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Archival photographs in 3D, interactive screens, multimedia displays and maps — these are just some of the attractions of the newly opened Discovery Center in the Centennial Hall.

“Discovery Center” consists of several rooms. Historical Room will take us to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. With the right décor, and music we will know the realities of the work of architects of the Peoples Hall, and we will learn more about the scale of the project. The room will surprise visitors with glittering drawers and telephones using which we will hear a conversation with witnesses of important events related to the hall.

A place with phones will for sure arouse a great interest as you can listen to the statements of people involved in building the hall. There was recorded for example a photographer Stanislav Sadowski, who “immortalized” in a film events organized in the hall in 1948 during Recovered Territories Exhibition. You can also listen to the sound of the original organs, which were standing in the hall till 1945.

The educational-cognitive room is going to bring us  the history of Wroclaw closer. Young people will find interactive games and puzzles here. In the so-called Visitor’s Center one will find animations on touch screens and sleek, spacious hall model. There will also be a gift shop, where one can buy books and toys related to the hall.

The exhibition will be tailored for the blind and disabled. Electronic guide will help to listen about the history of the hall in Polish, English and German.

Source: Gazeta Wrocławska

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Originally from Portugal, fado music is very successful both worldwide and in Poland. After a well-accepted concerts of leading fado musicians – Mariza, Cristina Branco, Ana Moura and Teresa Salgueiro from Madredeus team – Ethno Jazz Festival is pleased to invite you to the most important male voice of fado – Camana. The concert will take place on February 18 in Wroclaw White Stork Synagogue.

The full name of the musician is Carlos Manuel Camana Moutinho dos Santos Paiva Duarte. He was born in 1967 in Oeiras. He says little about himself, he repeats that “he shows who he is by singing,” and that he was mostly influenced by three artists: Amalia Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo and Alfredo Marceneiro. Today, however, he walks his  own path, respecting tradition, but also reaching for new means of expression and the new poets. One thing remains the same, and that is – he says – the inner conviction that he wants to sing fado for life.

When in 1994 he signed a contract with EMI, he already had 20 years of singing. He recorded the first album “Uma Noite de Fados” in 1995, which was a live concert of live Fado. It proved a success. The critics started to see in him someone who renewed this kind of music. They were not wrong which was confirmed three years later by another album, “On the Linha da Vida”.

In 2000 he recorded his third album “Esta Cois da Alma” in which he showed himself not only as a singer, but also an extremely sensitive interpreter of poetry. The record won every possible award of critics and audience in his homeland, and brought him recognition and popularity around the world. A year later he released another album, in the general assessment the most mature, “Pelo Dia Dentro“. Each of the discs was better than the previous one. The consequence of a growing international career was in 2003 edition of the album “The Best of …” intended for fans outside the Portuguese fado – “The Art Of Camana – Prince Of Fado”.

At the end of the last year he produced his first live album, “Como … Como Dantes Sempre”, consisting of two CDs: one recorded in the theater, the other in a small fado club. Both proved that Camana felt well before large audience as well as before few people. This is still his bestselling album.

Time: 18.02.2012 8 p.m.

Place: White Stork Synagogue


Source: Ethno Jazz Festival

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Only  to 17th February there are collected posts on the website for the “Book of 2012 reasons to love Wroclaw”. Most of them will be in the paper edition of the book. For extraordinary places and people, for the opportunity to develop, for their extraordinary cultural and sports events – there are a lot of reasons why they love their city and all of them are important. The proof of this is the book which has been prepared for nearly 10 months – “The Book of 2012 reasons to love Wroclaw“.

Who has not had the opportunity to write down why he loves Wroclaw can still do it. This is the last chance to become a co-author of the extraordinary publication. Love entries will have been collected by 17 February 2012. (Friday) at

After collecting, the reasons will be placed in the, and then the most interesting will be chosen for  the paper version of the book. The names of the authors will be published in the book. In addition, they will receive the copy free of charge to thank them for their participation.

“Book of 2012 reasons to love Wroclaw” (in soft and hard cover) will be available in bookstores before the UEFA EURO 2012 TM. Additionally, the album publication will be an extraordinary gift for official guests of Wroclaw’s authorities. “Book of 2012 reasons to love Wroclaw” will consist of 21 chapters. It is enough to register  to, and write down your reason why you love our city. The book is part of a promotional campaign of Wroclaw for UEFA EURO 2012 TM.

Source: tuwroclaw

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