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This week you can become a part of the 16th Jewish Culture Festival “Singer’s Warsaw”. This festival has it all – concerts, theater performances, author meetings, Jewish cuisine workshops and educational walks. There is truly no better way to discover Jewish culture and heritage than during Singer’s Festival.

Polish and Jewish culture has always been a mix in Warsaw. The festival has always been perfectly organized thanks to Gołda Tencer and the Shalom Foundation. It is a festival of music, theater, literature and visual arts. The goal of this festival is to promote Jewish culture, both, in traditional and modern way. Lots of artists are inspired by Jewish history and create great artistic projects.

During the festival, the greatest representatives of Jewish culture from around the world come to Warsaw: from Israel, the United States, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Canada, Denmark and Hungary. Most of the events take place on Grzybowski Square and Próżna Street and change this part of the city in a wonderful center of Klezmer music the dance with the smell of nutmeg, cloves and honey in the air.

Yiddish culture returns in pre-war films and contemporary performances, in Jewish cutout, ceramics and Hebrew calligraphy workshops.

Singer’s Warsaw Festival is one of the most important artistic events in Poland, showing Jewish culture in the broad context of Polish and world culture.

The festival is an incredible way to present that, despite the tragic experience of the Holocaust, Jewish culture is still developing, and the artists representing it has increasingly new, fascinating proposals for a wide audience. Due to the various forms of expression that Polish and foreign artists use, the lost world of Polish Jews returns to Warsaw. Singer’s Warsaw Festival is the best proof that Jewish culture is still alive and extremely important.

In the whole world there are plenty of fascinating and interesting museums. Everybody knows Luvr in Paris, MoMa in New York or National Gallery in London. But did you know that Poland has also some amazing ones? Thanks to the difficult history, talented artists and powerful kings, after many decades and centuries, you can now admire their work and legacy.

  1. The Museum of the Palace of King Jan III in Wilanów – if you are visiting Warsaw it is a great opportunity to visit this museum. It is not only a magnificent building with lots of sculptures and painting. It has a wonderful and big garden, which is an ideal spot for a long walk during the summer season. Every year almost 3 million people visit this museum!
  2. The Royal Łazienki Museum – its mesmerizing gardens have appeared in many books and novels. Thanks to its location in the Warsaw city center, locals come here often to relax after a long day in work. Museum is combined here with a lot of attractions, there are organized many concerts, exhibitions and meeting. You can also sail a real gondola on the pond in front of the Palace on the Island. For sport amateurs there is a stable where you can have a horse ride. Definitely a magical place!
  3. Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim. This museum is well-known also abroad. It is a reminder of the horrible war experiences. To visit this museum you have to prepare yourself.It is not easy to be here but is worth it. It is a place which warns you, that people are capable of the worst in the name of an ideology.
  4. Wawel Royal Castle in Cracow – while visiting Cracow, this is ‘a must”. You won’t find here giant gardens (like in Wilanów), but a chapel, courtyard and a cathedral which will take your breath away. The Cathedral is a very important place, because it is filled with priceless works of art, including tombstones of kings. An absolute masterpiece of Renaissance art is also the Sigismund Chapel. Entering the walled castle complex is a journey in time – you can feel the spirit of a really ancient age.
  5. The Cracow Saltworks Museum in Wieliczka is something you have probably never experienced. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978 as one of the first 12 objects in the world. The deepest corridor of the Wieliczka mine is located 327 meters underground, and the total length of all underground pavements reaches 300 kilometers. Visiting the Wieliczka mine, you can see not only pits but also real works of art, like salt sculptures or chapels. Fun fact – in the Chapel of Saint Kinga you can even get married.

As you can see, museum don’t have to be boring and visited only in rainy days. They are fun, beautiful and perfect for families. You can enjoy yourself in their gardens or just stop by to slow down a bit and focus on the moment.