It has already become somewhat of a tradition: like in recent years, let’s meet up in Nowy Port, on the bank of Martwa Wisła, to celebrate the shortest night of the year – Kupala Night. Let’s spend the time from dusk ’til dawn waiting for the start of astronomical summer together, making flower garlands, cooking at the bonfire, listening to music and watching films.
Kupala Night is the shortest night of the year. A night, during which the expression “from dusk ‘til dawn” takes on a unique meaning… Bearing in mind all the dimensions of this extraordinary night, we have prepared an extravaganza of music and film for all our guests who will visit us at the bank of the Vistula. We take off at 7.30 pm, with garland-making workshops held by the Na Trawie duo. Anyone will be able to make a flower crown to decorate his or her forehead. At 9.00 pm we are going to start the fire and invite all guests to cook at the bonfire together. The grid and wood will be available to all open-air cooking enthusiasts. At 9.30 pm we planned a concert by Wovoka. Their music will transport us to a trance, similar to those experienced by the great Indian mystic and author of the “Ghost Dance”. Their style combines blues with American Indian and psychedelic music. The final point of the schedule is an outdoor film screening, starting at 10.45 pm. Traditionally, foodtrucks will be stationed on the river bank. Immerse yourselves in music, song and dance, look for the magical fern flower and await the New Day together.
Wovoka is a musical tribute to forgotten trance cultures. Formed in 2012, it borrowed its name from the great Indian, mystic and author of the “Ghost Dance”. In what they do, blues is intertwined with music of the Indians and psychedelia with music of cannibals from Papua New Guinea. Wovoka made a record with gospel pieces in their own arrangement, released in August 2013 as Trees against the Sky (Lado ABC). Their second album will be released in 2015.
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”
2013 | 114′ | Sweden | dir. by Felix Herngren
European Film Academy – nomination for the People’s Choice award for the best European film
It could seem that Allan Karlsson’s long and eventful life is nearing its end in a nursing home. However, nothing is further from the truth: the protagonist, despite having just turned 100, is still perfectly healthy. While the staff are preparing a huge birthday party, Allan climbs out of the window and spectacularly escapes from the facility, initiating a series of funny and surprising events. A suitcase stuffed with cash, a motorcycle gang, a circus elephant, an irascible English gangster, the most languid policeman on Earth – for an average person, each of the elements of this peculiar trip could be the adventure of a lifetime. Not for Allan, though, who not only witnessed, but played a key role in the most important events of the 20th century.
When: 19 June, 7 pm – 1 am
Where: bank of the Martwa Wisła in Nowy Port, Starowiślna street
Organised by: Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art
How to get there: Władysława IV/ Zajezdnia Nowy Port bus/tram stop
• tram from Gdańsk Główny: 1, 7, 10
• tram from Wrzeszcz: 5
• bus from Żabianka: 148
• night buses going in the direction of Żabianka and Gdańsk Główny: N12
7 pm – 8.45 pm The City Speaks – Walking tour of Nowy Port with Karolina Pochwatka
7.30 – 9 pm Workshops: how to make flower crowns (Na Trawie)
9 pm – 1 am Common cooking at the bonfire
9.30 pm – 10.30 pm Concert: Wovoka
10.45 pm – 1:00 am Outdoor screening of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
Event realised as part of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.