For the first time in history six cities which aspired for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016 have decided to launch the cultural cooperation. The Coalition of the Cities is to present Gdańsk, Katowice, Lublin, Łódź, Poznań and Szczecin and showcase their genius loci – the spirit of the place. Lublin will be the first city to give its presentation in Wrocław.
The programme of Lublin has been created by way of an inspirational dialogue between multi-cultural heritage and challenges of the times ahead. Karol Szajnocha street in the centre of Wrocław is to become the setting where the greatest and the most renowned local artists are to build the scenery of Lublin – a unique city of inspiration that is a blend of the present with the rich past. A few days’ performance is to reflect the dialogue between tradition and modernity by means of interactive cultural activities rooted in theatre performances, film screenings, concerts or conjurers’ gigs.
A unique show directed by Janusz Opryński is to be a real one-off drawing card. His performance combines artistic groups potential, theatre experience and the art of slackline. Ropes, sashes and towers hung over the street will fill sky-high space to show the complex and multi-cultural history and the heritage of Lublin. Onlookers will be afforded an opportunity to see the theatre worlds by Leszek Mądzik, Paweł Passini and Łukasz Witt-Michałowski.
Likewise, one will not miss the works by the greatest and the most famous visual artists from Lublin. Robert Kuśmirowski will show ”Graduation Tower”, his greatest art installation, Mariusz Tarkawian will take an effort to create a unique and one of a kind mural on the wall of a tenement house. What by far is to grasp viewers’ attention is the scenery by Jarosław Koziara, who will turn an ordinary street into a spectacle beaming with life, lights and colours.
To meet challenges of the project a special street band has been brought to life, something of a rarity in case of Lublin. A number of the top Lublin musicians will dominate Wrocław down town with dazzling parades and flash mobs, encouraging the citizens to join in.