Gdansk

5th World Gdansk Reunion

Friday Jul 6 - Sunday Jul 8    
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Gdansk has a long and often tumultuous history with the 20th century particularly a time of great upheaval. The end of World War II saw the city in ruins and its population decimated. The last 70 years have seen the city and its population rebuilt and Gdansk once again a thriving city which welcomes people from all over the world. Today's Gdanszczanie have made the city their own but have also recognised that this is a city to where many family stories can be traced. The World Gdansk Reunion was started in 2002 in an attempt to build bridges between the Gdansk of today and that of the past and to make everyone who feels a connection with this great city welcome. Held every four years, 2018 sees the 5th edition of this event and there is a whole series of events designed to allow people to meet, to learn more about their city or the city of their forebears and to promote dialogue and increased understanding. 

The most popular part of the event is the taking of a large group photograph in Dlugi Targ at 12:00 on Saturday.

A full list of events and times can be found below. Note that the exhibitions opening on Friday morning will run all weekend.

Friday, 6 July


10:00 Opening of the Mobile Gdańsk Museum – Zielony Most (Green Bridge) Cultural and Information Centre
10:00 Opening of the Baltic Sail Gdańsk Programme Centre – Ołowianka Island
10:00 Baltic amber. Tradition and innovation 2.0 - Gdańsk Museum – Palowa Gallery – Main Town Hall Długa St. 46/47.
11:00 Prayer for Gdańskers - Cemetery of Lost Cemeteries - 3 Maja Str.
12:00 Opening of the parkART design exhibition and fair -  Świętopełk Square
12:00 Start of the Nord Cup race - Bay of Gdańsk
13:00 Official Opening of the 5th World Gdańsk Reunion - Wybrzeże Theatre Świętego Ducha 2 Str. (entrance from Targ Węglowy). Keynote address by Prof. Cezary Obracht – Prondzyński and followed by a debate entitled '21st Century Gdańskers. Identity in a Changing Poland and Europe'.
15:00 Opening of the 'The King is Coming …!' exhibition - Gdańsk Museum – Main Town Hall, Długa St. 46.
16:00 Official opening of the Baltic Sail Gdańsk Sailing Ship Meeting and Zawisza Czarny Choir live in concert - Artus Court porch,  Długi Targ St. 43/44.
17:00 Sailors’ parade from the Fountain of Neptune to the GDAŃSK sign on Ołowianka Island
17:00 Walking in the Footsteps of Women in the Old and Main Town – Women Pioneers’ route – theme walk*
19:00 Gdańsk Gala – “Gdańsk: Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow” - Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (by invitation only).
​​​​​​​20:00 Night of the Restaurants – Tastes of Gdańsk – programme start**
21:00 Launching of Arts – 20th Gdańsk Carillon Festival – inaugural concert - Jan Heweliusz Square
22:00 Rycerska Street Cinema – open-air film screening

*Prior booking at the City Culture Institute (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej) required kontakt@ikm.gda.pl
** We recommend booking a table in advance. A list of participating restaurants is available at www.nocrestauracji.pl

Saturday, 7 July


11:00 Nord Cup race | Bay of Gdańsk
11:00 – 18:00 Streets of Chopin.  A series of piano concerts on the terraces of tenement houses – Wydra Gallery, Mariacka St. 49; Art Gallery Art. Jubiler S.K. Jacobson, Mariacka St. 35; Glaza Expo Art Gallery, Długi Targ 20/21.
12:00 Gdańsk Family Photo - Długa St.
12:00 Walking in the Footsteps of Women in the Old and Main Town – Women Pioneers’ route – theme walk*
12:05 Carillon Concert - Gdańsk Museum, Main Town Hall | Długa St. 46.
13:00 Unveiling of plaque commemorating Leopold von Winter and open-air exhibition opening - Garbary St. followed by a themed walk entitled 'Walking in the Footsteps of Leopold von Winter'.
13:00 Neptune Amber Cup Race - Gdańsk Stogi – Gdańsk Brzeźno
14:00 Sea Battle reenactment - Wisłoujście Fortress
15:00 SIA-DO-RO (artistic happening) - Round the statue at Świętopełk Square
15:00 Ship Models from Gdańsk’s Artus Court and a meeting with author Jerzy Litwin PhD - Artus Court, Długi Targ 43/44.
15:00 Gdańsk Gardens. A curator’s tour of the exhibition and meeting of the Artus Court’s Bench Brotherhoods - Uphagen House Długa St. 12.
16:00 Shanty Songs by the Crane concert - Ołowianka Island
16:00 Gdańsk Gardens. A curator’s tour of the exhibition and meeting of the Artus Court’s Bench Brotherhoods - Uphagen House Długa St. 12.
16:30 CLAVES – closing concert of the Summer Academy of Music - Trinity Church (kościół Św. Trójcy) Świętej Trójcy St. 1.
18:00 Opening of the 'Untitled …' – art exhibition by Paweł Bownik - Gdańsk City Gallery 2 (Gdańska Galeria Miejska 2) Powroźnicza St. 13/15.
18:30 CLAVES – Summer Music Academy closing concert | Trinity Church (kościół Św. Trójcy) Świętej Trójcy St. 1.
20:00 Bach meets Kennedy meets Gershwin with Cappella Gedanensis concert - Centrum Świętego Jana | The Baltic Sea Culture Centre in Gdańsk, Świętojańska St. 50.
20:00 Night of the Restaurants – Tastes of Gdańsk – programme start**
22:00 Sea Stories – attempt to break the Polish record for the largest open-air song performance - Ołowianka Island
22:10 Laser show - Ołowianka Island
22:15 Film show on the water - Polish Baltic Philharmonic Amphitheatre
22:30 Rycerska Street Cinema – open-air film screening

*Prior booking at the City Culture Institute (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej) required kontakt@ikm.gda.pl
** We recommend booking a table in advance. A list of participating restaurants is available at www.nocrestauracji.pl

Sunday, 8 July

10:00 Nord Cup race | Bay of Gdańsk
15:00 Sailing ship parade at the closing of the 5th World Gdańsk Reunion and Baltic Sail Gdańsk - Motława Canal
15:00 Shanty Songs by the Crane concert - Ołowianka Island
16:00 In the Footsteps of Women at Gdańsk Shipyard – theme walk *
16:30 Sea Rescue Show | Motława Canal
19:00 Marcin Opitz Gdańsk Culture Promotion Award presentation ceremony and concert.
20:00 Night of the Restaurants – Tastes of Gdańsk – programme start**
22:00 Rycerska Street Cinema – open-air film screening

*Prior booking at the City Culture Institute (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej) required kontakt@ikm.gda.pl
** We recommend booking a table in advance. A list of participating restaurants is available at www.nocrestauracji.pl

The organisers reserve the right to introduce changes in the programme.
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Date

10:00–00:00 Jul 6 2018 - Jul 8 2018
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