Wroclaw- Cultural Capital of Europe- 2016
In 2016 Wroclaw is one of Europe’s cultural centres till the end of the year. A great number of festivals, concerts, conferences and other art and cultural happenings will be held in Wroclaw. Wroclaw was once described as “the holy blossom of Europe, a beautiful gem among cities”. In the past, Wroclaw has belonged to Poles, Czechs, and Germans. Settlers here have included Walloons, Jews, Italians and Rutherians. The mixture of many different religions and cultures, while troublesome at times, has also contributed a lot to the city. Wroclaw lies in the middle of the Silesian Lowland, where the Oder River branches out to form 12 island. The city is spanned by more than 100 bridges.
The wealth of Wroclaw’s residents was built on international trade. Wroclaw is a city where culture plays a special role. Important events include the Wratislavia Cantans Festival and Fine Arts Festival, featuring oratorio and cantata music, the festival of Viennesse Music and the Wroclaw Organs Summer.