of King Jan III’s Palace

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2) Online Book Festival

Several dozen premieres, 60 events – including premiere meetings with Polish and foreign authors, the possibility of acquiring an autographed book, and many other attractions await. It is also worth taking a look at the special festival offers because prices dropped by as much as half. Among all the events taking place as part of the Fair, the following look particularly interesting:

  •   meeting with Graham Masterton, the author of The House of a Hundred Whispers, Tuesday, October 19, from 18:00; online, live on FB;
  •   meeting with John Flanagan, the author of a bestselling novel The Royal Ranger: Escape from Falaise, Saturday, October, 16 from 12:00; online, live on FB;
  • meeting with Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir and the premiere of her book Fires, which is said to have created a new genre of geological thriller, Sunday, October 17, from 16:00; online, live on FB;

When: Wednesday, October 13, to Sunday, October 24

The full list of events can be found on the festival’s website.


3) Spoken Word Festival Warsaw

Spoken Word Festival is the only international festival of spoken word poetry in Poland. This year’s 17th edition of the festival keyword is choice, which refers to situations in which we must make heavyweight decisions, take risks and responsibility. Masters of slam and spoken word poetry from Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands were invited to prepare a performance for Varsovian audience (translations into Polish and English will be available). Spoken poetry experimentally draws from literature, music, theater, and performance. It shows new perspectives on topics that are painful, repressed, and marginalized by breaking down the limitations of genres and playing with literary, musical, or theatrical conventions. This is where its greatest strength lies and that is why it is worth going to this festival.

When: Friday, October 15th, from 18:30

Where: DZiK – ul. Belwederska 44A

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4) PERSONA Women’s Art Festival

The first edition of the Festival will present and celebrate female artists. The festival wants to start a discussion on topics related to the art made by women and their problems in the modern world. The main heroine of this year’s edition is the outstanding Polish poet Julia Hartwig. The program includes, among others, a meeting with Katarzyna Surmiak-Domańska (author of the book Ku Klux Klan. Love Lives Here), Małgorzata Rejmer (reporter writing about the Balkans, winner of Polityka’s Passports), and Aleksandra Lipczak (winner of the 2021 Gombrowicz Prize, author of reports on Spain) (Sunday, October 17, from 19:00) and poetry performance Julia’s Room based on fragments of Julia Hartwig’s works (Saturday, October 16, from 16:00 to 19:00)

When: from Thursday, October 14, to Sunday, October 24

Where: Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury – ul. Elektoralna 12

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5) Garage sales

It’s fall y’all. High time to get yourself ready. If you have something in your wardrobes, shelves, basement, attic, or garage that you don’t use, and might be useful to others, garage sales are just for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for original clothes, accessories, or decorations, you can score a real bargain there. There are two garages sales this weekend: 

  • on  Ursynów on Sunday, October 17, from 12:00 to 16:00 in the parking lot at the Ursynów District Office, al. KEN 61, FB event;
  • on Targówek on Sunday, October 17, from 12:00 to 16:00, ul. Kołowa 18, FB event.


To find the best places for summer walks, bike trips, dates, etc. consult our list of the 35 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN WARSAW IN 2021.   



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