Wroclaw – the meeting place: http://www.wroclaw-info.pl/it/view/id/234/lang/EN
The contemporary Wroclaw is a bustling, modern industrial and cultural center, which strongly influences the development of Lower Silesia. Thanks to its location at the Odra river, has many picturesque islands and over 120 bridges. Charming cafes, pubs and restaurants make the Wroclaw citizens and visitors, are eager to leave their homes and hotel rooms to meet with family, friends and colleagues.
Continuously growing base of hotel- and congress- area causes that representatives of science and business often choose Wroclaw as meeting place. This shows that the capital of Lower Silesia permanently inscribed itself in the map of the fastest growing cities in this part of Europe.
Wroclaw – European Capital of Culture 2016: www.wroclaw2016.pl/en
Wrocław entered the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016, because it has a story to tell…
A story which is unusual, tragic and intriguing. After years of prosperity and development, there had been disaster at an unimaginable scale. The Second World War left the city utterly ruined – both physically and spiritually. It lost citizens who had been creating its greatness for many generations. Then new citizens arrived. Frightened, uncertain of the future, alienated. Brought together from many regions of the post-war country, for years they built their identity, creating their own culture. It took a long time before we accepted German, Jewish and Polish heritage lived here as one. Ours. It took a long time, but we did that. Today, we can proudly say, not neglecting the achievements of our forbearers, that we have built a new city. With all respect due to them, to otherness and multiculturalism and to history, we have created an open Wrocław, with unusually interesting culture and aspirations, contemporary and intriguing. It’s time to show it to the world, to show what we consider worth sharing and what constitutes an enormous contribution to the development of Europe. We want to talk about our past and our present. About how life can grow from ruins and human tragedies. We’ll be telling this story throughout 2016, without complexes, aware of our worth. We’re certain our story will be interesting. And we hope it will become an inspiration for those who’ll be open and listen to it.
2016 is a time and space to discuss the metamorphosis of culture – past, present and future.
It will be a holiday. We’ll celebrate it after eight years of interesting, fascinating work. Our activities begun in 2008 allow for the co-creation of culture which is closer to people, more accessible and touching on myriad areas of life. We want to prove that civilization can’t develop without culture.
Wrocław 2016 has created open, dynamic and friendly spaces to fulfil the need for contact with culture and art for bea. We’re participating in a complex process in which both actions and their reception matter, because we need opinions to shape the programme.
We use many models – our cultural heritage, multiculturalism and openness – but also an awareness of innovation and the need for sustainable development. This process transforms the city, proving that all activity is possible. It’s transformative for us, and becomes an investment in our future.
Wrocław 2016 means a process. A diversity of autonomous curators and of cultural environments. Building at once a programme and a chance to participate in it. And finally – it means many ways of understanding culture, and also of undertaking the shared task of developing through it.
Four Denominations District: http://www.wroclaw.pl/en/four-denominations-district-dzielnica-czterech-swiatyn
In the capital of Lower Silesia there is unique – in Poland’s and Europe’s scale – „District of Mutual Respect” where at a distance of 300 m from each other are churches: Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic, and a synagogue belonging to the Jewish community.
The clergy and communities of all four confessions for more than 10 years work together to create genuine dialogue. Thanks to this cooperation the new projects come into existence. Since March 1995, the four religious communities: Roman Catholic, Evangelical-Augsburg, Orthodox and Jewish form in Wroclaw „Quarter of Mutual Respect” located in the area of streets: St. Nicholas, Ruska St. Anthony Włodkowica and Casimir the Great. The initiators of the close cooperation of these communities were: Jerzy Kichler, ks. Jerzy Żytowiecki, ks. Bishop Richard Bogusz, Janusz Witt, ks. Alexander Konachowicz.
Communities of four faiths began to visit each other in churches and in the synagogue on the occasion of religious festivals, they held a joint prayer, organized choir concerts, charity events. In 1996, District Council of Mutual Respect was appointed, which activity has contributed to the strengthening of mutual cooperation. Currently, the „District of Mutual Respect” community of four faiths not only participate in religious events, but they together form and implement joint initiatives: artistic, educational, social.