Reed Travel Features
NEW YORK -- This year marks the millenary anniversary of the
founding of Gdansk, and the city is celebrating with a variety of
Because of Gdansk's location in northern Poland on the Bay of
Gdansk -- where East meets West -- it has been a melting pot of
different cultures, religions and customs for the past 1,000
The Gdansk Millennium celebration's program will reflect the
city's diverse population and will comprise cultural and sporting
events, street fairs, concerts and theater performances.
The main festivities will take place from April through
The official opening concert of the millenary celebrations will
be on April 18 and will include an exhibition devoted to stamps
issued in Gdansk as far back as the 14th century.
The displayed works of Gdansk-based artists and craftsman will
be joined in May by an exhibit titled "1000 Years of Gdansk -- In
the Light of Excavations."
A highlight of the celebration, the International Festival of
Organ Music, will take place June 20 through Aug. 22.
Musical works will be performed on a 200-year-old organ in the
Oliwa Cathedral, which dates to the 14th century.
Another main event will be the European Dominican Fair, slated
for Aug. 2 through 16., when artisans, folk dancers and musicians
from Poland and abroad will take to the streets and plazas of
Gdansk in honor of St. Dominic.
Other events include the Gdansk Millennium Sailing Cup, which
will take place from June 5 through 8, and a Millennium Feast
Table, featuring local cuisine, will be set up on Dluga and Dlugi
Targi streets on Aug. 16.
On Sept. 14, the Festival of the Thousand will showcase works
from Polish, Swedish, Swiss, French and Austrian composers.
The official closing ceremony, Oct. 31, will include a
performance of a new work by Krzysztof Penderecki written for the
Several other exhibitions and events are being organized to mark
the city's 1,000th birthday.
For further details, contact the Polish National Tourist Office
at (212) 338-9412; fax (212) 338-9283, or E-mail at pntonyc