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Waiting – the 2016 edition of the Monumental Art festival in Zaspa

Waiting – the 2016 edition of the Monumental Art festival in Zaspa

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The eighth – and the last – edition of the Monumental Art festival titled Waiting is going to take place from 27 June to 8 July in Gdansk, in the Zaspa residential area. Four new, large-scale works are going to be painted by artists from Argentina, Colombia, Italy, and Poland. The biggest integrated gallery of murals will therefore have the total of 58 works. This year’s event is going to be the last one held in Zaspa where murals have been made for 19 years.

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Alternative walks around Gdansk are getting more and more popular each year – the summary

Alternative walks around Gdansk are getting more and more popular each year – the summary

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Over 4 600 people have participated in this year’s alternative walks organised by the CCI! In total, nearly 300 excursions were organised. The Local Guides have shown tourists and the citizens round the monumental art collection in Zaspa, the mysterious Biskupia Górka, Dolne Miasto – which is getting prettier every day – and the newly-discovered Nowy Port. Women are not forgotten, and the walks included the herstories told in Gdansk Shipyard, and the Old Town and the Main Town.

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The Narracje festival joins Baltic Light Chain – a network of visual art festivals

The Narracje festival joins Baltic Light Chain – a network of visual art festivals

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The Narracje festival organized by the City Culture Institute and Gdansk City Gallery has become a member of the international initiative for a cooperation network including visual art festivals from four Baltic countries, i.e. Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. As a result, the Narracje festival, which is going to be held on 20 and 21 November in Nowy Port, will include some of the works prepared by the Baltic Light Chain artists.

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Get active in the summer! Take a bike ride around the city!

Get active in the summer! Take a bike ride around the city!

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Take a special bike ride around the city with the Local Guides. On 2 August, we are going to Nowy Port with Katarzyna Werner, and on 23 August, Jarek Orłowski is going to show the mural-lovers the entire collection of monumental painting in Zaspa. The tours are free, so the number of participants is limited. Sign up at sien@ikm.gda.pl. Throughout the summer, the walking tours with the Local Guides, as well as the tours presenting prominent women of Gdansk, are organised on a regular basis several times a week.

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Literary Port in Gdansk

Literary Port in Gdansk

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Gdańsk is one of the stops on the holiday itinerary of the Literary Port – a poetry festival organised by Wrocław’s Literary Bureau. Between 18 and 20 August the festival will be hosted in Gdańsk in co-operation with the City Culture Institute and the European Poet of Freedom Festival.

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Record turnout at Gdansk Neighbour Days 2015

Record turnout at Gdansk Neighbour Days 2015

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Never before have there been so many meetings held during Gdansk Neighbour Days, and this year’s turnout was the largest ever. In 31 districts of Gdansk and 18 spots outside the city as many as 2007 neighbour meetings were organised in which 23 372 people are estimated to have taken part. The busiest place was the Main City of Gdansk, where 24 meetings were arranged. Until 15 July, you can submit your accounts of the events at www.gdansk.dnisasiadow.pl and win gift vouchers from a home improvement and gardening store.

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New monumental murals on Zaspa estate in Gdańsk, Poland: Rustam Qbic, SAME84, Monstfur, Kolektyw Licuado and Alfalfa, David de La Mano and Pablo S. Herrero for Monumental Art 2015

New monumental murals on Zaspa estate in Gdańsk, Poland: Rustam Qbic, SAME84, Monstfur, Kolektyw Licuado and Alfalfa, David de La Mano and Pablo S. Herrero for Monumental Art 2015

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The biggest in Poland, and probably worldwide, integrated gallery of murals is placed in Zaspa estate in Gdańsk. During this year edition of Monumental Art Festival Each day counts Rustam Qbic, SAME84, Monstfur, Collective Licuado i Alfalfa, David de La Mano i Pablo S. Herrero added their works to the collection. Their total height is around 140 metres and their total area around 1 750 square metres. All foreign artists painted in Poland for the first time.

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Alternative walks in seven districts of Gdansk!

Alternative walks in seven districts of Gdansk!

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The CCI would like to invite you all to take the alternative walks around seven Gdansk districts. With the Local Guides, you can visit Biskupia Górka, Dolne Miasto, Nowy Port, and Zaspa, as well as the Old Town and the Main Town – with the herstory Metropolitanka group showing you the Gdansk women trail. The former shipyard premises can be visited with the Arteria association and the CCI. All the walks are free!

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Monumental Art 2015 – Each Day Counts

Monumental Art 2015 – Each Day Counts

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Gdansk will welcome artists from all around the world who are coming here to take part in the Monumental Art festival and give Zaspa several new grand paintings. This year, the City Culture Institute has invited artists from Spain, Uruguay, Greece, Russia, and Poland. This year’s motto is Each Day Counts. The works are beginning on 29 June, and the presentation of the results has been scheduled for 10 July (you can expect live music, too).

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