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Poland – Sopot International Song Festival – Part 2




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

About Sopot International Song Festival

• 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.
• 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 broadcast-ed by the private media station TVN.

Who are the Winners by country (Country and Years)?

• Poland: 1967, 1968, 1972, 1979, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2007
• Soviet Union: 1963, 1972, 1976, 1978
• United Kingdom: 1971, 1973, 1975, 2006
• Sweden: 1985, 2008, 2012
• United States: 1966, 1986, 1988
• Greece 1962, 1964
• Canada: 1965, 1970
• Switzerland: 1961, 1969
• Finland: 1974, 1980
• Austria: 1992
• Italy: 1998
• Czechoslovakia: 1977
• France: 1963
• West Germany: 1987
• Latvia: 1991
• Lithuania: 1993
• Netherlands: 1997
• Norway: 1989
• Australia: 2009
Selected winners of other prizes and non-winners
• 1964 Karel Gott
• 1965 Eduard Khil
• 1966 Angela Zilia
• 1969 Karel Gott, Muslim Magomayev
• 1973 Transsylvania Phoenix, Lokomotiv GT
• 1974 Sofia Rotaru
• 1977 The Ritchie Family
• 1978 Drupi
• 1979 Demis Roussos, Boney M
• 1980 Gloria Gaynor
• 1984 Anne Veski, Charles Aznavour
• 1985 Shirley Bassey
• 1986 Bonnie Tyler
• 1987 Jose Feliciano
• 1988 Kim Wilde, Sabrina
• 1989 Savage, Blue System, C. C. Catch
• 1990 Ronnie Hawkins, Duo Datz, Erasure, Victor Lazlo, Curiosity Killed The Cat
• 1991 Dannii Minogue, Johnny Hates Jazz, Technotronic, Deacon Blue, Alison Moyet, Aztec Camera, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Bros, Jimmy Somerville
• 1992 Kim Wilde, Bobby Kimball, Sonia, Marillion, Simone Angel
• 1993 Boney M, La Toya Jackson, Marc Almond, Helena Vondrá?ková, Jiri Korn
• 1995 Chuck Berry, Vanessa Mae, Annie Lennox
• 1996 The Kelly Family, Vaya Con Dios, Deep Forest, La Bouche
• 1997 Khadja Nin, Alexia, Secret Garden, Boyz II Men
• 1998 The Corrs, Chris Rea, Tanita Tikaram, Ace of Base, Era
• 1999 Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston
• 2000 Bryan Adams, Helena Vondrá?ková
• 2001 Goran Bregovic, Lou Bega, UB40
• 2002 Zucchero, Garou
• 2003 Ricky Martin
• 2004 In-Grid, Kate Ryan, Patricia Kaas
• 2005 Patrizio Buanne, Lemar, Gordon Haskell, Scorpions, Simply Red
• 2006 Brainstorm, Andreas Johnson, Katie Melua, Elton John, Vanilla Ninja, Karel Gott, Helena Vondrá?ková, Demis Ro ssos, Drupi
• 2007 Norah Jones, Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, Hot Chocolate, Kool & The Gang, Sister Sledge, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Thierry Amiel
• 2008 Samantha Fox, Sandra, Sabrina Salerno, Thomas Anders of Modern Talking, Kim Wilde, Limahl with Kajagoogoo and Shakin’ Stevens
• 2009 Josef Hedinger, E.M.D., Oceana

Other events of Poland

• 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 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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