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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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Wroclaw Guitar Festival is the most notable event in November in Wroclaw. It is the most attractive festival on the Polish guitar stage and one of the most interesting in the world. The festival presents various styles of music related directly or indirectly to the guitar: it seduces with the beauty of classical guitar , fascinates with the flamenco dancing and singing, moves with crazy Latin rhythms and brings the endless and energy of jazz music. This diversity, combined with a high artistic level, attracts lovers of guitar music from Poland and Europe, and their circle from year to year grows.

The 14-year history of the festival is created by the most outstanding musicians from all over the world: including Paco de Lucia, Tommy Emmanuel, Joscho Stephan, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Jesse Cook, Louis Winsberg, Martin Taylor, Gene Bertoncini, Aniello Desiderio, Tomatito, Canizares, Rafael Cortes, Rolf Lislevand , Zoran Dukić, Jorge Morel, Pavel Steidl, Marcin Dylla, Mark Pasieczny, Marek Napiórkowski, Arthur Lesicki, Wojtek Pilichowski Kurzak and Alexander, Anna Maria Jopek, Dorota Miskiewicz, Krzesimir Debski, Group MoCarta. Since the beginning of the guitar festival in Wrocław it was Krzysztof Pelech, its founder and artistic director, who was responsible for the its artistic programme.

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This year Paco de Lucía will come to Wroclaw.  He will perform with a band on 27 November in the Centennial Hall for a spectacular ending of the Festival. In addition, another representative of flamenco from Spain – Carlos Pinan, will begin the event in Impart Art Centre together with Preston Reed, who plays in fingerstyle technique (like Tommy Emmanuel), Antonio Forcione, called “Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar,” and many other great musicians of international importance. The festival will start on 18 and end on 27 November.

Source: Gitara Wroclaw

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The congress in Wroclaw’s Centennial Hall will be one of the most important events of Polish Presidency in 2011. It will last 4 days and will start on 8 September. The organizer is the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, the National Audiovisual Institute and The City Hall of Wrocław.

During the congress there will be tens of meetings, artistic events and projects involving 300 artists, scientists and philosophers. In their group one can find f.e. Zygmunt Bauman, Umberto Eco, Vaclav Havel, Wiktor Jerofiejew, Krystian Lupa, Dorota Masłowska, Amos Oz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Tadeusz Różewicz and Andrzej Wajda.

The opening celebration will be added splendor by the presence of professor Zygmunt Baumann who from the beginning has taken part in organizing the congress. The professor will deliver an inaugural lecture.

During the congress there will be an artistic performance of  Krzysztof Penderecki and the guitarist of the Radiohead Jonn Greenwood and a representative of electronic music Aphex Twin. During two concerts that are planned in Wroclaw there will be presented 3 compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki: “Polymorphia”, “Ofiarom Hiroszimy – tren” and “Kanon”. All the compositions were written for strings in 1960-62, in the period of avant-garde in the output of Krzysztof Penderecki who both Jonn Grenwood and Aphex Twin appeal to . The composition “Polymorphia”, which50th anniversary is in 2011, is the inspiration for these artists. Jonny Greenwood will compose “48 Responses to Polymorphia” and Aphex Twin – “Polymorphia Reloaded”. The compositions will have a world preview in Wrocław.

Source: PIK

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