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Poland – Sopot International Song Festival – Part 1




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

The Sopot International Song Festival which was also known as Inter-vision Song Contest from 1977–1980 is an international song contest that takes place in Sopot in Poland.

Overview of Sopot International Song Festival

• It is the biggest Polish music festival.
• It is also one of the biggest annual song contests in Europe.
• The contest was transmitted live by the Polish state television, TVP.
• This was between 1994 and 2004.
• This concert was broadcasted by the private media station TVN.
• In 2012 concert was broadcasted by Polsat.
• The first Sopot festival was initiated and organised in 1961.
• This was done by W?adys?aw Szpilman.
• It was assisted by Szymon Zakrzewski who was from Polish Artists Management (PAGART).
• The first three editions were held in the Gdansk Shipyard hall.
• This was from 1961–1963.
• After this the festival was moved to the Forest Opera.
• The main prize has been Amber Nightingale.
• From 1977 and 1980 it was replaced by the Intervision Song Contest.
• This festival was still held in Sopot.
• The Sopot International Music Festival changed its way to pick a winner most of the time.
• It offered many different contests for its participants.
• The festival has always been open to non-European acts.
• The other countries included are:
– Cuba
– Dominican Republic
– Mongolia
– New Zealand
– Nigeria
– Peru
– South Africa
– Others
• The contest lost popularity in Poland and abroad during 1980s.
• It further deteriorated during the 1990s.
• Since 1999, there was no contest.
• TVP chose to invite well-known artists instead.
• These included likes of Whitney Houston or The Corrs.
• The Sopot International Song Festival is considered bigger than the Benidorm International Song Festival.
• This is because of the attraction of star performers.
• The festival also provided opportunity to listen to international stars.
• In the past, it featured:
– Charles Aznavour
– Boney M, Johnny Cash
– Chuck Berry
– Vanessa Mae
– Annie Lennox
– Vaya Con Dios
– Chris Rea
– Tanita Tikaram
– La Toya Jackson
– Whitney Houston
– Kajagoogoo
– Goran Bregovic

Who were the Winners by Year?

1961-1973 – Price for the Masterpiece
• 1961 – Switzerland – Jo Rolland – “Nous Deux”
• 1962 – Greece – Jeanne Yovanna – “Ti Krima”
• 1963 – USSR – Tamara Miansarova – “Pust vsiegda budiet solnce” (ex-aequo), France – Simone Langlois
• 1964 – Greece – Nadia Constantinoupoulou – “Je te remercie mon coeur”
• 1965 – Canada – Monique Leyrac – “Mon pays”
• 1966 – United States – Lana Cantrell – “I’m all smiles”
• 1967 – Poland – Dana Lerska – “Po prostu jestem”
• 1968 – Poland – Urszula Sipi?ska – “Po ten kwiat czerwony”
• 1969 – Switzerland – Henri Dès – “Maria Consuella”
• 1970 – Canada – Robert Charlebois – “Ordinaire”
• 1971 – United Kingdom – Samantha Jones – “He Moves Me”
• 1972 – USSR – Lev Leschchenko – “Ja ne byl z nim znakom” (ex-aequo), Poland – Andrzej D?browski – “Do zakochania jeden krok” (ex-aequo)
• 1973 – United Kingdom – Tony Craig – “Can You Feel It” and “I Think Of You Baby”

1974-1976 – Grand Prix de disque
• 1974 – Finland – Marion Rung
• 1975 – United Kingdom – Glen Weston
• 1976 – USSR – Irina Ponarovskaya

1977-1980 – Intervision Song Contest
• 1977 – Czechoslovakia – Helena Vondrackova – “Malovany dzbanku”
• 1978 – USSR – Alla Pugacheva – “Vsyo mogut koroli”
• 1979 – Poland – Czeslaw Niemen – “Nim przyjdzie wiosna”
• 1980 – Finland – Marion Rung – “Hyvasti yo”[5]
• 1981 – no festival
• 1982 – no festival
• 1983 – no festival

1984-1987 Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix
• 1984 – Poland – Krystyna Gizowska – “Blue Box”
• 1985 – Sweden – Herreys – “Summer Party”
• 1986 – United States – Mara Getz – “Hero Of My Heart”
• 1987 – Germany – Double Take – “Rockola”

1988-1990 – Golden Disc
• 1988 – United States – Kenny James – “The Magic In You”
• 1989 – Norway – Dance with a Stranger
• 1990 – Poland – Lora Szafran – “Zly chlopak” and “Trust Me At Once”

1991-1993 Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix
• 1991 – Latvia – New Moon
• 1992 – Austria – Mark Andrews
• 1993 – Lithuania – Arina – “Rain Is Coming Down”

1994-2004 – Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix (with TVP)
• 1994 – Poland – Varius Manx – “Zanim zrozumiesz”
• 1995 – Poland – Kasia Kowalska – “Jak rzecz” and “A to co mam”
• 1996 – no contest
• 1997 – Netherlands – Total Touch – “Somebody Else’s Lover”
• 1998 – Italy – Alex Baroni – “Male che fa male”
• 1999 – no contest
• 2000 – no contest
• 2001 – no contest
• 2002 – no contest
• 2003 – no contest
• 2004 – no contest

2005-2011 Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix (with TVN)
• 2005 – Poland – Andrzej Piaseczny – “Z gl?bi duszy” (all-Polish contest)
• 2006 – United Kingdom – Mattafix – “Big City Life”
• 2007 – Poland – Feel – “A gdy juz jest ciemno”
• 2008 – Sweden – Oh Laura – “Release Me”
• 2009 – Australia – Gabriella Cilmi – “Sweet About Me”
• 2010 – no festival
• 2011 – no festival

2012- Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix (with Polsat)
• 2012 – Sweden – Eric Saade – “Hotter Than Fire”

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 jazz- sopot.net
Blogs at kajafax.co.uk
Blogs at masimas.com

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at sopot.net
Images at kajafax.co.uk

Videos of Poland






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