Carnaval Sztukmistrzów is a time of both grand and crazy spectacles at the interface of the theatre and the New Circus. The city fills up with street performers and circus masters from all over the world putting on their magical and breathtaking shows. It is one and only and most inspiring bazaar of art. Lublin’s Carnaval has best-in-class contemporary circus, clowning, acrobatics and busking from around the world. The Carnaval coincides with Urban Highline: the oldest and the largest highline festival in the world. The festival of walking on lines is thought to be an evoking element of the city’s identity – embedded in the iconic figure of the Magician of Lublin and combined with an emerging discipline of slackline. All attractions are clustered within the city centre, especially its historic part.
Over four days of July (22-25 July), we will meet a number of artists whose tireless efforts in co-creating this extraordinary event bring us many fantastic spectacles.
Carnaval returns to familiar spaces in Lublin. Litewski Square, the Old Town and Błonia near the Castle will become the venues of many theatre, circus, acrobatic and busker performances. Litewski Square will feature aerial acrobatics and two stages for busker performances. The Old Town will become home to Polish buskers and the festival’s music stage. Błonia near the Castle will be filled up with attractions for the youngests, food trucks, the festival club and a large tent for unique circus shows. Like every year, highliners taking part in Urban Highline Festival will spice up the view above our heads with their acrobatics.
Of course, the festival will be held in compliance with all pandemic restrictions. The programming and logistical decisions depend on the general situation in the country. The programme is in the midst of being updated.
Admission for most events is free of charge but some shows require tickets.
Let’s celebrate – we all need it!