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International Music Festival Sacrum Non Profanum August 17th, 2014 The festival is one of the most important Summer Music Events in Poland. At this year’s festival opening will be played the works of Wojciech Kilar, primarily. In Świnoujście, the music of the Maestro will be presented by Kuba Stankiewicz. The program will include film music that comes from, among others: A Chronicle of Amorous Incidents / polish: Kronika wypadków miłosnych /polish: The Adventures of Sir Michael /polish: Przygody Pana Michała/, At Full Gallop /polish: Cwał/, Family Polanyetskis /polish: Rodzina Połanieckich/, Jealousy and Medicine /polish: Zazdrość i medycyna/, The Leper /polish: Trędowata/, The Promised Land /polish: Ziemia obiecana/. The concert will be held in the Church of Blessed Michał Kozal, 20 Gdyńska St.
Usedom – The Island of Lights October 3rd, 2014 Fireworks Shows, blaze and flames’ shows performed by fire theatre artists, and everything that surrounded by the sound of the sea in the remarkable beach scenery in Świnoujście. During the event, huge bonfires are being lighted, where the event-goers gather around, till late in the evening. On-site refreshment kiosks are provided.
Beach Project 2014
Leisure on the beach, relax, dance parties and many other attractions – this is going to happen during the Beach Project 2014. The Beach Project will visit for the third time during the summer holidays the most beautiful beach in Poland. TVN Entertainment Zone acting at this time in Świnoujście will offer many sports, music, leisure and cultural attractions. The program includes beach-volleyball match, meetings with TV celebrities, concerts and many other attractions offered by hosts. The Polish television will broadcast life from Świnoujście on television programs, such as “Dzień Dobry TVN” and “Co za tydzień”.
44 Islands Kite Cup – Polish Kiteboarding Championship in Formula Kite
13 - 15 June
The fusion of music and sports on the beach in Świnoujście. Spectacular kite competitions and shows involving top kitesurfers from around the world. Hot festival-like atmosphere surrounding the city encourages for enjoying active recreation and good fun.
Selecting Świnoujście as the venue for 44 ISLANDS KITE CUP is not accidental. One of the factors are ideal wind conditions from West across North to the East. Once the pressure is stabilizing over Scandinavia, the entire coast becomes windless and only in Świnoujście is a chance for a favorable wind. The gusts and reliable breakwaters create wonderful conditions for everyone: perfectly flat body of water and long waves of up to 3-4 meters. There are no tides, no sea currents, and the water salinity is negligible. Furthermore, Świnoujście is a resort which is visited annually by 2.5 million tourists; it is excellent summer destination for all those who appreciate active recreation combined with good fun.
There will be numerous attractions for the whole family during the period of the Event.
- Organizing and hosting one stage of the Polish Kiteboarding Cup
– KITE ZONE (COMPETITION ZONE)
The unique competition: KITESURFING vs. WINDSURFING -
Great fun and competition
– FUN&SPORT ZONE
The section in Świnoujście of the St. James’s Way is a part of the Pomeranian Way of St. James, and this is a small part of the El Camino de Santiago. The Way of St. James in Europe is a pilgrimage route more than a thousand years old, leading from all over the Europe to the site of the tomb of the apostle St. James the Elder, located in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in North-western Spain.
Being forgotten after the French Revolution, the Way is now revived after almost three decades. The revitalisation process was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987, during which the Way of St. James was recognized as significant for development and cultural heritage of this part of the world and declared the first European Cultural Route.
At the same time, the Council of Europe called on governments of the countries through which the historical route leads, to revitalize successively the St. James Way and to keep its ongoing maintenance in order to preserve the European heritage.
Within the project carried out by the Marshal Office of West Pomeranian Voivodeship, a distance of 630km of the Ways of St. James in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship was marked with a characteristic yellow scallop shell with blue background sign. Monumental cathedrals, numerous village churches, extraordinary nature and the Balitc coast with the Wolin National Park can be admired by hikers on the routes.
