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Poland – Belarusian Song and Poetry Festival in Bialystok

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

Bialystok is one of the largest cultural centers in the Podlaskie Voivodeship. The attractions include:
• performing arts groups
• art museums
• historical museums
• walking tours of architectural
• cultural aspects
• a wide variety of parks and green spaces

Events of Bialystok

• Presentation of nativity scenes (January)
• Carnival – A Voivodeship Review of Dancing Companies (January)
• Szorty – the independent film festival (February)
• National Festival of Belarussian Song (February)
• Bialystok Music Spring (March)
• Documentary Film Festival (March)
• Golden Shoes Ballroom Dancing Tournament (March – April)
• KOPYSC Festival of Sailor Songs (March – April)
• Easter Festival (Easter)
• The International Festival of Orthodox Church Music (May)
• Days of Contemporary Art (May – June)
• Juvenalia Students Festival (May – June)
• Summer Divertimento, Sunday Chamber Music (May, September)
• Jazz Deptak, jazz concerts (May, September)
• Days of Bialystok (June)
• Jarmark na Jana – the craft fair (June)
• Cathedral Organ Concerts (July – August)
• Bialystok Orthodox Music Days (September)
• The Podlaskie Trade Fairs of folk sculpture, double warp textiles and folk smithing (September)
• European Cinema Forum (September)
• Bialystok Summer Film Festival (August)
• Russian Culture Days (October)
• Papal Days (October)
• Bialystok Folk Songs (September – October)
• Festival of Ukrainian Culture – the Podlasie Autumn (October)
• All Saints Day with the Blues (November)
• Autumn with the Blues festival (December)
• KRESY – Poetry reciting contest for Poles living abroad (December)
• Quo vadis – festival of Christian art

Polish Festivals

• January New Year’s Day Children’s Concert
• The annual Lotos Jazz Festival
• Takes place for four days at the end of January.June / July International Festival of Contemporary Dance
• The Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow
• KrakowSummer Jazz Festival
• There are two Chopin Festivals – one in Warsaw and one in Chopin’s manor in Duszniki Zdroj.
• This most popular music festival takes place in Forest Opera
• The festival takes place for two days at the end of August.September / OctoberRawa Blues Festival
• Warsaw International Film Festival Film
• This film festival screens over one hundred films from forty countries around October 7-18.

Polish Events

• Easter Monday
• May Day (May 1)
• Swieto Trzeciego Maja “Constitution Day” (May 3)
• Victory Day (May 9)
• Corpus Christi (June 22)
• Assumption (August 15)
• All Saints’ Day (November 1)
• Independence Day (November 11)
• Saint Andrew’s Eve (November 29)
• Christmas (December 25-26)
• Constitution Day: May 3
• St. Stanislaw Procession: Takes place in Krakow on the first Sunday after May 8.
• Krakow Film Festival: occurs the end of May and on into the first week of June.
• Mozart Festival
• Jewish Culture Festival: encompasses synagogue singing, klezmer music and Hasidic, classical, and Jewish folk music.
• Wianki

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at belarus.by
Blogs at spainexchange.com
Blogs and reviews at belarusguide.com

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at belarus.by
Images at spainexchange.com

Videos of Poland

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