MIASTO MÓWI powraca!

This year will see another edition of The City Speaks – walks around unique, historical districts of Gdańsk organised as part of the Gdańsk Outdoor Gallery.

Together with charismatic guide Karolina Pochwatka, who is the author of the cycle, participants are going to explore new places, discovering the history and extraordinary character of each district. The conversations are going to revolve around stories known and heard, urban legends and transformations of urban areas effected by their inhabitants.


14 may 2016, 12 noon | Śródmieście, meeting point: Wałowa Street, left of the health care centre

Guide Karolina Pochwatka will talk about beautiful, yet oft-forgotten corners of the city, in a light-hearted and humorous, sometimes specific, sometimes rather sentimental manner. We are going to visit the fishing nooks of Gdańsk, see some good German architecture and take a moment to reflect on the past near the Post Office building. At the end, we’ll hear the history of the Miś ice-cream parlour straight from the horse’s mouth. We start from Wałowa Street, to the left of the health care centre, at noon. The trip will last about 2.5 hours. See you there!

04 June 2016, 11.00 a.m. | Biskupia Górka, Biskupia Górka, meeting point: in front of the Mennonite Church (now Pentecostal Church)

This time we are going to walk around Biskupia Górka, which is endowed with both authentic charm and a peculiar air of mystery. We are going to walk around streets that look frozen in time, enter staircases that have witnessed many a quarrel among neighbours and see the most beautiful panorama in Gdańsk. The entire trip will be overseen by the spirit of the Gdańsk Bowke (scallywag), occasionally recalling the atmosphere of the pre-war city. Take your children, friends and family and come see this unique fragment of Gdańsk!

25 June 2016 | Orunia Górna godz. 12 noon, meeting point: Church of St. Jan Bosko (near Trakt św. Wojciecha and Gościnna Street)

This is yet another trip from “The City Speaks” cycle. This time we are going to walk around Orunia – a district as peculiar as it is picturesque. We are going to see tenements, a beautiful park, an old smithy and a Prussian church, searching for the rhythm of this unique place – after all, the true nature of a district lies in the ephemeral details.

09 July 2016 | Wrzeszcz Górny godz. 12 noon, meeting point: in front of the synagogue on Partyzantów Street

This is a picturesque and mysterious district, and yet it often seems forgotten or overlooked. The walk will be centred on the theme of leisure: after all, the green, park areas around Jaśkowa Dolina and the promise of a breather from the hustle and bustle of city life was what attracted the inhabitants of Gdańsk (and not just them) to Wrzeszcz Górny. I am also going to talk about the peculiar dualism of this area, stretching along an original axis delineated by two very symbolic points: the White Synagogue (temple of the spirit) and the building of the Gdańsk University of Technology (temple of reason). I am going to recall the old inhabitants of these areas, who have sadly disappeared from the annals of history and who beautifully combined both these aspects: the Freemasons. Did you know that there used to be several Masonic lodges in Wrzeszcz Górny?

20 August 2016 | Dolne Miasto 5.30 p.m. , 5 p.m., meeting point: main entrance of Łaźnia CCA, Jaskółcza 1 Street

This is the last, and the most “urban” walk of the whole cycle. Dolne Miasto and its rich history allows us to see the development of Gdańsk in a nutshell. Over the centuries, it was known as the ‘swine pastures’, i.e. agricultural land, Little Holland and a beautiful leisure area, where the Uphagen family came to rest in a mansion that survived until today. It was also known as the City of Factories – a district very strongly oriented towards industry. I will try to show you that all those urban variants, sometimes mutually exclusive, which used to coexist in perfect harmony, may be seen from a single spot. This is especially important now, when Gdańsk and its districts are mostly viewed from the tourist perspective only.

The project is part of the Gdańsk Outdoor Gallery 2016 project co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.