The period between May 1 and 5 is the traditional time of a picnic and rest in Poland. This year has an exceptional anniversary for us. We celebrated the anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union.
15 years ago, at midnight on 1 May 2004, Poland became a member of the EU. The accession was the result of the long-term efforts of many governments. Poland, together with Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary, joined the European Union. It was the largest EU enlargement ever.
On this occasion, many events for residents were organized in Warsaw, during which we could see how our city has changed over the past years, enjoy and celebrate and check what challenges are still ahead of Warsaw residents.
On Krakowskie Przedmieście, the residents of Warsaw could take part in a picnic. The street was divided into zones in which various attractions awaited visitors. In the zone of “dancing and singing” artists from Poland, Greece and Germany appeared, who helped the visitors learn the basics of European dances – mazurek, polka, paso doble, zorba or cancan. The contests with prizes were also waiting all day long. At 14 and 17 from the balcony of the Hotel Bristol, “Ode to joy” flowed. Varsovians, together with opera artists, had the opportunity to sing European hits. On the entire length of Krakowskie Przedmieście you could meet wind orchestras and street theaters. The procession of “Ode to Joy” went through the route, made up of dancers, animators, musicians and residents. In the “European cuisine zone”, the participants of the Festival had the opportunity to taste European dishes. To a bison, a Lithuanian chiller, Czech garlic soup, Slovenian iota or Hungarian stew, eager people sat down at a common 28-meter table.
For the youngest celebrating the 15th anniversary of Poland’s membership in the Hoover Square, and “children’s zone” was planned, including ecological art workshops, integration of multi-generational games, workshops to build a characteristic European buildings and national fairy tales. At the square of priest Twardowski was a town of modern technologies.
The “European Festival” ended at the concert with the participation of Polish stage stars. On the stage in the Multimedia Fountain Park appeared on Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Krzesimir Dębski, as well as Kayah, Natalia Nykiel, Stanisław Soyka and opera artists. One of the elements in the capital of Poland. The fun was fantastic!
Today, Warsaw is a European metropolis driven by the entrepreneurship, activity and commitment of the residents. We cordially invite you to visit Warsaw, especially for the holidays.