An interesting place on the trail is Szczecin with the Cathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle, being the starting point for several St. James Routes leading through: Wolin, Wkrzańska Forest, Berlin and Frankfurt an der Oder. One section of the trail runs also through Świnoujście. This route is marked with the number 37, with a length of 20.5 km. It conntects Międzyzdroje with the village Kamminke, situated on the German side of the border.
Within the administrative boundaries of the city of Świnoujście, the route leads through Łunowo and Przytór (down the Zalewowa St.), Ognica, Warszów (along the Wrzosowa, Norweska, Białoruska, Barlickiego streets, and then to the "Warszów" ferry crossing), Usedom island (along the Wybrzeże Władysława IV, Armii Krajowej, Konstytucji 3 Maja, Kościuszki, Kołłątaja, Gdańska, Śląska, Szkolna, Markiewicza, Wielkopolska, Grunwaldzka streets, to the Świnoujście – Kamminke border crossing).
Along the way, there can be seen: remains of fortified structures of the World War II (among others, the Goeben Battery – a complex of artillery bunkers), historic neo-gothic church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, erected in 1895 in Przytór, as well as station churches of the Pomeranian Way of St. James, i.e. the Christ the King Church and Church of Blessed Michael Kozal.
Route of the St. James Way in Europe
Route of the St. James Way in Poland
Route of the St. James Way in Świnoujście
Pomeranian Way of St. James – electronic version of the guidebook
4th Mountain Bike Orienteering September 13th Grand adventures await those who are willing to participate in the raid. Each participant will receive a route map with selected control points and a card on which "winning" the particular levels will be registered. The orienteering is so prepared that everyone can participate according to their individual capabilities and skills. Families with children will have only a few checkpoints to find. Intermediate cyclists will have to gain few more points. Cycling the full route and "gaining" all the checkpoints will be a challenge for the most experienced cyclists. The route will run in the Polish part of the island of Usedom, mostly in forested areas.
The 21th Usedom Music Festival
20 September – 11 October
For three weeks, the music of one Baltic state will resound in sacral buildings, concert halls, castles, hotel venues and galleries (mainly on the German side of Usedom Island). Some concerts are held in Świnoujście, as well. Each and every year, the main event features concerts in the extraordinary scenery and acoustics of the brick edifice of the former power plant in Peenemünde (Germany). The Usedom Music Festival is a real feast for the ears.
The Stronghold Days on the Islands
This three-day event includes re-enactments of the many battles fought over the area as done by specialised historical groups, as well as historical parades, exhibitions and rallies of antique vehicles. What is more, tourists can participate in guided tours through the Island's numerous fortifications, and enjoy meetings with historians, and with militaria enthusiasts. The Stronghold Days are a perfect opportunity to acquaint one and all with the military history of Świnoujście and to have some fun.
The 35th International Świnoujście – Wolgast Marathon
This trans-border event has been held in Świnoujście since the end of the 1970s, and features the participation of almost 300 marathoners, mainly from Poland and Germany. Its route runs along a coastal trail from Świnoujście, through the German part of Uznam Island, to Wolgast. Due to the varied land-forms experienced, the marathon is one of the most attractive and most demanding ones in Europe. Apart from the marathon, the region also holds a half marathon in Wolgast and its vicinity.
FAMA – The International Artistic Campus
For many years now, students have flocked to Świnoujście in August, to take part in 'Fama' – the only interdisciplinary artistic event in Poland. This get-together simultaneously aims at publicizing, passing on to and perfecting the artistry of these young craftsmen, dancers, performance artists and musicians. In so doing, it links classical music, jazz, bands of all kinds, singers, dancers, theatres, cabarets, interdisciplinary art groups, films, photography, performance art, artistes, writers, journalists, art critics, culture promoters and stage managers. The goal of this event is to introduce to the world, Poland's most talented young artists, and to create a platform for their development and for their work to be seen, heard and evaluated. The Fama programme includes the presentation of the young artisans' authorial achievements, the implementation of premiere projects, workshop sessions in particular disciplines, as well as the presentation of the works by prominent Polish and foreign artists.